Columns

COMMENTARY: Parental alienation - A case study

February 23, 2018

By Marie E. Matyjaszek An unpublished Michigan Court of Appeals opinion, issued January 23, 2018, reviewed a custody award involving parental alienation and deviations from child support (Brian Harner v Kayla Harner, Court of Appeals Case No. 338746).  ...

ADR SPOTLIGHT: How advocates choose mediators

February 23, 2018

By Martin C. Weisman I have conducted commercial mediations for many years, attended ICLE’s forty hour training seminar and received many additional hours of advanced mediation training. To my knowledge, however, none of the training seminars focus ...

TAKING STOCK: Johnson & Johnson and talcum powder

February 23, 2018

Dear Mr. Berko: I bought 300 shares of Johnson & Johnson on your recommendation at $106 in April 2017 and have a 23-point profit. I bought it for the long term, and as you advised, I used Charles Schwab, which saved me a fortune on commissions. I ...

GETTING TO KNOW: Brandon Biggs

February 23, 2018

Brandon Biggs was admitted to the Michigan Bar in 2015, after moving to Michigan from Florida, and is an attorney and mediator at Biggs & Gunst. Biggs earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Flagler College in St Augustine, Fla. After graduation, ...

THE EXPERT WITNESS: The therapist as judge, jury and executioner

February 23, 2018

By Michael G. Brock “Mark you this, Bassanio, The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose. An evil soul producing holy witness Is like a villain with a smiling cheek, A goodly apple rotten at the heart. Oh, what a goodly outside falsehood hath!” —Antonio The ...

THE EXPERT WITNESS: Allegorical economics: The gerrymander shuffle (part 4)

February 23, 2018

By John F. Sase, Ph.D. Gerard J. Senick, general editor Julie Gale Sase, copyeditor “Political gerrymandering makes the incentive for most members of Congress to play to the extremes of their base rather than to the center.” —Barack Obama, ...