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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 20 minutes ago 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
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Nominations are being accepted for two State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly awards. The Michael Franck Award is given annually to an attorney who has made an outstanding contribution to the improvement of the legal profession. The Unsung Hero Award is presented to a lawyer who has exhibited the highest standards of practice and commitment for the benefit of others. Nominees for both awards must be State Bar members in good standing and their contributions may have been made either during the past year or by virtue of cumulative effort or service. Materials submitted should include sufficient details about the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2016 at SBM Blog
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The Michigan State Bar Foundation has hired Jennifer S. Bentley as its next executive director. "Jennifer will help the Foundation meet new challenges ahead and sustain its leadership role in access to justice in Michigan," said Margaret Nichols, chairperson of the MSBF Executive Director Search Committee. Bentley joins the MSBF after serving for 20 years as a staff attorney and manager in several legal aid programs, most recently as Chief Development Officer for statewide nonprofit Michigan Advocacy Program, the umbrella organization for Legal Services of South Central Michigan, Farmworker Legal Services and several statewide advocacy programs including the Michigan Poverty... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2016 at SBM Blog
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The Michigan Press Association Foundation has launched the Wade H. McCree Jr. Awards for the Advancement of Justice to recognize Michigan broadcast, print and online journalists whose work fosters greater public understanding of the values of our legal and judicial systems. The awards are named for Judge McCree, who was dedicated to advancing a greater understanding of the role of a free press in a free society. During a remarkable career that included service as a federal judge, law professor and Solicitor General of the United States, he touched the lives of millions of Americans. Judge McCree was an early... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2016 at SBM Blog
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Nominations are now open for major State Bar of Michigan awards that will be presented at the September 2017 Annual Meeting in Detroit. 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 and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2016 at SBM Blog
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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 Dec 2, 2016 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 Dec 1, 2016 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 Nov 30, 2016 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