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Smith Haughey names Guinn litigation practice group chair

Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge is pleased to announce that shareholder Kristen E. Guinn has been named Chair of Smith Haughey’s Litigation Practice Group.
Guinn is a trial attorney in the firm’s Grand Rapids office who represents individuals and businesses in commercial, professional liability, employment, criminal and probate litigation matters. She has been selected as an “Up and Coming Lawyer” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly, a “Rising Star” by Michigan Super Lawyers and a "Top 40 Under 40 Litigator" by the American Society of Legal Advocates. Additionally, Kristen is highly involved in the community and serves as the President for Friends of Grand Rapids Parks and on the Board of Directors for Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan.


SBM Young Lawyers Section launches Everyday Justice  Instagram competition

The State Bar of Michigan Young Lawyers Section has launched a new "Everyday Justice" Instagram photo competition. There is a separate contest for middle school students (in grades six through eight) and high school students (in grades nine through 12).

To enter, middle school students must take a photo that illustrates what people in their community can do to exemplify justice every day, then upload the photo to Instagram by March 14 with the hashtag #SBMjusticeeverydayMS. High school students must do the same but using the hashtag #SBMjusticeeverydayHS.

For both contests, participants can enter as many times as they wish. They must keep photo captions within 140 characters in length. They must also obtain a parent or legal guardian's permission before submitting their entries.

A panel of young lawyers will select four finalists and one winner for each contest. Each finalist will receive a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of the novel To Kill a Mockingbird. The winner will receive the same plus a lunch with a legal leader in his or her community.

For more, email Laura Kubit at lkubit@lakeshorelegalaid.org.