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By any account, the practice of law is not easy. It's an adversarial occupation, filled with irritated judges, opposing council practiced in the art of hostility, and clients that range from terrified to unreasonable.
Having an unreasonable client is much more difficult when you have 80,000 of them. That's the challenge of being a municipal attorney. To be a municipal attorney is to represent a city as a whole, to work for each and every person who resides in that city. When you are held up to the scrutiny of thousands of people, grace under pressure is essential.
Troy's attorney, Lori Grigg Bluhm, displayed such grace this week when she presented oral arguments before Oakland County Circuit Court. In the weeks leading up to the hearing, Ms. Bluhm had been repeatedly vilified in social media. If this vilification had the slightest affect on her, its trace was undetectable.
She came to court prepared. She was articulate and direct, having clear, logical answers to the arguments made by the Secretary of State. Ms. Bluhm represented Troy with the skill of a seasoned professional, proving that Mayor Slater is absolutely correct in placing his trust in her.
I am grateful that Troy's legal department is led by a woman of intelligence, skill, and the ability to perform in the face of public ire.
No, the practice of law in not easy. Ms. Bluhm just makes it look that way.