Columns

Opioid abuse requires a comprehensive solution

April 24, 2017

Sen. Mike Shirkey The opioid abuse problems in Jackson, Branch, and Hillsdale counties and across the state have reached epidemic proportions. We all have someone in our family or circle of friends who have been impacted by prescription related addictions. ...

A 'Wonder'ful outcome at the Supreme Court

April 24, 2017

By Marie E. Matyjaszek You may recall a previous column about a young girl named Ehlena Fry, and her fight against Napoleon (Michigan) Community School’s refusal to allow her service dog, Wonder, to assist her while obtaining her education. Her family ...

Voice and delivery are key in the courtroom

April 24, 2017

Hon. Dennis Saylor and Daniel Small What you say in a courtroom is important. But so is how you say it. Your delivery, no less than the content, should help persuade the jury. Confidence and conviction A trial lawyer needs to appear confident in order to ...

'Wild Ride' for a stately thoroughbred farm

April 24, 2017

Tom Kirvan Legal News, Editor-in-Chief Her name was Bertha Wright and she was my ticket to a front row, finish line seat to the Kentucky Derby, long known as the “fastest two minutes in sports.” When we met in the mid-‘80s, Mrs. Wright was ...

'Settle and sue' defense strategies

April 24, 2017

Jesse Roth Maddin Hauser Buyer’s remorse is not a cause of action. Yet that is what many plaintiffs appear to plead when they sue their former attorneys for malpractice after agreeing to settle the underlying case. There are factual distinctions in these ...

Crossword constructor makes grade

April 24, 2017

Tom Kirvan Legal News, Editor-in-Chief In the wordsmith category, they are often unheralded artists, toiling across a literary landscape located down a puzzle-lined street where only the truly gifted reside. Collectively, they are known as “crossword ...