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Isabella Hardenbergh was born into slavery in 1797 in Ulster County, New York. Upon gaining her freedom, believing she heard a voice from God, she changed her name to Sojourner Truth, this six-foot tall, gaunt woman with a resounding voice became one of America's most influential crusaders for justice. At the 1858 Women's Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio, she spoke eloquently of women's rights: "I have heard much about the sexes being equal; I can carry as much as any man, and can eat as much, too, if I can get it. I am as strong as any man that... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at SBM Blog
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In June 1925, prominent African American medical doctor Dr. Ossian Sweet and his family, who were arrested and charged with the murder of one member of a white mob who tried to shoot at the Sweet home in Detroit. The NAACP enlisted the aid of famed attorney Clarence Darrow who came to Michigan to defend the Sweets. Presiding Judge Frank Murphy instructed the jury that "a man's house is his castle" and that Dr. Sweet had the right to defend it, if he had good reason to fear for the lives of his family or their property. These rights, he... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at SBM Blog
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The Animal Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan will present the Sadie Award to Stiggy’s Dogs at 3 p.m. on April 17 at the organization’s facility in Hamburg Township. Stiggy’s Dogs is a nonprofit organization that rescues and trains shelter dogs to be psychiatric service dogs for military veterans living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Traumatic Brain Injury. The psychiatric service dogs are trained and deployed at no cost to the veteran. The Sadie Award was created in 2001 to recognize contributions to the well-being of animals made by Michigan residents not involved in the legal or legislative... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at SBM Blog
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Nominations are now open for the awards that will be presented at the September 2018 NEXT Conference in Grand Rapids. Awards due by 5 p.m. February 16: Roberts P. Hudson Award, Frank J. Kelley Distinguished Public Service Award, Champion of Justice Award, Kimberly M. Cahill Bar Leadership Award, John W. Cummiskey Pro Bono Award and John W. Reed Michigan Lawyer Legacy Award. The Liberty Bell Award deadline is Friday, May 11. The State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly Michael Franck Award and Unsung Hero Award nomination deadline is March 10. Nominate a deserving attorney today. Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2018 at SBM Blog
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Nominations are now open for the awards that will be presented at the September 2018 NEXT Conference in Grand Rapids. Awards due by 5 p.m. February 16: Roberts P. Hudson Award, Frank J. Kelley Distinguished Public Service Award, Champion of Justice Award, Kimberly M. Cahill Bar Leadership Award, John W. Cummiskey Pro Bono Award and John W. Reed Michigan Lawyer Legacy Award. The Liberty Bell Award deadline is Friday, May 11. The State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly Michael Franck Award and Unsung Hero Award nomination deadline is March 10. Nominate a deserving attorney today. Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2018 at SBM Blog
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As a member of the State Bar of Michigan, you get a special $150 discount if you register for 2018 ABA TECHSHOW, which will take place March 7-10 at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago. Register online using the discount code EP1812. Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2018 at SBM Blog
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Looking for a member of the State Bar of Michigan? The SBM online member directory contains the most up-to-date contact information. In addition, a portable April Resource Directory containing comprehensive court, state, and local government and lawyer association contact information is available online and will be sent to you if you have opted in to receive a print edition of the Michigan Bar JournalApril issue. You can order extra copies of the resource directory for $10. If you prefer to receive a member list in print, we offer the April Resource Directory Plus Alphabetical Member Roster, which includes all the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at SBM Blog
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The SBM Practice Management Resource Center has launched a Technology Competency resource page, filled with information and tools to help you boost your technology quotient. The PMRC is also launching a new member benefit: access to an online tech competency assessment and learning resource called Legal Technology Assessment. As an SBM member, you receive a deep discount of 40% off the regular price. Sign up for Legal Technology Assessment today. Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2018 at SBM Blog
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The 2018 NEXT Conference, formerly known as the Annual Meeting/Solo & Small Firm Institute, will be held September 26–28 at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids. The NEXT Conference will focus on the future of the practice of law, giving you the opportunity to share ideas and more opportunities to network and tailor your programming schedule to meet your needs and interests. Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2018 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan is implementing a new Modest Means program that will operate through the SBM Lawyer Referral Service pilot program. The new program is aimed at bridging the access to justice gap for the “missing middle” people who don’t qualify for legal aid but cannot afford the market rate for legal services. Those in households with income less than 200% of the federal poverty level are eligible for services in the program. Members who sign up to provide legal services as a Modest Means panel member will have their legal services count toward the State Bar’s Voluntary... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2018 at SBM Blog
