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Governor Rick Snyder appointed Christina Elmore to the 61st District Court in Kent County. Elmore is currently a solo practitioner in Grand Rapids, handling misdemeanors, felonies, family law, criminal cases and civil matters. She has also served as a judge advocate general for the U.S. Air Force, as an assistant prosecutor in the Kent County Prosecuting Attorney's Office and as an assistant attorney general, with a focus on prosecuting people for failing to pay child support. Elmore has taught military law as a professor at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at SBM Blog
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The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission has crafted standards for appointed counsel and submitted them to the Michigan Supreme Court for review. The court seeks public comment on the proposed standards until May 1, and these comments will be considered by the court at a public hearing on May 18. "These initial standards tackle some of the major problems Michigan faces in the delivery of adequate indigent defense systems: training and education of counsel, the initial client interview, use of investigation and experts and counsel at first appearance and other stages," said MIDC Chair James Fisher in a statement. View the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2016 at SBM Blog
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Join the leaders of the SBM 21st Century Practice Task Force from 1-4 p.m. on Friday January 29 to discuss the future of the legal profession at a town hall meeting. The 21st Century Practice Task Force was created in March 2015 to make recommendations on how the State Bar can best serve the public and support lawyers' professional development in a rapidly changing legal marketplace. Since then, over 150 SBM members have developed more than 100 ideas to move Michigan forward toward the best possible legal future. Now it's your turn! The State Bar invites you to attend, in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2016 at SBM Blog
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Daisy Elliott, former Michigan State Representative and author and co-sponsor of the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, died Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015 at age 98. “We are heartbroken to share this news,” said Badriyyah Sabree, Elliott’s granddaughter. “Our family holds dear her legacy, which includes extraordinary contributions to the state of Michigan and the nation. ... While we mourn the loss of this marvelous woman, we also celebrate her extraordinary life and hope that it serves as an example to people around the world to selflessly work to ensure all people are provided rights to full legal, social, and economic equality.”... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2015 at SBM Blog
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Governor Rick Snyder seeks candidates to fill an opening on the 51st District Court vacated by Hon. Jodi Debbrecht Switalski. If you are a State Bar of Michigan member who resides in this judicial district and meets the qualifications for the position, access the application on the governor's website and submit it to the governor's office no later than Jan. 4, 2016. Contact Cheri Arwood, executive administrator of the Legal Division of the governor's office, with any further questions at 517-241-5630. Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2015 at SBM Blog
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The developing conversation about the future of the legal profession is creating its own argot. Here's a Glossary of Future Law developed for the State Bar of Michigan 21st Century Practice Task Force that can help you speak the language. Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2015 at SBM Best Legal Future Blog
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Calling its move "a step towards building a ‘next-generation’ law firm," the legal technology company LegalZoom has bought its first UK law firm, a 200-year-old conveyancing firm in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. The Law Society Gazette has the story. LegalZoom was approved for an ABS (alternative business structure) license earlier this... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2015 at SBM Best Legal Future Blog
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Nominations are now open for the State Bar of Michigan's 42nd Annual Wade H. McCree Jr. Awards for the Advancement of Justice. The McCree Awards recognize Michigan broadcast, print media, and online journalists who foster greater public understanding of the inherent values of our legal and judicial system through their published materials. There is no entry fee. To be eligible, written and online materials and radio and television broadcasts must be published and/or aired between Jan. 1, 2015, and Dec. 31, 2015. They must inform and educate citizens about the role of the law, the courts, law enforcement agencies and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2015 at SBM Blog
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As many law firms struggle to recover from the near-death experience of the Great Recession, there's a bracing debate going on in the legal futures community about whether the traditional law firm economic model (partners, associates, equity, etc.) will lead back to prosperity through standard growth strategies like mergers and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2015 at SBM Best Legal Future Blog
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Nominations are now open for major State Bar of Michigan awards that will be presented at the September 2016 Annual Meeting in Grand Rapids. The Roberts P. Hudson Award goes to a person whose career has exemplified the highest ideals of the profession. This award is presented periodically to commend one or more lawyers for their unselfish rendering of outstanding and unique service to and on behalf of the State Bar, given generously, ungrudgingly, and in a spirit of self-sacrifice. It is awarded to that member of the State Bar of Michigan who best exemplifies that which brings honor, esteem... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2015 at SBM Blog
