OCTOBER 2018 
October 2018 Newsletter Headlines
Employee Highlight of the Month

October - Employee Highlight of the Month
Vicki Leonard - Information Specialist II
Family Domestic

Q. What brings you joy?
A.  I enjoy meeting with my daughter each weekend for brunch.  I also have the pleasure of being the Godmother to 16 children, ages 6 -32.  The 6-year-old is a Spiderman fan and I recently delivered him the Spidey bath towel and blanket that Spiderman left at my house for him.
Q. How long have you worked at the Court?
A.  All of my adult life.  I've been here since I was 21-years-old.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A.  I like completing the court call dockets the day of the hearing so families can have their court orders as soon as possible.  I worked at the Customer Service Window, so I am very sensitive to the fact that people want and need these as soon as possible.
Q. What's most challenging about your job?
A.  Actually completing the court call dockets on the same day as the hearing is the biggest challenge as well.
Q. Where would you like to be at this moment?
A.  I would love to be in Hawaii.
Q. Who is your favorite superhero?
A.  My favorite superhero is Batman.  Batman has no special powers.  He cares about people and uses his normal/natural abilities to hep others. 
Q. Name some of your favorite places:
A.  My favorite places are Royal Oak, MI; Charlotte, NC; and, Albuquerque, NM.
Q. What's your favorite movie?
A.  My favorite movie is The Godfather and the sequels.
Q. Are you a lifelong Detroiter?
A.  I attended Pershing High School, the College for Creative Studies, and Wayne State University.
Q. If you did not work at Third Circuit Court, what type of work would you like to do?
A. If I did not work for the Court, I would have pursued a career as commercial artist.  I use these skills to help for family events.  I also create art and write poetry.
Q. How will you spend the Thanksgiving holiday?
A.  I plan on gathering with the family for a meal.
Q. What is one thing most people do not know about you?
A.  I am an avid Game of Thrones' fan.  John Snow should be the next king and if he isn't, I will be in contact with the writers.     

Are You Ready for Some Football!!

The Third Circuit Court, Chief Judge Robert J. Colombo, Jr. and
Executive Court Administrator, 
Zenell Brown,
invite you to watch the

Detroit Lions v. Los Angeles Rams
Sunday, December 2, 2018
1:00 p.m.
Ford Field
Enjoy an afternoon at Ford Field, cheering on the Lions with your coworkers! Tickets are $69 each 
plus fees.
To purchase, follow the link below and use the promo code, log in or create an account and follow the prompts.
Promo code is 3RDCC
We hope to see you there!! 
GO Lions!!

On September 5, 2018, Judge Craig Strong received a certificate of recognition from Congressman Alan Lowenthal, United States House of Representatives, for his continued support and dedication to the New Image Emergency Shelter, Inc., 23
rd Annual Children's Christmas Store, and its philanthropic efforts to help underserved communities in Long Beach and Los Angeles, California.


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It's fall!  We hope you find time for crisp morning walks and a trip to a local cider mill.
In addition to partaking in cider and donut gatherings, our Court staff completed their annual rituals and routines to prepare for the new fiscal year.  We give a special thanks to those who worked extra hours to wrap up last minute details of the outgoing fiscal year.  And we look forward to the regular calendar of fall activities such as our Veteran's Treatment Court's participation in the annual Veteran's Stand Down, the Friend of the Court's semi-annual child support help event, and the Juvenile Court's Adoption Day.  
In addition to our calendared events, we had unexpected retirement celebrations in September: Stephen Malyn, Girard Stempin, Richard Stempin, John Breen, and Deborah Price. We thank them for their many years of commitment and service and wish them well.  And, we are preparing for the year-end retirements of Hon. Richard B. Halloran, Hon. Virgil C. Smith, and Hon. Chief Judge Robert J. Colombo, Jr.  These judges are being honored by various organizations and we will be sharing their career highlights in future newsletters.
So grab a sweater, enjoy the newsletter.   Happy Fall!

The 2018 Kristy Lynn Berkelbaugh Award for Child Advocacy goes to Presiding Judge Virgil C. Smith.

Hundreds Receive  Free 
Legal Help for 
Child Support Issues

The Salvation Army William Booth Legal Aid Clinic sponsored a free child support help program on Saturday, October 13, 2018, at Detroit Public Library, 5201 Woodward Ave., in the Friends Auditorium from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.  This is a semi-annual event and has been a tradition at the Detroit Public Library since 2011.
The Wayne County Friend of the Court hosts this event so participants are able to meet individually with family law attorneys on a pro bono basis.  These volunteer attorneys assist in helping attendees complete motion packets, process State Discharge of Arrears Forms, and provide legal direction when needed on child support, parenting time, and custody issues.  Child support professionals were also on site to answer general family support questions.
Multiple community partners came out to sponsor information tables such as Wayne County Jury Services, Veteran Services, The Children's Center, Self-Help Legal Aid Navigation, Wayne County Mediation and Dispute Resolution Services, Young Father's Standing United, Lakeshore Legal Aid, and Head Start Family and Children's Services.
Many thanks to all the volunteers and supporters of this free legal help program! 

Honoring Judge Harry B. Keidan

On October 10, Judge David Groner hosted the unveiling of the Portrait of Judge Harry B. Keidan.  Judge Keidan was the first Jewish judge elected to the Third Circuit Court.  He served on the bench from 1927 to 1943.  The unveiling was attended by many, including family members of Judge Keidan:  Mimi Keidan Seltzer (granddaughter) & Phillip E. Seltzer, Karen (grandniece) & Mitch Myerson, Marco Myerson (great grandnephew), Lynn Keidan-Segel (grandniece) & Lenny Segel, Barbara Keidan (wife of Herbert Kiedan-nephew), Peggy Daitch (great niece), Henry Berry (grandson), Emily Whale (great granddaughter), and Karen Berry (granddaughter).  U.S. Eastern District Judge Avern Cohn was present and he shared the history of Judge Keidan. 
The unveiling may be viewed by using the QR code.

On October 4 th , Judge Patricia Fresard hosted Hispanic Heritage month in her courtroom.  Hispanic Heritage Month is from September 15 to October 15.  It is a celebration to recognize the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American champions who have inspired others to achieve success.