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Legendary judge Damon J. Keith helped to plant seeds of change

June 5, 2019

by Takura Nyamfukudza Editor’s note: Judge Damon J. Keith, long-time judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, passed away at the end of April at the age of 86.) In spring of 2013, while still a student at Thomas M. Cooley Law School, ...

Creating a winning mediation statement to set the right tone

June 5, 2019

by Gene J. Esshaki, Esq. Abbott Nicholson, P.C. “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.”  The author of this statement is unknown.  Some ascribe it to Oscar Wilde, others to Will Rogers.  The only confirmed source ...

Summary jury trials: Another form of ADR

June 5, 2019

by William D. Gilbride, Jr., Esq. December 2018 A summary jury trial is a one-day jury trial that combines the flexibility and cost-effectiveness of arbitration with the structure of a conventional trial. The process is simple: the parties select a petit ...

Beggars' Pocketbooks and Scope Creep

June 5, 2019

I set out to make Beggars’ Purses. Three hours of scope creep later, I had Beggars’ Pocketbooks. It began innocently enough. There was a holiday mixer after work, 5:30 on a Thursday. The invitation read, “Bring an appetizer.” Now there ...

Legalization of pot to pose roadside testing challenges

June 5, 2019

by Bridge Lorenz Lemberg On November 6, Michigan voters said “yes” to the legalization of recreational marijuana. With more than 4.3 million voters reporting to the polls, 56 percent voted in favor of the ballot proposal. As of Dec. 6, marijuana ...

Acclaimed artist maintains 'focus' for a world to see

June 5, 2019

By Tom Kirvan Legal News It has been said there is no inspiration quite like a deadline. Carole Kabrin, courtroom sketch artist extraordinaire, can fully appreciate that, as evidenced by her skill at slaying the deadline dragon for such clients as CNN, NBC, ...