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Pastor’s ouster has the attention of state Supreme Court

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court wants to hear more about a dispute between a Grand Rapids church and its former pastor.

The Rev. Arthur Pearson Sr. says he was illegally removed at Pilgrim’s Rest Baptist Church in 2012. He sued the church, but two courts say Pearson’s contract claim can’t be heard.

Pearson says church leaders removed him amid financial questions, although the congregation supported him. In April, the state appeals court said it would be improper for courts to intervene in religious matters.

But in an order released Thursday, the Supreme Court says it will hear arguments and decide whether to accept an appeal or take other action.


New ABA book addresses infectious disease and the law

Infectious disease does not follow the path of a societal issue that can easily be addressed and resolved within the law. It mutates, its diagnosis is muddied, its DNA may adapt and its host animals or humans will migrate, spreading the illness. Law may be an art form, but the science of pathogenic microbes is definitely more technical and less artistic. So the lawyer must know that the power of persuasive oratory has never moved a single virus.

“Infectious Disease: Policy, Law and Regulation” is a newly released book from the American Bar Association that looks at litigation regarding infection-related illnesses and their compensation. The book gives insight on handling claims from a victim who attempts to prove that the cause of their specific infection was the negligent act of an entity that is a “vector” of their type of illness, such as a hospital, surgeon, restaurant or retail marketplace.

“Infectious Disease” is written by James O’Reilly, volunteer professor of law at the University of Cincinnati, and Dr. Victoria Wells Wulsin.


Winning essays announced in Wayne Law competition

Twenty-three students competed Friday, Nov. 13, in Wayne State University Law School’s second annual Transactional Law Competition.
Winners were:

• Negotiations (seller’s counsel) – First place, Gabriel Appel of Huntington Woods and Matthew Coffee-Tavi of Macomb Township, and second place, Amy Huang of Farmington Hills and Stephen Reaume of Grosse Pointe Farms, all second-year students.

• Drafting (seller’s counsel) – First place, Robert Clemente of West Bloomfield and Ian Hickman of West Bloomfield, and second place, Stephen Lovell of Rochester Hills and A. Rachel Myung of Rochester Hills, all third-year students.

• Negotiations (buyer’s counsel) – First place, Haley Jonna of Keego Harbor and Lena Pantely of Royal Oak, and second place, Nana Osipova of Farmington Hills and Yana Osipova of Farmington Hills, all third-year students.

• Drafting (buyer’s counsel) – First place, Jonna and Pantely tied with Nana Osipova and Yana Osipova.


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