Columns

Happy Hour Fondue

June 14, 2018

I have a strict rule on Fridays: no calls after 2. Wrap up work until 4. Then I open up my personal office for happy hour. Not once has this actually happened. There’s something about late Friday afternoons that brings people out of the woodwork. There’s ...

For the best brief, get some sleep and some help

June 14, 2018

Sybil Dunlop BridgeTower Media Newswires I’ve been thinking about brief writing lately. I’ve been teaching a legal writing CLE. But I’ve also been writing several briefs. And so the form and substance of the brief has been in the forefront ...

This 'Rose' sports thorn for veterans

June 14, 2018

By Marie E. Matyjaszek Having recently celebrated Memorial Day, I thought it was fitting to write an article about Veterans’ benefits.  In the U.S. Supreme Court case Charlie Rose v. Barbara Rose, 481 US 619 (1987), Charlie argued against his ...

The root of mediation impasse in monetary claims: case valuation

June 14, 2018

Ed Sikorski, Jr. “Settling or mediating a case is, among other things, a process for agreeing on the value of the claim. Impasse often occurs because the parties do not agree on the value of the case.” —Laura Kaster: On Impasse. The focus ...

Restorative conferencing: what it is, why it works

June 14, 2018

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

Michigan has work to do to make automobile laws as smart as autonomous cars

June 14, 2018

Stephen Sinas Sinas Dramis Law Firm Michigan has passed some of the nation’s most significant laws regarding autonomous vehicles. Two of these laws were enacted together as 2013 PA 231 and 2013 PA 251 and four were enacted together as 2016 PA 332, 2016 ...