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Webinar looks at changes needed in a COVID-19 world

The Law Practice Management Section of Michigan Defense Trial Counsel will present “Adapting Your Business Development in a COVID-19 World.” 

The webinar will take place via Zoom on Tuesday, May 26, from noon to 1 p.m.

Topics will include:

• The need to develop different ways to engage in business development
• Developing new measures
• Engaging in “cross-helping”
• Accessing allies
• Techniques for making contact

Speaking at the webinar will be Jim Staples of Jim Staples Consulting LLC and David Freeman of David Freeman Consulting Group.

The program is free of charge, but registration is required and can be completed with an email to

Law school surpasses original goal for student relief fund

Western Michigan University Cooley Law School established a Student Relief Fund last month in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since then, donations from alumni and friends of WMU-Cooley raised more than $45,000, exceeding the original fundraising goal of $35,000.

Funds raised are being used to provide financial support to WMU-Cooley students who are facing an array of challenges during this crisis.

The law school receives requests for support daily and has had over 200 requests for assistance.

“I am humbled that many of our alumni and friends have stepped up to help our students,” said James McGrath, WMU-Cooley’s president and dean. 

Gifts of any size can be made to the WMU-Cooley Student Relief Fund at

Dining with dummies? Renowned restaurant adds mannequins

WASHINGTON, Va. (AP) — One of the country’s most renowned restaurants says mannequins will add a touch of whimsy and help with social distancing when customers return to its grand dining room later this month.

Mannequins dressed in fine 1940's-style attire are being theatrically staged at The Inn at Little Washington, tucked in the foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains west of Washington, D.C.

Business restrictions have eased in some parts of Virginia, but restaurants can only serve dine-in customers in an outdoor space. The three-Michelin-star restaurant has opted to wait until May 29 to resume dining service indoors.

“When we needed to solve the problem of social distancing and reducing our restaurant’s occupancy by half, the solution seemed obvious — fill it with interestingly dressed dummies,” chef and proprietor Patrick O’Connell said in a statement.


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