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What's Cookin'
Legal minds find food is a 'great equalizer'Memo to Food Network execs: If you're searching for the next charismatic cooking show host, the Detroit-area legal community has two terrific candidates: Judge Julie Nicholson and attorney Nick Roumel. Each is dynamic, charming and sports...
Come Fly with Me
Attorney merges law with love of AviationThe 1970 Karmann Ghia convertible jounces down Highland Road in Waterford Township on a short jaunt to Oakland County International Airport where attorney Steve Chait keeps his high-performance single-engine airplane. "I like to feel the road," he...
Sound proves no barrier to Cooley Law School Dean
In 1970, John Nussbaumer, dean of Cooley Law School in Auburn Hills, was a fledgling second year cadet at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs when his aviation career went boom.That year, coincidentally, was a flashpoint in mounting opposition to U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. On...
Stepping Out
Attorneys find rhythm on the dance floorA circuit court judge. A medical malpractice lawyer. A family law attorney.The three have legal minds and dancing feet.Third Circuit Court Judge Wendy Baxter grew up dancing to some of Motownsgreatest acts and today enjoys little more than spending an...
Switch Hitters
Trial Lawyers make shift to opposing sideIn the yin and yang of the law, the adversary relationship between prosecutor and defender is one of the fundamental principles. Most trial lawyers spend their whole career on one side of that divide or the other. But a select few switch hitters have made...
Love of the Game
Attorney discovers her field of dreamsGetting carried off the field with a pulled hamstring wasnt part of thefantasy package, but it didnt stop Ellen Michaels from living a dream this winter down in Lakeland, Fla.Shed come to play ball and nothing was going to keep her off the diamond.The...
Beauty and the 'Belle'
Lawyer works with conservancy to revitalize Detroits Island ParkAnyone who grew up in Detroit, says attorney Ethan Vinson, has fond childhood memories of summer days whiled away on Belle Isle.And he is no exception.An employment and labor lawyer with the law firm Cummings McClorey Davis and Acho,...
Canvas to Cameras
Attorneys explore their artistic side COLIN DARKEThe youngest offspring of an artist mother and a lawyer father, Darke has two sisters who are artists and two brothers who are attorneys. But Darke, with a juris doctor from Michigan State University Law School and a degree in fine arts from...
Courthouse Keepsakes
Precious photos, items add appeal to judicial chambersThere is a certain mystique attached to each judge in the federal court system, where many a brilliant legal scholar resides, regularly weighing complex constitutional, evidentiary, and statutory matters that can establish case precedence for...
Law Books
Lawyers in literature leave lasting appeal The first thing we do, lets kill all the lawyers. Dick the Butcher to Jack Cade in William Shakespeares Henry VIAlthough this line is most often used to disparage lawyers, Shakespeare was actually an admirer of the trade and the two shady villains...

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