US Supreme Court to Hear Michigan Gay Marriage Case

Supreme Court grants cert to gay marriage casesThe word came down on January 16, 2014: the US Supreme Court had granted certiorari to¬†four gay marriage cases on appeal from the 6th Circuit. But what does that mean for couples? And could the Court’s order hint at its eventual ruling? Read the full post »

Gov. Snyder Vetos Law to Give Guns to Domestic Violence Offenders

Snyder vetos gun law to protect domestic violence victimsShould having a personal protection order (PPO) or domestic violence charges against a person prevent him or her from carrying a concealed weapon? The Michigan Legislature didn’t think so, but Governor Rick Snyder disagrees. On January 15, 2015, he vetoed the bill out of concern for domestic violence victims. Read the full post »

UPDATED: Federal Court Upholds 300+ Michigan Gay Marriages

Federal Court Upholds Michigan Gay MarriagesIn March 2014, gay marriage was legal in Michigan for just about 24 hours. That day, 300+ couples hurried to get married before the Court of Appeals issued a stay on the lower court decision. Now another judge has ruled that those marriages were valid and must be recognized. Read the full post »

Sneak Peek: Michigan’s New Genetic Parentage Act

Michigan's New Genetic Paternity ActIn December of 2014, the Michigan Legislature passed the Genetic Parentage Act and the Summary Support and Paternity Act. The laws won’t take effect until March, but here’s a sneak peek at what to expect. Read the full post »

Student’s Rap Deemed Free Speech

Student's Rap is Protected Free Speech“Middle fingers up if you want to cap that nigga.” Threat, or speech? According to a recent Court of Appeals decision, this student’s rap song against two teachers was constitutionally protected free speech. Read the full post »

Is the Divorce Rate Dropping?

Is the Divorce Rate Dropping?It has become common knowledge that half of all marriages end in divorce. But is that statistic actually true? Recent articles in Time Magazine and the New York Times are casting doubt on this popular “truth.” Read the full post »

Schmidt Law Services Comes to Ferndale

Schmidt Law Services is coming to Ferndale!Family Law Firm Moves to Ferndale to be closer to clients, business community.

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What’s the Big Deal with No-Fault Divorce?

What is the big deal with no-fault divorceOnce again, Michigan law-makers have thrown in a last minute bill to undo Michigan’s no-fault divorce law. But why? What’s the big deal with no-fault divorce? Read the full post »

Attorney Lisa J. Schmidt Wrote the Book on Hearsay

Attorney Lisa J. Schmidt Wrote the Book on HearsayLawyers and law students everywhere shudder when they think about hearsay. This complex evidence rule excludes “he said/she said” evidence unless the circumstances of the statement prove that it is particularly reliable. But the general rule is riddled with exceptions and exclusions that make TV court’s “Objection, Hearsay!” laughable in its simplicity.That’s whyMichigan’s Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) has asked Attorney Lisa J. Schmidt of Schmidt Law Services, PLLC, to write an entire chapter on the rule in its new Michigan Courtroom Evidence Annotated. Read the full post »

Michigan Senate Approves Cyberbullying Ban

Michigan Senate Approves Cyberbullying BanThe Michigan House of Representatives hasn’t given civil rights advocates much to smile about recently. But the Michigan Senate has just passed a bill that would, if approved by the house, strengthen protections for students against cyberbullying and hold schools accountable. Read the full post »