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The State Bar of Michigan Young Lawyers Section will present Katherine Marcuz with the Regeana Myrick Outstanding Young Lawyer Award on Saturday, April 29, at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville. Marcuz is an appellate attorney at the State Appellate Defender Office and principal attorney for the Appellate Investigation Project, an innovative collaboration between SADO and the Michigan Assigned Appellate Counsel System to provide MAACS roster attorneys with greater access to investigators and training on spotting and litigating extra-record issues in need of expert witnesses. Prior to beginning her work at SADO in 2012, Marcuz clerked for Hon. Catherine Easterly of... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan Practice Management Resource Center has launched a new learning page: Learning EZ. Learning EZ features educational videos, webinars and other resources created by the State Bar's practice management advisors and experts who work for SBM partner companies. The PMRC will also be launching a new Learning EZ free webinar series in which legal industry expert guests present webinars on technology, social media, practice management tools, cyber security, opening a practice and more. To receive notifications on upcoming Learning EZ webinars and other practice management news, sign up here. Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2017 at SBM Blog
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The Michigan Supreme Court will hold a public administrative hearing starting at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 17 in the Supreme Court courtroom, located on the sixth floor of the Michigan Hall of Justice in Lansing. Members of the public will have an opportunity to speak for three minutes about items on the agenda, which include many proposed amendments to Michigan Court Rules and and the Michigan Rules of Evidence. To speak at the public hearing you must reserve space on the agenda. To do so, you must notify the Office of Administrative Counsel by email at ADMcomment@courts.mi.gov or via... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2017 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, May 2, 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 Apr 17, 2017 at SBM Blog
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Kalamazoo Central High School claimed victory over Ann Arbor Community High School at the state championship of the Michigan High School Mock Trial Tournament on March 25 at the Veterans Memorial Courthouse in Lansing. They will advance to the national championship May 11-14 in Hartford, Connecticut. 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 the the state championship, where they were evaluated by presiding judge Hon. Carl Marlinga and scoring judges Donald Fulkerson and Lawrence Nolan. Anchor Bay High School,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2017 at SBM Blog
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Lakeshore Legal Aid and the City of Detroit Clean Slate Project will host an expungement fair to help low-income people expunge their non-violent criminal records in order to get jobs. The fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 6 at Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, located at 2080 W. Grand Blvd. in Detroit. If you're an attorney in the metropolitan Detroit area, they need your help. They're expecting about 1,500 people to attend the fair and they will all need help learning if they are legally eligible for expungements. If they are eligible, they'll then... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2017 at SBM Blog
The International Society of Barristers has created an annual lectureship to honor John W. Reed, Thomas M. Cooley Professor of Law Emeritus at the University of Michigan Law School and retired Wayne State University Law School dean. On March 24, Michigan State Supreme Court Justice Bridget McCormack delivered the inaugural John Reed Lecture at the 2017 meeting of the International Society of Barristers. Titled "The Forensic Science Frontier: It's up to the Lawyers," the lecture drew on Justice McCormack's extensive involvement with studies of the validity of forensic evidence. Professor Reed became an academic fellow of the Society in 1978... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at SBM Blog
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We at the State Bar of Michigan want to help low income people get answers to their pressing legal questions. In order to accomplish that goal, we're launching mi.freelegalanswers.org, a pro bono website that is beginning in Genesee County that we hope will expand across the state, and will make it very easy for attorneys to provide quick, correct answers to the important and urgent questions of low income people. We're working on this project in collaboration with Legal Services of Eastern Michigan, the Genesee County Bar Association and the American Bar Association. In order to get this project up... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2017 at SBM Blog
