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Lawrence P. Nolan, of Eaton Rapids, has been sworn in as the 82nd president of the State Bar of Michigan. Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert P. Young Jr. presided at the Sept. 22 ceremony, which took place in conjunction with the SBM Annual Meeting at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids. Nolan is the founder and president of Nolan, Thomsen & Villas in Eaton Rapids, where he focuses his practice on personal injury, wrongful death, criminal, probate, domestic relations, estate planning and real estate law. Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert P. Young Jr. also swore in other officers for... Continue reading
Posted 47 minutes ago at SBM Blog
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Members of the legal community will gather Sept. 21-23 at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel and DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids for the State Bar of Michigan Annual Meeting and Solo and Small Firm Institute. Among this year's highlights: Members of the legal profession who have achieved the highest honors in the areas of leadership, professional integrity and pro bono and community service will be recognized at the Awards Banquet, beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21. Award winners from the Michigan State Bar Foundation, Michigan Defense Trial Counsel, and Michigan Association for Justice will also be recognized.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2016 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan Insurance & Indemnity Law Section will host its Annual Meeting and Educational Program from 9-11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22 in conjunction with the SBM Annual Meeting at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids. The business meeting will take place from 9-9:30 a.m. and the educational program from 9:30-11:30 a.m. The educational program, “Commercial Property from Start to Finish,” will feature a panel that will take a comprehensive look at the complex risk factors involved in insuring commercial property. Don Balmes, of Willis Risk Solutions, will discuss common strategies used to insure commercial real property and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2016 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan Paralegal/Legal Assistant Section will host its Annual Meeting and educational program from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23, at the State Bar of Michigan Annual Meeting at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids. The section business meeting will begin at 10 a.m., complete with an election and swearing-in of new officers and a presentation of scholarships to paralegal students. At 11 a.m., Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School Professor Victoria Vuletich will present a keynote, “How & Why the Legal Profession is Restructuring & What it Means for Us.” A complimentary... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2016 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan Solo & Small Firm Section will host its Annual Meeting and Educational Program from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23 in conjunction with the SBM Annual Meeting at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids. The business meeting will take place from noon to 12:30 p.m. and the educational program from 12:30 to 1 p.m. The educational program, “Constitutional Crossfire: Is the Constitution a Living Document?” will feature a panel of lawyers and judges who will examine the originalist v. pragmatist debate over Constitutional interpretation. A deli-style lunch buffet will be provided on a first... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2016 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan Labor & Employment Law Section will host its Annual Meeting and Educational Program from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22 in conjunction with the State Bar Annual Meeting at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids. The section business meeting will take place from 2 to 2:30 p.m. The business meeting will be followed by a two-hour educational program, “Employment 2.0: How Technology is Changing the Way We Work & the Legal Implications.” The program will explore the ways technology is changing traditional employment and the resulting legal trends, such as the “gig” economy, remote... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2016 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan Agricultural Law Section will host its Annual Meeting and Educational Program from 9-11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22 in conjunction with the State Bar Annual Meeting at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids. The section business meeting will take place from 9-9:30 a.m., when the section’s officers and council will be elected for the coming year. The business meeting will be followed by a two-hour educational program consisting of three different educational sessions. In the first session, “Recent Environmental Cases Affecting Agriculture,” Michael Showalter of Schiff Hardin LLC in Chicago and New York will discuss recent... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2016 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan Arts, Communications, Entertainment & Sports Section will host its Annual Meeting and Educational Program from 2-4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22 in conjunction with the SBM Annual Meeting at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids. The business meeting will take place from 2-3 p.m. and the educational program from 3-4 p.m. The educational program, which is open to the public, will consist of a panel discussion titled, “Perspectives on Music Licensing: A Special ArtPrize Presentation.” Joe Voss, practice leader of Clark Hill’s Entertainment Industry Team and director of strategic partnerships of Creative Many Michigan in Grand... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2016 at SBM Blog
