Richard Bernstein, former personal injury lawyer, joins Michigan Supreme Court

That he hasnt yet been sworn in conceivably demands that his critics suspend judgment, at least until mid-January when Michigans highest court begins to hear arguments in 10 different cases. Richard Bernsteins resume, however, seems to beg plenty of valid questions in the days before he officially slips into his judicial robes for the first time.

Firstly, Bernstein has never been a judge, at any level. This doesnt make him unique, as any lay researcher can easily find precedent for lack of judicial experience. His brand of lawyering, however, might raise a few eyebrows. Those who live in the Detroit area and who own a TV are probably familiar with the Bernstein name. Richards father,