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Straight Talk w/Lawyer Lisa Series Starts Jan. 23 with “Bullying”

Straight Talk w/Lawyer Lisa Series Starts Jan. 23 with “Bullying”

(Crystal A. Proxmire, 01/15/2012)

When Ferndale-based lawyer Lisa Schmidt, Esq. found out about the educational “Meet Your Neighborhood Professor Series” at the Ferndale Public Library, it gave her the inspiration to start a series of discussions herself to educate people in the community about important legal issues.

The Straight Talk w/Lawyer Lisa series starts Jan. 23, 2012 with a discussion on Bullying.  The hour-long talk starts at 7pm at The Ferndale Public Library (222 E. 9 Mile).  There will be a presentation and time for a question-and-answer session.

Bullying seemed like an obvious choice for the self-described progressive Christian lawyer. “Anti-Bullying is a very important topic that has been much in the news lately because the Michigan legislature just passed the first state-wide anti-bullying legislation, which was signed into law on December 6, 2011. Local school districts and communities are in the process of instituting anti-bullying policies to comply with the law right now, so it is important for the public to know what the law is and what they can do to protect their sons and daughters from bullying in the schools.”

Schmidt believes in practicing in many areas of law so that she can help a variety of people and keep herself sharp and flexible. In her online bio, Schmidt says “I believe you have the right to expect that your lawyer is up to date on the latest developments in your area of the law.  Sadly, many lawyers fall short of this expectation, relying instead on rote memorization and many years of doing the same kinds of cases.  This means when an emerging issue comes along they can be caught unprepared.  I take steps to ensure that I have the most up-to-date information about my client’s cases and the law surrounding them, and I’m not afraid to push for changes in the law when needed.”  Her practice is in the areas of Criminal Defense, Family Law, and Civil Rights, and she specializes in Medical Marihuana Defense, Non-Traditional Family Law, and Students’ Rights.

There are currently four Straight Talk w/Lawyer Lisa discussions scheduled.   After January’s Bullying presentation, the dates and topics are:
~February 27, 2012 on the Anatomy of a Criminal Case
~April 23, 2012 on Medical Marijuana
~May 21, 2012 on Child Custody

All talks will be at 7:00pm at the Ferndale Public Library. There is no charge to attend.  The meetings are for informational purposes only and should not be considered legal advice. Though if people have specific concerns they may get information from Schmidt about retaining her services.

Schmidt was recently featured in Ferndale 115 News when she attended a New Member Orientation at the Ferndale Area Chamber of Commerce.  She has officially joined the Chamber and made contact with several other local groups that she hopes to use as a resource, including the DDA (Downtown Development Authority) and BNI (Business Networking International).  “I owe a great deal of gratitude to FAC and to the Greater Royal Oak chapter of Business Networks International (BNI). The members have been very supportive and helpful as I establish my new business,” she said.

Giving back to the community by volunteering her time and expertise at the Library is also her way of getting to know the Library and the people in the community.  Schmidt moved to Ferndale from St. Joseph, where she worked as an Associate Attorney with the Peter J. Johnson Law Office in Saint Joseph in Southwest Michigan, as an active litigation lawyer.  Before that she worked with attorney Lisa C. Ward, a solo practitioner.

“We represented an employee union for a local school district and state employees in the federal court system who faced the threat of reduced hours and discipline as the result of their political affiliations,” said Schmidt of her work with Ward.

Now, on her own in Ferndale, she hopes she can build her business and help a diverse mix of clients with multiple legal needs.  So far it is going well.  “Ferndale is a wonderful place to live and work. The people here are very supportive and friendly. I believe that would be my favorite aspect,” she said.

Find out more about Schmidt Law Services at http://schmidtlawservices.com.

Find out more about educational and cultural programs at The Ferndale Public Library at http://www.ferndalepubliclibrary.org.

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