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The Michigan Supreme Court has launched a Request for Proposals (RFP) to seek a company to build a new statewide e-filing system to empower the public to file cases electronically from anywhere at any time. The Court is also looking for proposals for an electronic document management system to enable courts to receive and manage e-filed documents. "With e-filing, our goal is no more paper copies and no more waiting in line to file court documents," Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert P. Young Jr. said in a news release. "At the same time, e-filing will help courts more efficiently... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2016 at SBM Blog
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Lawrence P. Nolan, of Eaton Rapids, has been elected president of the State Bar of Michigan for the 2016-2017 bar year. He will be sworn in as president of the more than 44,000-member organization on Thursday, Sept. 22, during the SBM Annual Meeting in Grand Rapids. Also serving as officers for 2016-2017 will be President-Elect Donald G. Rockwell of Flint, Vice President Jennifer M. Grieco of Birmingham, Secretary Dennis M. Barnes of Detroit, and Treasurer Robert J. Buchanan of Grand Rapids. Lawrence Nolan is the founder and president of Nolan, Thomsen & Villas, PC, and practices personal injury, wrongful death,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2016 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan Negligence Law Section will host its Annual Meeting and Educational Program from 2-4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22 in conjunction with the State Bar Annual Meeting at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids. The educational program will consist of two sessions: Michigan Supreme Court Justice Brian Zahra will speak about the Use of Corpus Linguistics to Interpret Laws and appellate attorney Mark Granzotto will speak about Appellate Law Updates: What Every Litigator Needs to Know. There is no cost to attend the business meeting or the educational program, but registration is requested. To register online, visit... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2016 at SBM Blog
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Attorneys in Louisiana are reeling as the result of devastating, once-in-1,000-years floods. The New York Times reported that the floods have killed 11 and caused 30,000 people to need rescues. An estimated 40,000 homes are affected, and many of those do not have flood insurance because they are not located in areas known to flood. The Louisiana governor has declared a state of emergency and has issued an emergency suspension of legal deadlines. In response to the disaster, the Louisiana State Bar Association has put together a disaster response website filled with information, announcements, tools and resources to help its... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2016 at SBM Blog
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Lawyers are used to using terminology that, to most people in the general population, sounds like a different language. Next time you head to the courthouse, however, listen closely and you might hear people talking about foreign topics like Charmanders, Psyducks, and Squirtles. They’re characters from “Pokemon Go,” the augmented reality game for iOS and Android devices, and a certified hit—it’s been downloaded by more than 100 million people since its July launch, raked in more than $160 million in revenue in its first month, and caused the stock of parent company Nintendo to soar nearly 25 percent. The premise... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2016 at SBM Blog
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Dennis Archer received the American Bar Association's prestigious ABA Medal on Aug. 7 in San Francisco. The ABA Medal is the highest honor granted by the ABA to attorneys who dedicate exceptionally distinguished service to the cause of American jurisprudence. The first medal was awarded in 1929 and other recipients of the medal have included Thurgood Marshall, Oliver Wendall Holmes, Felix Frankfurter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sandra Day O'Connor, William Brennan, David Boies and Thedore Olson. Archer is Dickinson Wright chairman emeritus and has served as a Michigan Supreme Court justice and mayor of Detroit. Archer served as the first African-American... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2016 at SBM Blog
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SBM Board of Commissioners Three attorneys—Dennis M. Barnes, Edward L. Haroutunian, and Michael S. Hohauser—won contested seats in this year’s Board of Commissioners elections. All will serve three-year terms expiring at the close of the 2019 Annual Meeting. Dennis M. Barnes, elected to serve District H, representing Wayne, Monroe and Lenawee counties, is a member of Barris, Sott, Denn & Driker in Detroit, focusing his practice on business litigation. Edward L. Haroutunian and Michael S. Hohauser were both elected to serve District I, representing Oakland County. Haroutunian practices law at Haroutunian Licata Haroutunian, P.C., in Bingham Farms. Hohauser practices law... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2016 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan dedicated its 40th Michigan Legal Milestone commemorating the Kalamazoo Case on Tuesday, June 21, in Kalamazoo. The case commonly referred to as the Kalamazoo Case began as a lawsuit filed by three citizens of Kalamazoo in 1873 who did not want their tax dollars to support secondary schools. In early 1874, Circuit Court Judge Charles R. Brown ruled against their challenge. They appealed to the Michigan Supreme Court, and Chief Justice Thomas M. Cooley penned a unanimous opinion on July 21, 1874, upholding Judge Brown's ruling and concluding that neither the legislature nor the state... