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"A Republic without parties is a complete anomaly. The histories of all popular governments show absurd is the idea of their attempting to exist without parties." Heavy drinker though Pierce might have been, I don't think he was referring to cocktail parties. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at attorneybutler.net
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St. Stanislaus High School, staffed by the Felician Sisters, opened in 1928. By the late 1940s, it was the largest Polish parish high school in Michigan. The construction of I-94 after the war, split the parish and the construction took away some of the St. Stanislaus neighborhood. Enrollment declined. The grade school closed in 1968. The high school survived the mass closings of 1969-71, but only for a little while. St. Stan's high school closed in 1974. The parish closed in 1989. The church building was subsequently sold to another Christian congregation, which lost the building thereafter. The building was recently sold for $45,000. Very sad. Continue reading
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(I wrote this a few years ago and it was published in Michigan Lawyers Weekly. I know the election isn't until tomorrow. However, as this post has some general observations about political ads, I have some specific things I'd like to say about specific ads from this Michigan election cycle. I'll wait until after the election to post those observations). Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at attorneybutler.net
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and two lines reminded me a lot of our average Michigan political ad (and I mean those from all sides, without exception): "If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,". Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2014 at attorneybutler.net
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So, how do we show this kind of team spirit in a billboard? What kind of a slogan would elegantly convey our firm's mission? I was puzzled. Then, on a drive along I-96 this morning, I looked heavenward, and, inspiration struck. So, look for it soon on a freeway near you. Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at attorneybutler.net
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For defective lighting claims: "Our world, rotating once each day on its axis, is prone to darkness". For negligent display of merchandise claims, such as the recent Menard's case, where falling merchandise caused the death of a customer: "The planet Earth, being third from the sun in our planetary system, is prone to the effects of the Theory of Gravity." And who knows, maybe in the not too distant future, with regard to any negligence claim: "Man, being but an imperfect child of God, and heir to the legacy of the sin of Adam and Eve, is prone to fault." Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 at attorneybutler.net
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More likely the sponsoring "law firm" may have felt pressure from several sources suggesting that the filing of a grievance with the Stat Bar was appropriate. I don't know if a grievance was filed--personally I doubt it. Firstly, if it had been, the claim that this billboard was alone in holding the profession up to ridicule could have been successfully refuted with numerous examples of legal advertising drivel infesting the highways and airwaves. Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2014 at attorneybutler.net
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Saw this billboard on the way hom from work last week. The caption sort of wrote itself. Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2014 at attorneybutler.net
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For those who might want to know more about St. Francis D'Assisi Parish, site of the October 12 Detroit Mass Mob, the 1989 100th Anniversary Jubilee book is now on-line, Continue reading
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AigI have been piling on a little bit on Detroit area attorney advertising--with good cause. However, in the interest of equal time and fair play (you'll see a lot of that during the election campaign), I will resurrect a thread of posts I haven't added to in some time. That is, the Great Insurance Company Ad. Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2014 at attorneybutler.net
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If a time and space traveller had materialized in the City-County building today, he/she might well have assumed Wayne County was in the middle of corn or wheat growing country in Iowa or Kansas, perhaps. Why, you ask? Well it seems that at least one party in every hearing had a variation of the word "Farm" in its name. Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at attorneybutler.net
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I was finally able to locate and photograph this piece of crap from the image consultants at LegalGenius. Picture of a woman of mature years holding cash in one hand and giving the "thumbs up" with the other. In addition to the trade name of the group, there is a quote: I'M RICH, B*T$H!. Looks like an ad for one of our official state sanctioned vices, the Lottery or the Casinos--though none of the ads for these government money makers are this tasteless. Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at attorneybutler.net
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Indeed. I am trying to track down another LG billboard that makes this ad seem like the Apple 1984 campaign in comparison. It may have been pulled already.
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10645022_851351618217244_8145511486561651862_nThe picture, above, is my poor attempt to recreate a billboard I saw on the Southfield Expressway near 7 Mile in Detroit recently. I haven't been able to find a good copy on the web, though attorney Heather Atnip did take a picture of the actual billboard, shown in this post. The actual billboard reads "Lawyers with Huge Balls". The picture above might be titled: "There is no I (or better still IQ) in Genius". The man pictured is the firm's founder. The picture used in this post was taken from the firm's website, where this gentleman had photoshopped the scales (of Justice presumably) where his balls are now. Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at attorneybutler.net
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The picture shows my position in the political and legal world to a nicety: an old gasbag, on top of an old gas bag, pedaling alone against the prevailing winds. Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at attorneybutler.net
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So, Richard Bernstein's campaign, even if unsuccessful, has already accomplished something I thought impossible. It has seen plaintiff personal injury lawyers giving money to a member of Sam Bernstein's family so he can advertise. If he can to that, anything is possible. Maybe even "Fairness For All". Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at attorneybutler.net
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Back in the 1920's, Detroit Holy Redeemer High School would publish a special year end edition of the school newspaper, the Monarch. Today, we have uploaded the 1924 edition, which can be found here. A link will also be available in the left column of the website. Continue reading
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In the Olden Days, most all Wayne County civil cases were scheduled for a mandatory proceeding called a Mediation. The Wayne County Mediation Tribunal Association was formed to handle the Mediation hearings. Not so long ago, these proceedings were re-named Case Evaluations. However, the name of the Wayne County Mediation Tribunal Association remained the same. In the not so Olden Days an informal proceeding called Facilitation started. Not mandatory at the time, Facilitation was a real, concerted attempt to settle civil cases. Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2014 at attorneybutler.net
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LawI heard my first radio ad for Michigan Supreme Court candidates Brian Zahra and David Viviano yesterday. Messrs. Zahra and Viviano are Catholic school alumni, as am I. In fact, Brian Zahra and I went through Knights of Columbus initiation at the same time several years ago. He has attended all of the Tertzag Tribute Dinners, which I have emceed since the event started. He has been a keynote speaker at one Dinner, delivering a very good talk indeed. I believe he is a good man. Mr. Viviano, I met at a Tertzag Dinner, but I have never appeared before him. Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2014 at attorneybutler.net
There is no credible evidence that this ad ever ran, but the production company's name in the lower left corner does obscure the name of a real law firm, and, if you can understand Mr. Wong Fong Shu, the web address does match the firm. There have been various allegations going back and forth between the firm and the production company, but the ad is still on the production company's YouTube channel, garnering close to half a million hits. If the law firm refused to buy or run the ads, I congratulate them. However, based on some of the new billboards I have seen on Detroit area freeways lately (Our lawyers have huge balls-hope to write about this soon), I don't think we are too far away from this in Michigan. Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2014 at attorneybutler.net
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The Detroit Catholic School Heritage Project (also known as the Bishop Michael J. Gallagher Society), is extremely pleased and honored to announce that the permanent home of its collection of Detroit Catholic school heritage and historical material will be at the Fellowship Hall on the grounds of Ladywood High School in LIvonia. Continue reading
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BETTER QUALITY IMAGE CAN BE FOUND HERE A FULL HOUSE IS EXPECTED. Continue reading