Take me out to the law game

Cooley Law School StadiumThe Cooley Law School Stadium is the new home-field name for the Lansing Lugnuts, the capital’s Class “A” minor-league baseball affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays.

The ubiquitous law school, the nation’s largest with 3,600 students on four campuses in Michigan, bought the naming rights for the ball park in an 11-year, $1,485,000 sponsorship deal announced yesterday.

Naming rights for the field, formerly known as Oldsmobile Park, went on the market when General Motors gave up its sponsorship during the automaker’s bankruptcy reorganization last year.

The ball club and the city of Lansing will evenly split the revenue from Cooley’s sponsorship.

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Read MiLW online

We have a nifty new thing for subscribers: you can now read MiLW online.

The online interface for MiLW’s digital edition is powered by PageTurnPro. It’s intuitive, easy to use and responds quickly.

Whether you’re a geek or an old-schooler, you’ll get a kick from an optional effect that provides the sound of rustling paper as you electronically flip the pages.

And, there’s a nice drop-shadow effect that gives the page images a 3-D feel.

There’s a handy search function as well.

If you’re not a subscriber and you want in on the action, we can fix you right up here.

Former MILW publisher Dan Sharp dies

Daniel S. Sharp, Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s founding publisher, has died. He was 57.

Dan’s sheer will and capable guidance nursed MiLW from its infancy in 1986 and through the paper’s growing years.

He left in 1994 to start a private practice in Marblehead, MA with his wife and law partner, Elaine Whitfield Sharp.

It was my distinct pleasure and privilege to work with Dan; to share with him the thrill of our first issue rolling off the press.

Dan had exacting standards for MiLW.

Early on, we had a bad week in terms of typos in the paper. The next issue featured a publisher’s note from Dan, complete with a photo of him with a bag over his head, as he apologized profusely for the lapse in quality and made a heartfelt promise to do better.

Dan was a first-class colleague and a mentor without peer. He provided me with good counsel, professionally and personally.

He will be missed.

Dan’s funeral service will be held at the Old North Church in Marblehead on Friday, Feb. 19 at 11 a.m. Arrangements are being handled by the Eustis and Cornell Funeral Home, Marblehead.

The Swampscott Reporter has Dan’s full obituary.

Canton hires new township attorney

From the Canton Observer:

Audrey Robinson, former manager of state government affairs for Reed Elsevier Inc. started her $88,000-a-year job Monday as Canton’s manager of legal services and contract administration — a post created in October by township officials.

A Michigan native who has traveled the country as a state lobbyist for a major publisher of science, medical and legal information has returned home and started her new job as Canton’s newest manager-level employee.

Holiday schedule for MSC, COA and admin office

The state’s appellate courts and the court administrative office have announced their holiday closings.

The Michigan Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals, and the State Court Administrative Office (SCAO) will be closed for the holidays on Thursday, December 24; Friday, December 25; Thursday, December 31; and Friday, January 1.

The Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and SCAO will be open on Monday, December 28; Tuesday, December 29; and Wednesday, December 30.

Judge mulls release of Ambassador Bridge safety report

Rep. John Dingell thinks the public should see the maintenance report of the privately owned Ambassador Bridge, putting him at odds with the bridge’s owners, reports The Detroit News.

But Dingell is withholding release of the 2007 report he received last week pending a ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Patrick J. Duggan.

From The News:

The Detroit International Bridge Co., which owns the bridge that is the busiest international crossing between the United States and Canada, filed a lawsuit Sept. 25 to prevent the release of the report, citing security and proprietary business reasons. …

Dan Stamper, president of the DIBC, said Friday he’s open to releasing a shorter safety report for the public in the next two weeks if his attorneys don’t see any liability concerns.

“The bottom line is the bridge is safe,” Stamper said. “We do a thorough, annual inspection of the bridge. In fact, our inspection is so thorough that that is why we are concerned about it being released.

“It has information on the vulnerabilities of the bridge structure that could be used by terrorists to figure out where the best place to attack the bridge would be.”

Eastern District bankruptcy judges featured at Dec. 10 luncheon

Bankruptcy Judges Marci B. McIvor, Phillip J. Shefferly and Thomas J. Tucker are the featured roundtable speakers at the Eastern District Federal Bar Association Bankruptcy Section’s Dec. 10 luncheon at Cobo Hall.

The event starts with an 11:30 a.m. buffet lunch. More information here.