Iglesia Martell Law Firm, PLLC

Iglesia Martell Law Firm, PLLC We are committed to practicing from the heart in a holistic manner and using innovative legal solutions to resolve everyday legal problems. Iglesia Martell is well versed in many areas of law; we are experienced, proactive, and committed to our clients.
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While every client's situation is unique, our approach to each case is with an eye towards helping you find healthy, holistic, and sustainable solutions to your legal problems. We give you the legal expertise and personal attention you deserve while considering all the issues that may impact a solution with a plan how to address these issues. We can help you in the following areas: •Divorce & Family Law •Criminal Defense •Estate Planning & Elder Law •LGBT Issues •Mediation •Civil Litigation •Civil Rights Litigation •Employee Rights •Workers' Compensation •Business Law For more information on how we can help you, contact us today at (734) 369-2331 or visit us at www.iglesiamartell.com.

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I am posting this article from the Chicago Tribune regarding privacy policy. Where ever we post it is important to remin...
01/11/2019
What Facebook's privacy policy allows may surprise you

I am posting this article from the Chicago Tribune regarding privacy policy. Where ever we post it is important to remind what we may consider private may not. It’s important to read the fine print.

There is a lot of fake news out there and it’s sometimes difficult to tell the difference. We all appreciate when it gets exposed. Unfortunately the government has stopped looking into this on a larger scale ainto this and it has unfortunately grown exponentially. Be careful with emails you receive as well.

Facebook claims to protect its information, and it lays out its terms in a privacy policy that's relatively clear and concise. But few users bother to read it.

01/01/2019

Shared from a friend:

Better to be safe than sorry. An attorney advised us to post this. Good enough for me. The violation of privacy can be punished by law. NOTE: Facebook is now a public entity. All members must post a note like this. If you do not publish a statement at least once, it will be tacitly understood that you are allowing the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in your profile status updates. I HEREBY STATE THAT I DO NOT GIVE MY PERMISSION.
Copy and re-post.
Deadline tomorrow !!! Everything you've ever posted becomes public from tomorrow. Even messages that have been deleted or the photos not allowed.
It costs nothing for a simple copy and paste, better safe than sorry.
Channel 13 News talked about the change in Facebook's privacy policy.
I do not give Facebook or any entities associated with Facebook permission to use my pictures, information, messages or posts, both past and future. With this statement, I give notice to Facebook it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, or take any other action against me based on this profile and/or its contents. The content of this profile is private and confidential information. The violation of privacy can be punished by law (UCC 1-308- 1 1 308-103 and the Rome Statute).
NOTE: Facebook is now a public entity. All members must post a note like this.
If you prefer, you can copy and paste this version.
If you do not publish a statement at least once it will be technically allowing the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in the profile status updates.
DO NOT SHARE. Copy and paste from your own page.

RebLaw
02/21/2017

RebLaw

Panel "(Lack of) Access to the Legal System" #RebLaw2017 (PC: Chris Zheng)

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02/21/2017

RebLaw

Panel "(Lack of) Access to the Legal System" #RebLaw2017 (PC: Chris Zheng)

Wonderful event honoring Deborah LaBelle and her work in human rights for Michigan juveniles sentenced to life without p...
05/19/2016

Wonderful event honoring Deborah LaBelle and her work in human rights for Michigan juveniles sentenced to life without parole. Always inspired by wonderful judges like Judge Connors and Justice McCormack.

Fabulous event - Gay Wedding Expo!
03/21/2016

Fabulous event - Gay Wedding Expo!

About time! Good first step, now let's work on civil rights. It's time for Michigan to ensure all the people in Michigan...
03/18/2016
Transgender people can now change gender marker on Michigan ID without surgery

About time! Good first step, now let's work on civil rights. It's time for Michigan to ensure all the people in Michigan have equal rights.

The Secretary of State's change in policy that allows people to change the gender on their drivers license without requiring surgery is a win for transgender people across Michigan, a supporter of the change says.

Great news! If you have experienced discrimination at your job, you can now file a complaint with the EEOC (Equal Employ...
12/11/2015
EEOC Launches Direct Video Access to ASL Speakers for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Great news! If you have experienced discrimination at your job, you can now file a complaint with the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) in ASL. You can also contact the EEOC to ask them questions about the process.

Click on the link to watch a video in ASL explaining EEOC's increased accessibility and commitment to the Deaf community.

