Mr. Michels' authored the article, "Political Influence in Judicial Selection," published by the Advocate magazine which discussed the fact that judges that have accepted political contributions from those who appear before them, and how this can now be grounds for disqualification. Mr. Michels cites two recent cases, Caperton v Massey Coal and Avery v State Farm Mutual Automobile Ins. Co., in which judges overturned a previous judgment against a defendant who had made significant contributions to the judge's election campaign. The Code of Civil Procedure passed in the 2010 Legislative session, makes recusal mandatory in cases where a campaign contribution of more than $1,500 is made by a party or an attorney in a case the judge is hearing.