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Lansing, MI
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Four attorneys won contested elections to the SBM Board of Commissioners and 11 attorneys won contested elections to the SBM Representative Assembly. Dana M. Warnez, elected to serve District D representing Macomb and St. Clair counties on the Board, focuses her practice on probate and estate planning, drafting and administering trusts, and real estate matters at Schoenherr, Cahill & Warnez PC in Center Line. Hon. Clinton Canady III, elected to serve District E representing Barry, Clinton, Eaton, Gratiot, Ingham, Ionia, Livingston, Montcalm, and Shiawassee counties on the Board, serves as a judge in the General Trial Division of Ingham County’s... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2015 at SBM Blog
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The Michigan Supreme Court has announced that the Hon. Milton L. Mack Jr. has been named State Court Administrator. Judge Mack has served on the Wayne County Probate Court since 1990, and has served as chief judge since 1998. Prior to his service on the bench, Judge Mack was an attorney in private practice, a Wayne County commissioner and a City of Wayne councilman. He will assume his new role as State Court Administrator on July 27. He will work to improve the courts' service to the public by measuring their performance and using the data to improve outcomes, implementing... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2015 at SBM Blog
The United States Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to strike down Michigan's gay marriage ban in a decision issued today in Obergefell v. Hodges. Watch the #SCOTUSMarriage decision come in with April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse at the Jim Toy Center in #AnnArbor pic.twitter.com/bcUpoBpylk — Ben Freed (@BFreedInA2) June 26, 2015 Read the SCOTUS opinion. Posted by Samantha Meinke Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2015 at SBM Blog
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overnor Rick Snyder is looking for candidates to fill two probate court seats: one in Kent County and one in Menominee County. The seat in Kent County is the one vacated by Hon. George Jay Quist and the seat in Menominee County is the one vacated by Hon. William A. Hupy. If you are a State Bar of Michigan member who resides in either judicial district and meets the qualifications for either position, access the application on the governor's website and submit it to the governor's office no later than June 23, 2015. Contact Cheri Arwood, executive administrator of the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2015 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan staff dedicated a garden today in front of its Lansing headquarters in memory of the late William "Will" Kramer III, who served as the State Bar's Director of Information Technology Services from 2000 until his death in June of 2013. Kramer's wife, Suzanna (Suzie), two children, William (Kiv) and Alexandra (Allie) and his father, William Jr., attended the ceremony. Kramer's children and father added plants to the garden. His father brought lilies of the valley that Will had transplanted from his home to his father's. His father said it was fitting that he now transplant... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at SBM Blog
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A pilot online ticket review program allowing for online and mobile review and resolution of minor disputes and violations expands this week to East Lansing's 54B District Court. The program, already running in Pittsfield Township, Ypsilanti, Saline, Northfield Township, Highland Park and Bay County, allows the public to resolve tickets, outstanding fines and missed court dates without missing work. Participants in the program must answer qualifying questions that determine whether their violations are eligible for online resolution. Defendants accused of traffic violations must submit their positions for review by prosecutor's office or police agency staff. A judge determines the next... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2015 at SBM Blog
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Governor Rick Snyder is looking for candidates to fill two probate court seats: one in Kent County and one in Menominee County. The seat in Kent County is the one vacated by Hon. George Jay Quist and the seat in Menominee County is the one vacated by Hon. William A. Hupy. If you are a State Bar of Michigan member who resides in either judicial district and meets the qualifications for either position, access the application on the governor's website and submit it to the governor's office no later than June 23, 2015. Contact Cheri Arwood, executive administrator of the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2015 at SBM Blog
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SBM Blog wants to give a shout-out to the Hon. Elizabeth L. Gleicher for writing one of the most entertaining opinions issued in quite some time in Johnson v. Department of Natural Resources. Props also go to the Hon. Kirsten Frank Kelly and the Hon. Deborah A. Servitto for signing on to such a creative piece of legal writing. Here is the first paragraph of the opinion, which you can find in yesterday's e-Journal: First published in 1905, Pigs is Pigs, by Ellis Parker Butler, tells the story of a railroad agent who insisted on charging the “livestock” rate for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2015 at SBM Blog
