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My problem is with the show's ads. There is an endless parade of local attorney commercials. Yesterday, March 25, 2015, was typical. From 12:30 to 1pm, a span of 30 minutes, there were a lucky 13 lawyer ads, as follows: 4-Mike Morse 3-Sam Bernstein 2-Zamler, Mellen 2-Goodman, Acker 2-Joumana Kayrouz Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at attorneybutler.net
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A couple of quotes in honor of Andy's birthday: "Any man worth his salt will stick up for what he believes right, but it takes a slightly better man to acknowledge instantly and without reservation that he is in error." I think we lack a few slightly better men. "It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their own selfish purposes." Thank God we don't have that problem any more. Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2015 at attorneybutler.net
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All teams were remarkably well prepared and the competition was pretty intense. I was very impressed by our CC boys, who, in my unbiased opinion, looked like real pros. They, frankly, blew me away. CC owes special thanks to Faculty Advisor Erik Nilsen and Judge Lita M. Popke of the Wayne County Circuit Court who was lead coach for the teams. Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2015 at attorneybutler.net
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It has been my honor to be part of the Kaye Tertzag Tribute Dinner Committee since the event’s inception. The committee has also been gracious enough to allow me to act as emcee. At the 2015 event last Wednesday, I related a short story concerning the legal profession, which I share here: Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2015 at attorneybutler.net
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A recognized expert in Michigan premises liability law believes there is a connection between the decline in the condition of much of Detroit's residential and commercial building stock and the contemporaneous rise of a legal theory created by Michigan's judiciary. Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2015 at attorneybutler.net
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C. Show up at the appointed time, without a court reporter or videographer and ask the doctor questions for an hour about the prospects for the Tigers in 2015. D. Show up at the appointed time, sit in the doctor's office and forbid him to do any other work for an hour. Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at attorneybutler.net
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Anyway, a recent search for stupid adverts led me to this particular find, which combines both stupid advertising and bad legal advertising all in the same computer screen. The attorney ad is only funny based on its placement. However, it is a cautionary tale to those of us who may be offered internet advertising, allegedly "targeted", by some complex algorithm, to our prospective client audience. Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2015 at attorneybutler.net
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Compare the stained-glass panel, shown below, which I presume is intended to show the Tower of Babel, with the picture of the David Stott building. To me, at least, they look remarkably similar. Continue reading
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The 4th annual Detroit Catholic School Heritage Project(Bishop Gallagher Society) Mass and Award Dinner was held on October 22, 2014 at St. Clare of Montefalco. We had a record attendance for the event and the people of the St. Clare parish community made us feel very welcome. Two albums of photos (well over 600 total) can be found by clicking these links, Volume I, and Volume II. Links to the albums can also be found on the sidebar of the website. Continue reading
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Dombrowski: "Free Press? This is Dippy Dombrowski, St. Stanislaus High School, reporting tonight's basketball score. Here it is. St. Stanislaus Broncos 45, St. Anthony Teutons 26. Wait, I've just been handed a message. The "I Went to Catholic School in Metro Detroit" Facebook Group, has gone over 4500 members." Continue reading
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Taken from the cover of the 1958 CC Shamrock yearbook, this is a line drawing of the stained glass window of the CC chapel at the Outer Drive Campus. After CC sold the property to the Detroit Public Schools in the late 1970s, the Basilian residence (including the chapel) was torn down. The window was crated up and put into storage by the DPS. A generation later the crates were found and the window has been reassembled in the CC chapel on the Novi campus. Continue reading
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The 6th annual Judge Kaye Tertzag Purple Sport Coat Award Dinner will be held on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at Park Place Caterers in Dearborn. http://parkplacecaterers.com/ , from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Park Place is located at the corner of Park and Outer Drive, just south of Michigan Avenue. Tickets are $40.00 and include dinner and an open bar. Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2014 at attorneybutler.net
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And, here are a few screen grabs of some of Mr. Shatner's other clients. I am sure he is very well acquainted with the quality work the firms do. By the way, note that Captain Kirk is wearing the same shirt, tie and suit in all 3 of the photos below. He apparently is wearing a different tie, at least, in the Goodman Acker ad, which certainly enhances its credibility. Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2014 at attorneybutler.net
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I did a Bing video search for: "Bob Hope on Democrats", and found that the Ghostbreakers clip had been uploaded well over 125 times by various folks. When I did a similar search: "Bob Hope on Republicans", I found the Cat and the Canary clip had only been uploaded 3 times. However, that search brought up the Ghostbreakers clip over 40 times. Not sure what we learn from this. Maybe you don't have to go back so far to find funny material about Republicans. Maybe there are just that many people doing comedy about Democrats. Who knows, or cares, for that matter. Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at attorneybutler.net
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Awesome. The digital equivalent of sticking your business card on the bulletin board at the take-out counter of your local Chinese restaurant. I am assuming that the massage chairs and the gumball machine get more action. Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2014 at attorneybutler.net
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A final thought. Mr. Kresch and his firm enter buildings illegally to use those builidings for adverstising without compensation to the builidings' owners. 1800lawfirm does have a lot in common with scrappers. Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2014 at attorneybutler.net
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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 Nov 23, 2014 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