Questions are being raised about a law firm’s representation of both the Detroit mayor and a top aide in an ongoing scandal over an $8.4 million city settlement. But the firm itself says no problem is posed by its dual representations.“There is no conflict; we don’t anticipate one,” attorney Jeffrey Morganroth tells the Detroit Free Press, pointing out that there are no criminal charges against the two clients. “However, if new matters and issues arise, we will re-evaluate the situation.” He and his father practice together at Morganroth & Morganroth in the suburb of Southfield, and Mayer Morganroth is considered one of the best lawyers in the Detroit area.Experts and the city council, however, are troubled by the situation, the newspaper reports.“The city would be better represented by separate counsel,” says Larry Dubin, a law professor at the University of Detroit Mercy. “What’s best for the city may be different than … [Read more...] about Double Trouble? Firm Defends 2 in Detroit Settlement Scandal
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A lawyer for an Ohio man accused of fatally shooting his wife in the hospital’s intensive care unit told a judge on Wednesday that his client always acted out of love.The defendant, 66-year-old John Wise, is charged with aggravated murder, report the Associated Press and the Detroit Free Press. Police say Wise walked into his wife’s room at the Akron General Medical Center on Saturday and shot her. He appeared to be loading a gun when a nurse and others who heard a popping sound arrived.Wise’s friend, Terry Henderson, told AP that he believes Wise did not want his wife, Barbara, to suffer after having three aneurysms. Wise had previously said that he and Barbara never wanted to become disabled in a nursing home.Wise’s lawyer, Paul Adamson, made a similar assertion in court. ““Forty-five years of marriage, blessed to be deeply in love with his wife throughout those 45 years, and I am absolutely confident that everything that he’s ever done for … [Read more...] about Man Who Shot Wife in ICU Is Charged with Murder; Was It a Mercy Killing?
In most parts of the country, recreational vehicles are typically used for leisure activities. But in Minnesota, a 20-year-old RV has been retrofitted for a new purpose: to house the Mobile Law Network, a traveling pro bono law office.In September, Mitchell Hamline School of Law in Saint Paul rolled out the 31-foot red RV, dubbed the “Wheels of Justice,” as a unique way to dispatch law students to areas beyond the Twin Cities.Mitchell Hamline dean and president Mark Gordon came up with the idea for the mobile law office in July 2015. Gordon says he had been hearing concerns about legal needs throughout Minnesota, and he was looking for a way for students to help.“I knew I wanted something mobile, because that was a way we could reach across the state,” says Gordon. “Some people suggested we use a bus; but frankly, we were looking to do this quickly and inexpensively, and I knew it was possible to get used RVs, and that it wouldn’t be too difficult to … [Read more...] about Mobile Justice: Minnesota law school takes pro bono work on the road
From his office at Butzel Long’s Detroit headquarters, lawyer Richard Rassel can watch the massive 18-wheel trucks driving across the Ambassador Bridge from Michigan into Windsor, Ontario, Canada.Most of those trucks started their long journey north to Canada from Mexico, crossing through three countries with three distinct legal systems, observes Rassel, the firm’s past chairman and current director of global client relations.In some ways that journey is a fitting metaphor for the needs of most businesses these days.As foreign trade becomes more common for even the smallest of businesses, a need for lawyers versed in multiple legal systems has emerged. And now the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law is stepping forward to help fill this need.Earlier this year the law school launched a dual-degree program with Mexico’s Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, a private law school in the Mexican state of Nuevo León. The program … [Read more...] about The Attorney Multipass
Law students at the University of Detroit Mercy law school aren’t waiting for low-income veterans to come to them with their legal troubles.Instead the students are traveling the country in a donated Winnebago to meet with the veterans and help them obtain disability and pension benefits, the National Law Journal reports. In just the first year of the program, the students have already helped more than 2,000 veterans in 11 states.The students typically meet with the veterans, research the claims and turn those with merit over to any of the more than 740 pro bono lawyers recruited to help. The law school calls the program Project Salute.Law professor Tammy Kudialsi says she knows of no other similar mobile law clinics. “We pack up the show and take it on the road,” she told the NLJ. … [Read more...] about Veterans Helped by Law Students in Traveling Winnebago Law Office