ARTICLES

Of courtroom capers, sanctions and squeezed babies

February 27, 2015
A lawyer friend, Brian, occasionally mentions the idea of "innocently" placing a colorful bag on his table during an opposing lawyer's final argument. Read More

Marriages come and go, but divorce is often forever

January 23, 2015
Last Christmas Eve, I got a voicemail from my son Shamus asking if I knew of a divorce lawyer named Mr. Barnhart. Read More

Tempting the legal finger of fate: no winners here

October 10, 2014
Last week, after a long day in downtown Grand Rapids, I aimed my car toward U.S. 131 south, hoping to cover the 13-mile drive home in the usual 21 minutes, give or take 60 seconds. Read More

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Department of Labor listens child farming rules withdrawn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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