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06/26/2015
www.supremecourt.gov

Here's the marriage decision! 5-4 in our favor Kennedy wrote the decision.

http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/14pdf/14-556_3204.pdf

Human Rights Campaign
06/26/2015

Human Rights Campaign

LOVE WON: In a historic ruling, the Supreme Court has decided IN FAVOR of marriage equality in Obergefell v. Hodges. Marriage equality will soon be a reality in all 50 states!

Add your name to the commemorative HRC marriage equality logo that includes YOUR NAME along with other HRC members’ names who stood on the right side of history during today's monumental Supreme Court decision. hrc.org/lovewins

#LoveWins #EqualityForward #LoveCantWait

Between the Lines News wrote a great summary of the community conversation at Michigan Law:
04/29/2015
The Road After SCOTUS Decision

Between the Lines News wrote a great summary of the community conversation at Michigan Law:

ANN ARBOR -- The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments regarding the constitutionality of legal recognition of same-sex marriage April 28. In the event that the high court issues an affirming decision, thousands of same-sex couples who have been waiting years (even decades) to get married will fina…

04/29/2015
Ann Arbor community members discuss same-sex marriage opening arguments

Another great conversation at Aut Bar last night about the opening arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges!

Members and supporters of the Washtenaw LGBTQ Rights Committee gathered in Aut Bar Tuesday night to discuss the Supreme Court’s opening arguments in the Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court case.

If you missed the event at Michigan Law, the Michigan Daily wrote about it here!
04/29/2015
Panel discusses legal issues for LGBTQ individuals

If you missed the event at Michigan Law, the Michigan Daily wrote about it here!

Before the U.S. Supreme Court hears a case on the legality of same-sex marriage, Outlaws, the University’s Law School LGBTQ organization, hosted a community conversation Wednesday on LGBTQ rights.

A great community conversation on the road foward at Michigan Law last night! Thanks to all who came.
04/16/2015

A great community conversation on the road foward at Michigan Law last night! Thanks to all who came.

Panelists, Lisa Ruby, Jay Kaplan, Angie Martell, and Kerene Moore discuss the expected impact of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on same-sex families. JTCC and Michigan Law's Outlaws also announced the Know Your Rights Project aimed at providing ongoing legal support to the LGBTQ community. http://jimtoycenter.org/know-your-rights/

03/31/2015
Indiana Judges Discriminated Against Deaf Citizen | National Association of the Deaf

Great news! There is now federal precedent supporting Deaf citizens' right to have ASL interpreters and other accommodations for court proceedings they observe as members of the public.

Indianapolis, Indiana – A federal court has ruled that three Indiana judges discriminated against a deaf citizen, Steve Prakel, who sought to attend court proceedings involving his mother.

02/11/2015

Feeling frustrated? Pushed down? Come down and listen to Angie:

Empowerment: Body, Mind, and Spiritual Workshop with Angie Martell

March 14, 1-2:30 p.m.
Crazy Wisdom Community Room

Participants explore how they use energies in handling conflicts and the issues in life in order to stop fitting the square peg into a round hole. $50.

RSVP by calling 369-2331 or emailing [email protected].

02/09/2015
LGBT Issues in Mediation, 2/4/2015

Check out the video from Angie's recent talk!

If you want a copy of the PowerPoint, please contact us.

Angie Martell discusses "Lesbian, Gay, Transgender Issues in Mediation," at the monthly brown bag presentation of the Dispute Resolution Center in Ann Arbor,...

Angie's speaking today on LGBT issues in Mediation!
02/04/2015

Angie's speaking today on LGBT issues in Mediation!

New Immigration Executive Order
11/24/2014

New Immigration Executive Order

Please read and share widely.
11/11/2014
How the Criminal Justice System Fails the Deaf Community

Please read and share widely.

Imagine a situation where you are accused of a crime -- perhaps a crime you did not commit, or maybe even a crime you were the victim of. The arresting officers use a different language; you're unable to communicate what happened before you get broug...

Check out Angie's latest blog post!
09/26/2014
Peacemaking in the Legal System: Finding New Ways to Heal

Check out Angie's latest blog post!

While the average human being processes approximately 60,000 thoughts daily, it is said that 75 percent of these messages are often negative. These negative directives have the potential to harm us and limit us from finding our true potential. Yet, controlling the negative thoughts is not easy. Why…

09/26/2014
Dawn of a New Day for Marriage Equality (Extended Version)

Everyone stay tuned for Monday's U.S. Supreme Court's docket! It's time to be out loud and proud let us remind the Justices that we too comprise America. Remember October is Coming Out Awareness Month.

Freedom, justice, and human dignity have always guided our journey for a more perfect union. With historic victories for marriage, we've delivered a mandate ...

