Saturday, September 30, 2006

Lawyering runs in Beckering's family

I have had so many hits looking for info on Jane that I thought I'd throw this short Freep article up here.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) -- Lawyering runs in Jane Beckering's family.

The Michigan Supreme Court candidate is a partner in the Grand Rapids law firm of Buchanan & Beckering PLC. Her father, grandfather, great uncle and cousin all became attorneys.

Her brother, Robert J. Buchanan, is her law partner. Her husband, Raymond E. Beckering III, is a federal prosecutor in Grand Rapids, where the couple lives with their three children.

"My father and grandfather were really pre-eminent lawyers and they had an incredible amount of honor and respect for the law," says Jane Beckering, 41.

She always enjoyed helping her friends to solve their problems, so for a brief time while an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, she considered becoming a psychologist or a psychiatrist.

She would have been good at that, too.

Beckering, who specializes in medical negligence cases, says the state Supreme Court's conservative 5-2 majority has increasingly made it harder for people, particularly the poor, to sue doctors for malpractice.

"They're almost batting a thousand favoring big business and insurance," she says. "In doing so, they're eroding the rights of the people of Michigan."

Knock me over with a feather. Someone from Forest Hills said that? Never would have guessed. And this too-

She's critical of the current court majority, noting that it's engaging in judicial activism and overturning precedent on long-held laws "at an alarming rate."

"I feel very strongly about the fairness of the system, the integrity of the system, and I'm very concerned about what's going on in the Supreme Court," she says. "So I feel almost a personal obligation to get off the sidelines and do something about it to level the playing field and to protect the rights of the people of Michigan."

The executive and legislative branches of government are partisan bodies, Beckering says, but the judicial branch must be kept as nonpartisan as possible to dispense justice as fairly as possible.

"It's there to protect the minority against the majority when they have overstepped their bounds on civil rights, on constitutional rights, on that which the law is there to protect them," she says.

Go get 'em Jane. Would love to see you on the court.

But if you rule wrong on something- I'm posting your 2nd grade picture. You have been warned. ;-)