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Coming to the Aid: Michigan legal aid funds stablefor now
Thanks to preventive care, the financial condition of Michigans legal aid system is stable, for now, but depending on what the economy and President Barack Obama do, the situation could go critical.Our funding is stable going into 2009, says Roger Lennert, director of marketing for the Legal Aid...
Accident-Prone: Animator helps recreate scenes of traffic mishaps
It is no accident that forensic 3-D animator Curtis Miller is good at what he does.He has spent nearly 15 years and tens of thousands of hours mastering the techniques and attaining the insights critical to creating as accurately as possible digital animations of real-world incidents.Drawing on a...
Small-Firm Pro Bono: Options for smaller firms interested in lending a hand
Public service is the ethic that initially drives many future lawyers to law schoolthe desire to help people is as common a reason as any for why attorneys pursue their chosen paths and at the bedrock of the legal profession. One of the purest forms of public legal service is pro bono work,...
Drawn to Justice: Sketch artist brings courtroom drama to life
All Carole Kabrin ever wanted to be was a sketch artist. She succeeded famously, only be to be gradually displaced by video cameras in the courtroom.Im kind of like the last of the artist reporters, Kabrin says of her trade. Im the last of the breed.Since 1975, the Dearborn resident has been...
Attorney's Angle: Pro bono work brings out best in community
A wise man once said, The best thing to give your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all men, charity. Many feel that...
Career Coach: MediaWhy should you be interested?
You may not be interested in the media, but the media is interested in you.That paraphrase of a famous quote about war has become my standard answer to attorneys who ask me, Why should I care about the media?Other potential answers: Rainmaking; To get the word out about the good things you and...
Dens of Uniquity: Law firm provides TLC to city gem
The Golden Age of Detroit is inextricably linked with prominent personal injury law firm Charfoos & Christensen, P.C.While the firm dates back to 1929, it is its homethe circa 1892 Hecker-Smiley Mansion at Woodward and Ferrythat is its historical claim to fame.We were looking for a signature...
Political 'Party': Attorney/wine merchant taps into his entrepreneurial spirit
Chris Trebilcock wants to put the party back into politics.So says one of the promotional posters for the Political Winery, which Trebilcock founded in 2004 and manages outside of his day job as a labor and employment lawyer at Miller Canfield.The winerys mission is to provide quality, affordable...
Charitable Calling: Attorney relishes opportunity to help disbaled in the region
Howard Luckoff has always felt a calling to not just the legal profession, but to helping make his community a better place.But he admits he couldnt have been as successful professionally or personally without the help of his wife Nancy, whose interest in charitable causes equals his.The couple...
Mentoring Man: Volunteer spirit lifts area attorney to special heights
Impatience may well be one of his virtues, an ironically endearing quality that Butzel Long attorney Mike Lavoie readily acknowledges has had a way of paying dividends for all sorts of beneficiaries throughout his 28-year legal career.Its a character trait that he has displayed since he was a kid...

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