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The American Bar Association Veterans Legal Services Initiative Commission and the Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel will co-host a free webinar, "Establishing and Enhancing Legal Clinics to Serve Veterans," at 1 p.m. on Dec. 14. The seminar is designed to inspire and assist civil legal aid organizations, law schools and bar associations in creating legal clinics to serve veterans in their communities. It will consist of a panel discussion, moderated by Antonia Fasanelli and including panelists Joel Teitelbaum, Patricia Roberts and Sara Sommerstrom, who will provide instruction on how to establish legal clinics in or near VA... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan will present a seminar, “Lawyer Trust Accounts: Management Principles and Recordkeeping Resources,” from 1:15-4:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at the State Bar of Michigan Michael Franck Building, located at 306 Townsend Street in Lansing. This half-day ethics seminar will feature presentations on how to ethically manage lawyer trust accounts and effectively use forms, checklists and other recordkeeping resources. The seminar, open to lawyers and their staff members, is an excellent way to learn more about Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct 1.15 and 1.15A. Participants will receive practical information as well as materials prepared by... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at SBM Blog
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A new State Bar of Michigan special committee will review and propose revisions to the 1985 Michigan Court Rules on the civil discovery process. Appointed in September 2016 by then SBM President Lori Buiteweg, the Special Committee on Civil Discovery Court Rule Review will address the expense and burden of civil discovery and will examine and recommend updates to technology considerations and the organization of rules. SBM Representative Assembly Immediate Past Chair Daniel Quick chairs the special committee, which held its first meeting in early November. “In a rapidly changing world, it is vital that these rules be updated to... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan Alternative Dispute Section will host a forum on mediation 4 p.m. Dec. 15 at Varnum in Detroit. The goal of the event is to provide mediators and arbitrators with opportunities where they can share, network and learn from one another. The event will start with a presentation on "Early Mediation of Employment Disputes," by Earlene Baggett-Hayes, Richard Hooker and Sheldon Stark. The presentation will be followed by small group discussions about the timing of opening offers, managing extreme opening offers and counter-offers, explaining party justification/rationale for an offer, dealing with party/advocate impatience, techniques for responding... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2016 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan Probate and Estate Planning Section will host a seminar, "Planning Techniques for the Taxable Estate," at 9 a.m. on Dec. 1 at the Inn at St. John's in Plymouth. The Institute of Continuing Legal Education is co-sponsoring the seminar. Those in attendance will learn to secure clients' wealth in today's estate tax environment, get an expert overview of critical concepts and walk away with sample language to use in their practices. They will also learn to: Address portability issues Spot Generation-Skipping Tax (GST) implications Counsel clients on gifting programs that will achieve tax advantages Use... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2016 at SBM Blog
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Celebrate the incredible career and contributions of Linda K. Rexer by donating to the Linda K. Rexer Fund of the Access to Justice Endowment Fund. Contributions will benefit the endowment and generate income into the future to support Michigan's nonprofit civil legal aid organizations. Donate to the Linda K. Rexer Fund. Linda Rexer has worked tirelessly to increase access to justice for the poor. Under her leadership as executive director of the Michigan State Bar Foundation for nearly 30 years, the organization administered more than $190 million in grants, primarily in support of legal services to the poor. Rexer collaborated... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2016 at SBM Blog
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To all of our members: We are so grateful for all that you do! Happy Love Your Lawyer Day! Take part in sharing your love for your fellow attorneys by using #loveyourlawyerday on Facebook and Twitter today. Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2016 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan International Law Section and Business Law Section will co-host a networking and educational program called "The Brexit Effect: Potential Legal Impacts from Brexit on U.S. & Global Companies" at 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at the Michigan State University Management Education Center in Troy. The evening will begin at 5:15 p.m. with a networking reception with hors d'oeuvres and beverages, and will be followed at 5:45 by the educational program. Additional networking will follow the program at 7 p.m. The event is free for members of the International Law Section and $25 for members... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2016 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan mourns the loss of its 54th president, Donald L. Reisig, who died Oct. 21 at the age of 81. A 1958 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, Reisig was elected president of the State Bar of Michigan from 1988-89. He had a long and distinguished legal career in the Lansing area. He started as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Ingham County, then became Ingham County Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Lansing City Attorney, Ingham County Prosecuting Attorney and a 30th Circuit Court judge. He was commonly referred to as the "boy wonder" of Ingham... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2016 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan Appellate Practice Section will present “The Economics of Court-Appointed Appeals” from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18 at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. The seminar will start with opening remarks by Bradley Hall, administrator of the Michigan Appellate Assigned Counsel System. Mike Naughton, regional consultant for the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission, will present “Practicing Smarter to Save Time and Money.” Next, a panel, consisting of Bonnie Faraone, office manager at Michael A. Faraone PC; Mitch Foster, roster attorney at MAACS; and Brandon McNamee, child welfare appellate attorney, will discuss “Reasonable Attorney Fees... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2016 at SBM Blog