Hang on to your seats and let's see what happens. If the 6th Cir. allows the ban to stand then it seems like the matter ...
09/19/2014
Ruth Bader Ginsburg suggests Circuit Court rulings on gay marriage will influence next High...

Hang on to your seats and let's see what happens. If the 6th Cir. allows the ban to stand then it seems like the matter will decided faster by the Supreme Court.

People seeking clues about how soon the Supreme Court might weigh in on states’ gay marriage bans should pay close attention to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told a Minnesota audience Tuesday.

06/27/2014
www.michigan.gov

This is an important resource for all Deaf people in Michigan. Be sure your interpreters are certified! Come to our Legal Workshop tomorrow to learn more about your legal rights!

http://crazywisdomjournal.squarespace.com/blog/2014/6/12/empowerment-the-healing-journey-of-finding-and-living-your-trut...
06/17/2014
Empowerment –The Healing Journey of Finding and Living Your Truth

http://crazywisdomjournal.squarespace.com/blog/2014/6/12/empowerment-the-healing-journey-of-finding-and-living-your-truth

By Angie Martell Throughout my life, I have wondered what empowerment was. For a long time, I believed that empowerment was the process of increasing the capacity of individuals or groups to make choices and to transform those choices into desired actions or outcomes. But empowerment is more than th…

On June 28, we will be having a free legal workshop for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing community! Come and join us, it wil...
05/17/2014

On June 28, we will be having a free legal workshop for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing community! Come and join us, it will be a great time!

Photos from Iglesia Martell Law Firm, PLLC's post
05/15/2014

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01/22/2014

Achievements & Notable Cases:

In Re: The Matter of Guardianship of Sharon Kowalski, Amicus Brief, Court of Appeals of State of Minnesota
http://www.lgbtbar.org/assets/InREGuardianshipofKowalskiAmicusBrief.pdf

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION and City of New York, Plaintiffs-Appellees, v. LOCAL 638, etc., Defendants, Local 28, Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors' Association of New York City, Inc., and the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors' National Association of Long island, Inc., (collectively the "Contractors' Associations"); Local Union No. 28, and Sheet Metal Workers' International; Defendants-Appellants. Nos. 401, 402, 718, Dockets 95-6047, 95-6049, 95-6135.United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, Argued Sept. 26, 1995. Decided April 10, 1996. http://www.leagle.com/decision/199846613FSupp2d453_1422

877 F.Supp. 143 (1995) -The PEOPLE of the State of New York, by Dennis C. VACCO, Attorney General of the State of New York, Plaintiff, v. The MID HUDSON MEDICAL GROUP, P.C. Defendant, United States District Court, S.D. New York, February 6, 1995. Dennis C. Vacco, Atty. Gen., of the State of N.Y., New York City, Michael A. Schwartz, Angie I. Martell, Asst. Attys. Gen., of counsel for plaintiff.
http://www.leagle.com/decision/19951020877FSupp143_1997

Dep’t of Correction v. Fulton, OATH Index No. 513/02 (Mar. 13, 2002), aff'd, NYC Civ. Serv. Comm'n Item No. CD03-92-SA
(Sept. 18, 2003). (PDF, 68 KB)
http://archive.citylaw.org/oath/02_Cases/02-0513.pdf

Dep't of Correction v. Miller
OATH Index No. 1209/03 (Aug.13, 2003), aff'd, NYC Civ. Serv. Comm'n Item No. CD 04-43-SA
(July 12, 2004) (PDF, 93 KB)
http://archive.citylaw.org/oath/03_Cases/03-1209.pdf

In the Matter of Dana. G.M., Appellant
Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Second Department. April 3, 1995
http://www.leagle.com/decision/1995217209AD2d8_1216

01/22/2014

Attorney Profile

Angie Martell is an experienced attorney and mediator with over 23 years of legal experience. Angie is the founder and managing partner of Iglesia Martell Law Firm, PLLC. She is a results driven and creative problem solver with a proven record who excels at strategy and exploring innovative solutions to every day problems. Angie graduated with a Masters of Law from Harvard Law School, a Juris Doctorate degree from the City University of New York Law School, a Masters in Media from the New School for Social Research, and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Literature from New York University. She is fluent in Spanish, American Sign Language, and Portuguese.

She an eternal optimist who believes that as lawyers change how they practice law so must the law change and if the law changes transforming it transforms the world. She believes that “if the hammer is the only tool in your box then every problem begins to look like a nail.” Angie started her legal career as a civil rights lawyer and has worked extensively in the areas of in-house general counsel matters, civil rights, family law, LGBT issues, employee rights, criminal defense, mediation, and arbitration. She has litigated in State Courts, Criminal Courts, District Courts, Circuit Courts, Federal Courts, and Administrative Tribunals.

