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Smith Haughey announces shareholders and board of directors

Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge is pleased to announce the addition of three new shareholders and its 2015 Board of Directors.

Kate E. Flewelling is an attorney in the Traverse City office. She practices in real estate, business and health law where she represents a variety of clients, including banks and other lending institutions, businesses, physicians and physician groups and individuals.

Stephanie C. Hoffer practices in Smith Haughey’s Grand Rapids office.  She concentrates her litigation practice primarily in medical and legal malpractice defense.  She also maintains an appellate practice in medical and legal malpractice, as well as other areas of litigation.

Nicholas A. Reister (featured in last week’s Grand Rapids Legal News article on Up and Coming Lawyers) is also in the Grand Rapids office, practicing in trusts and estates, family and closely held business succession planning, and agribusiness for clients ranging from individuals to families and start-ups to large family-run businesses. Nick was also appointed Co-Chair, Trusts & Estates Group, and leads the firm’s Agriculture & Agribusiness Industry Team.

Board of Directors
Attorneys Janis L. Adams, Cheryl L. Chandler, Patrick F. Geary, Jack L. Oostema, Robert W. Parker, Mary R. Pigorsh and Matthew L. Wikander will serve as board members in 2015.


One Court of Justice website users up 44% in 2014

The Michigan Supreme Court announced that the number of users of its award-winning One Court of Justice website (www.courts.mi.gov) increased by 44 percent in 2014, according to Google Analytics. In addition, the number of sessions in 2014 increased by 24 percent and page views increased by 14.5 percent over 2013.

“The Supreme Court’s website is a map of Michigan’s justice system,” said Chief Justice Robert P. Young, Jr. “That’s why we are constantly making improvements to make that map even more accessible and user-friendly.”

The Supreme Court reorganized the website in 2012 so that users could more easily find needed information, including case records, forms, rules, and information on judicial branch agencies, such as Friend of the Court. per session is declining, as users find information more quickly.

Retooling of the website is part of the Supreme Court’s plan to become a model for other states. The plan also focuses on adopting best practices and re-engineering courts to improve efficiency.

The Judiciary Dashboard provides court performance information; the Michigan Legal Help website is  for users who want to represent themselves in court.

The Supreme Court has also adopted a more aggressive social media strategy. The One Court of Justice website earned a “Top 10 Award” in 2014 from the Forum on the Advancement of Court Technology