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I keep a copy of this in my office. I look at it before I leave for court and before I write anything for publication. It is a wise policy not be become overly enamored of one's own wit, especially if one does not wear a black robe. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at attorneybutler.net
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So, on the occasion of my first trip through the Lahser-Outer Drive intersection, I was very surprised to see the monument shown at left. After several passes, I was able to make out the silhouettes of four servicemen. I wasn't able to make out the inscription on the western side. Thanks to the internet, I discovered that this is the Brightmoor World War II Memorial, unveiled in 1943, and depicting members of the Army, Navy, Marines and Army Air Corp (as the Air Force was called then). Some blight removal work has been going on. On a recent early morning trip I saw a group of young people painting a large red heart and the name "Brightmoor" on the side of a self-serve car wash. That said, there is still a awful lot of work to do. In fact, I think that car wash is out of business. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at attorneybutler.net
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The Red Mass is an occasion for judges, attorneys, civic leaders, and law students of all faiths to pray together at the beginning of the new judicial term and ask the blessing of the Holy Spirit on the coming year’s work, so that in cooperation and mutual trust we may effectively achieve justice for all. Please join us as we celebrate the 102nd annual Red Mass Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 12:00 pm Ss. Peter & Paul Jesuit Church 629 East Jefferson Avenue, Detroit Guests are welcome Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at attorneybutler.net
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If this be "Empathy", let me take another look at "Disdain". "Empathy"? "Rule of Law"? When it comes to judicial labels, let me paraphrase the beer commercial's Most Interesting Man in the World: "Stay suspicious, my friend." Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2014 at attorneybutler.net
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If you see a Non-Republican self-styled "Rule of Law" judicial candidate during the up-coming campaign, you might ask the candidate is he follows our Rules of Professional Ethics. When he answers "Yes" you can then how many "Empathy" judges he or she has turned in to the Judicial Tenure Commission. And when he answers "None", you can ask him if that means all of our judges are "Rule of Law" judges. I'd be interested in his answer to that one. Voters might very well be cautious-skeptical, in fact, of all pretentious, self-important labels candidates place on themselves. Especially those, as "Rule of Law" judge that claim a monopoly on virtue. It ain't necessarily so. Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2014 at attorneybutler.net
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Very soon, I will be posting some pictures from last year's Judge Kaye Tertzag Purple Sportcoat Dinner. Thinking of that event gets me thinking of Judge Tertzag and thinking of Judge Tertzag reminds me of how Tom Bosley's portrayal of New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia in the musical Fiorello! reminds me of Kaye Tertzag. In the past, while in this mood, I have posted songs from the original Broadway soundtrack. As today is Labor Day, I post this number, "Unfair". It shows LaGuardia helping a group of striking Union workers, members of Ladies Waistmakers Union Local 25, in finer points of picketing. All of the lyrics to this song can be found at the end of this post, but I will give you a little taste here Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2014 at attorneybutler.net
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The hazard was not effectively unavoidable on the way out because Ms. Poole had walked over the same hazard on the way in without slipping. Therefore, (and here is my insight, by the way) we must conclude: THE SNOW AND ICE ENCOUNTERED BY MS. POOLE WAS NOT SLIPPERY AS A MATTER OF MICHIGAN LAW. She should not have expected the snow and ice to be slippery on the way out. Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2014 at attorneybutler.net
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2014 BISHOP MICHAEL J. GALLAGHER SOCIETY DINNER WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2014 ST. CLARE OF MONTEFALCO PARISH-GROSSE POINTE PARK MASS 6PM-DINNER AND PROGRAM TO FOLLOW CELEBRANT-BISHOP MICHAEL J. BYRNES (ST. MARY OF REDFORD/DETROIT CATHOLIC CENTRAL) KEYNOTE SPEAKER-MICK McCABE (ALLEN PARK CABRINI)-DETROIT FREE PRESS SPORTS WRITER Continue reading
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With Mass Mob V at Detroit's St. Albertus church coming up on August 10, 2014, I thought it might be a good time to post a scan of a yearbook from Felician Academy. The girls high school was part of the Felician Sisters complex located directly across Canfield from St. Albertus. Sadly, Mass Mobbers will see no evidence of the buildings when they visit. Continue reading
First in a series of idiotic videos by Metro Detroit Chiropractors Dot Com hawking a "system" devised to maximize compensation for personal injury attorneys. If I was a defense attorney, and this guy was a treater, I'd play the video and sit down. Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2014 at attorneybutler.net
