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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 2 days ago 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 5 days ago 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 6 days ago 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
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The Animal Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan will present Connie Page and the late Thomas Conner with the 2017 Sadie Award for their extensive work on behalf of the Ingham County Animal Shelter at a reception from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, May 21, at Midtown Brewing Co. in Lansing. Page and Conner devoted themselves to hands-on animal care, fostered dozens of kittens and older cats to prepare them for adoption, and worked countless hours by providing adoption counseling and cleaning cages at the Ingham County Animal Shelter in Mason. After retiring from the faculty of Michigan State... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2017 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan Probate & Estate Planning Section will host a third annual happy hour for new or young lawyers, non-members and current members looking for ways to network with peers and get more involved with and learn more about the section from 4-6 p.m. on Friday, May 19, on the 17th floor of Grand Traverse Resort in Acme. In conjunction with the Institute of Continuing Legal Education Probate & Estate Planning Institute in Acme and sponsored by Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge, the happy hour will feature complimentary hors d'oeuvres, an open bar and fun, relaxed conversation.... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2017 at SBM Blog
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To everyone who passed the February 2017 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... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2017 at SBM Blog
If you're wondering whether or not you passed the February Bar Exam in Michigan, grab your seat number and check here: Michigan February Bar Exam Passers. Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at SBM Blog
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Governor Rick Snyder has appointed Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Kurtis Wilder to take former Justice Robert Young's seat on the Michigan Supreme Court. “My colleagues and I are extremely pleased to welcome Judge Kurt Wilder to the Michigan Supreme Court," said Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Stephen Markman in a statement. "Judge Wilder brings a quarter century of experience on the trial and appellate courts of this state. Equally important, he brings what has been a consistent commitment to the equal rule of law and unwavering support for the values of the constitutions of the United States and the... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 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, June 27 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 May 9, 2017 at SBM Blog
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Michigan attorneys: we at the State Bar of Michigan need your help, expertise and passion to implement our new strategic plan. Please consider signing up to volunteer to help advance the core mission of the State Bar to promote the professionalism of lawyers; advocate for an open, fair and accessible justice system; and provide services to lawyers that enable them to best serve clients. You will see from this year's volunteer application that while we maintain our commitment to the traditional matters of the mandatory bar, we are also looking carefully to match your passion, talents and work style preferences... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2017 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan Animal Law Section will present the 2017 Wanda Nash Award to Christian Bucey, a graduating third year law student at Michigan State University College of Law, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 11, in the Castle Board Room at MSU College of Law in East Lansing. In his first year of law school, Bucey joined the MSU Student Animal Legal Defense Fund chapter. In his second year of law school he served on the Animal Law Moot Court team, served as a panelist for the SBM Animal Law Section special program, “20thAnniversary:... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2017 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan Animal Law Section will host a Meet & Greet brunch that will feature Delci Winders, an academic fellow with the Harvard Law School Animal Law & Policy Program and national expert on animal law, and will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 7, at Seva restaurant, located at 2541 Jackson Ave. in Ann Arbor. Those in attendance will have an opportunity to engage in an informal question-and-answer session with Ms. Winders while enjoying brunch. You must make a $5 donation to reserve your seat in advance by May 4. Those... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2017 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan Young Lawyers Section will present Katherine Marcuz with the Regeana Myrick Outstanding Young Lawyer Award on Saturday, April 29, at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville. Marcuz is an appellate attorney at the State Appellate Defender Office and principal attorney for the Appellate Investigation Project, an innovative collaboration between SADO and the Michigan Assigned Appellate Counsel System to provide MAACS roster attorneys with greater access to investigators and training on spotting and litigating extra-record issues in need of expert witnesses. Prior to beginning her work at SADO in 2012, Marcuz clerked for Hon. Catherine Easterly of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2017 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan Practice Management Resource Center has launched a new learning page: Learning EZ. Learning EZ features educational videos, webinars and other resources created by the State Bar's practice management advisors and experts who work for SBM partner companies. The PMRC will also be launching a new Learning EZ free webinar series in which legal industry expert guests present webinars on technology, social media, practice management tools, cyber security, opening a practice and more. To receive notifications on upcoming Learning EZ webinars and other practice management news, sign up here. Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2017 at SBM Blog
