Lawyers in the Public Interest

According to cliché, there are two kinds of lawyers.

The kind people make jokes about. And the kind they make movies about.

Lawyers who sell their services to the powerful. And lawyers who fight the powerful on behalf of ordinary people.

Abraham Lincoln (himself a lawyer) defined democracy as government of the people, by the people, and for the people. Yet, even in a democracy, powerful organizations can act contrary to the interests of individuals or communities. Which is why, for over 40 years, we have been a public interest law firm.

We believe clean air, clean water, the existence of wilderness, and the preservation of family farms are in the public interest.

We believe standing up for individual rights is in the public interest.

We believe supporting local government, and holding it accountable, are in the public interest.

When you work for your ideals you work harder.

We’ve been working for ours since 1972. 


NEWS

Kate Redman Discusses Crowd-Funding Rules in TC's Record-Eagle

“Investment crowdfunding has been leading the industry globally, but we should see a really startling growth in the U.S. once these new rules are effective,” said Kate Redman, attorney with Olson, Bzdok & Howard PC in Traverse City. Redman will offer training “labs” starting in May for businesses and nonprofits interested in investment crowdfunding. Contact her at kate@envlaw.com for more information.

Traverse City Record-Eagle (01-24-16) 

Public Trust Framework Recommended for Great Lakes









The International Joint Commission (IJC) of the United States & Canada has issued a report recommending the application of a bi-national Public Trust framework to help fill regulatory gaps and guide decision-making that will ensure the protection of the long-term ecological integrity, economic stability, and the many public and private uses of the Great Lakes.

Firm founder Jim Olson has advocated for the active implementation of Public Trust principles in Great Lakes decision-making for decades, so this recommendation is both a welcome development, and a tremendous accomplishment. Congratulations Jim!

Full Report (pdf): Protection of the Waters of the Great Lakes 

Kate Redman is one of TC's 40 under 40!

Kate Redman, Community Enterprise Attorney and Partner at Olson, Bzdok & Howard, has been selected as one of Traverse City's Most Influential Professionals under 40 for 2015. This is the second year in a row Kate has been selected by the TC Business News as part of TC's "40 under 40." Congrats Kate!

Sept. 1, 2015 

Partnership Announcement

Olson, Bzdok & Howard is pleased to announce that Ross A. Hammersley and Kate E. Redman became shareholders with the firm. Please take a look at their attorney profiles to learn more about these young legal trailblazers.

March 20, 2015