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The Michigan Lake & Stream Associations, Inc Annual Convention - 2015

Cliff Bloom will be teaching seminars on May 1 and 2, 2015 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.

Crystal Morgan and Jeff Sluggett to Make Presentation at the 2015 Michigan Association of Municipal Clerks Master Academy

Crystal Morgan and Jeff Sluggett will make a presentation at the 2015 Michigan Association of Municipal Clerks Master Academy on March 25, 2015 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan titled Legal Updates.  The presentation will cover legal developments including new Freedom of Information Act amendments, Open Meetings Act issues, election law changes, and other matters.  Read More

Crystal Morgan appointed to Spring Lake Township Recreation Committee

In February 2015, BSM attorney Crystal Morgan was appointed to a 3-year term on the Spring Lake Township Recreation Committee.  Crystal is originally from Grand Rapids where BSM’s offices are located, but she and her husband currently reside in Spring Lake Township (Ottawa County) and enjoy the water, trails and other recreational activities offered there.  She looks forward to serving her community in this capacity, and brings years of municipal law experience and a love of outdoor activities with her.  Read More

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