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Bloom Sluggett Morgan Recognized as 2015 Best Law Firm

Bloom Sluggett Morgan, PC (BSM) has been recognized among the nation’s preeminent law firms in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 “Best Law Firms” for its work in tax litigation and tax law.  Read More

Bloom Sluggett Morgan Partners Recognized as Super Lawyers for 2014

The peer review group Super Lawyers, published by Thomson Reuters, has again named Cliff Bloom and Jeff Sluggett as Super Lawyers and Crystal Morgan as a Rising Star (the designation for attorneys under 40 years of age or who have practiced law for fewer than 10 years), all in the practice area of Government/Municipal Law.  We thank our clients and staff for making this recognition possible.  Read More

Public Meeting Invocation Decision:

Recently, in Town of Greece, New York v Galloway, the United States Supreme Court considered whether a prayer given before monthly town board meetings violated the Establishment Clause.  Since 1999 the town of Greece began inviting local clergy to deliver an invocation before the town board meeting.  The local clergy, all of who were unpaid volunteers, were selected from a local directory of congregations and were free to determine the content of their invocations.  While the town maintained that any minster or layperson was welcome to give the invocation; from 1999-2007, all the participating minsters were Christian.  Read More

Urban Farming: Better Direction

The degree to which a local government can regulate or restrict urban farming has, until recently, been unclear. However, in April the Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development approved the 2014 Site Selection Generally Accepted Agriculture Management Practices (“GAAMPs”) under the Michigan Right to Farm Act, which provide better direction for local units of government.  Read More

The Michigan Lake & Stream Associations, Inc Annual Convention - 2014

Cliff Bloom will be teaching seminars on May 2 and 3, 2014 at the annual MLSA Convention at Boyne Mountain in Northern Michigan.  The topics will include water/riparian law, buying and selling waterfront property, local government regulation of the waterfront, easements and similar issues.  Read More

Bloom Sluggett Morgan Attorney Elected President of the Board of Directors for the United Methodist Community House

Jeff Sluggett was recently elected President of the Board of Directors for the United Methodist Community House.  After serving a full term as Vice President, Sluggett is happy to make the transition to President of the Board. The United Methodist Community House is a non-profit agency based in Grand Rapids with a mission focusing on children and seniors. See http://www.umchousegr.org for more information.  Read More

Cliff Bloom to Make Presentations at Both Novi and Grand Rapids Cottage and Lakefront Living Shows

Cliff Bloom of Bloom Sluggett Morgan, PC will be making presentations at the Cottage and Lakefront Living Shows, both in Novi on Saturday, March 1 and at the Grand Rapids Show on Saturday, March 29.  For more information, please visit the Showspan website at www.showspan.com.   Read More

The 2014 Annual Michigan Society of Professional Surveyors Convention

On February 21, 2014, Cliff Bloom will be teaching a seminar on water (riparian) law and adverse possession at the annual Michigan Society of Professional Surveyors Convention in Manistee, Michigan.  Read More

LEGISLATIVE ALERT - ORV Regulation - Public Roads

The Legislature has enacted several laws that affect the regulation of Off-Road Vehicles (ORVs) on public roads.  Public Acts 117-119 of 2013 amended various sections of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (NREPA) to expand the areas where ORVs may be allowed on county roads and state highways from certain northern counties to the entire state.  As a result, the authority to permit ORVs on public roadways has now been extended to all “southern counties” which are defined as Muskegon, Kent, Ionia, Clinton, Shiawassee, Genesee, Lapeer, or Macomb counties and any other county lying south of those counties.  Public Acts 117-119 address the authority of all counties, cities, villages, and townships throughout Michigan to permit the operation of ORVs on public roadways and to close county roads to ORVs when otherwise permitted by county or local ordinance.     Read More

Recording of Judgments Affecting Land

The attorneys of Bloom Sluggett Morgan have long advised their clients to record any favorable court judgment affecting land—including consent judgments—with the County Register of Deeds Office.  This includes judgments involving land use, zoning regulations, deed restrictions and similar issues.  That advice was validated by the Michigan Court of Appeals in its decision in Hartford Equities, Inc, v County of Clinton (November 26, 2013; Docket No. 313443).  Recording a judgment provides notice of its existence, and helps ensure that it may be enforced against future owners or others who may obtain an interest in the lands involved.  Read More