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Date: Wednesday–Friday, September 27–29 Location: Cobo Center, Detroit What do you have to do at SBM NEXT Conference to be eligible to win a ton of prizes, including a flat screen TV sponsored by the Paul Goebel Group, a Visa gift card, State Bar of Michigan merchandise and more? Complete four easy steps: 1.Pick up a passport to prizes from the registration desk Thursday morning 2.Collect stamps from exhibitors at their booths throughout the day 3.Turn your completed passport in at the registration desk by 4:15 p.m. Thursday 4.Hang out, enjoy free food and drinks at the All Member Reception... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at SBM Blog
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We know you're an Instagram whiz, but in order to compete successfully in the legal marketplace, you've got to figure out how to harness technology to make your work more efficient and effective. Lucky for you, we're offering a brand new technology educational track at SBM NEXT Conference that will help you improve your productivity by utilizing Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant; gain proficiency with PDFs; master Microsoft Word; and get a rapid-fire 60 tech tips in 60 minutes, as well as become effective at paperless trial preparation, prepare a trial presentation on your iPad, and make your case to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2017 at SBM Blog
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If you want to pick up some new skills at SBM NEXT Conference without having to sit through a structured seminar, we're offering just want you want in our all-new Learning Lounge, where you can join in a hands-on learning lab experience with a skilled expert in an informal setting. The Learning Lounge, which will feature comfy couches and charging stations, will be in operation from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to noon on Friday in Room 250-A at Cobo Center. Experts will walk you through these topics: "Speech Recognition—Using Dragon NaturallySpeaking in a Legal Practice,"... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2017 at SBM Blog
Starting this year, the State Bar of Michigan will e-mail dues notices containing a link to annual dues invoices and disclosure forms to members. Making this change is not only more efficient and convenient for members, but it also allows the State Bar to devote bar dues to valuable member programs and services rather than paper and postage. On September 20, members will receive an e-mail from the State Bar of Michigan inviting them to log into the member area and complete their annual disclosures online and pay their dues with a credit or debit card. If they prefer not... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at SBM Blog
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When It Rains, Help Pours In. Use your legal skills to help flood victims in Michigan and Texas. In Michigan: Midland, Isabella, Bay, and Gladwin Counties, Michigan Flood Disaster Relief Legal Services Low income flood victims are in need of legal services for: Counseling on landlord-tenant problems Replacement of wills and other important legal documents destroyed in the disaster Assistance in consumer protection matters, remedies, and procedures Counseling on mortgage-foreclosure problems Assistance with securing FEMA and other government benefits Assistance with life, medical, and property insurance claims Help with home repair contracts and contractors Volunteer Now Submit your completed Volunteer... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2017 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan Alternative Dispute Section will host a teleseminar about mediating attorney fee disputes from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 12. Registration is required by Sept. 8, and dial-in instructions will be provided on participants’ registration confirmations. The teleseminar will be moderated by Grand Rapids attorney and mediator, Robert E. L. Wright. Byron P. “Pat” Gallagher Jr., who serves as a mediator of attorney fee, business, real estate and probate disputes at his East Lansing firm, The Gallagher Law Firm, will discuss the challenges attorney fee disputes can present to mediators. Attorney fee disputes are... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2017 at SBM Blog
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A toll-free legal aid hotline is now available to victims of Michigan’s recently declared flood disaster in Midland, Isabella, Bay and Gladwin Counties. The service, which allows callers to request the assistance of a lawyer to aid in flood-related matters, is a partnership between the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, the State Bar of Michigan, the State Bar of Michigan Young Lawyers Section, Lakeshore Legal Aid and Legal Services of Eastern Michigan. Flood victims facing legal issues who are unable to afford a lawyer may call 1-800-418-8315 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2017 at SBM Blog
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Governor Rick Snyder seeks a candidate to fill an opening on the 36th District Court in Detroit vacated by Hon. Prentis Edwards Jr. 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 Aug. 25. Contact Samantha West, executive administrator of the Legal Division of the governor's office, with any further questions at 517-241-5991. Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2017 at SBM Blog