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According to Legal Futures, The Netherlands is leading the way in Europe in the practical application of online dispute resolution. The Rechtwijzer 2.0 describes itself as “the first ODR platform for difficult problems such as divorce and separation, landlord-tenant disputes and employment disputes.” Its development says all you need to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2015 at SBM Best Legal Future Blog
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As in the U.S., the British have recognized racial, ethnic, and gender disparities in the legal profession and have pursued strategies for greater diversity and upward mobility in the bar and bench. According to a report out today, the strategies aren't working. Elite private school graduates, where minority populations are... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2015 at SBM Best Legal Future Blog
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According to this story from Legal Futures, the ability of non-lawyers to invest in UK law firms is resulting in “intense competition” for mid-tier law firms from Big Four accounting firms, all of which are licensed under the reforms of the Legal Services Act of 2007 as alternative business service... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2015 at SBM Best Legal Future Blog
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If you're thinking that the inexorable movement of information management (e.g. lawyer work) into a cloud-based delivery system means that technologists will somehow find a way to solve the problems of hacking, cybertheft, and viruses, think again. Human nature in the future will still be human nature, even if encroached... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2015 at SBM Best Legal Future Blog
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Exterminate Watson is such a friendly name for an artificial brain that outcompetes our own slow, distracted, and haphazardly stocked neuronal skull factories. How could this cyber-sidekick, named for a second fiddle intelligence, come to undermine our professional authority? For a long time, our best sci-fi writers and the cognoscenti... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2015 at SBM Best Legal Future Blog
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Richard and David Susskind's new book, The Future of the Professions: How Technology Will Transform the Work of Human Experts, posits that the application of artificial intelligence to services like law, medicine, and even spiritual guidance, will ultimately replace most of the traditional work of the professionals who have long... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2015 at SBM Best Legal Future Blog
According to Beaton Capitol, it's time for law firms to start hiring and paying attention to younger associates: Leadership in AmLaw100 firms is concentrated in the hands of older baby-boomers and members of the Silent Generation, born before the end of World War II. But while there is clear evidence... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2015 at SBM Best Legal Future Blog
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Most of the law school graduates who took the Michigan bar exam in July got good news last week. 61% passed. First-time takers, as usual, fared better -- 71% passed. The breakdown by law school can be found below the fold. While the passers can now get on with the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2015 at SBM Best Legal Future Blog
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Governor Rick Snyder appointed Hala Jarbou and Jeffrey Matis to the 6th Circuit Court in Oakland County. Jarbou currently serves as assistant U.S. attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice in the Drug Task Force Unit, and previously served in the General Crimes Unit. She also serves as an instructor for the National Advocacy Center. Prior to her work for the Department of Justice, Jarbou served in the Circuit Court Division of the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office. She earned her bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Michigan and her law degree from Wayne State University Law School.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2015 at SBM Blog
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The Lawyerist reminds us of several ways in which technological incompetence has caused actual harm to lawyers and their clients. And from the UK, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) says that cyber criminals have caused “substantial losses” to 50 law firms in 2015. So far in the U.S. 15 states... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2015 at SBM Best Legal Future Blog
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Does anyone want to argue seriously with the proposition that Richard Susskind's The End of Lawyers? single-handedly jumpstarted the conversation about the impact of technology on the future of law? Now comes Susskind and son, Oxford don Daniel Susskind, to tell us that lawyers are not alone -- all of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2015 at SBM Best Legal Future Blog
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"Eyes on the Courts 2015," a bipartisan bill introduced in Congress last week, would mandate broadcast and video coverage of U.S. Supreme Court and federal appellate court proceedings. The constitutionality of such legislation is an open question. The bill provides that the chief justice and the chief judges of the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2015 at SBM Best Legal Future Blog
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"Client-centric" is a big buzzword of legal futurists, side-by-side with "creative disruption," commoditization, and unbundling. In August, the ABA partnered with the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS) in Denver on a conference devoted entirely to the subject, "Client-Centric Legal Services: Getting from Here to There."... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2015 at SBM Best Legal Future Blog
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Why Are Lawyers So Unpopular and Stressed?, a post by Mark Cohen at LegalMosaic, makes the point that a lawyer's healthy self-image is tied to a healthy professional image. This is not a new problem, of course. Lawyers have been the object of ridicule for about as long as there... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2015 at SBM Best Legal Future Blog