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Although the cover and introductory pages look like something out of a Fifties Rod Serling Twilight Zone episode, there is much in this book that reflects the World War II years. I imagine that a high percentage of these CC grads went into the Service right after Commencement-which occurred the same month the Allies landed at Normandy. Continue reading
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Servite was the co-ed high school of St. John Berchmans parish in Detroit. The 1953 yearbook features the first graduating class to go through all four years at the high school. A scan of that yearbook can be found by clicking this link. Continue reading
Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary IBVM. http://www.ibvm.org/
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The parish's Golden Jubilee book from 1940 is now on-line and can be found by clicking here. Sweetest Heart had both a grade school and a high school. The grade school had as many as 1875 students during the 1920-21 school year. The high school started later, and had only been open for 2 years as of 1940. The Diamond Jubilee book published in 1965 spoke of the future of Sweetest Heart's schools with uncertainty. The high school closed in 1966, and the grade school closed in 1975. Continue reading
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Detroit St. Philip Neri parish was located on Dickerson and Charlevoix. The parish opened in 1927, and sadly, closed in 1989. The 1936 high school yearbook has been scanned and can be found here, and on the left sidebar of this site. The high school closed in 1970. The 1969 yearbook was located on the Classmates.com site and the Senior class that year had 43 members. Continue reading
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10153701_10201961324739034_1715601512882795083_nBack in 1927, the Detroit Holy Redeemer High School yearbook was called the Camanile, which was the name given to the parish's church tower, shown on the cover, and shown in this photo taken from the yearbook. The entire yearbook has been scanned and can be found by clicking this link. There is also a photo album link in the left column of this site. Holy Redeemer has been one of Detroit's major Catholic parishes from way back to the early years of the 20th Century. Family legend has it that my mother's parents, James Coffey and Nona Garvey, were married at a 5:30am weekday Mass in 1917, so they could both get on to their jobs on time. Later that year my grandfather went on to serve in the US Navy in World War I. Continue reading
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Secondly, the song reminds me of the late Kaye Tertzag, a store front lawyer before he became a Wayne County Circuit Court judge. Kaye Tertzag started his legal career working in a small store front law office where he practiced nights and weekends, after he finished his "day" job as a teacher at River Rouge High School. Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2014 at attorneybutler.net
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St. Albertus is located on the Canfield corridor that, over a short stretch, is also home to Sweetest Heart of Mary Church (site of Mass Mob IV on July 13-1800 attending) and St. Josaphat. Until a fire destroyed the building in 1969, the Felcian Sisters' Mother House, Felician Academy Girls High School and an orphage was located immediately across Canfield from St. Albertus. Continue reading
Tim, I am going to forward this message to Tom Wozniak. If anyone can help you, Tom can. Best of luck. I hope you'll let me know how your quest works out.
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Five minutes later, as darkness began to fall, there began a series of detonations that made me think that our street was the site of the preliminary rounds of the AK-47 Competition (Junior High Division) of the 2014 American Open Carry Convention. Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2014 at attorneybutler.net
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This scan of the 1937 Detroit St. Casimir High School Casmirette was provided to me by my friends Kathy and Tom Wozniak of Livonia. Tom is a St. Casimir Alum and has done a wonderful job preserving the memory of this great Detroit parish and its schools. Continue reading
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Bishop Gallagher Society Board member Jack Rajkovich (St. Scholastica '63, Detroit Catholic Central '67) came upon a copy of the 1949 Archdiocese of Detroit's school report at a local antique shop. Jack bought the book and it has now been scanned and can be found by clicking this link, or by locating the icon in the left column of this site. Continue reading
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Academy Award Winner Patty Duke visited CC during Boys' Bowl weekend in the fall of 1963. Here are some pictures from that visit. Jack Rajkovich '67, Bishop Gallagher Society Board member, who was a freshman at CC during that time, recently attended a book signing event last week at Congregation Shaarey Zedek. The program was sponsored by KADIMA, a Jewish supported mental health agency. Jack reminded Patty of her Shamrock connection. Ms. Duke was nice enough to autograph Jack's 1964 CC yearbook. Continue reading
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Two additional rows of Detroit area Catholic school crests/logos have been added to the Bishop Gallagher Society Collage. The current graphic can be found in the left column of the website, or here, full size. The new additons, left to right: Detroit Salesian, Detroit Girls Catholic Central, Harper Woods Bishop Gallagher, Detroit East Catholic, Southgate Aquinas, Dearborn Sacred Heart. Sadly, all now closed. Sacred Heart Seminary (high school closed in 1970), Felician Academy 1, Felician Academy 2, Our Lady Queen of Angels, Austin, Our Lady Queen of Heaven. All closed. Continue reading