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The American Bar Association has joined the State Bar of Michigan, CloudLaw, Inc. and several other state bar associations to create a national online legal network that consumers can trust to find lawyers. By joining together for the first time in this type of effort, the ABA and other state bars will leverage their combined expertise to create a dynamic, comprehensive, national online network. The network will offer easy-to-use lawyer search, topical legal information and quick connections between legal professionals. The lawyer search platform hosts some 90,000+ lawyer profiles and receives half a million quarterly visits. Combined with the ABA... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2017 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan Young Lawyers Section will host the National Trial Advocacy Competition Oct. 20-22 at the Oakland County Circuit Court, located at 1200 Telegraph Road in Pontiac. The competition is designed for teams of four participants, made up of two advocates and two witnesses. Participants will have an opportunity to perfect their courtroom advocacy skills in the presence of judges and practitioners. This year the preliminary rounds will be held from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20 (one round), and from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21 (2 rounds). The semi-final and final rounds... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at SBM Blog
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Hear from some of Michigan's top jurists on the "must-know" federal and state court rules, as well as best practices for preserving your record at trial. Join us at SBM NEXT Conference on September 27-29 in Detroit. U.S. District Judge David M. Lawson, of the Eastern District of Michigan, will help you avoid pitfalls and brush up on the procedures for removal and remand, as well as teach you how to keep your civil case on track and sharpen your knowledge of the essential rules for discovery, motion practice, and key local rules. Michigan Supreme Court Justice Kurtis T. Wilder,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2017 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan Alternative Dispute Section will host a teleseminar about child custody evaluations from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 23. Registration is required and dial-in instructions will be provided on participants’ registration confirmations. The teleseminar will be composed of a panel discussion, featuring moderator, Robert “Bob” E. L. Wright, of the Peace Talks PLC in Grand Rapids, and panelists Ben Burgess, of Fountain Hill Center in Grand Rapids, and Connie Thacker, of Thacker Sleight PC in Grand Rapids. Participants will learn what makes a good comprehensive child custody evaluation, when a child custody evaluation is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2017 at SBM Blog
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The Michigan Supreme Court announced today that the disciplinary portion of State Bar of Michigan dues will increase for the 2017-2018 fiscal year to $105. The disciplinary portion of bar dues will also increase in the 2018-2019 fiscal year to $120. These changes will appear on dues notices that will be sent to State Bar members in September of this year. The Supreme Court had previously lowered disciplinary dues from $120 to $110 in 2011 and then to $90 in 2014, so this increase in disciplinary dues will restore dues to the 2010 level. Read Adminstrative Order 2017-1. Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at SBM Blog
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Dan Abrams, chief legal analyst for ABC News and founder and CEO of Abrams Media, will kick off the State Bar of Michigan 2017 NEXT Conference by delivering the opening keynote presentation at 9 a.m. Thursday, September 28. Mr. Abrams has a long and celebrated career in legal journalism, previously serving as co-anchor of Nightline, chief legal correspondent and analyst for NBC News, and general manager of MSNBC. In addition, he hosted The Abrams Report, a nightly legal affairs program, and the acclaimed Verdict with Dan Abrams. Dan is the founder of eight web properties including Mediaite, a news and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2017 at SBM Blog
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Seven attorneys—David C. Anderson, Bernhardt “Chris” D. Christenson, III, Shauna L. Dunnings, James W. Heath, Hon. David A. Perkins, Daniel D. Quick and Gregory L. Ulrich—won contested seats in this year’s Board of Commissioners elections. All will serve three-year terms expiring at the close of the 2020 Annual Meeting. David C. Anderson and Daniel D. Quick were both elected to serve District I, representing Oakland County. Anderson is a shareholder at Collins Einhorn Farrell in Southfield, dedicating his practice primarily to defending Michigan lawyers and law firms against personal liability claims. Quick is a trial lawyer with Dickinson Wright in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2017 at SBM Blog
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We'd like to issue thanks for the hard work of the 2017 Board of Tellers, including (from left to right) Pam Amato, Jason Hanselman and Sandra Lake, who are in the SBM building today certifying our election results. Stay tuned ... results will be released soon. Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at SBM Blog
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Make connections that will build your dream career at SBM NEXT Conference. http://ow.ly/YLlS30cOzI2 Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2017 at SBM Blog
