Law firm opens Detroit office

The buildout of Warner Norcross + Judd LLP’s new Detroit office is complete.

Law firm shareholders to receive statewide awards

A pair of Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge shareholders are being recognized by the State Bar of Michigan.

Police department invites high school students to youth academy

The Kentwood Police Department is inviting high school students to apply for its youth academy, set to take place July 26-29.
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Michigan’s top court sides with dad in parental rights case

DETROIT — The Michigan Supreme Court unanimously overturned the decisions of a Kalamazoo-area judge who terminated the parental rights of a poor couple after their two children had missed 25% of school.
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Michigan court rejects challenge to new US-Canada bridge

DETROIT — The Michigan Supreme Court turned aside the latest challenge to construction of the Gordie Howe International Bridge between Detroit and Canada with only one justice interested in hearing the case.
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Mandatory virus testing of teen athletes challenged in court

LANSING — A high school sports advocacy group and some parents sued Michigan on Thursday, seeking to stop a new requirement that all teen athletes be regularly tested for the coronavirus.

Grand Rapids assistant attorney named director of diversity and inclusion for Business Law Section...

Amber D. Beebe was named director of diversity and inclusion for the State Bar of Michigan, Business Law Section.

Thacker Sleight adds new attorney

Thacker Sleight welcomed Emily Maltby to its firm.
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Michigan House passes bill to improve rural internet access

LANSING — The Michigan House on Thursday approved a bill to encourage internet companies to provide broadband access to underserved areas after the coronavirus pandemic shone a light on that need.
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New law: School funding tied to in-person instruction

LANSING — Starting Monday, hundreds of Michigan school districts had to offer at least 20 hours a week of in-person instruction to receive their entire $450 minimum per-student increase in emergency pandemic funding.

Law firms pitch in to promote DEI

Law firms in Grand Rapids such as Miller Johnson and Varnum are using their resources to assist different organizations and institutions that serve underrepresented people.

Inside Track: Professor comes full circle

Born on the heels of the civil rights movement, Tracey Brame, an associate dean and professor at West Michigan University Cooley Law School, always had a passion for activism.
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Michigan ex-governor loses challenge to Flint water charges

DETROIT — A judge on Thursday rejected a request to dismiss misdemeanor charges against a former Michigan governor in the Flint water scandal.
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Judge strikes down directive on absentee ballot signatures

LANSING — A judge struck down a state directive that encourages local election clerks to be very flexible when reviewing signatures on absentee ballots.

Three Grand Rapids attorneys named to Lawyer Hall of Fame

Gruel Mills Nims & Pylman PLLC attorney Thomas R. Behm, Clark Hill PLC attorney William B. Dunn and Varnum attorney Randall Kraker were named to the Class of 2021 Lawyer Hall of Fame by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

Smith Haughey welcomes associate attorney

Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge welcomed Natalie H. Winquist as an associate attorney to its firm.

Thacker Sleight adds attorney

Thacker Sleight welcomed Courtney Sierra, who will join the firm’s family law group.
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Michigan eyes bill to clean up voter registration rolls

LANSING — Legislation working its way through the Michigan Legislature aims to clean up the state's voter registration rolls.

Miller Johnson adds new attorneys

Miller Johnson welcomed senior counsel Hillary Scholten and associate attorney Julia Schall to its firm.
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Lawyers seeking 32% of $641M Flint tainted water settlement

DETROIT — Lawyers who negotiated a $641 million settlement for victims of Flint's lead-contaminated water are asking a judge to set aside up to 32% for fees and expenses for years of work on the case.

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