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2016 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee, in collaboration with the Grand Rapids Bar Association, will present a seminar called “Blind Spots: How to Avoid Poor Decisions and Bad Outcomes” from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 29 at University Club of Grand Rapids, located at 111 Lyon Street NW. Internationally recognized expert on medical, legal and judicial decision-making Kimberly Papillon will start the day with an interactive presentation that explores the implications of neuroscience, psychology and implicit association in the analysis of decision-making. The seminar is free to attend, but registration is required due to limited... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2016 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan Young Lawyers Section will present Imran Syed with the Regeana Myrick Outstanding Young Lawyer Award on Saturday, June 4, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Novi. Imran Syed is an assistant clinical professor of law at the University of Michigan Law School Innocence Clinic, where he supervises students who investigate and litigate cases. He also teaches a seminar in forensic science. Syed has litigated several arson wrongful convictions that were determined based on outdated fire science and he has co-authored articles discussing novel litigation strategies needed to address wrongful convictions that were based on science... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2016 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan has begun the process of updating its strategic plan, and seeks input from attorneys in a membership survey to ensure ongoing endeavors and new programs and services provide the kind of support and assistance State Bar members need. It has been nearly five years since the State Bar of Michigan has conducted a comprehensive, confidential member survey. The web-based survey is mobile-friendly, easy to complete, and takes less than 15 minutes. Members will be asked questions about how recent trends are affecting their practices and careers, which bar services they find most useful, and several... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2016 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan Arts, Communications, Entertainment and Sports Section and Midwest Chapter of the Copyright Society of the USA will present a review of the judicial ruling in the "Blurred Lines" case from noon to 2 p.m. on Friday, May 20, at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, located at 651 E. Jefferson Ave. in Detroit. The review will also contain a discussion by music and copyright experts on the impact of that ruling on the creation and performance of music and the effect of copyright protection. Judith Finell, a musicologist and president of Judith Finell... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2016 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan Marijuana Law Section will host its first conference from Oct. 21-23 at Firekeepers Casino Hotel in Battle Creek. The conference will feature a welcome reception on Friday, a full day of educational sessions on Saturday, and a half day of sessions on Sunday. Sessions will cover updates in legislation, case law, business law, zoning law, family law and more. For more information about the event, contact Mary Chartier at mary@alanechartier.com or 517.482.2000. Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2016 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan Litigation Section will host a summer conference called, “Trial Evidence: Artistry & Advocacy in the Courtroom,” from July 22 through July 24 at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville. The summer conference will feature an all-day presentation by Thomas A. Mauet, Milton O. Riepe professor of law and director of Trial Advocacy at the University of Arizona College of Law in Tucson, Arizona. He has contributed to 34 editions of eight best-selling books on the legacy of litigation training in the United States and abroad. Professor Mauet received the Richard S. Jacobson Award for excellence in... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2016 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan Real Property Law Section (RPLS) will host its 2016 Summer Conference, "Taking Your Practice to the Summit," July 13-16 at Boyne Mountain Resort & Spa in Boyne Falls. Programs and workshops have been developed to educate both experienced and newer practitioners. A panel will discuss getting big acquisition deals done, and will delve into selecting the right buying entity, negotiating a loan commitment letter, the most important issues in completing a purchase agreement for both buyers and sellers, and making sure the closing goes smoothly. Workshops will cover best practices on drafting condo documents, owners... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2016 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan offers resources to lawyers, teachers, and students to use in Law Day celebrations occurring this year on and around May 1. In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower designated May 1 as Law Day. This day is an opportunity to strengthen our great American heritage of liberty, justice, and equality under the law. The State Bar of Michigan joins various local bars, businesses, schools, and other organizations in conducting programs associated with improving the public's understanding of our justice system. A calendar of Law Day events occurring across the state throughout May is available on the... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2016 at SBM Blog
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After a comprehensive, year-long process examining how the State Bar of Michigan can best serve the public and support lawyers in the face of a rapidly evolving profession, the SBM 21st Century Practice Task Force has outlined five key problems the legal profession needs to address, and visions and key innovations necessary to overcome the problems. The work product of the task force can be found at http://www.michbar.org/future. The five problems outlined by the task force are a dysfunctional legal marketplace, significant issues for new lawyers and new challenges for experienced lawyers, inefficient and overly complex legal processes, regulatory hurdles... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2016 at SBM Blog