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The American Bar Association Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel will host a live-streaming educational program called "CLE Opportunity for Attorneys: Military Legal Assistance Issues," from 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. March 31. The program will feature six educational sessions addressing these topics: "Military Pension Division," "Military Child Custody and Support," "SCRA Issues and Consumer Law Hot Topics," "Veterans Law Issues," "Resource Roundtable," "A Look to the Future: The View from the Hill." The live-stream is free to attend, but registration is required. Find more information, view the live-stream and download materials at http://ambar.org/lampcle. Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2017 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan mourns the loss of its 36th president, Charles W. Joiner, who died March 10 at the age of 101. A 1939 graduate of the University of Iowa Law School, Joiner was elected president of the State Bar of Michigan from 1970-1971. He had a long and distinguished legal career in the Ann Arbor area, after first serving as an aviation cadet, flight instructor, pilot and crew commander of a B-29 bomber squadron in the Pacific during World War II, and then served as an attorney with the firm Miller, Huebner, and Miller in Des Moines.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2017 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan Young Lawyers Section will host its 10th Annual Summit April 28–29 at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville. The Summit will feature a special keynote address by new Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Stephen Markman, and two educational programming tracks. The Professional and Business Development Track will include the following educational seminars: “Beyond LinkedIn: How to Build a Powerful Professional Network on Social Media,” “Rainmaking: Much More than Simply Making Money,” “Cut the Fat: Use Lean to Improve Efficiency, Reduce Cost & Return Respect for People to Your Legal Practice,” “The Professional Professional: Cultivating an Image... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at SBM Blog
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A new State Bar of Michigan section, the LGBTQA Section, has been launched to promote the fair and just administration of the law for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and questioning people and their allies. The LGBTQA Section will review law, cases, regulations and other matters that affect LGBTQ persons and their allies, and will write and educate the State Bar and the public, be a resource for the State Bar on LGBTQ-related issues and coordinate its activities with other sections and affinity bar associations. To accomplish its goals, the section will sponsor meetings and conferences of educational value and support... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2017 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan invites all law firms of two or more attorneys to apply for the 2017 Pro Bono Circle of Excellence, recognizing each firm that fully complied with the State Bar’s Voluntary Pro Bono Standard in 2016. The application deadline is April 7. The Voluntary Pro Bono Standard applies to legal services for low-income individuals and organizations, as well as financial support for eligible nonprofit organizations providing free civil legal aid for the poor. Contributions to the Access to Justice Fund count toward fulfilling the Standard. The Standard calls for attorneys to annually take three pro bono... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan Criminal Issues Initiative and Equal Access Initiative, in collaboration with the Benton Harbor-St. Joseph Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, will present an educational opportunity, “What Do You Mean I Can’t Do That? The Consequences of a Juvenile Adjudication,” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 25 at Lake Michigan College, located at 2755 E. Napier Ave. in Benton Harbor. The program will contain a panel discussion moderated by Berrien County Probate Court Judge Mabel Johnson Mayfield that will explore the school to prison pipeline, long-term impacts of juvenile pleas and adjudications, alternatives to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2017 at SBM Blog
Nearly 300 police agencies that work to protect more than 80 percent of Michigan’s citizens have now adopted scientifically sound eyewitness identification guidelines recommended by a task force convened by the State Bar of Michigan in 2011. "Misidentification played a key role in the wrongful conviction of each our clients, who were exonerated years later through DNA testing,” said Marla Mitchell-Cichon, director of the Cooley Innocence Project at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. “With law enforcement agencies across the state adopting evidence-based identification practices, the reliability of identifications increases and the risk of wrongful convictions decreases. Kudos to the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2017 at SBM Blog
Important changes to the SBM print member directory will take effect with the April 2017 issue. The new, portable directory will be more accurate, much less costly to print and distribute, and takes into account substantial changes in member preferences and use over the last decade. It will not include members’ contact information, but will have the information members have told us they value most in a print directory. Accurate Information Given the increased frequency with which our members change their business locations and contact information, the annual print directory can no longer be considered a reliable source of information.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan Lawyers and Judges Assistance Program will host a training program for providers called, "The Digital Age's Public Health Crisis: Sex and Porn Addiction," at 9 a.m. on Friday, March 17 at the State Bar of Michigan Michael Franck Building, located at 306 Townsend St. in Lansing. Kenneth M. Adams, Ph.D., CSAT-S will present the $99 training, which will allow those in attendance to earn three CAC-related credits. Any provider on the SBM preferred provider list or anyone interested in being added to the list is welcome to attend, but must register by March 10. There... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2017 at SBM Blog
