This summer from June 19-29, 25 area high school students will be travelling via bus though the Deep South. As part of the 2016 Freedom Tour, these students will experience and learn the history of the U.S. civil rights movement through visits to its landmarks and institutions and multiple interactions with many who led, participated in or now study the centuries-long struggle. The 2016 Freedom Tour and is sponsored by the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights (MCHR). MCHR is a non-profit group dedicated to universal human rights through education, advocacy, community organization and action. PMP&R is providing financial support for 2016 Freedom Tour by covering the cost of the trip for several students. The firm has also been a supporter of previous Freedom Tours. “The Freedom Tour provides an extraordinary opportunity for area high school students to walk in the footsteps of famous civil rights activists and leaders, see the landmarks of the movement, talk with contemporary civil rights activists and learn about the philosophy of non-violence,” said firm co-founder Cary McGehee, who is the long-time chair of the MCHR Board of Directors. The 2016 Freedom Tour itinerary includes: *Atlanta – Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Non-Violent Social Change and Ebenezer Church. *Montgomery, Ala. – Freedom Riders Museum, Rosa Parks Center and Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. *Meridian and Jackson, Miss. – Medgar Evers House, Choctaw Native American Reservation, Tougaloo College and the Arab Museum. *Selma and Lowndes County, Ala. – Edmund Pettus Bridge, Viola Liuzzo Memorial, the Slavery Museum and National Voting Rights Museum and Institute. *Memphis, Tenn. – Lorraine Hotel Museum and Beale Street music scene. “We provide these students a powerful, firsthand experience of the rich narrative of the civil rights movement. And we demonstrate through the example of civil rights heroes that they, as young people, have power and can make a difference,” said McGehee. “For months prior to the tour, we also mentor and develop these teens so they can return to their own communities, schools and churches as informed and inspired young social activists,” said McGehee. Fundraising efforts continue toward the $75,000 goal – the full cost of the tour. Sponsorship of a single student is $1500, but donations of any size are appreciated and welcomed. Donations may be made directly to MCHR at 9200 Gratiot Ave., Detroit, Mich. 48213 or the 2016 Freedom Tour CrowdRise Fundraiser at http://bit.ly/21lvRJW. For more information on the 2016 Freedom Tour visit MCHR.org.
Robin Wagner was one of 30 attorneys selected by Michigan Lawyers Weekly for its 2019 Up and Coming Lawyers professional recognition. The honorees are attorneys in their first decade of practice who are having a significant impact and...
Legal News has published an announcement regarding Megan Bonanni's election as a Fellow to the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Read full article here
Jennifer Lord was quoted by Legal News in coverage of her recent presentation at the"Litigating Algorithms" conference sponsored by AI Now Institute at NYU Law School.
Jennifer Lord was cited by Michigan Lawyers Weekly in an article on the problematic use of automation by public agencies to manage various benefits and welfare programs.
Lansing State Journal -- "Settlement Reached in Case of Lansing Teacher who Physically Abused Special Needs Student"
The Lansing State Journal reported on the settlement of a case involving a male student who was physically abused by a public school teacher. The teenaged student is represented by Megan Bonanni
East Village Magazine -- "Water Class Action Attorneys Detail Progress of Civil Cases; Not All Satisfied"
Julie Hurwitz, Ted Leopold, and Mike Pitt were quoted in East Village Magazine's coverage of the June 27 Flint Water Crisis town hall meeting and community update. Read the full article here
Four former leadership-level employees say Ford Motor Co. deprived them of retirement benefits by firing them during a sweeping global restructuring in May based on their age and how close they are to obtaining full pensions. Read full article
Remarks by Trachelle Young and Michael Pitt were featured in WNEM/NBC coverage of June 27 Flint Town Hall
WNEM/NBC/Flint-Saginaw -- "Town Hall to Update Flint Families About Civil Lawsuits"/3:19
Law360 reported on the transfer of proposed class action suit against General Motors from Florida to Michigan, citing PMPR as counsel for plaintiffs. Click here to read article
The media outlets below aired and published coverage of counsel's letter to Michigan Auditor General requesting an investigation of the Nassar Survivor Compensation Fund: WILX -- "'Wave 2' Nassar Survivors Want Investigation Into...
Michael Pitt was quoted by Detroit Free Press and Lansing State Journal as their coverage of the Coalition of Counsel's letter to Michigan's Auditor General requesting an investigation of irregularities in the Nassar Survivor...
Michael Pitt has been named to the Michigan Lawyers Weekly Hall of Fame - Class of 2019
Law360 published an article on last week's U.S. District Court ruling in Burgess vs. USA case
Read The Hills article on last week's U.S. District Court ruling in Burgess vs. USA case here.
The Detroit News published an editorial in today's edition summarized and supported the Michigan Supreme Court's decision in Bauserman vs. UIA
Ted Leopold and Michael Pitt were quoted in a Detroit News story examining U.S. District Judge Judith Levy's opinion in Flint Water Crisis-related lawsuit
In a recent interview aired on WDET/NPR, Michael Pitt explained and commented on hundreds of lawsuits being filed by visually-impaired persons against companies with inaccessible public websites. The lawsuits claim the websites are in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
WDIV/NBC/Detroit -- "Taylor City Council Wants Answers After Treasurer Claims Disability, Works from Home"/2:56
WDIV reported on Ed Bourassa and his lawsuit in late February. Beginning at 1:53 of story, the reporter (Rod Meloni) cites details from the lawsuit multiple times and makes apparent reference to Mike Pitt as Bourassa's "tough lawyer:"
Congratulations to Cary McGehee, who was named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly Leaders in the Law -- Class of 2019 The honorees have made outstanding contributions to the practice of law in Michigan and set an example for other lawyers. The...
Michael Pitt and Peggy Goldberg Pitt -- and their good works -- were profiled in the "Citizen Lawyer" feature published in February 2019 issue of Michigan Bar Journal