Sixth annual Tertzag Tribute Dinner March 4

DEARBORN — Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Ed Ewell will be honored at the sixth annual Tertzag Tribute Dinner from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. March 4 at Park Place Banquet Hall, 23400 Park.

Tickets are $40, and can be obtained by mailing a check — made payable to Tertzag Tribute Dinner, LLC — to: 421 Berwyn, Birmingham, MI, 48009. Tickets include dinner and open bar.

The dinner is a tribute to former Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Kaye Tertzag, who died Feb. 4, 2009, of bile duct cancer, “having established a great legacy of integrity and service to the state of Michigan, as well as a great example of love and devotion to his family and legion of friends,” according to a press release.

Ewell will receive the Purple Sport Coat Award — in recognition of Tertzag’s hallmark colorful jackets — from Allen Park attorney Tony Guerriero, last year’s recipient.

Other past Purple Sport Coat Award winners include retired Wayne County Circuit Court Judge James Rashid, attorney Joseph Lujan and Wayne County Circuit Court Judge David Allen.

Ewell graduated from Cass Technical High School.  He obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and his law degree from Wayne State University. He was appointed to his position by Gov. Jennifer Granholm on June 30, 2003 to replace retired Judge George W. Crockett III.

Early in his career, he worked as a law clerk for Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Damon Keith. He also worked as an assistant U.S. attorney in Detroit, where he served in the civil and criminal divisions before moving to the Wayne County Corporation Counsel office, where he worked until his appointment to the bench. 

Ewell and his wife, Florise Neville Ewell, have two children, Edward and Simone. 

Ewell exemplifies Judge Tertzag’s motto: Be Prompt. Be Prepared. Be Polite.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy will be the keynote speaker. Worthy received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and her law degree from the University of Notre Dame School of Law.

She began her legal career in 1984 with the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office. She returned to lead the office in 2004 after serving as a Wayne County Circuit Court judge.

The evening will end with a Sambuca toast, a tradition started at Tertzag’s memorial by his daughter, Kara Tertzag Lividini.

All attendees who wear purple will be entered into a drawing for door prizes.

For questions or more information, call Kara Terzag Lividini at 313-645-9511 or email her at