Goodbye, and hello

After exactly 40 years, Don Stemmermann decided to call it a career.

The Michigan Lawyers Weekly publisher tendered his resignation on Aug. 27, the very same day, four decades ago, that he entered the newspaper business. Over that time, he worked in sales and publishing, including his two-year stint here as publisher of MiLW.

What’s next? Don said that he plans to spend more time working with Angela Hospice and other non-profits he is involved with. He is also planning multiple trips to Cincinnati to visit with his granddaughter.

All the staff at MiLW and at the Dolan Company wish Don the very best. The door is always open and we expect pictures.

Which brings us to me.

I am the publisher of Virginia Lawyers Weekly, MiLW’s sister paper in Richmond. For the next several months, I will be the interim publisher here.

I joined VLW in 1988 after practicing law in Southwest Virginia for three years, and for the past 24 years, I’ve worked at bringing the latest legal news to attorneys in the Old Dominion – in print, on the web, on mobile.

The mission at VLW is the same mission here – to provide the practical, timely information you need to practice law more efficiently and more effectively. I look forward to working with the excellent team here at MiLW. And I look forward to meeting you and talking to you.

Personal note: This post is a bit of a homecoming for me. I lived in Michigan for several months in 1984, when I was a summer associate with the firm then known as Foster, Swift, Collins & Coey in Lansing.

My fiancée, later my wife, and I ended up staying in Virginia, where we went to law school and where she already was practicing.

The Michigan tourism department used a campaign slogan for years: “Say YES to Michigan!”

When the folks at Dolan asked me if I was interested in the interim gig here, what other answer could I give?

– Paul Fletcher

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