Butzel Long is a sponsor of the Ninth Annual U of D Mercy Titan Athletic Club’s Basketball Camp for Special Needs Kids on June 20 in Detroit

DETROIT, Mich. – Exercise, team-building and fun are advantages of youth sports. Accordingly, the University of Detroit Mercy Titan Athletic Club, is hosting its Ninth Annual Basketball Camp for special needs players from 9 a.m. to Noon on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at the historic Calihan Hall on the campus of the University of Detroit Mercy. Butzel Long law firm is a sponsor of this year’s event.

The one-day clinic is for any special needs players (all abilities are welcome) ages 12 & older to learn and develop basketball skills. Athletes with trainable mental impairment (TMI), educatable mental impairment (EMI) and other developmental or physical disabilities are encouraged to participate.

“We developed this clinic for special needs kids to help them develop fundamental basketball skills,” said Bernard (Bernie) J. Fuhs, Vice President, Butzel Long and a former Titan basketball standout, Titan Club member and U of D Mercy Alum. “The kids have a blast! It’s a fun way for them to build confidence and learn basketball skills that they can practice throughout the summer.

“This event is a highlight of the year for the Titan Athletic Club members, Titan coaches, players and alumni,” added Fuhs. “At the same time, Butzel Long is a proud sponsor. Our firm has long and strong history of community involvement in the city of Detroit.”

The clinic puts all participants through various drills before ending with a scrimmage. The fee is $15 per student, which includes a camp T-shirt and tour of Calihan Hall.

Parents/ guardians are welcome to stay and watch. A camp-parent room will be available. To register or for more information, call John Hitchings at
(313) 993-1700, ext. 7331 or visit www.DetroitTitans.com/TitanClub. The registration deadline is June 18. Families who may need financial assistance, also can inquire about camp sponsorship.

About the Titan Athletic Club

The University of Detroit Mercy Titan Club is the official booster organization for more than 300 student-athletes at the University of Detroit Mercy.

About Butzel Long

Butzel Long is one of the leading law firms in Michigan and the United States. It was founded in Detroit in 1854 and has provided trusted client service for more than 160 years. Butzel’s full-service law offices are located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Mich.; New York, NY; and, Washington, D.C., as well as alliance offices in Beijing and Shanghai. It is an active member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Learn more by visiting www.butzel.com or follow Butzel Long on Twitter: https://twitter.com/butzel_long

Butzel Long attorney Jennifer Dukarski will discuss biometric data during Autonomous Vehicle Safety Regulation World Congress

Jennifer Dukarski, Butzel Long attorney, shareholder and leader of the firm’s connected car working group, will be a featured speaker during the Autonomous Vehicle Safety Regulation World Congress from October 23-25, 2018 at The Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

She will participate in the Product Liability session (October 23, 2018) on the “Litigating Automated Vehicle Product Liability Cases: Tackling the Tough Issues” panel discussion and will be a keynote speaker at the Privacy and Cybersecurity session (October 24, 2018). The title of her keynote is, “Protecting Data Privacy including Bioprivacy) and the Liabilities if You Don’t.” Dukarski says that designing for various levels of autonomy and user experiences has led to an explosion of biometric data collection. Designing these technologies implicates a new moving target: bioprivacy. She will emphasize the importance for engineers and designers to take note of these trends to incorporate the proper protections mandated by law that will result in leaving a privacy-oriented fingerprint on the design.

Dukarski focuses her practice at the intersection of technology and communications with an emphasis on emerging and disruptive issues: digital media, cybersecurity, infotainment, vehicle safety and connected and autonomous cars.

In her practice, she has negotiated contracts for autonomous vehicle components, reviewed contracts involving wireless updates to in-vehicle technology, assisted companies in achieving successful Petitions for Inconsequential Noncompliance with NHTSA and has addressed multiple vehicle component recalls. Dukarski has become a national leader in legal issues facing emerging automotive technology and is the leader of Butzel Long’s connected car working group. She also has spearheaded the reporting efforts for two national data breaches and focuses on the threat vectors facing automotive component design.

A self-titled “recovering engineer,” Dukarski serves as Counsel to the OESA’s Product Development Council and has spoken on First Amendment issues ranging from newsgathering in the digital age to the impact of the FBI iPhone strategy. She has been a panelist at the North American International Auto Show for the last two years, covering a broad variety of legal concerns focused on the autonomous and connected car. She has appeared on several television programs, including Autoline and AutoBeat, and in many print interviews (including CIO Magazine, PC World, Bridge Magazine, Computer World and Automotive News) discussing automotive technology and its related legal issues.

