Columns

ADR SPOTLIGHT: Why would I want an ADR provision in a contract?

October 31, 2014

By Jon H. Kingsepp “It is a man’s honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel”  (Proverbs 20:3) That known human characteristic compels the use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) provisions in contracts.  “Mediation” ...

THE COUNSELOR'S CORNER: Divine intervention

October 31, 2014

By Fred Cavaiani I watched the last quarter of the Detroit Lions –Atlanta Falcons game on Sunday morning.  They played in England.   It appeared that the Lions would lose. They kicked a field goal in the last seconds that went wide but ...

LEGAL PEOPLE

October 31, 2014

Oakland County Circuit Judge Colleen O’Brien has been elected president of the Michigan Judges Association.  O’Brien’s term will begin on December 1, 2014, and will run until December 1, 2015.  O’Brien, who is the presiding ...

CYBERSPACE SIGHTING: Firm launches new Michigan Senior Law Blog

October 31, 2014

By 2030, 19 percent of the U.S. population will be age 65 or older, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Foster Swift elder law attorney, Norman E. Richards (“Gene”), has launched a new Michigan Senior Law Blog that addresses common questions about ...

LEGAL PEOPLE

October 31, 2014

 Oakland County Circuit Court Judge James Alexander has been elected chair of the State Bar Judicial Council for the 2014-2015 bar year.  The Judicial Council consists of representatives of the three judicial associations:  District Judges Association; ...

COMMENTARY: Business courts are taking care of business

October 31, 2014

By Daniel P. Ryan The concept and necessity of a specialized business court docket to handle complex commercial litigation in an expeditious manner has been contemplated for more than a decade. It was Gov. Snyder, however, who most recently requested that ...