THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT: Attorney shares the world of showbiz with law classes
Students in Howard Hertzs Entertainment Law classes might be forgiven for getting stars in their eyes their professor counts Eminem, Marilyn Manson, Jack White of the White Stripes, George Clinton, Sippie Wallace, The Romantics, crime novelist Elmore Leonard, The Bass Brothers, Russell Simmons,...
A STAND-UP JUDGE: Jurist stays in touch with her lighter side
A 22-year veteran of the bench, Kent County Judge Sara Smolenski has plenty of pearls of wisdom to share with youngsters who visit her courtroom.I tell them to keep their shorts on, she said with a smirk.The judge, a former basketball hotshot in high school and college, learned the lesson all too...
MAKING WAVES: Sailors catch feeling of living on the crest
The wind-filled sails of the boats fanning out behind Sea Fever resemble the translucent wings of butterflies. Its four-man crew has maneuvered the 34-foot Sea Fever into fourth place as the boats race east up the Detroit River toward the mouth of Lake St. Clair.Sailing is a lot like chess except...
SHADES OF SUMMER: Young attorneys find a 'sense of community' in OCBA committee
Summer is a fine time to be a young lawyer. Its also not a bad time to connect with colleagues over a cocktail, perhaps, or at a Tigers game.The Oakland County Bar Associations New Lawyers Committee offers young lawyers who have been practicing for 10 years or less opportunities to nurture...
VEN'S DEN: Noted Attorney Makes Detroit His Home Base
He came for the view.In part, of course.Detroits downtown, which has enjoyed an uptick in business activity over the past decade, thanks in large measure to moves by Compuware and Quicken Loans, now is home to the law office of Ven Johnson, a prominent personal injury attorney whose image as a...
LINKED IN: Judges complete their course work in Ireland
To offer an idea of how challenging the wind-swept golf courses of northwest Ireland can be, Washtenaw County Trial Court Judge David Swartz reports that for a 10-day tour of eight courses, he took along three dozen golf balls.And returned home with one.The courses were brutally difficult, says...
TAKING STOCK...of your legal marketing plan
The Optimist says, The glass is half full.The Pessimist has a different take on the matter, saying, The glass is half empty.The Marketing Consultant, the well-traveled story goes, is of the opinion, Your glass needs re-sizing.Whatever the perspective, those in the legal profession can agree on...
GOING SMOKELESS: Legal Team Learns a Timeless Lesson
Sometimes when you intend to teach, you end up learning.A team from the law firm of Foley & Mansfield in Ferndale spent a week in Durazno, Guatemala, at the end of January. They built smokeless stoves in the homes of villagers to replace open fire pits and taught the villagers to make their...