Opening Her Court
ircuit Judge Deborah Tyner
was honored Sunday during a
Black History Month service
in Detroit for opening her Oakland
County courtroom to middle and
high school students last July.
The students, from the Greater
Grace Temple in northwest Detroit, watched nation-
ally known defense attorney Johnnie Cochran argue
a case before Judge Tyner.
Bishop Charles H. Ellis said the judge's action
inspired the youth.
"Many of those youth had only viewed courts as a
`bad place' — somewhere not to go," he said. "Judge
Tyner's judicial temperament, coupled with the
appearance in her court of attorney Johnnie
Cochran, inspired a number of those young folk to
set a career goal of becoming lawyers and judges."
etro Detroit high school students soon will be
able to learn Hebrew or Arabic through the
International Center in Bloomfield Township.
A program of the International Academy, a public
high school operated by the Oakland County
Schools, the Center plans to offer both beginner and
advanced classes in mid-March, said Dildora
Damisch, the school's international coordinator.
"We are seeking Michigan-certified, native-speak-
ing teachers," she said. "Successful completion of the
program will give students high school credits."
The school is seeking at least four students for
each class, she said. Fees will be $15 per hour. If
enrollment is reached, classes will meet two hours
per week at the school, 1020 E. Square Lake Road,
between Opdyke and Squirrel roads.
For more information, call Damisch at (248) 341-5942.
— Diana Lieberman
The students awarded a plaque of appreciation to
the judge. State Rep. Mary D. Waters, D-Detio' it, -
presented a tribute proclaiming Feb. 16 "Judge
Deborah Tyner Day."
"I had the opportunity to sit with the students in
Judge Tyner's courtroom and observed their eyes light
up as they realized that a courtroom need not be a
place to fear, but court can be a place where things can
get done in a positive environment," Waters said.
— Robert A. Sklar
A Boy For Tiofneboy'
fter the NS Arts & Entertainment section
went to press on Tuesday, Linda Bass, wife of
Eminem co-producer and co-songwriter Jeff
Bass (see "Homeboy" on page 62), gave birth to a
baby boy — who arrived before the March due date.
Mother, baby and Dad are doing fine.
— Gail Zimmerman
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