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2016 MUSKEGON COUNTY PROBATE COURT ELECTION

Qualification

Eric C. Grimm

Brenda E. Sprader

Joseph S. Bush

Jenny L. McNeill

David Kortering

Law School

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
LAW SCHOOL
US News Rank: 8
Over 97% bar pass rate.

THOMAS M. COOLEY
LAW SCHOOL
USNWR: Rank not
published.
39% bar pass rate.

MSU DETROIT
COLLEGE OF LAW
USNWR: 94th
81% bar pass rate.

NORTHERN ILLINOIS
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE
OF LAW
USNWR: 144
84% Bar pass rate.

THOMAS M. COOLEY
LAW SCHOOL
USNWR: Rank not
published.
39% bar pass rate.

With honors?

Yes.

No.

No.

No.

No.

National Merit
Scholar?

Yes. Full scholarship to


University of Houston.

No.

No.

No.

No.

AVVO Ranking.

8.9 / 10

8.1 / 10

6.8 / 10

7.6 / 10

6.5 / 10

Client Reviews

iiiii
(10 reviews, all 5-star).

iiiii (5
reviews, all 5-star).

No client reviews.

iii (3 reviews, 3
stars, average).

No client reviews.

Licensed Since

1993 (TX); 1995 (DC);


1998 (MI). 22 years.

2009 (MI) 7 years.

1998 (MI) 17
years.

1996 (IL) 1998 (MI)


19 years.

1996 (MI) 19 years.

Prior Behind
the Bench
Experience.

Yes. Learned how to be a


good judge, from mentors
on Texas Supreme Court
and a federal trial court.
Thats in addition to father
and grandfather, who
served Muskegon County
with distinction.

None.

None.

None.

None.

Nationwide
Experience?

Yes. Represented clients


in trial and appellate courts
in roughly 20 states and
the District of Columbia.

No. Not much


ground for
comparison with
Muskegon way.

No. Has had a


handful of out-of
state cases.

No. A little early


experience in Illinois
courts, but otherwise
all Muskegon.

No. Little ground for


comparison between
Muskegon way, and
best practices.

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Qualification

Eric C. Grimm

Brenda E. Sprader

Joseph S. Bush

Jenny L. McNeill

David Kortering

Non-partisan?

Yes. Really independent.


Has worked effectively
with Republicans (Rep.
Guy Vander Jagt and Hon.
John Cornyn, for instance)
and with Democrats.
Willing to challenge both
parties, assertively. Often
critical of both. Maverick.
In 2016 cycle, contributing
only to Represent.us.

Probably?

No. Judicial
Activist. Treasurer,
Muskegon County
Republican Party.
Loyal solely to one
political party, and
proud of it.

Perhaps?

Yes.

Yes. Third-generation
Muskegonite, seeking to
become third generation on
the Muskegon Bench.
North Muskegon H.S.,
1986.
Eric Grimms late father,
Fredric A. Grimm, Jr.,
served as District Court
Judge in Muskegon
County for over 30 years.
Eric Grimms late
grandfather served for a
time as Muskegon County
Prosecutor, and also was
appointed by Gov. William
Milliken to Muskegon
County Circuit Court.

Yes. Always a loyal


Muskegonite.

Muskegonite?
(High School?).

Or progressive?
Who knows for
certain?
Actively supported by
Republican Hoogstra
family, and stubbornly
anti-choice ex-Sheriff.

Yes.
North Muskegon
H.S., 1989.
Joe Bush was born
and raised in
Muskegon County,
and has several
local attorneys in
his family,
including Dennis
Potuznik, who for
many years had the
Public Defender
contract for
Muskegon County.

No. Born in
Michigan, but not
Muskegon. Attended
U of Michigan for
undergraduate studies,
but not law school.
Jenny and has lived
and worked in
Muskegon County
since going to work
for Legal Aid in 1998.

Yes. Vernon
Kortering, Davids
father, was a wellregarded attorney, and
champion of the little
guy. Vern and David
both are pillars of the
Muskegon community.

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Qualification

Eric C. Grimm

Brenda E. Sprader

Joseph S. Bush

Jenny L. McNeill

David Kortering

Prior
government /
elected
experience?

Two terms on city council


in Roosevelt Park (nonpartisan position). Eight
(8) years of experience
advising County of
Muskegon, Muskegon
Charter Township, City of
Norton Shores, City of
Muskegon Heights, on
legal matters and
representing them in court
in Muskegon County, in
federal court, and in Court
of Appeals. Has
represented City of
Houston, TX and Harris
County in municipal
matters; has worked to
combat federal
procurement fraud with
U.S. Department of Justice
Grand Rapids office.
Other experience in
Washington, D.C. includes
internship on the Hill
during college, and
Internet-related work
assigned by former
General Counsel of
National Security Agency.

