January 13, 2020

The Oakland Press

Attorney Clarence Dass Announces Bid for Judge's Seat in Oakland County Cicuit Court


A renowned attorney and former Oakland County prosecutor has announced his bid for judgeship in Oakland County Circuit Court.

Clarence Dass, 34, is seeking the seat currently held by Judge James Alexander, whose term expires Dec. 31 The election is Nov. 3. Dass served as assistant prosecuting attorney for the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office from 2012 to 2016, handling cases ranging from child and elder abuse to sexual assault, domestic violence and murder, and rising to the ranks of the county’s special victims section, which requires specially designed training. He now heads The Dass Law Firm, specializing in criminal, family, juvenile and municipal law. Among his honors - 

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February 27, 2020

The Chaldean News

Circuit Court Judge Hopeful is a Community Champion, Fighter

On Nov. 3, Oakland County attorney Clarence Dass will look to win judgeship in the Oakland County Circuit Court seat currently held by Judge James Alexander, whose term expires Dec. 31.  

One thing that constituents need to know about Dass—he’s a fighter.

He was on the front lines of a legal battle, representing dozens of detained clients who were targeted for deportation to Iraq in the wake of President Donald Trump’s massive immigration sting. Around the same time, Dass was entrenched in a deeply private battle with stage 4 colon cancer. 

“[The cancer diagnosis] changed everything,” said Dass. “Suddenly, the things that mattered before, didn’t matter anymore. All that mattered was waking up every morning and being with my family.”

Despite dealing with personal tragedy, Dass knew he couldn’t quit. He knew that he had to stay in the fight for his community—in the fight for justice.

“I kept my cancer diagnosis a secret because I knew if I stopped working so many people would not get the help they need, especially those facing deportation,” said Dass. 

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April 1, 2020

Legal News

A Personal Perspective: Being "Essential" During COVID-19


I am often asked why I became a lawyer. For many attorneys, that usually means, “Did you always like to argue?” For me, it actually meant, “Why didn’t you become a doctor?” While at first glance many would view that question as a jab, it makes perfect sense to me: I am the only lawyer in a family of doctors—my wife, father, two sisters, mother-in-law, and father-in-law are all physicians. And while as an attorney I am much more comfortable with the public stage, they by contrast are not. They wake up every day, help patients they can never discuss, and are exposed to illnesses we hopefully will never encounter. At a time when the coronavirus pandemic has dominated virtually every aspect of our lives, I think it is time we thank them on the public stage.

When the federal government announced “social distancing” guidelines in March and state governments followed with “shelter in place” orders, many of us were quickly able to transition to working from home. As attorneys in 2020, much of our work is digital, anyway — e-filing, e-mailing, and e-discovery. 

Physicians, on the other hand, do not have that same luxury. Their jobs often cannot be substituted with electronics. They do not get to shelter in place. They do not get to debate whether they are “essential.”

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