Office of The General Counsel

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Jean-Vierre Adams
General Counsel

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

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

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.


Senior Deputy General Counsel Phyllis Hurks-Hill
Deputy General Counsel Carol Rodriguez
Assistant General Counsels Theophilus E. Clemons
Rebecca Shaw-Hicks
Marquita Sylvia
Office Manager/Supervisor Donna Baker
Site Administrator Donna Baker
Legal Assistant Cash D. Caldwell
Legal Secretary TaJuanda Greene