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To everyone who passed the July 2016 Bar Exam: CONGRATULATIONS!!! In order to become licensed to practice law in Michigan, you need to accomplish three steps: You need to be administered the oath of office in a court-of-law to practice law in Michigan You must fill out a State Bar of Michigan membership application You must turn in the membership application and an order of admission, and pay your bar dues Once you have completed those steps, you will be assigned a P-number. View a complete list of instructions on what to do to become licensed to practice law in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2016 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan will present “Tips and Tools for a Successful Practice” from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at the State Bar’s Michael Franck Building in downtown Lansing. The semi-annual seminar features presentations on how to maintain mutually beneficial client relationships, draft effective fee agreements, manage lawyer trust accounts, analyze ethical issues, and use innovative techniques and technology for law office management. The seminar presents an excellent opportunity for solo practitioners and new lawyers to obtain ethical guidance and practical information from colleagues who have successfully implemented law office management techniques and utilized economically-priced... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2016 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan Young Lawyers Section will host a seminar, “Breakfast Basics: Alternative Fee Arrangements,” 8:30-10:30 a.m. Oct. 28 at the Institute of Continuing Legal Education building, located at 1020 Greene Street in Ann Arbor. ICLE will co-host the seminar. The seminar will feature a panel discussion about how to set fees in order to become profitable, while remaining credible and affordable to clients. The panel, which will consist of Alari Adams of A Squared Legal Group in Detroit, Erin Bonahoom of Canvas Legal in Detroit, Denise Couling of Couling Law and Mediation in Brighton and Brian Schwartz... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2016 at SBM Blog
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The American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division will host its Fall Conference Oct. 19-23 at the Westin Book Cadillac in Detroit. The State Bar of Michigan Young Lawyers Section is a sponsor of the conference. The conference will offer those in attendance the opportunity to earn Continuing Legal Education credit and meet practice-area experts and legal profession influencers. Educational sessions will examine such topics as professional ethics in regard to networking, marketing and gaining experience as a solo practitioner, crafting your elevator pitch, lessons learned in Flint, ethics and interplay of the judicial system and media, gender identity and Title... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2016 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan Marijuana Law Section will host its first conference, “Marijuana—What Every Lawyer Must Know,” from Friday, Oct. 21 through Sunday, Oct. 23 at Firekeepers Casino Hotel in Battle Creek. The conference will kick off Friday evening with opening statements by Bernard Jocuns and Daniel Grow, a presentation on “National Developments in Medical and Recreational Marijuana Law” by NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano, and an opening reception. Saturday will be filled with educational seminars, covering these topics: “Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Act Overview—Navigating the MMA’s House of Cards,” "MythBusters: The Truth about Marijuana Science,” “Weed Mart—Profits or Prison?... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2016 at SBM Blog
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Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert P. Young Jr. talked about innovations at the state courts, imposed performance standards for trial judges and how tech and process design are helping to streamline the judiciary. The State Bar of Michigan's JoAnn Hathaway and Tish Vincent interviewed Chief Justice Young on the Legal Talk Network on September 22 at the SBM Annual Meeting in DeVos Place in Grand Rapids. Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2016 at SBM Blog
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Fred K. Herrmann, of Detroit, has been sworn in as the chair of the State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly for 2016-2017. Thirty-seventh District Court Judge John M. Chmura officiated at the Sept. 22 ceremony, held during the SBM Annual Meeting at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids. The 150-member Representative Assembly is the final policy-making body of the State Bar. The Michigan Supreme Court created it in 1971 at the request of the SBM Board of Commissioners in order to increase geographical representation and member participation in State Bar policy. Herrmann represents the Third Judicial Circuit in the Assembly. Herrmann... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2016 at SBM Blog
