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Judge Small declines to run for U.S. Senate

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan judge has decided not to run for the U.S. Senate seat opening up with the retirement of long-time Democratic Sen. Carl Levin in 2014.
Oakland County District Judge Kimberly Small’s friend and adviser Paul Welday says Monday that Small told him of her decision this weekend. He says the transition to candidate from judge would have been difficult to make.
A message seeking comment was left at Small’s office.
The announcement further clears the way for former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land to more easily move forward with her campaign.
Levin announced his retirement in March. Land, Michigan’s secretary of state from 2003 through 2010, is a declared Republican candidate, though other candidates could run. Democrats have coalesced behind U.S. Rep. Gary Peters of Bloomfield Township.


Michigan attorney honored as national winner for short fiction

In conjunction with the Harper Lee Prize award ceremony, Michigan lawyer Lance Hendrickson will be honored as the national winner of the first ABA Journal/Ross Contest for Short Fiction.
Hendrickson’s short story, “It’s Legal, There,” traces the fictional case of a woman accused of killing her child two years after the fact. Hendrickson, 44, of Whitehall, Mich., will receive a $3,000 cash prize made possible by a trust from the estate of Judge Erskine M. Ross of Los Angeles. The short fiction contest drew more than 135 entries.
Stanford law professor Paul Goldstein will receive the third annual Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction on Thursday, Sept. 19, in conjunction with the National Book Festival.
Goldstein will be honored for his novel “Havana Requiem,” which chronicles efforts by a lawyer, recovering alcoholic Michael Seeley, to help a group of aging Cuban jazz musicians and their families reclaim copyrights to their works. When his main client, Héctor Reynoso, goes missing, Seeley begins to realize that there is more to the story than music. He discovers a far deeper conspiracy that might include both the Cuban secret police and his former law firm.
The prize, named for the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” is sponsored by the ABA Journal and the University of Alabama School of Law. It is awarded each year to the novel that best exemplifies the role of lawyers in society. Past winners include John Grisham and Michael Connelly.
Goldstein, 70, who writes and lectures on intellectual property issues, is the author of two other novels, “Errors and Omissions” and “A Patent Lie.” In addition to his teaching, Goldstein is a member of the bars of New York and California, and since 1988, he has been of counsel to the law firm of Morrison & Foerster, where he advises clients on major intellectual property lawsuits and transactions. Goldstein has also been the Lillick professor of law at Stanford Law School since 1985.

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