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JEFF SLUGGETT TO SPEAK AT THE MICHIGAN MUNICIPAL LEAGUE CAPITAL CONFERENCE

Jeff Sluggett will be a speaker March 21-22 at the Michigan Municipal League Capital Conference, a conference for state and federal issues affecting local communities.  The Conference is sponsored by the Michigan Municipal League and will be held in Lansing at the Lansing Center. Jeff will be speaking on telecommunications issues.  For more information please visit http://www.mml.org/home.html.  Read More

Jeff Sluggett to Speak at Local Government Academy in Lansing

Jeff Sluggett will be a speaker on May 18th at the Local Government Academy, a three-day seminar for  newer lawyers sponsored by the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys. The Academy is held in Lansing. Jeff will be speaking on public right of way issues.  Read More

Cliff Bloom's FOX17 Morning Mix Interview for the Upcoming Cottage and Lakefront Living Show Presentations

Cliff Bloom conducted an interview with FOX17 Morning Mix regarding his upcoming presentations at the Cottage and Lakefront Living Show in Grand Rapids for his book Buying and Selling Waterfront Property in Michigan.  See the video below.  Read More

The Michigan Lake & Stream Associations, Inc Annual Convention - 2016

Cliff Bloom will be teaching seminars on April 29 and 30, 2016 at the annual Michigan Lake & Stream Associations 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

Cliff Bloom's Upcoming Presentations for the Cottage and Lakefront Living Show

Cliff Bloom will be making presentations regarding his book Buying and Selling Waterfront Property in Michigan at the upcoming Michigan Cottage and Lakefront Living Show in Grand Rapids, Michigan, at the DeVos Place Convention Center at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 25, 2016 and again on Saturday, March 26, 2016 at noon.  For more information, visit www.cottageandlakefrontliving.com Read More

Freedom of Information Act Deadline - July 1, 2015

PA 563 of 2014 ("PA 563") amended the Michigan Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA") effective July 1, 2015.  PA 563 amends FOIA in several major respects including the manner in which fees and costs may be charged for responding to FOIA requests.  Pursuant to PA 563, all municipalities in Michigan must have in effect by July 1, 2015 new written procedures and guidelines to implement the amended FOIA.  If a municipality does not comply with these new requirements by July 1, 2015, that municipality will still be required to process and respond to FOIA requests but will not be permitted to charge fees and costs for those responses unless and until the municipality comes into compliance.  If your municipality needs assistance with establishing and implementing the new procedures and guidelines required by PA 563, please contact Bloom Sluggett Morgan, PC.  Read More

Jeff Sluggett appointed to Advisory Council by the Stauffer-Kentwood Foundation

Jeff Sluggett was recently appointed to an Advisory Council established by the Stauffer-Kentwood Foundation.  The Advisory Council has been tasked with investigating the viability of establishing a community foundation that would serve the greater Kentwood area.

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