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Broccoli Cheese Soup - Scottish Style

August 10, 2018

My dear, late mother-in-law would occasionally make me roar with her droll humor. One of my favorites was her comment about extreme thriftiness: “A Scotsman found a cough drop, so he sat in a draft.” Apologies if you are Scottish. I am not, but ...

Unconventional will cuts out mom from inheritance

August 10, 2018

By Marie E. Matyjaszek On July 17, 2018, the Michigan Court of Appeals upheld an unconventional will left by 21-year-old Duane Horton II (See Michigan Court of Appeals Case No. 339737). Duane committed suicide in 2015, but before doing so, he wrote in his ...

Stuffed Dates

August 10, 2018

A law school classmate once visited England, and after a fine dinner, intended to compliment the chef. “I’m stuffed!” she beamed, leaning back to pat her belly. Let’s just say. . . it means something different across the pond. To ...

'Book' still serves as literary magnet in times of distress

August 10, 2018

Tom Kirvan Legal News, Editor-in-Chief In the aftermath of the latest example of governance gone wrong, I sought refuge in the pages of a book long ago forgotten as a literary gem. Published in 1993, the book became an instant bestseller, catapulting its ...

Restorative Conferencing: What it is, why it works

August 10, 2018

By Phillip Schaedler In the 2014 – 15 school year there were 1300 expulsions from Michigan schools. Greater than 50% of those expulsions lasted more than 180 calendar days, over half the school year. Students who are expelled or suspended often struggle ...

So you think you know how best to converse?

August 10, 2018

By Erin Archerd As attorneys, negotiators, and mediators, leading conversations is what we do.  We think we know a lot, based on our training and experience, about how people talk with one another.  But, have we ever looked empirically at how conversations ...