Coming Soon: Law School for Journalists

We’re passing along event information coming up in Lansing for journalists who want to bolster their legal knowledge! See below:
What: Law School for Journalists, livestreamed from the Supreme Court Courtroom
Where: Your Choice:
Gather in the Supreme Court Courtroom
Michigan Hall of Justice, 925 W. Ottawa, Lansing or
Watch Online From Your Home or Office
When: Friday, March 18, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Details: Questions about Michigan courts? Have them answered by a panel of distinguished presenters including justices, judges, and staff representing district, circuit, and probate courts; Court of Appeals; and Michigan Supreme Court. Join your colleagues for an up-close look at Michigan’s court system with an interactive opportunity for questions.

Reporters can attend the event in one of two ways: in person in the Supreme Court courtroom or watch from anywhere online.

Please let us know if you plan to attend in person, and we’ll save you a seat in the courtroom. Those planning to be seated in the courtroom will have to go through security so please plan to arrive in plenty of time to make your way to the 6th floor courtroom by 9 a.m.


Those planning to attend online can e-mail a question in advance to or tweet a question live @misupremecourt.

Law School for Journalists 2016 – March 18, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Live-streamed from the Supreme Court Courtroom
Moderator John Nevin, Communications Director

9:00 Welcome
Justice Joan L. Larsen

9:05 Which Court? District, Circuit, Probate (15 min. each)
Hon. Louise Alderson, 54A District Court – Ingham County
Hon. Michelle Rick, 29th Circuit Court – Clinton County
Hon. Thomas Byerley, Eaton County Probate Court

9:50 They’re Appealing: Court of Appeals and Michigan Supreme Court (10 min. each)
Jerry Zimmer, Michigan Court of Appeals Chief Clerk
Larry Royster, Michigan Supreme Court Clerk and Chief of Staff

10:10 State Court Administrative Office – What SCAO Does and Doesn’t Do
Jodi Latuszek, Region II Administrator

10:25 Break

10:40 Behind the Scenes – How the Michigan Supreme Court Makes Decisions
Justice David F. Viviano

10:50 The MSC’s Rule-making Function
Anne Boomer, Michigan Supreme Court Administrative Counsel

11:00 Specialty Courts – Drug, Mental Health, Veterans
Dana Graham, Management Analyst

11:15 Judicial Performance Dashboards
Jennifer Warner, Trial Court Services Director

11:30 Anatomy of a Criminal Case: What You Need to Know about Criminal Procedure
William Vailliencourt, Livingston County Prosecutor

11:45 Attorney Grievance Commission
Alan Gershel, AGC Administrator

Noon Practical Tips for Covering the Courts
Rick Pluta, Michigan Public Radio Managing Editor

12:15 Closing Remarks
Chief Justice Robert P. Young, Jr.