Prior to joining Butzel, she gained automotive manufacturing and design experience as a result of high-level quality management and engineering positions. She has worked extensively on successful automotive product launches, managing vendors and Tier One manufacturing facilities. A Six Sigma Master Black Belt, she applies her experience to create innovative approaches to the protection of IP assets and disruptive technology.

Dukarski has experience with field recalls and was a representative to the University of Michigan’s CIREN (Crash Injury Research & Engineering Network) and UMPIRE (University of Michigan Program for Injury Research and Education). Working as a design engineer, she received multiple Record of Invention Awards for contributions to patents and trade secrets.

Notably, Dukarski has attained the distinction of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Senior member status, the highest grade for which IEEE members can apply.

Further, she was named a “2016 Honoree for Michigan Women in the Law” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. She also is among Michigan Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” and DBusiness “Top Lawyers.” She is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). She is the IEEE Southeastern Michigan Vehicle Technology Society Treasurer and serves as a Working Group member with IEEE PAR 1912 (Privacy and Security Architecture for Consumer Wireless Devices) which is focused on setting standards for privacy and security protocols. She also coaches and mentors’ women engineers.

At the same time, she is a co-Chair of the Women in Communication Law committee of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Forum on Communications Law and serves on the Forum’s Governing Committee. Moreover, Dukarski is an adjunct professor in the Paralegal Program, teaching Intellectual Property at Baker College.

She is a graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2010). She’s also a graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy College of Engineering and Science, (B.S., Mechanical Engineering, summa cum laude, 1996).


About Butzel Long
Butzel Long is one of the leading law firms in Michigan and the United States. It was founded in Detroit in 1854 and has provided trusted client service for more than 160 years. Butzel’s full-service law offices are located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Mich.; New York, NY; and, Washington, D.C., as well as alliance offices in Beijing and Shanghai. It is an active member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Learn more by visiting www.butzel.com or follow Butzel Long on Twitter: https://twitter.com/butzel_long

Ideal Group: Leading Through Community Engagement

By Daniel A. Washington 

Thanks to a vision in 1979, Ideal Group CEO Frank Venegas Jr. wasted no time selling a Cadillac he won at a raffle during a Livingston County Builders Gala for capital to start his manufacturing and construction company.

Now, 30 years later and with more than 1,500 students assisted – Venegas, a Chamber board member, has a renewed vision: continue supporting the Southwest Detroit neighborhood and community, home to his company since 2000.

DSC_0901“We care about our community,” said Venegas about his commitment to students and families in Southwest Detroit. “When we relocated back to Detroit we had to show that it was more than a business move, it was personal. We had to teach our people that education is important and achievable.”

To date, Ideal Group has also employed more than 50 formerly incarcerated members of the community. The commitment is just a small portion of the family of companies’ total investment in bettering the lives of those in Southwest Detroit.

“We care about these children because I remember what it was like when we first got here,” said Venegas about the drastic improvement of the neighborhood. “I have had conversations with gangbangers and drug dealers. We listened and gave them what they wanted – jobs and opportunities and we are proud of that.”


MORE: Read how John James, a former Chamber board member, has also invested greatly in Southwest Detroit. 


With a passion for seeing students succeed, Ideal Group, along with a number of other entities helped to reestablish a high school in Southwest Detroit, formerly known as Holy Redeemer High School, now called Detroit Cristo Rey High School.

Earlier this year, the Ideal Group sponsored the creation of new STEM classrooms in Holy Redeemer Grade School to encourage manufacturing and cultivate a deeper interest in the STEM field.

Both classrooms underwent extensive renovations with the installation of 16 training tables, four Lego tables, new furniture and a number of educational games.

“We were proud to be a part of giving these kids something new, they have infectious personalities and attitudes,” said Venegas. “We made sure when they came back from break they would be able to enjoy a new place to create, build and explore.”

Ideal Group has spent more than $1.5 million in its partnerships with Detroit Cristo Rey High School, Holy Redeemer, Marygrove College and the University of Detroit Mercy. Additionally, the company provided jobs to Detroit youth as part of Mayor Mike Duggan’s Grow Detroit Young Talent initiative. DSC_1049

The dual enrollment and work study programs have helped more than 700 students graduate from Cristo Rey while receiving a quality education and foundation to impact the world around them according to Venegas.

“I care that these students get real-world experience while achieving in the classroom,” he said. “These kids light up a room and have such a great future ahead of them – being a part of that is special.”

Daniel A. Washington is a marketing and communications coordinator at the Detroit Regional Chamber.


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Champions of the Neighborhood

Spotlighting Race in America