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Ex-U.S. attorney Miles running for Michigan attorney general

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Pat Miles, a former U.S. attorney in western Michigan, is running for state attorney general in 2018.

Miles is announcing his candidacy Thursday in Grand Rapids, Lansing and Detroit. He’s the second Democrat to enter the race, joining Detroit-area lawyer Dana Nessel.

Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette can’t seek for the office again and is running for governor.

The 49-year-old Miles became the first black U.S. attorney for the Western District of Michigan when President Barack Obama appointed him in 2012. Miles resigned in January when Donald Trump took office.

The Harvard Law graduate spent 21 years at Grand Rapids law firms before becoming a federal prosecutor. He ran for Congress in 2010 but lost to Republican Justin Amash.

Democrats will choose their attorney general nominees at conventions next summer.


Kroninger named director of new clinic at Detroit Mercy Law

Varnum intellectual property attorney Timothy K. Kroninger has been named director of the newly-formed Trademark and Entrepreneur Clinic at University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.  As the clinic’s director, Kroninger also serves as an adjunct professor at the law school.

The new clinic will offer opportunities for law students to work with entrepreneurs in navigating the legal issues involved in business startup, with a primary focus on protecting the entity’s valuable trademarks and brands. Students will interview local entrepreneurs to learn about their businesses, identify and discuss legal issues, and prioritize their legal needs. Under the supervision of Kroninger, students will advise on and assist with business entity formation (including preparing agreements and advising on business matters generally), and will help prepare, file, and prosecute trademark applications with the USPTO.


ABA adds legal help hotline for hurricane victims in Puerto Rico

Victims of the hurricanes in Puerto Rico can get legal assistance by calling a hotline set up by a partnership among the Disaster Legal Services Program of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (ABA YLD), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Puerto Rican Bar Association, Puerto Rico Legal Services, Inc., Community Law Office, Inc., and the Louisiana Civil Justice Center (LCJC).

Widespread infrastructure devastation in Puerto Rico made it necessary to host the hotline on the U.S. mainland, so the disaster legal aid hotline is operating through LCJC, which has a longstanding history of providing disaster legal services information to callers.

Disaster-related legal issues include landlord/ tenant problems, insurance claims, FEMA claims and consumer issues such as contractor fraud. 

Since September 2007, the ABA YLD has responded to more than 159 declared disasters in 43 states and two U.S. territories (including 18 so far this year).