ARTICLES

An American football team, by any other name …

June 27, 2014
At Kentwood’s Meadowlawn Elementary School in the 1960s, my friends and I would boast about things we thought made us "better" than each other. Read More

Witnesses are entitled to respectful treatment during litigation

May 23, 2014
No one likes to see an obnoxious lawyer on the other side of a courtroom. Read More

Justice, like beauty, often lies in the eye of the beholder

April 18, 2014
Odd things happen in courtrooms — which is one more reason to wish that spring break vacations in Clearwater Beach, Fla., could last longer than they do. Read More

Understanding litigation can make the process more controllable

February 7, 2014
As a trial lawyer, I read essays on litigation. Read More

Owning up to bad conduct may be the better way to go

May 31, 2013
I got stopped by a police officer over the Memorial Day weekend. And I told him the truth about what I had done. Read More

Department of Labor listens child farming rules withdrawn

May 14, 2012

Sometimes the federal government does listen to the governed.

In very late April, the U.S. Department of Labor announced the withdrawal of its proposed child labor rule governing the activities of children under the age of 16 who work in agriculture.

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How laws and lawsuits change and shape our society

January 29, 2012

Back in the 1970s, I was a "pre-law" political science major at Grand Valley State. And I had a great college job, when I wasn't editing the campus newspaper.

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Business resolutions for a challenging 2012

December 19, 2011

January is named for Janus, the mythological god of ancient Rome who had two faces. One face looked forward so that Janus could see where he was going. The other looked backward so that he could see where he had been.

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Case evaluation helps clear busy trial calendars

October 18, 2010

(Editor's note: This piece was published in the Business Journal in 2006. Its essence still applies today.)

A settlement process known as "case evaluation" continues to shorten the period of time consumed by Michigan civil litigation.

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Beware of the risks of maliciously speaking out

July 2, 2010

There is little that is more "American" than the concept of free speech. Still, be careful what you write, even when you use an alias on the Internet.

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