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Kentwood District Court Partners with Davenport University | 5/9/2016
In April, Davenport University (DU) Legal Studies students participated in a Mock Trial presided over by Kentwood District Court’s Judge William G. Kelly. The purpose of the Mock Trial was to give the pre-law and paralegal students the experience of a real court case from beginning to end. The Mock Trial was the culmination of DU’s Advanced Litigation course taught by Professor Ron Foster, with assistance from Professor Misty Davis and many other students, professors and staff at the university.                                                      
Throughout the semester, the students prepared every step of a fictionalized civil lawsuit based on a real case.  Divided into teams representing the plaintiff and defendant, the students researched, prepared, and filed with the court all documents and exhibits that would have been needed for a real trial.  They first participated in a pre-trial conference in front of Judge Kelly then with help from numerous volunteers playing the roles of jurors, witnesses, and court staff, the students selected a jury, interviewed witnesses on the stand, and gave opening and closing statements before the jury and a lively audience in the courtroom.  A verdict was reached in favor of the plaintiff’s team. Congratulations are due to both teams for all their hard work.
Judge Kelly and Professor Foster plan to continue the collaboration between Kentwood District Court and Davenport University’s Legal Studies program, providing this extraordinary learning opportunity to future Legal Studies students.

Presentation of City Finances | 5/9/2016
All are welcome to attend the City of Kentwood’s, City Finances, presentation on May 19th at 7:00pm in the Kentwood District Library at 4950 Breton Ave SE.  The 1-hour event will provide an overview of the city’s budgeting process, current financial position, financial goals, and an opportunity to ask questions.  Light refreshments will be provided.
This is a great opportunity to learn about city finances and ask questions.  Although the city is currently in a strong financial position, the information learned from this event will assist you and your neighbors to understand the budget, short-term and long-term goals, and action steps planned and taken to achieve the long-term financial sustainability for Kentwood. 
If you are unable to attend, the event will be recorded by WKTV and placed online for viewing at a later date.

Pride Day - Community Clean Up | 5/4/2016
The City of Kentwood will be sponsoring a community wide cleanup called Pride Day on Saturday May 7th from 8am to 2pm.  The drop-off location is at the Kentwood Recycling Center (5068 Breton Avenue) and is limited to Kentwood residents with proof by picture identification.  General, electronic and household hazardous waste will be accepted.  Yard waste and tires will NOT be accepted.  Check HERE for more information about the event. 

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