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Lawrence P. Nolan, of Eaton Rapids, has been sworn in as the 82nd president of the State Bar of Michigan. Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert P. Young Jr. presided at the Sept. 22 ceremony, which took place in conjunction with the SBM Annual Meeting at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids. Nolan is the founder and president of Nolan, Thomsen & Villas in Eaton Rapids, where he focuses his practice on personal injury, wrongful death, criminal, probate, domestic relations, estate planning and real estate law. Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert P. Young Jr. also swore in other officers for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2016 at SBM Blog
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Members of the legal community will gather Sept. 21-23 at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel and DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids for the State Bar of Michigan Annual Meeting and Solo and Small Firm Institute. Among this year's highlights: Members of the legal profession who have achieved the highest honors in the areas of leadership, professional integrity and pro bono and community service will be recognized at the Awards Banquet, beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21. Award winners from the Michigan State Bar Foundation, Michigan Defense Trial Counsel, and Michigan Association for Justice will also be recognized.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2016 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan Insurance & Indemnity Law Section will host its Annual Meeting and Educational Program from 9-11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22 in conjunction with the SBM Annual Meeting at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids. The business meeting will take place from 9-9:30 a.m. and the educational program from 9:30-11:30 a.m. The educational program, “Commercial Property from Start to Finish,” will feature a panel that will take a comprehensive look at the complex risk factors involved in insuring commercial property. Don Balmes, of Willis Risk Solutions, will discuss common strategies used to insure commercial real property and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2016 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan Paralegal/Legal Assistant Section will host its Annual Meeting and educational program from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23, at the State Bar of Michigan Annual Meeting at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids. The section business meeting will begin at 10 a.m., complete with an election and swearing-in of new officers and a presentation of scholarships to paralegal students. At 11 a.m., Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School Professor Victoria Vuletich will present a keynote, “How & Why the Legal Profession is Restructuring & What it Means for Us.” A complimentary... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2016 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan Solo & Small Firm Section will host its Annual Meeting and Educational Program from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23 in conjunction with the SBM Annual Meeting at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids. The business meeting will take place from noon to 12:30 p.m. and the educational program from 12:30 to 1 p.m. The educational program, “Constitutional Crossfire: Is the Constitution a Living Document?” will feature a panel of lawyers and judges who will examine the originalist v. pragmatist debate over Constitutional interpretation. A deli-style lunch buffet will be provided on a first... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2016 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan Labor & Employment Law Section will host its Annual Meeting and Educational Program from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22 in conjunction with the State Bar Annual Meeting at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids. The section business meeting will take place from 2 to 2:30 p.m. The business meeting will be followed by a two-hour educational program, “Employment 2.0: How Technology is Changing the Way We Work & the Legal Implications.” The program will explore the ways technology is changing traditional employment and the resulting legal trends, such as the “gig” economy, remote... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2016 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan Agricultural Law Section will host its Annual Meeting and Educational Program from 9-11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22 in conjunction with the State Bar Annual Meeting at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids. The section business meeting will take place from 9-9:30 a.m., when the section’s officers and council will be elected for the coming year. The business meeting will be followed by a two-hour educational program consisting of three different educational sessions. In the first session, “Recent Environmental Cases Affecting Agriculture,” Michael Showalter of Schiff Hardin LLC in Chicago and New York will discuss recent... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2016 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan Arts, Communications, Entertainment & Sports Section will host its Annual Meeting and Educational Program from 2-4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22 in conjunction with the SBM Annual Meeting at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids. The business meeting will take place from 2-3 p.m. and the educational program from 3-4 p.m. The educational program, which is open to the public, will consist of a panel discussion titled, “Perspectives on Music Licensing: A Special ArtPrize Presentation.” Joe Voss, practice leader of Clark Hill’s Entertainment Industry Team and director of strategic partnerships of Creative Many Michigan in Grand... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2016 at SBM Blog