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Have you checked out the State Bar of Michigan's A Lawyer Helps program lately? The program celebrates the extraordinary pro bono and community service hours volunteered by Michigan attorneys. This month, we celebrate the Shiawassee County Bar Association, which hosted its seventh Annual Free Legal Advice Fair at the historic Shiawassee County Circuit Courthouse in Corunna on May 1 as part of its Law Day celebration. Twenty-three people came to get legal advice on a wide variety of matters, including real estate, expungement, family law, land contracts and more. The attorneys who donated their time include Barb Dawes, Tom Moorhead,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2015 at SBM Blog
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The Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society has elected new officers and its board of directors. Charles R. Rutherford has been elected president. He will replace Wallace Riley, who has served as president since the society was founded in 1988. Carl W. Herstein will serve as vice president, Lawrence P. Nolan as secretary and John P. Jacobs as treasurer. Seven members of the board of directors were reelected to three year terms, including the Hon. Avern Cohn, John G. Fedynsky, Julie I. Fershtman, Frank Kelley, Mary Massaron, John W. Reed and Janet K. Welch. Susan E. Gillooly was elected to her... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2015 at SBM Blog
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On May 15, 1935, Governor Frank Fitzgerald signed into law the bill establishing the State Bar of Michigan. Today, the integrated State Bar of Michigan turns 80. Happy birthday to us! Posted by Samantha Meinke Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan presented Wade H. McCree Jr. Awards for the Advancement of Justice to 11 journalists at the 2015 Journalism Hall of Fame Induction Banquet on April 19 at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing. A photo gallery of the evening is available on the SBM Facebook page. The first McCree Award went to a Michigan Radio team, including Jennifer Guerra, Sarah Alvarez, and Sarah Hulett. Their series, called "Finding Home: A Documentary about Foster Care in Michigan," investigated improvements made to Michigan's foster care system, which oversees the care of over 13,000 children and has been... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2015 at SBM Blog
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Gov. Rick Snyder appointed the Hon. George “Jay” Quist to the 17th Circuit Court seat vacated by Judge James Robert Redford in Kent County. Judge Quist has served on the Kent County Family Court since 2012. He began his legal career as a civil litigator with Kluczynski, Girtz & Vogelzang in Grand Rapids and then joined Roberts Betz & Bloss. He served on the Workers' Compensation Board of Magistrates from 1999 and then as chief magistrate in 2011. He also served as director of employment services for the Michigan Administrative Hearing System in the Department of Licensing & Regulatory Affairs.... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2015 at SBM Blog
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The justices of the Michigan Supreme Court will travel Wednesday to Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor to hear oral arguments in Estate of Beals v State of Michigan. The hearing, scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m., will allow all Ann Arbor high school students, as well as high school students from many surrounding areas, to watch actual oral arguments in a real Michigan Supreme Court case. This trip is just the latest in many undertaken as part of the Court Community Connections program. In the past, the program has taken justices to Lapeer, Hastings, Saginaw, Centreville, Auburn Hills, Berrien... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2015 at SBM Blog
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Elizabeth “Betty” Weaver, a retired justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, died in her Glen Arbor home at the age of 74. Weaver served as a justice on the Michigan Supreme Court from 1995 to 2010, and served as chief justice from 1999 to 2001. Prior to her time on the Supreme Court, Weaver served as a judge on the Michigan Court of Appeals, from 1987 to 1994. She established a national reputation for her strong views on juvenile justice during her service as a Leelanau County probate judge from 1974 until 1987. She also worked as an attorney and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2015 at SBM Blog
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Robert Griffin, the 96th justice of the Michigan Supreme Court and a former United States Senator, died April 16, 2015 at the age of 91. Justice Griffin served in the U.S. Army before returning to attend law school at the University of Michigan, where he graduated in 1950. He began his legal career as a law clerk for Michigan Supreme Court Justice John Dethmers, before moving to Traverse City where he practiced law until 1956. That year, Griffin was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. He was appointed to the U.S. Senate in 1966, and was re-elected in 1972.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2015 at SBM Blog