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We, at the State Bar of Michigan, are so excited to announce the launch of our new podcast, On Balance. Being a lawyer is stressful. Many struggle to balance physical health and well-being with the demands of their profession. On Balance, premiering this week on Legal Talk Network, delivers useful and entertaining ideas on managing life as a lawyer. To hear more about the show and what inspired its creation, tune in as the State Bar of Michigan’s executive director Janet Welch introduces hosts Tish Vincent and JoAnn Hathaway. Stay till the end for a sneak peek at the bonus... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2018 at SBM Blog
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As a member of the State Bar of Michigan, you get a special $150 discount if you register for 2018 ABA TECHSHOW. Register online using the discount code EP1812. ABA TECHSHOW has brought lawyers and technology together for over 30 years. Network with legal and technology experts from around the world March 7-10 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. More Information Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2018 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. The nomination deadline is Saturday, March 10, 2018. Apply Online Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2018 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan has partnered with Casemaker to bring premium state and federal research materials to you, our members, for free, to save you hundreds of dollars every month on legal research. Here are some valuable tips on how to use Casemaker. Emailing Documents Have you ever viewed a document in Casemaker and wanted to email it to your client or colleague? You can do that! To email a document, click on the envelope icon in the upper right-hand corner of the document in the dark gray bar. A pop-up window will appear, then select the document format... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2018 at SBM Blog
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All Michigan attorneys are encouraged to participate in a day of service on the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The State Bar of Michigan has created an online resource guide to help you find community service and pro bono volunteer opportunities within your local communitiy on Jan. 15. The new Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service resource guide will help you search for pro bono service opportunities by county. You can also find new attorneys to mentor on SBM's mentor board or look for community service volunteer opportunities in your local community. If you can't dedicate time to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2018 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 2018 NEXT Conference in Detroit. Awards include: •Roberts P. Hudson Award •Frank J. Kelley Distinguished Public Service •Champion of Justice Award •Kimberly M. Cahill Bar Leadership Award •John W. Cummiskey Pro Bono Award •John W. Reed Michigan Lawyer Legacy Award •Liberty Bell Award All award nominations but the Liberty Bell nominations are due by 5 p.m. Friday, February 16, 2018. The Liberty Bell Award deadline is Friday, May 11, 2018. Any SBM member can nominate candidates for awards. Apply Online. Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2018 at SBM Blog
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We wish you all a fabulous 2018 (the year of the dog)! Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2017 at SBM Blog
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Best wishes for a warm and festive holiday season from all of us at the State Bar of Michigan! Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2017 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan online member directory contains the most up-to-date information and serves as the primary method for locating SBM members. The online member directory receives over 12,000 hits daily as more than 16,000 members have already opted out of receiving any printed directory information. Members are moving swiftly to online resources to meet a wide variety of their practice needs, including directory information. One reason among many, printed directories quickly become obsolete. The last time the State Bar printed member directory information, more than 19,000 member records (e.g., name, membership status, contact information) had changed as of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2017 at SBM Blog
Please do! Here is the nomination form: https://www.michbar.org/programs/award_champion
Results should be released early in 2018, Steven.
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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 13, 2017 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 2018 Annual Meeting in Grand Rapids. 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... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan Economics of Law Practice Survey will close on Dec. 2. If you have not yet completed the survey, please do so. The survey has been streamlined and can be completed in approximately five minutes. The Economics of Law Practice Survey is conducted every three years by the State Bar of Michigan. Every attorney in every occupational area is asked to participate. The survey results are used as the primary resource and reference by many Michigan courts to determine attorney fees. In order to provide the most useful information possible it is important that there is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2017 at SBM Blog
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State Bar of Michigan members: You need to pay your dues and complete the annual disclosure statement before November 30 to avoid a late fee. Pay Online or Print a Statement 1.To access your dues statement, go to e.michbar.org and log in using your previously assigned login and password. Or, go to www.michbar.org and click on "Member Area Login." Click "Need your login information" if you need to reset your password. 2.Once logged in, pay online by clicking "Pay Your Dues Now." Or, if you prefer to mail a check with your dues statement, click "Pay Your Dues by Mail"... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2017 at SBM Blog