Contact Information

Jean-Vierre Adams
General Counsel

Fisher Building – 10th Floor
3011 West Grand Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48202

Phone: (313) 873-4528
Fax: (313) 873-4564


Phyllis Hurks-Hill
Senior Deputy General Counsel

Carol Rodriguez
Deputy General Counsel

Theophilus E. Clemons
Senior Litigation Counsel

Rebecca Shaw-Hicks
Assistant General Counsel

Marquita Sylvia
Assistant General Counsel

Donna Baker
Office Manager/Supervisor
Site Administrator

Cash D. Caldwell
Legal Assistant

TaJuanda Greene
Legal Secretary

Scale of Justice

Office of The General Counsel

Important Legal Updates for the Office of the General Counsel

Posted February 7, 2013

Graduation Ceremonies

As you plan for your upcoming graduation ceremonies, please be reminded that federal law and the US Constitution (1st Amendment) prohibit public schools from conducting graduation ceremonies at religious facilities. If you have any questions about the use of a facility, please contact the Office of General Counsel at (313) 873-4528.


As we approach the prom season, please be reminded that it is unconstitutional and contrary to DPS policy to ban same sex couples from attending the prom. You cannot attempt to circumvent the law or the District’s policy by requiring same sex couples submit advance requests or permissions slips unless such requirements are applied to all students. If you have questions about the District’s sexual harassment policies, please contact the Office of General Counsel at (313) 873-4528.