Request pending to
other candidate for
more information.

Request pending to
other candidate for
more information.

Request pending to
other candidate for
more information.

Request pending to
other candidate for
more information.

No known prior
government / elected
experience.

No known prior
government /
elected experience.

No known prior
government / elected
experience.

No known prior
government / elected
experience.

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Qualification

Eric C. Grimm

Brenda E. Sprader

Joseph S. Bush

Jenny L. McNeill

David Kortering

Courts
Admitted.

Supreme Court of the


United States.

All Michigan state


courts.

All Michigan state


courts.

All Michigan state


courts.

All Michigan state


courts.

First Circuit U.S. Court of


Appeals.

U.S. District Court


for the Western
District of Michigan.

U.S. District Court


for the Western
District of
Michigan.

All Illinois state


courts.

More to be added if
provided by candidate.

Fourth Circuit U.S. Court


of Appeals.
Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of
Appeals.

More to be added if
provided by
candidate.

More to be added if
provided by
candidate.

More to be added if
provided by
candidate.

U.S. Court of Appeals for


the D.C. Circuit.
U.S. Trademark Trial and
Appeal Board.
U.S. Court of International
Trade.
U.S. Tax Court
(application pending).
U.S. District Court for the
Western District of
Michigan.
U.S. District Court for the
Eastern District of
Michigan.

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Qualification

Eric C. Grimm

Courts Admitted
(contd)

U.S. District Court for the


District of Columbia.

Brenda E. Sprader

Joseph S. Bush

Jenny L. McNeill

David Kortering

U.S. District Court for the


Eastern District of
Virginia.
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for
the Eastern District of
Michigan.
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for
the Western District of
Michigan.
All Michigan state courts.
All Texas state courts
(inactive bar membership).
All D.C. local courts.
There may be others.

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Qualification

Eric C. Grimm

Brenda E. Sprader

Joseph S. Bush

Jenny L. McNeill

David Kortering

Representative
Cases.

Talmer West Bank v. City


of Norton Shores
(demolition of eyesore
commercial bldg
decision covered in
MLive).

Candidate is invited
to provide examples.

Candidate is
invited to provide
examples.

Candidate is invited to
provide examples.

Candidate is invited to
provide examples.

Chicago Area Council,


Inc., Boy Scouts of
America v. Blue Lake
Township (Save
Owassipe appeal)
lawyer who, before
Michigan Court of
Appeals, quite literally
Saved Owasippe.
Drew Technologies, Inc. v.
Society of Automotive
Engineers (important
victory for GNU General
Public License and
automotive owners
everywhere).
Kevin Spacey v. Jeffrey
Burgar (trademark dispute
about KevinSpacey.com
Kevin Spacey lost).
Ford Motor Company v.
2600 Enterprises.
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Qualification

Eric C. Grimm

Brenda E. Sprader

Joseph S. Bush

Jenny L. McNeill

David Kortering

Invited to Speak
at Conferences?

Has addressed law-related


audiences in Atlanta
(Business Law Section of
the American Bar
Association); Columbus
(same); Montreal
(Association of Computing
Machinery Computers,
Freedom and Privacy
Conference); San
Francisco (Summit on
trademarks and Internet
domain names); New York
(Hackers on Planet Earth
Conferences); and Lansing
(Michigan Association of
Municipal Attorneys),
among other locations.
One software license that
Eric Grimm drafted, was a
subject of a panel at Yale
Law School, at a
conference convened by
Prof. Harold Hongju Koh.
The client in that instance
Oxblood Ruffin of the
human rights organization
Hacktivismo was invited
to speak, rather than the
attorney.

Candidate is invited
to provide examples.

Candidate is
invited to provide
examples.

Candidate is invited to
provide examples.

Candidate is invited to
provide examples.

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Qualification

Eric C. Grimm

Brenda E. Sprader

Joseph S. Bush

Jenny L. McNeill

David Kortering

Civic
Organizations.

Tri County Protection


Team (elder abuse task
force), 2011 - 2016.

Candidate is invited
to provide examples.

Candidate is
invited to provide
examples.

Candidate is invited to
provide examples.

Candidate is invited to
provide examples.

Muskegon Rotary Club,


Member 2012 - Present.
Muskegon Social Justice
Commission, Board
Member; Obtained
501(c)(3) tax-exempt
status for Commission.
Muskegon County Bar
Association Law Day
Student Advisor / Coach /
Mentor.
Muskegon Area Arts
Council Board Member,
Legal advisor.
Roosevelt Park City
Council, Councilmember.
Michigan State Bar
Foundation,
Supporting Fellow.
Muskegons Old Newsies.
Others.
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