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.

WMU Cooley Law School ranks 20th in female enrollment

Western Michigan University Cooley Law School was ranked in the top 20 law schools for female enrollment in 2020 by Enjuris, an independent legal resource.

H-2A employers now benefit from tax credit

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) made a rare pivot just weeks into the new tax season, allowing H-2A employers to become eligible for the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) tax credit.

Warner attorney named American Bar Foundation fellow

Warner Norcross + Judd LLP partner Amanda M. Fielder was named a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
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Ex-health director gets $155,000 in separation agreement

LANSING — Former Michigan Department of Public Health and Human Services director Robert Gordon will receive more than $155,000 as part of a separation agreement, published reports revealed Monday.

Bodman attorney appointed to Michigan Chamber committee

Bodman PLC attorney Wayne D. Roberts was appointed to chair the Michigan Chamber of Commerce’s Tax Policy Committee.

Rhoades McKee elects two shareholders

Rhoades McKee attorneys Jackie Gordon and Patrick Sweeney were elected as shareholders of the firm.

MEDC CEO to leave post and join law firm

Mark Burton, CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, will be stepping down to join Honigman LLP as partner and co-leader of the firm’s Economic Development Incentives Group starting March 15.

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