A Family Center Ask the Experts presentation with Detective Lieutenant Jim Smith, M. L. Elrick, and Leslie Lundahl, PhD, May 19, 2011.
Detective Lieutenant Jim Smith, 33 year veteran of the Grosse Pointe Park Public Safety Department.
Lt. Smith has been an investigator for 23 years and has been involved with several task forces on a State and County level involving child related issues.
Michael L. Elrick (born 1968) is a journalist based in Detroit, Michigan, for The Detroit Free Press, and WDIV-TV. He is married and has two children.
Elrick graduated from Michigan State University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. He wrote for the Concord (N.H.) Monitor, and Daily Southtown in Chicago. His work has appeared in New York Times, Newsday, the Investigative Reporters and Editors Journal, Salon.com, Rollingstone.com, the National Law Journal, Chicago Magazine and HOUR Detroit magazine. He taught journalism at Wayne State University, Michigan State University and University of Michigan-Dearborn. He covered for Detroit Free Press Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his various scandals that ultimately led to Kilpatrick’s resignation and criminal conviction. To break the case open, the reporters filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit that was heard by the Michigan Supreme Court.