She is:
•Licensed to practice law in Michigan, New York, and Massachusetts

•Admitted to: U.S. Supreme Court, United States District Court of Eastern Michigan, United States District Courts of the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

•Member of the State Bar of Michigan, American Bar Association, the Washtenaw County Bar Association, Member of the Board of Directors of the Hispanic Bar Association, Member of the Board of Directors of the Washtenaw Region of the Women’s Law Association of Michigan, and Member of the Stonewall Bar Association.

•Member of the Collaborative Practice Institute of Michigan

•Completed 40 hour Training Workshop on Domestic Relations Mediation Training, General Civil Mediation Training, 8 hours Domestic Violence Screening Training, Interdisciplinary Training and Domestic Collaborative Practice Training.

•Completed the Institute of Continuing Legal Education Probate and Family Certificate Programs

•Independent Sector Alumni Hall of Distinction, Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities.

•Past Cooperating Attorney with LAMBDA Legal Defense and Education Fund: co-wrote the amicus brief, In the Matter of Sharon Kowalski, Court of Appeals for the State of Minnesota.

•Certified by International Association of Reiki Professionals as a Reiki Master.

01/22/2014

Practicing From The Heart With Innovative Legal Solutions

Iglesia Martell Law Firm envisions a world where lawyers are valued as healers, helpers, counselors, problem-solvers, and peacemakers. Conflicts are seen as opportunities for growth. Lawyers model balanced lives and are respected for their contributions to the greater good. Iglesia Martell Law Firm seeks to transform the practice of law, through education and support of holistic practice.

HOLISTIC LAW

Holistic Law is practice that focuses on the whole person and the whole of the problem as a way of finding more healthy and sustainable solutions to legal problems. Holistic Lawyering looks at the lawyer's role, the client's role in the problem and solution, as well as the impact of the problem and solution on the community. Holistic law is about helping people beyond their immediate legal needs, by looking at the broader context of their lives to see how it is impacting on their legal issues.

Holistic Law practitioners look inward to become whole themselves to better assist their clients in using the legal process to find wholeness. Holistic lawyers take a spiritual component, exploring the unity of purpose between the seemingly opposing parties. Holistic Lawyers often take a preventive law approach or a collaborative law approach as part of their holistic legal problem-solving.

Holistic law practice starts not from the question of “What happened?” but rather from the question of “What is happening now?” The difference in this orientation is largely the difference between thought and mindfulness. Mindfulness refers to a state of deeply connected awareness of the present moment. This awareness is grounded not in thought, but beyond thought. By cultivating an ability to access the present moment, we reconnect to our foundational sense of being. This state gives rise to an experiential realization that we are all part of something far beyond our individual life situations. It is upon tapping into this reality that we develop true understanding and compassion for others, even those whom we had previously “blamed” for our current legal difficulties. Mindfulness can also be a tool for solving the alienation and disconnection at the root of many societal problems particularly racial and social injustice.

FORGIVENESS/ MINDFULNESS/TRANSFORMATIVE

Divorce – Collaborative Practice viewing Divorce with an eye to the future. Resolving Disputes Respectfully, The marriage may end but the family goes on. Power of Forgiveness. Focus on solutions not blame.

Mindfulness, Thought, and Conflict Resolution

Criminal – Transformative or Restorative Justice

Peacemaking is practical conflict transformation focused upon establishing equitable power relationships robust enough to forestall future conflict, often including the establishment of means of agreeing on ethical decisions within a community, or among parties, that had previously engaged in inappropriate (i.e. violent) responses to conflict. Peacemaking seeks to achieve full reconciliation among adversaries and new mutual understanding among parties and stakeholders. When applied in criminal justice matters, peacemaking is usually called restorative justice, but sometimes also transformative justice. One popular example of peacemaking is the several types of mediation, usually between two parties and involving a third, a facilitator or a mediator.

Transformative justice uses a systems approach seeking to see problems, as not only the beginning of the crime but also the causes of crime, and tries to treat an offense as a transformative relational and educational opportunity for victims, offenders and all other members of the affected community. In theory, a transformative justice model can apply even between peoples with no prior contact.

Transforming the law one day at a time by practicing from the heart.

Address

117 N 1st St #111
Ann Arbor, MI
48104

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 18:00
Thursday 09:00 - 18:00
Friday 09:00 - 18:00

Telephone

(734) 369-2331

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