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Schembechler Apology Falls a Little Short

Only three days after he was hired, Glenn Schembechler resigned Saturday as assistant director of recruiting for the University of Michigan football team. Football fans discovered and were appalled by some of Mr. Schembechler’s “likes” and re-tweets on his Twitter account, including racist posts as well as support of the January 6, 2021, invasion of […]

Church Settles Dispute Through Courts

The Evangel Church in Detroit had a dispute about its governance. Some leaders determined that the pastor should be selected by the board of elders, and then the pastor would select the members board of elders. But the church members contended that they had always had voting rights. This is not an uncommon debate in […]

How Does Litigation Funding Affect Mediation?

Litigation funding is a means of financing a lawsuit. A third party “invests” in the lawsuit, helping to pay for the costs of litigation, then collects a portion of the recovery. It mostly helps plaintiffs, especially parties who could not afford to sue, such as class actions. If its side does not prevail – in […]

The 4 R’s of Apology

Many experts recommend that we employ “the 4 R’s” when making an apology, to ensure that it’s a good apology. But there’s not complete agreement on which four R’s we need. Professor Carrie Petrucci recommended the following four R’s in her 2002 article on apologies, citing other apology scholars: (i) an expression of remorse or […]

Another U.S. Pastor Sues for Defamation

Pastors do not like being accused of scurrilous behavior. According to Scripture, the remedy is to resolve such issues within the church (I Corinthians 6:1-7) but some American pastors prefer to sue their accusers in the civil courts, even if the accuser is another Christian or Christian entity. (see, e.g., my blog posts on July […]


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