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The Michigan Supreme Court will hold a public administrative hearing starting at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 17 in the Supreme Court courtroom, located on the sixth floor of the Michigan Hall of Justice in Lansing. Members of the public will have an opportunity to speak for three minutes about items on the agenda, which include many proposed amendments to Michigan Court Rules and and the Michigan Rules of Evidence. To speak at the public hearing you must reserve space on the agenda. To do so, you must notify the Office of Administrative Counsel by email at ADMcomment@courts.mi.gov or via... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2017 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, May 2, 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 Apr 17, 2017 at SBM Blog
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Kalamazoo Central High School claimed victory over Ann Arbor Community High School at the state championship of the Michigan High School Mock Trial Tournament on March 25 at the Veterans Memorial Courthouse in Lansing. They will advance to the national championship May 11-14 in Hartford, Connecticut. 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 the the state championship, where they were evaluated by presiding judge Hon. Carl Marlinga and scoring judges Donald Fulkerson and Lawrence Nolan. Anchor Bay High School,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2017 at SBM Blog
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Lakeshore Legal Aid and the City of Detroit Clean Slate Project will host an expungement fair to help low-income people expunge their non-violent criminal records in order to get jobs. The fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 6 at Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, located at 2080 W. Grand Blvd. in Detroit. If you're an attorney in the metropolitan Detroit area, they need your help. They're expecting about 1,500 people to attend the fair and they will all need help learning if they are legally eligible for expungements. If they are eligible, they'll then... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2017 at SBM Blog
The International Society of Barristers has created an annual lectureship to honor John W. Reed, Thomas M. Cooley Professor of Law Emeritus at the University of Michigan Law School and retired Wayne State University Law School dean. On March 24, Michigan State Supreme Court Justice Bridget McCormack delivered the inaugural John Reed Lecture at the 2017 meeting of the International Society of Barristers. Titled "The Forensic Science Frontier: It's up to the Lawyers," the lecture drew on Justice McCormack's extensive involvement with studies of the validity of forensic evidence. Professor Reed became an academic fellow of the Society in 1978... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at SBM Blog
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We at the State Bar of Michigan want to help low income people get answers to their pressing legal questions. In order to accomplish that goal, we're launching mi.freelegalanswers.org, a pro bono website that is beginning in Genesee County that we hope will expand across the state, and will make it very easy for attorneys to provide quick, correct answers to the important and urgent questions of low income people. We're working on this project in collaboration with Legal Services of Eastern Michigan, the Genesee County Bar Association and the American Bar Association. In order to get this project up... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2017 at SBM Blog
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The American Bar Association Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel will host a live-streaming educational program called "CLE Opportunity for Attorneys: Military Legal Assistance Issues," from 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. March 31. The program will feature six educational sessions addressing these topics: "Military Pension Division," "Military Child Custody and Support," "SCRA Issues and Consumer Law Hot Topics," "Veterans Law Issues," "Resource Roundtable," "A Look to the Future: The View from the Hill." The live-stream is free to attend, but registration is required. Find more information, view the live-stream and download materials at http://ambar.org/lampcle. Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2017 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan mourns the loss of its 36th president, Charles W. Joiner, who died March 10 at the age of 101. A 1939 graduate of the University of Iowa Law School, Joiner was elected president of the State Bar of Michigan from 1970-1971. He had a long and distinguished legal career in the Ann Arbor area, after first serving as an aviation cadet, flight instructor, pilot and crew commander of a B-29 bomber squadron in the Pacific during World War II, and then served as an attorney with the firm Miller, Huebner, and Miller in Des Moines.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2017 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan Young Lawyers Section will host its 10th Annual Summit April 28–29 at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville. The Summit will feature a special keynote address by new Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Stephen Markman, and two educational programming tracks. The Professional and Business Development Track will include the following educational seminars: “Beyond LinkedIn: How to Build a Powerful Professional Network on Social Media,” “Rainmaking: Much More than Simply Making Money,” “Cut the Fat: Use Lean to Improve Efficiency, Reduce Cost & Return Respect for People to Your Legal Practice,” “The Professional Professional: Cultivating an Image... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at SBM Blog