Mr. Michels authored the article, "Ways Around the Logjam," published by the Advocate magazine discussing the newVoluntary Efficient Litigation Stipulations (VELS). VELS is comprised of three stipulations whose goals are "...to save court time and parties' expense by encouraging early and meaningful cooperation between counsel," Mr. Michels states. The three stipulations identified in VELS are: 1) an Early Organizational Meeting or "EOM," 2) a Discovery Resolution Stipulation, and 3) a Motions in Limine Stipulation. Mr. Michels states that cooperating with these new stipulations brings professionalism and civility, while reducing traffic within the court system. Thus far, these stipulations have been adopted as a pilot project by the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in Downtown Los Angeles.