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Bristol Area Lions Learn About Recent Supreme Court Cases 09/12/2010

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The Bristol Area Lions Club kicked off their new year with a program by guest speaker Judge Boyce Martin. His presentation was preceded by a delicious buffet dinner catered by David Atwater.

Martin is the most senior active judge on the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, having been appointed in 1979 during the Carter administration. He served as chief justice of the Sixth Circuit from 1996-2003, and is now Chief Judge Emeritus. A native of Boston, Judge Martin received his undergraduate training at Davidson College and his law degree from the University of Virginia. He splits his time between Louisville, KY and in Bristol and is very active in civic interests.

In his program, Judge Martin provided a judicial view of recent US Supreme Court cases and some of the issues facing the judiciary today. Reviewing some of the most significant cases of the Supreme Court’s 2009-2010 term, he covered some updates on the Miranda Rights, shared his opinion on the transparency of the Supreme Court, and explained the process by which cases come to be judged by the upper echelons of our judicial system. Of the 8,000 cases filed during the most recent session, only 80 were granted a hearing; it is the law clerks who make that determination.

At the business meeting that followed Judge Martin’s presentation, Al Sears was recognized and commended for his 25 years of service and active participation in the Lions organization. King Lion John Janell thanked all members who worked on the summer’s fundraising events, including Walt Johannson for organizing the Club’s first Treasures and Treats sale and for selling the most tickets for the Club’s recent shed raffle. Lions Lee Rushmore and Al Rottner were recognized for assuring that the shed raffle ran smoothly throughout the summer. Thanks were extended to Lions John Hanna and Sy Kagan for running the second annual Bristol Area Lions Club Golf Tournament, while Lion David Kolodin was cited for organizing a series of fundraising flea markets.

For the next meeting of the Bristol Area Lions Club, members will have a tour of North Country Wind Bells in Bristol, led by business owner Connie Davidson, followed by dinner and a business meeting at the Willing Workers Hall in Bristol. To make dinner reservations for that meeting, or to learn more about the Bristol Area Lions Club, please call Al Rottner at 677-2095.

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