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August 20, 2018

Gov. Rick Snyder recently announced the appointment of Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Brian Sullivan to the Board of Law Examiners. The Board of Law Examiners is responsible for the investigation and examination of anyone applying for admission to the ...

COMMENTARY: Expand, don't restrict, voters' access to the polls

August 20, 2018

By Lee H. Hamilton There are times when I’m convinced the progress of this country can be measured through our ballot laws.  Think about it. Over the course of our history, we’ve expanded the franchise from the sole preserve of white male ...

COMMENTARY: Can technology help predict crime and flight risk?

August 20, 2018

More courts use act­­uarial tools to assess risks offenders pose to society By Kahryn Riley  Law school professors teach that the legal system relies on judicial neutrality and binding precedent to ensure that cases get resolved objectively and ...

COMMENTARY: Tariff on newsprint threatens existence of small town newspapers

August 20, 2018

By Andrew Johnson It isn’t that easy to drop everything in the middle of the week and fly to Washington.  If you’re a community newspaper publisher, going anywhere in the middle of the week is a challenge. That is when the newspaper has to ...

TAKING STOCK: Convertible stocks explained

August 20, 2018

Dear Mr. Berko: Please explain convertible bonds. We’re in our late 50s. We are not aggressive investors and own a $310,000 portfolio of stocks—mostly utilities and other income stocks—yielding 3 to 9 percent. A stockbroker tried to ...

Getting to Know: Laurie D. Brewis

August 20, 2018

Laurie D. Brewis is an attorney with the TGQ Law Firm in Ann Arbor. She received her law degree from Michigan State University School of Law and a certificate of completion in Estate Planning and Probate Administration from the Institute of Continuing Legal ...