Police Prevent Shooting Threat at Milford High School

Milford High SchoolA ninth grade student threatened to “shoot up” Milford High School “like Columbine” on social media. Thanks to swift action by the police, the school is safe. But what will happen to the student? Read the full post »

One Lawyer’s Take on Restorative Practices

Students Can Use Restorative Practices in the ClassroomLast week, I had an opportunity to attend a four day training on Restorative Practices. This alternative supplement to traditional disciplinary structures is gaining popularity among schools and courts in Southeast Michigan. Like any new strategy though, it has strengths and weaknesses. Read the full post »

Local Church Offers Effective Parenting Class

Local Church Offers Parenting ClassAre you a perfect parent? It’s safe to say no because, let’s face it, no one is. Parenting can be challenging, especially when you share custodial responsibilities with an ex-spouse or co-parent. Now a local church is offering a parenting class to help. Read the full post »

5 Tips to Divorce in a Digital Era

Divorce in a Digital EraToday’s access to social media and online records can make your divorce a lot easier, or more complicated. Here are a few things to keep in mind about getting a divorce in a digital era. Read the full post »

Federal Bill Would Protect LGBT Students Against Bullying

New Bill could protect against LGBT bullyingLast week, Representative Jared Polis introduced the federal Student Non-Discrimination Act. The bill, if passed would protect LGBT students against bullying based on sexual orientation or gender identity by tying protection to federal school funding. Read the full post »

How Will the DHS Merger Affect Michigan Families?

Governor Snyder announces DHS MergerIn Michigan’s State of the State address, Governor Snyder announced that he would be merging the Department of Human Services and the Department of Community Health in an attempt to address people, not problems. But how this merger will happen and how it will affect Michigan families remains to be seen. Read the full post »

Michigan LGBT Civil Rights Debate Heats Up – Again

LGBT Civil Rights in 20152014 was a busy year for LGBT Civil Rights. With two lawsuits for gay marriage and bills to amend Michigan’s Elliot Larsen Civil Rights Act, advocates had their work cut out for them. December didn’t end the battle. 2015 promises to heat up the LGBT Civil Rights debate – again. Read the full post »

Breaking Free From Domestic Violence Takes a Team

Escaping Domestic Violence Takes a TeamIf you know someone in a domestic violence relationship it can be hard to understand why the person won’t simply leave. But many times a successful break requires much more support than any one person, even a lawyer, can provide. Instead, it takes a team. Read the full post »

California Leads the Way on Restorative Justice

California implements restorative justice practicesEducation professionals and students’ rights advocates have been pushing for big changes in school discipline procedures, including the use of restorative justice practices. Now the results are in: California is showing the rest of the country what it takes to keep students in school. Read the full post »

Am I Allowed to Attend School Board Meetings?

Am I allowed to attend school board meetings?As a parent, you are probably very invested in your child’s education. If something unpleasant happens in the school district, you may even want to get involved. But could the administrators tell you that you can’t attend school board meetings? Read the full post »