With the 2020 United States Presidential Election over (maybe?), and Covid-19 still leaving an impact on our country, the judiciary has been dealt with many obstacles. What will President Joe Biden do when he takes over at the helm? How will the historic victory of Kamala Harris impact and inspire society? Will Donald Trump fight the election all of the way to the United States Supreme Court? Will Covid-19 continue to wreak havoc on our daily lives? To gain insight into these issues, we spoke to several of the top lawyers in the State of Michigan.
Matthew McManus is the Managing Member of McManus and Amadeo in Ann Arbor, Michigan. When asked about the impact of the election and the continual issue of Covid-19, McManus said, “We are living in very different times. Whenever there is an election, things are bound to change. We saw this when President Obama took over in 2008 and we witnessed a dramatic transition with the election of Donald Trump in 2016. The number of voters has sent a message that Americans are becoming very active politically and this will have a profound impact on our courts.”
Jennifer Kelley is a Senior Associate for McManus and Amadeo and has quickly developed a reputation as one of the top divorce lawyers across the State of Michigan. Kelley added, “Whenever there is a heated presidential election, you can expect a lot of change. President Biden has a very different agenda than President Trump had. Covid-19 clearly has an agenda of its own. We hope that courts will resume in the near future, until then, we are using Zoom and having limited live appearances. There is no question that as officers of the court, we need to continue to adjust to preserve justice and people need to adapt to change. These are historic times.”
Nancy Eaton-Gordon is a partner at “Jackson Eaton-Gordon” and one of the top litigators in Lenawee County, Michigan. Eaton Gordon provided commentary when she said, “The election presented a historic change for our country. I am proud that so many people came out to vote. With the changing times, we see how our court is evolving. In Lenawee, we recently shut down again due to Covid-19. We have to work as a team to continue to think of outside of the box solutions to help with judicial economy while protecting our respective communities.”
William Amadeo is a partner at McManus and Amadeo and a Senior Associate for Grabel and Associates. Amadeo has a reputation as one of the top criminal defense lawyer’s in the State of Michigan and provided his thoughts on the issues. Amadeo said, “The 2020 election went about as smooth as the rest of this chaotic year has gone. I imagine Donald Trump will complain and contest President-elect Joe Biden’s victory for the next 4 years or so. With that stated, we need to figure out Covid-19 and continue to advocate for our clients. This is not an easy time for anybody but as leaders in the legal community, we need to step up in our role as counselors because stress is at an all-time high. We all need to step up our games.”
While the future is uncertain, there are many leaders in our legal community that are placing the needs of their clients’ before their own. Teamwork will take on a heightened level of importance as the holiday season collides with Covid-19 and the new leaders in the Oval Office.