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BSM Welcomes Cortney Schaffer

We are pleased to welcome attorney Cortney Schaffer as the newest member of our legal team. Cortney will practice in the areas of public sector, library, and real estate law. She joins BSM with previous experience at the Michigan Court of Appeals. Cortney holds a Master of Public Administration from Western Michigan University, a Juris Doctor from Valparaiso University School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Albion College. Cortney can be reached directly at or 616.965.9346.  Read More

The Michigan Court of Appeals Enhances Township Regulation of Public Roads

In Oshtemo Charter Township v. Kalamazoo County Road Commission, decided on June 25, 2013, the Michigan Court of Appeals made it easier for Michigan townships to enact reasonable regulations regarding county public roads (especially truck route ordinances) over the objection of the local county road commission.  For more information, contact our office.  Read More

Michigan Supreme Court to Hear Appeal Regarding Demolition Orders

In December 2012, the Michigan Court of Appeals issued a published decision that requires municipalities to give property owners an opportunity to repair structures prior to demolition, regardless of the extent of the damage or the cost to repair  Read More

Crystal Morgan and Cliff Bloom: Success at the Michigan Supreme Court in a Riparian Case

After receiving an unfavorable decision in the circuit court in a case involving riparian/lake access issues, the plaintiffs/riparian property owners hired our attorneys to pursue an appeal of the decision.  Our clients won a partial victory in the Michigan Court of Appeals, which reversed portions of the trial court’s adverse decision.  Thereafter, our clients pursued an appeal to the Michigan Supreme Court and based on the record and the application for leave to appeal drafted by BSM attorneys, the Michigan Supreme Court vacated the erroneous portions of the Court of Appeals decision regarding a prescriptive easement, and granted major relief to our clients.  To read the Court of Appeals opinion and the Michigan Supreme Court order, click here  Read More

LEGISLATIVE ALERT - Fireworks Regulation

A bill that gives local units of government greater control over consumer fireworks was signed into law as Public Act 65 of 2013 (“PA  65”) on June 19 by Lt. Governor Calley (on behalf of Governor Snyder who was on a trade trip).  PA 65 takes immediate effect and authorizes local units of government to regulate consumer fireworks during certain hours on the day before, the day of, and the day after a national holiday.  More specifically, PA 65 allows local units of government to enact an ordinance to regulate the ignition, discharge, or use of consumer fireworks on those days as follows:  Read More

Cliff Bloom to Teach Water Law Seminar Up North

On Saturday Morning, July 13, 2013, Cliff Bloom will be teaching a water law seminar on Bois Blanc Island in the Wagner Room adjacent to the Township Hall.  For more information, please call the Bois Blanc Township Clerk at (231) 634-7275.  This is a free seminar.    Read More

New Michigan Supreme Court Opinion Addresses Medical Marihuana and Driving Offenses

On May 21, 2013, the Michigan Supreme Court issued its decision in the case of People v Koon (Docket No. 145259), holding that a patient registered under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (“MMMA”) cannot be convicted of operating a motor vehicle with marijuana in his or her body, unless the prosecution can prove that the person is “under the influence” of the marijuana.    Read More

Jeff Sluggett and Dick Butler Make Presentation to the West Michigan Regional Clerks Association

Jeff Sluggett and Dick Butler presented a seminar on May 17, 2013 at Muskegon Community College to the West Michigan Regional Clerks Association titled Legal Updates: Recent Developments for Local Government.  The presentation included topics such as Michigan Fireworks Safety Act, Open Meetings Act, Michigan Liquor Control Code, Freedom of Information Act, recall petitions, personal property tax and the financial impact of personal property tax legislation, among others.   Read More

Bloom Sluggett Morgan Celebrates First Year Anniversary

It is with sincere appreciation that we say “thank you” to all of our clients for placing your trust and confidence in us and making the last year possible. We know how fortunate we are to work with all of you in areas of the law that we truly enjoy.  Read More

Cliff Bloom will Present at the Michigan Lake & Stream Associations, Inc Annual Convention

The MLSA Annual Convention for 2013 will be held at the Doubletree by Hilton Riverfront Hotel in Bay City, Michigan on April 26 and 27, 2013.  Cliff Bloom will be both teaching seminars and making presentations at the annual convention.  Please visit for more information.  Read More