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State Bar of Michigan members get a special $150 discount to ABA TECHSHOW, which will take place March 15-18 at the Hilton Chicago. To get the discount, register for ABA TECHSHOW and use this discount code: EP1701. For more than 30 years, ABA TECHSHOW has taught lawyers how to make technology work for them. If you attend, you'll network with legal technology experts from around the globe, learn to practice more competently and gain an understanding of how to more effectively provide service to your clients. Learn more or sign up for ABA TECHSHOW. Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2017 at SBM Blog
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Casemaker and vLex have formed a joint licensing partnership, giving Casemaker customers access to vLex's international case law searches and materials, and giving vLex customers access to Caskemaker's collection of U.S. federal and state case law, CaseCheck+ negative citator system, codes, statute annotator, specific jurisdiction courts, administrative law, federal and state regulations, statutes, court rules and constitutions. Every member of the State Bar of Michigan gets free access to Casemaker, which normally costs hundreds of dollars a month, as a benefit of his or her membership in the State Bar of Michigan. Access more information about Casemaker and/or log in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2017 at SBM Blog
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Did you know you can use your State Bar of Michigan membership to enjoy special prices on travel opportunities? The State Bar of Michigan has partnered with Go Next to present special exploration opportunities to SBM members and their family and friends. Some trips you can enjoy in 2017 include a 10-nights of island-hopping around Greece, a 16-night cruise visiting Key West and cities across the Mexican coast, a 14-night cruise to Australia and New Zealand, or a 10-night cruise through Europe, with stops in Paris, Bruges, Antwerp, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Oslo and Gothenburg. Right now, due to the popularity of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2017 at SBM Blog
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Michigan State University Law School will host an interactive workshop to help law students, lawyers and legal services providers improve their professional use of social media, whether you are beginner or a pro. During the workshop, you will learn from Kevin O’Keefe, attorney and CEO of LexBlog Network about how to effectively utilize social media to build a personal brand, establish expertise, and build an online community. The workshop is open to law students, lawyers, academics, judges, court staff and all other legal service delivery professionals. The workshop is free and will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2017 at SBM Blog
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The American Bar Association Center for Innovation is now accepting applications for its 2017 fellows program. There are two categories of fellows: NextGen Fellows and Innovation Fellows. NextGen Fellows are recent law school graduates who will spend one year in-residence at the ABA headquarters in Chicago. They will receive a stipend of $45,000 plus benefits during their time in the program. There are two openings in the NextGen program. Innovation Fellows will rotate in and out of Chicago on a nine to 12 week basis, beginning in April. There is no stipend for this fellowship, but sponsorships may be available.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2017 at SBM Blog
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Got plans for January 16? If not, check out this list of events happening across Michigan that day, which also happens to be Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We encourage all Michigan attorneys to participate in a day of service, either on January 16 or throughout the year, to commemorate MLK Day. Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2017 at SBM Blog
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The Michigan Supreme Court voted unanimously to elect Justice Stephen Markman as the next chief justice. Markman was appointed to the Supreme Court by Governor John Engler in 1999, then was elected to his seat in 2000 and reelected in 2004 and 2012. Prior to serving on the state's highest court, Markman served as U.S. Attorney in Detroit, as an assistant U.S. Attorney General and a judge on the Michigan Court of Appeals. He also practiced law with Miller, Canfield, Paddock & Stone in Detroit. Markman's term as chief justice will follow that of Chief Justice Robert Young Jr., who... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2017 at SBM Blog
Important changes to the SBM print member directory will take effect with the April 2017 issue. The new, portable directory will be more accurate, much less costly to print and distribute, and takes into account substantial changes in member preferences and use over the last decade. It will not include members’ contact information, but will have the information members have told us they value most in a print directory. Accurate Information Given the increased frequency with which our members change their business locations and contact information, the annual print directory can no longer be considered a reliable source of information.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2017 at SBM Blog