Vol. 108, No. 22, November 28, 2023

Next Meeting:

 When:  December 1, 2023 at Noon
 Where:  Lansing Community College, Michigan Room 
 Address:  600 N. Grand Ave., Park in Gannon Ramp
 Speaker:  Takura Nyamfukudza, Partner & Litigator
 Topic:   "Constitutional Warrior"
 Chair of the Day:   Lolo Robison
 Editarian:  Ben Rathbun
 Chair of the Month:  Lolo Robison
 Greeter:  Judi Harris
 
 
Biography for Takura Nyamfukudza
Many recognize Takura by his trademark bowtie, but his real trademark is the passion and skill that he brings to fight every case for every person he represents. He truly believes that defending people’s rights in the courtroom is his life’s calling. He is an experienced criminal defense litigator who has enjoyed a number of successes in the courtroom. He has fought diligently to earn "not guilty" verdicts in multiple jury trials. Those "not guilty" verdicts include an attempted murder trial, numerous cases involving multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct, and the retrial of a man who had been wrongfully imprisoned for nine years. Takura also played in integral role in helping to exonerate three clients who had served a total of 52 years in prison for various crimes that he and the team at Chartier & Nyamfukudza, P.L.C. were able to prove the clients did not commit.
 
Takura practices in state and federal courts throughout Michigan, including handling appellate cases at the Michigan Supreme Court and the Michigan Court of Appeals. Before serving his clients as a criminal defense litigator, Takura proudly served his country in the United States Army for twelve years.
 
In 2015, Takura was selected to receive the State Bar of Michigan’s Regeana Myrick Outstanding Young Lawyer Award. This award is given to one attorney in the state and recognizes attorneys making outstanding contributions to the bar and the community. Other recognitions Takura has received include the Rising Star Award from the Davis-Dunnings Bar Association and the “Top 5 Under 35” Award from the Ingham County Bar Association. The Rising Star Award recognizes an outstanding young lawyer in the Greater Lansing community whose career demonstrates leadership, exemplary character, integrity, judgment, legal scholarship, and service to the profession and community through community-based organizations that strive to improve the lives of the people in the Lansing community so as to make him a role model for others. The “Top 5 Under 35” Award is given annually to five members of the Ingham County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section, recognized for their talents, skills, professionalism, and civility in the practice of law.
 
Takura is active in numerous professional organizations, and he has presented on issues related to criminal defense throughout the state, including at the Michigan Judicial Institute and conferences held by the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan and the Michigan Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. He has also been appointed to the State Bar of Michigan’s Board of Commissioners.
 
Takura served on the Michigan Joint Taskforce on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration, as faculty for the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission’s trial skills program, and as the defense attorney who tried the case for the Supreme Court Administrative Office’s remote jury trial project. The State Appellate Defender Office has tapped him to lecture on the topic of remote jury trials. Takura is a recurring speaker at the People’s Law School, where he typically educates those in attendance on issues related to the Fourth Amendment.
 
Takura is also active in the community, volunteering his time at the Lansing Refugee Development Center and the Lansing Boys & Girls Club. Takura’s commitment to serving the community extends to pro bono work, and he has also volunteered his legal services with Service to Soldiers. He is a longstanding mentor with the Ingham County Veterans Treatment Court. Takura is a leading criminal defense litigator, and he brings his passion for the law and commitment to excellence to every case.
Slate of Officers
Based upon the report of the Club’s Nominating Committee it is recommended that the following slate of nominees be submitted to the Club membership this Friday, December 1, 2023 for election as Directors-Elect, to serve three-year terms as board members beginning July 1, 2024.  Our By-Laws state that one-third of the membership shall constitute a quorum to vote via in person or on Zoom.  Thank you for your help,
 
  • Sara Garcia
  • Heidi McNaughton
  • Jason Brunette
Free Mental Health First Aid
We have the special opportunity to take part in a free Mental Health First Aid training, sponsored by Pines Behavioral Health which is affiliated with the Coldwater Sunrise Rotary Club. This training coincides with Rotary International's special focus on global mental health. As Rotary President Gordan McInally recently said, "so many of us and the people we serve are experiencing lasting challenges to our emotional well-being that we cannot handle alone.  As Rotary members, we have a unique ability to reach out to people".
 
This is a virtual 2 hours of self-paced pre-work then a 6 hour live virtual training via Zoom.  Two dates to choose from November 29 at 9:00 a.m. and December 6 at 9:00 a.m.  To register please email Micheala at:  mtorrescamargo@pinesbhs.org 
Membership Committee Meeting 
Rotary's Vision Statement: Together we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change across the globe in our communities and in ourselves.
 
Please join us for a Membership Committee Meeting after the Friday Club meeting, December 1st, 2023, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
December Birthdays
Ben BakkenDecember 16
Jason BrunetteDecember 13
Michael CavanaughDecember 19
Andrea EarlDecember 17
Kelli Ellsworth-EtchisonDecember 01
Glenn GrangerDecember 04
Bilky Joda-MillerDecember 19
Teresa KmetzDecember 29
Tobi LyonDecember 23
Mikhail MurshakDecember 20
Micki O'NeilDecember 12
Michelle ReynaertDecember 29
Brian SturdivantDecember 12
Julie ThomasmaDecember 02
Casey ThompsonDecember 28
Scott WatkinsDecember 04
Katherine ZellDecember 13
Speakers
Dec 08, 2023
"Lansing: Be Our Neighbor"
Dec 15, 2023
Jan 05, 2024
UM Health-West & Sparrow Health System
Jan 19, 2024
Concussions in Athletes
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Rotary Club of Lansing
P. O. Box 13156
Lansing, MI   48901-3156
Meeting Responsibilities
Chair of the Day
Robison, Lolo
 
Greeter
Harris, Judi
 
December Birthday Chair
Watkins, Scott
 
Chair of the Month
Robison, Lolo