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Judge Michael A. Martone to Speak with Wayne Law Students, Alumni and Friends, Feb. 25

February 11, 2008

Judge MartoneDETROIT (Feb. 11, 2008) –Wayne State University Law School is pleased to announce that Judge Michael A. Martone will meet with Wayne Law students, alumni and friends to discuss his legal career in a public event on Monday, Feb. 25, 2008.

Judge Martone will speak in third floor Faculty Lounge at the Wayne State University Law School located at 471 W. Palmer St. in Detroit.

Judge Martone received his B.A. from Wayne State University and his J.D. from Michigan State University, Detroit College of Law. He was elected to the 52-4 District Court in 1992 and reelected in 1998. Judge Martone, an advisor to Troy Families for Safe Homes, is a member of the Troy Community Coalition for the Prevention of Drug and Alcohol abuse and serves as a Trustee of the Troy Foundation for Educational Excellence.

Judge Martone's professional career and much of his personal time is dedicated to helping America's youth avoid problems and deal successfully with the challenges that they face in today's society.  His frequent use of 'creative sentences' and his establishment of the Courageous Decisions Program, a nationally acclaimed alcohol intervention program, has raised awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving and underage binge drinking all across America.  Since it's inception in 1993, more than 100,000 students in 29 states and the District of Columbia have participated in this highly successful program.

Judge Martone is a faculty member at the Michigan Judicial Institute and served as both lead faculty and as a special presenter at the National Judicial College at the University of Nevada where his program has been established as part of the college's curriculum.  It is also part of SADD's national "2000 by 2000" initiative and both the 1997 and 2000 MADD National Youth Summits. 

Judge Martone and the Courageous Decisions Program have been featured on NBC's Today Show, ABC's Good Morning America, CBS's Early Show, MSNBC's Today's People, CNN's Newsstand and on National Public Radio's the Todd Mundt Show.  Judge Martone has been profiled in Fast Company Magazine, Woodward Magazine, and in newspapers all across the country.

Judge Martone has been recognized for his effort on behalf of America's youth on the Congressional Record by former U.S. Senator and now Energy Secretary, Spencer Abraham and U.S. Members of Congress Joseph Knollenberg and Sander Levin.  He has received the 1997 State of Michigan Traffic Safety Award, the 1997 Detroit Coalition's Commitment to Service Award, the 1999 Foundation for the Improvement of Justice Award, the 1999 National Crime Prevention Council's Ameritech Award for Excellence in Crime Prevention, the 1999 National Commission Against Drunk Driving Award and the United States Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention 2000 Justice for Children Award.

The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in structure #1 across from the Law School, on Palmer Street (corner of Cass) for $3.50. For further information, please contact the Dean’s Office at (313) 577-3933.

Wayne State University Law School has served Michigan and beyond since its inception as Detroit City Law School in 1927. Located in Detroit’s re-energized historic cultural center, the Law School remains committed to student success and features modern lecture and court facilities, multi-media classrooms, a 250-seat auditorium, and the Arthur Neef Law Library, which houses one of the nation's 30 largest legal collections. Taught by an internationally recognized faculty, Wayne State Law School students experience a high-quality legal education via a growing array of hands-on curricular offerings, five live-client clinics, and access to well over 100 internships with local and non-profit entities each year. Its 11,000 living alumni, who work in every state of the nation and more than a dozen foreign countries, include leading members of the local, national and international legal communities. For more information, visit