State eyes revamp of court system

The state’s judiciary branch is assembling a diverse team of professionals to craft a plan for the legal system to operate in unison.
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House GOP plan: $80M more for police, including to recruit

LANSING — Michigan lawmakers on Thursday proposed an $80 million funding increase for law enforcement, including $47 million to help recruit and retain officers at a time the profession has been "beaten down" by anti-police sentiment, a top Republican said.

Mika Meyers attorney named trustee of Grand Rapids Bar Association, Justice Foundation

Mika Meyers attorney Elizabeth K. Bransdorfer was selected to serve as a trustee for the Grand Rapids Bar Association board and Justice Foundation of West Michigan.
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Ex-UAW leader gets nearly 2 years in prison for corruption

DETROIT — A welder who rose from the factory floor to become president of a venerable U.S. labor union was sentenced Tuesday to 21 months in prison for luxurious winter stays in the California sun covered by dues paid by his blue-collar members.
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Michigan Legislature OKs exempting graduations from virus order

LANSING — A split Michigan Legislature voted Wednesday to exempt high school graduation ceremonies from the state's order that restricts crowd sizes due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Dykema announces new managing member

Dykema appointed Elisa Lintemuth to serve as managing member of its Grand Rapids office, where she has worked for over 10 years.

Smith Haughey expands team

Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge added attorney Brooke A. Johnston to its Grand Rapids office.
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Ex-Michigan health chief ordered to testify about departure

LANSING — Former Michigan health director Robert Gordon will testify next week before a legislative committee about his abrupt departure from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration, following the panel's vote to subpoena him Thursday.

RPC funds DJ, partners with Miller Johnson to offer pro bono legal services

Rende Progress Capital issued its first loan to an entertainer and formed a partnership with a local law firm to offer pro bono legal services.

Kent County Probate Court returning to Phase 1

Kent County Probate Court will return to Phase 1 of the State Court Administrative Office’s COVID-19 Guidelines on Monday.

Miller Johnson adds new member to intellectual property practice group

Miller Johnson recently welcomed Brandon Griffith as a member of the firm’s Grand Rapids office.

Clean Slate Act makes more eligible for expungement

More Michigan citizens will be eligible to have some of the misdemeanors or felonies on their criminal record expunged, courtesy of the Clean Slate Act.

Cannabis retailer launches product to mark Clean Slate legislation

To commemorate Michigan's Clean Slate legislation, Fluresh of Grand Rapids will be donating $1 for every pack sold of its new Creamberry 1/8 Jars and 5ct Pre-Rolls to support statewide expungement efforts.

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.
AP

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.
AP

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.

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