Warner Norcross strengthens efforts to diversify employee base

Warner Norcross + Judd’s 2021 diversity, equity and inclusion report shows slow but steady growth, including a new employee resource group for people of color.
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Michigan to destroy some blood spots in fight over consent

DETROIT — The state of Michigan has agreed to destroy more than 3 million dried blood spots taken from babies and kept in storage, a partial settlement in an ongoing lawsuit over consent and privacy in the digital age.
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Michigan State sued over failure to release big donor deals

EAST LANSING — A newspaper is suing to try to force Michigan State University to release agreements with two donors who are helping pay the salary of football coach Mel Tucker.
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Michigan initiatives miss deadline, will look to Legislature

LANSING — Organizers behind two high-profile proposed laws in Michigan skipped a deadline to potentially appear on November’s ballot and instead will look to get the initiatives approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature.
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Larry Nassar loses last appeal in sexual assault scandal

DETROIT — The Michigan Supreme Court on Friday rejected a final appeal from sports doctor Larry Nassar, who was sentenced to decades in prison for sexually assaulting gymnasts, including Olympic medalists.
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Court says dues going up $100 for Michigan lawyers

LANSING — It will cost an additional $100 a year to be a Michigan lawyer.

Feedback finally results in trademark certificates going electronic

Trademark owners now can receive their trademark registration certificates from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) faster than ever before.
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Juneteenth becomes 13th Michigan court holiday

LANSING — The Michigan Supreme Court declared Juneteenth a statewide court holiday Wednesday over the objections of two Republican justices who said taxpayers will be shortchanged.
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School loses challenge to expired Michigan mask order

LANSING — A federal appeals court on Wednesday dismissed a Catholic school’s challenge to Michigan’s 2020-21 mask order.
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Michigan expands state’s victims fund, increases payouts

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday signed expansions to Michigan’s crime victim compensation fund, which ranks worst in the nation for application rates, according to the Alliance for Safety and Justice.

Warner partner chosen for Bar Association award

A local law firm partner was chosen for a Grand Rapids Bar Association Three in Ten Award.

Law firm brings national competition to Kalamazoo

Team Kentucky, represented by Montgomery County High School, emerged as the winner of the recent National High School Mock Trial Competition, but Kalamazoo also came out as a winner in a different way.

Kalamazoo native sworn in as US attorney

A local lawyer was sworn in as U.S. attorney for the Western District of Michigan. 

Prosecutor jobs stay open due to competition, burnout

LANSING — A decade ago, when Eaton County Prosecutor Doug Lloyd had a position open in his office, he would get 100 applications in a week.
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Gov. Whitmer lawyer becomes US attorney in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s chief lawyer was approved as U.S. attorney based in Grand Rapids.
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13 Nassar victims seeking $130M from FBI over bungled probe

DETROIT — Thirteen sexual assault victims of Larry Nassar are seeking $10 million each from the FBI, claiming a bungled investigation by agents led to...
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Ex-Michigan music professor gets prison on child sex charges

DETROIT — A former University of Michigan violin professor has been sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to transporting a girl across states lines for sex.
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Michigan’s chief justice tests positive for COVID-19

LANSING — The leader of the Michigan Supreme Court announced Sunday she had tested positive for COVID-19 after experiencing cold-like symptoms.

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