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Low-income residents of Genesee County can now get legal help through a new online tool. MI Free Legal Answers operates like an online legal aid clinic, allowing low-income Genesee County residents to get answers to non-criminal legal questions by logging onto the site from any device at any time. The new site was developed and is sponsored nationally by the American Bar Association and is sponsored in Michigan by the State Bar of Michigan, working in collaboration with the Genesee County Bar Association and Legal Services of Eastern Michigan. The site has launched as a pilot program in Genesee County... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2017 at SBM Blog
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This year the State Bar of Michigan will launch a new event called SBM NEXT Conference September 27-29 at Cobo Center in Detroit. Formerly known as the State Bar Annual Meeting and Solo & Small Firm Institute, the NEXT Conference will focus on the future of law practice by bringing Michigan lawyers together in a whole new way to learn, share ideas, make connections and more. The State Bar will give lawyers the tools to develop their dream careers, gain the most recent updated information about their law practice areas, learn technology tricks to streamline their practices and build better... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2017 at SBM Blog
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SBM members: today is your last chance to make your voice heard by choosing leadership for the State Bar of Michigan and Judicial Tenure Commission for the next few years. You have until 11:59 p.m. on today to cast your votes (or get your ballot in the mail to be counted). There are contested races for the Judicial Tenure Commission, the Board of Commissioners in Districts B, E, H, and I, and the Young Lawyers Section Executive Council in District 3. Unless your address on file is in one of the districts where there is a contested race, you have... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at SBM Blog
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Attention Lenawee, Monroe and Wayne County (District H) lawyers: This year four attorneys are running for three seats on the State Bar of Michigan Board of Commissioners. That means your vote matters more than ever in this race. You should have received an electronic ballot for the 2017 SBM elections via e-mail. If you don't have an e-mail address on file, you will receive a paper ballot. You have until 11:59 p.m. on June 15 to cast your votes (or get your ballot in the mail to be counted). The District H Board candidates are James Heath, of Detroit, who... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at SBM Blog
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If you haven't yet filled out an application for volunteer service on a State Bar of Michigan committee or workgroup, please consider doing so today. The State Bar of Michigan received an overwhelming response to our original invitation to apply for volunteer service to implement the Bar's new Strategic Plan in May. If you were one of the many people who filled out an application, THANK YOU!! The first appointments to committees and workgroups will be made from applications received by June 5. Additional appointments will be made throughout the year and if you fill out an application today, your... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at SBM Blog
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Attention Oakland County lawyers: This year five attorneys are running for two seats on the State Bar of Michigan Board of Commissioners. That means your vote matters more than ever in this race. You should have received an electronic ballot for the 2017 SBM elections via e-mail. If you don't have an e-mail address on file, you will receive a paper ballot. You have until 11:59 p.m. on June 15 to cast your votes (or get your ballot in the mail to be counted). The Oakland County Board candidates are David Anderson, of Southfield, a shareholder at Collins Einhorn Farrell... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2017 at SBM Blog
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Attention young lawyers of every Michigan county excluding Wayne, Macomb and Oakland counties: This year six attorneys are running for four seats on the Young Lawyers Section Executive Council in District 3. That means your vote matters more than ever in this race. You should have received an electronic ballot for the 2017 SBM elections via e-mail. If you don't have an e-mail address on file, you will receive a paper ballot. You have until 11:59 p.m. on June 15 to cast your votes (or get your ballot in the mail to be counted). The Young Lawyers Section Executive Council... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2017 at SBM Blog
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This year six attorneys are running for a seat on the Judicial Tenure Commission. Your vote matters more than ever in this race. You should have received an electronic ballot for the 2017 SBM elections via e-mail. If you don't have an e-mail address on file, you will receive a paper ballot. You have until 11:59 p.m. on June 15 to cast your votes (or get your ballot in the mail to be counted). The JTC candidates are James Burdick, of Bloomfield Hills, who concentrates his practice in complex criminal litigation and healthcare licensing, discipline and reinstatement; Mark Koroi, of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2017 at SBM Blog