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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 4 days ago 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 2017-09. 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
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The State Bar of Michigan Labor & Employment Law Section will host SpringBoard, a seminar on “Inside Perspectives from In-House Counsel” followed by networking, from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, June 8, at The Reserve at Big Rock Chop House, located at 245 South Eton Street in Birmingham. The seminar will consist of three 40-minute-long roundtable discussions that will allow participants to engage with prominent in-house counsel in a discussion about the various considerations involved in the decision-making process for an employment case. Featured speakers will include in-house counsel from several different industries, including automotive, banking, education, food services, gaming, health... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at SBM Blog
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On this Memorial Day, we at the State Bar of Michigan remember and honor those who have died defending the freedoms and the rule of law we enjoy in this country. Happy Memorial Day, one and all. Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2017 at SBM Blog
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Members: time to do your civic duty and vote for representatives to lead the State Bar of Michigan in the coming years. Today you will receive 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). 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... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2017 at SBM Blog
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We need your help to transform the State Bar to better serve the needs of members and the public. SBM President-Elect Don Rockwell wants you to consider volunteer service with the State Bar. As a reminder, the first set of appointments for the 2017-2018 bar year will be made from applications submitted by the end of May. Read Don's invitation or proceed directly to the application. Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2017 at SBM Blog
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Leaders in the delivery of pro bono legal services from across Michigan gathered in Lansing for the ninth Annual Spring Pro Bono Workshop on May 23. The workshop featured a full day of educational sessions, strategic collaboration and networking opportunities. Those in attendance got an update on fundraising and legal aid messaging from a statewide and national perspective; learned how law firms, corporate in-house legal departments and legal aid programs can strategically collaborate; challenges facing legal aid programs; effective responses to rapidly changing issues; tech tips; and updates on online free legal resources. State Bar staff demonstrated mi.freelegalanswers.org, a new... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2017 at SBM Blog
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Members: time to do your civic duty and vote for representatives to lead the State Bar of Michigan in the coming years. Today you will receive 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). 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... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2017 at SBM Blog
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The following individuals will receive 2017 State Bar of Michigan awards at a banquet on Sept. 27 at the SBM NEXT Conference in Detroit. 2017 State Bar of Michigan Award Recipients: Roberts P. Hudson Award: Gerard Mantese Frank J. Kelley Distinguished Public Service Award: Hon. Robert Holmes Bell, Hon. Bernard A. Friedman and Barbara L. McQuade Champion of Justice Award: Michael C. McDaniel, Hon. Kelly Ramsey John W. Reed Lawyer Legacy Award: Professor Alan S. Schenk John W. Cummiskey Pro Bono Award: Robert Charles Treat, Jr. Kimberly M. Cahill Bar Leadership Award: Patrick J. Wilson The following individuals will receive... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2017 at SBM Blog
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Scribes – the American Society of Legal Writers – has honored long-time Michigan Bar Journal Plain Language Column Editor Joseph Kimble by renaming its Distinguished Service Award the Joseph Kimble Distinguished Service Award. Kimble, a former executive director and 15-year board member of Scribes, was surprised by the announcement while in the audience of the Scribes 2017 Continuing Legal Education Conference at the Oklahoma City University School of Law. The Scribes Board of Directors unanimously voted to rename the award in Kimble’s honor. Kimble is a distinguished professor emeritus at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, where he joined the... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2017 at SBM Blog
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The Kalamazoo Central Mock Trial Team placed second in the nation at the National High School Mock Trial Tournament on May 14 in Hartford, Conn. The team advanced to the national championship after winning the state championship of the Michigan High School Mock Trial Tournament on March 25 at the Veterans Memorial Courthouse in Lansing. 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 evaluated by presiding judge Hon. Carl Marlinga and scoring judges... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2017 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan Real Property Law Section will host its Summer Conference, “Mission Possible: Traversing Michigan’s Real Estate Landscape,” July 19-22 at Grand Traverse Resort & Spa in Acme. The conference will begin Thursday, July 19, with an expert panel discussion focused on the practical implications of common contract terms. Educational workshops on Thursday and Friday will address technology, insurance, tax incentives for agricultural and forested lands, leasing, alternative energy and the real estate implications of estate planning. An update on recent Michigan legislation and court opinions will be complemented by interactive roundtable discussions on topics like mineral... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2017 at SBM Blog
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Legal Services of Northern Michigan, Conflict Resolution Services, Grand-Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar Association and Women Lawyers Association will host an expungement clinic to clear old criminal convictions that cause barriers to employment and housing for people with felony and misdemeanor convictions. The expungement clinic will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 3, at Conflict Resolution Services offices, located at 521 S. Union Street in Traverse City. If you're an attorney in Northern Michigan, they need your help. Volunteer attorneys are needed from 9 a.m. to noon on June 3. Individuals will meet one-on-one with volunteer attorneys to complete forms. You... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2017 at SBM Blog