TRUE BLUE: Firm's founder keeps 'goal' uppermost on his legal mind
If you think Ira Jaffe became a Michigan man when he attended the University of Michigan Law School after graduating from M.I.T, you should know two things.First: Jaffe one of the most prominent attorneys in the state actually hated law school and had no intention of practicing law upon...
FAMILY MATTERS: Couple travels a long, winding road to international adoption
With co-workers waiting anxiously outside their offices, it was a different sort of delivery room for Leslie and Dave Dubin. Yet their anticipation was as intense as any other set of expectant parents.They had heard the day before that the phone call for which they had been planning and waiting...
TANKS FOR THE MEMORIES: Scuba divers discover that a 'whole new world' awaits
Do you want to see the shark?The dive guide wrote the question on her slate.Deep in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean off Burma, state Supreme Court Justice Marilyn Kelly nodded and swam after the guide to descend into a cave and then along a side passage. Kelly, who has been scuba diving in...
SPIN CYCLE: Father and son travel America's back roads
Attorney Eric Lundquist was 30 miles from anywhere. He sat under a tree alongside the Alaska Highway smoking a cigar in the middle of the Yukon wilderness. He was not much worried about bears. But he was a little.His BMW motorcycle was parked on the two-lane highways shoulder, useless. The master...
CONNECTIVITY: Two law firms set up shop under on roof in Royal Oak
On the surface, a newly renovated building that houses two law firms makes a great impression with its coveted location and modern aesthetics that are both attractive and practical. But, if you dig a little deeper, youll find the beauty of the project goes far beyond what the eye can see. The...
PERSONAL INQUIRY: Anthony Jenkins
A Q & A with Anthony Jenkins, chief diversity officer at Dickinson Wright in Detroit.He was the 2010-11 president of the State Bar of Michigan.Q: Is being a lawyer everything youd hoped it would be?A: Being a lawyer has been more than I could have hoped for as a youngster thinking about my...
LASTING APPEAL: When it's last call for the bar (exam)
Youve just graduated from a grueling three years in law school. The job market is tough. Youre $100,ooo in debt.And, oh yeah, before you can actually be licensed to work in your chosen field, you must pass one last test.Michigans five law schools graduate about 1,000 lawyers a year. Thirty...
NET GAIN: Trademark law extends into cybersquatting arena
In the Internets early days, back in the mid 1990s, the World Wide Web was often compared to the lawless Wild West. But in the field of trademarks and brands, it was more like the Oklahoma Land Rush of 1889 as digital speculators and schemers moved quickly to claim domain names for the sole...
TRUE VALUE: CPA helps pin down the equitable price to pay
Even in the seemingly perfect world of numbers, not everything always adds up for Brenda Orlando, a Clarkston-based CPA who specializes in forensic accounting.Such numerical oddities are particularly prevalent in high-end divorce cases and impending business break-ups, where an accurate...
'OPENING ACT:' Noted Detroit area lawyer often cast in the lead role
Dick Rassel, now in his second tour of duty as chairman of Butzel Long, is a pro at opening doors.He has developed a knack for it over a distinguished legal career that began in 1969 and has been spiced with scores of courtroom victories in defense of First Amendment rights.Yet, for all his legal...