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Michigan attorney Eugene Wanger will donate his collection of artifacts related to the death penalty to the National Death Penalty Archive in Albany, New York. His collection is one of the largest privately owned collections in the country, composed of books, periodicals, pamphlets, posters, photographs and other memorabilia, memorializing the history of the death penalty in the United States and across the globe. The National Death Penalty Archive will hold a dedication ceremony to incorporate the Eugene G. Wanger and Marilyn M. Wanger Death Penalty Collection into the archive at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 17 at the University at... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan Lawyers and Judges Assistance Program will offer a seminar, "Attorney Under-Earning: Signs, Causes and Solutions to Help You Start Earning What You're Worth," from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, April 24 at Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City. Attendees will walk away with knowledge of the seven successful methods for overcoming under-earning. Speakers include Ann Guinn, a law practice management consultant and author of "Minding Your Own Business: The Solo and Small Firm Lawyer's Guide to a Profitable Practice," and Tish Vincent, program administrator of the State Bar of Michigan Lawyers and Judges... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan Real Property Law Section (RPLS) will host its 2015 Summer Conference, "Knowing the Ropes for the Voyage: The Michigan Real Estate Recovery Sails On," July 15-18 at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. Programs and workshops have been developed to educate both experienced and newer practitioners, and will cover such topics as “Bridging the Gap: Financing Alternatives to Traditional Bank Lending," "Title Insurance and Real Estate Remedies," "Management and Transfers of Family Property," "Oil, Gas and Mineral Rights" and "Advanced 1031 Exchanges." John U. Bacon, author of six books on sports and business, will provide... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at SBM Blog
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Ann Arbor Community High School students claimed victory over University of Detroit Jesuit High School students in a very close contest at the 2015 Michigan High School Mock Trial Tournament State Championship on March 28 at the Veterans Memorial Courthouse in Lansing. The state champions advance to the national championship on May 14-16 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The tournament, run by the Michigan Center for Civic Education, consisted of four regional rounds in Washtenaw, Kent, Macomb and Oakland counties. The top 10 teams moved on to the state championship, where they were judged by presiding judge, the Hon. Carl Marlinga,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2015 at SBM Blog
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Governor Rick Snyder seeks applicants to fill the 46th District Court seat being vacated by the Hon. William Richards. Visit the governor's website for more information on the post, and to access the application form you must fill out and submit with your resume to be considered for the opening. Applications are due by April 22. Posted by Samantha Meinke Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2015 at SBM Blog
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The Michigan Court of Appeals celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Since its opening, 82 judges have served on the court and it has issued over 151,700 dispositive opinions dealing with many of the most important legal issues ever to have faced Michigan's citizens. The court invites attorneys who have appeared before it to participate in the celebration by sending reminiscences or commemorations to COA-Fifty@courts.mi.gov. They will include your contribution on their anniversary webpage. Posted by Samantha Meinke Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2015 at SBM Blog
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The Michigan Supreme Court has appointed the Hon. Richard A. Santoni chief judge of the 8th District Court in Kalamazoo County for a term that will expire Dec. 31, 2015. Read the court's order. Posted by Samantha Meinke Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2015 at SBM Blog
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Gov. Rick Snyder has appointed John Keuvelaar to the Bay County Probate Court. Keuvelaar has served as assistant prosecuting attorney in the Family Support Division for Bay County since 1998. He has managed dependent neglect, mental health and juvenile cases. Prior to his work in Bay County, he worked for the Gratiot County prosecutor's office. He is a Bay County child abuse protocol training instructor and has been a presenter to the Gratiot County Multi-County Sexual Assault Program, the State Court Administrative Office Child Welfare Conference, and the Department of Human Services family-to-family kick-off community. Keuvelaar earned a bachelor’s degree... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at SBM Blog