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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
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The second annual Face of Justice program introduced Lansing high school students to potential careers in the legal system on October 30 at the Hall of Justice in Lansing. Michigan Supreme Court Justice Bridget Mary McCormack, State Bar of Michigan Commissioner and Ingham County Court Commissioner Shauna Dunnings, 29th Circuit Court Judge Michelle Rick, Michigan State Housing Development Authority staff attorney Kara Hart-Negrich, and SBM Director of Diversity and Inclusion Gregory Conyers kicked off the event with welcoming remarks. A panel, including Judge Michelle Rick, Wayne County Sheriff’s Office General Counsel Kristina Robinson, Mt. Zion Church Associate Minister and law... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2017 at SBM Blog
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The Detroit Bar Association Foundation will present the Dennis W. Archer Public Service Award to Detroit Mayor Michael Duggan at a gala at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16 at the Detroit Yacht Club. The DBAF is honoring Mayor Duggan for his work in the Wayne County law department, as Deputy Wayne County Executive, Wayne County Prosecutor, CEO of Detroit Medical Center and mayor of Detroit. The gala serves as a fundraiser for the Detroit Bar Association Foundation, including its access to justice programs, Detroit Schools partnership programs, community education and outreach. Tickets are $150. For more information, contact Courtney... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2017 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan Master Lawyers Section will host a seminar, "Managing Your Retirement Savings Through Life Stages" from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at the State Bar of Michigan Michael Franck Building, located at 306 Townsend Street in Lansing. Chris Siwik, of American Bar Assoiation Retirement Funds will discuss how retirement is a journey that must adapt to the changing needs of each law professional through each of life's stages. Transitioning through life stages can be challenging to manage, but can also bring great opportunities for growth. The seminar is free to attend for all... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2017 at SBM Blog
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The Woman Lawyers Association of Michigan will honor State Bar of Michigan Executive Director Janet K. Welch with the Carolyn A. Stell Award at the 25th Annual Stell Reception, from 6-8 p.m. on Nov. 8 at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing. Janet Welch is the executive director of the State Bar of Michigan. In this role, she oversees the day-to-day operations of the State Bar, implements policies set by the Board of Commissioners and the Representative Assembly, and directs the efforts of State Bar staff. Ms. Welch, who joined the Bar in December 2000 as general counsel, is the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2017 at SBM Blog
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The Michigan Muslim Bar Association will host its 6th annual scholarship dinner 6 p.m. Oct. 25 at Byblos Banquet Hall, located at 7258 Chase Road in Dearborn. The event costs $30 for students, $50 for individuals and $500 for a table of 10. RSVPs are required by Oct. 17. For more information or to register, email mimuslimbar@gmail.com or call 313-570-4390. Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2017 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan is proud to partner with the Oakland County Bar Association and many other bar associations and law firms to present "Taste of Diversity" from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Oct. 19 at The Bird & The Bread in Birmingham. It costs $30 to attend. Register online. Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2017 at SBM Blog
On September 20, the State Bar of Michigan sent e-mail notifications to members that the 2017-2018 State Bar of Michigan annual disclosure statement and dues notice was available online. Members of the State Bar need to complete annual disclosure statements and pay dues prior to November 30, or be subject to a late fee. To complete the annual disclosures and pay dues online with a debit or credit card, or to print the dues statement to pay by check, members should go to e.michbar.org and log in using their previously assigned logins and passwords. Dues paid online will be updated... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2017 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan Economics of Law Practice Survey only happens once every three years, but the survey results get used daily throughout the state in courtrooms, law firms, and by lawyers in all occupational areas. Private practitioners can take the survey at surveymonkey.com/r/17private, and non-private practitioners can take the survey at surveymonkey.com/r/17nonprivate. This year’s survey should take no more than five minutes to complete. In the 2008 Michigan Supreme Court decision Smith v. Khouri, the court referenced the SBM Economics of Law Practice Survey as the primary resource for trial courts in determining attorney fees. It provides the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at SBM Blog
Posted Sep 26, 2017 at SBM Blog
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It's not too late to register for the NEXT Conference, the largest legal conference in the state. Among this year's highlights: Dan Abrams, chief legal analyst for ABC News and founder and CEO of Abrams Media, will deliver the keynote presentation about "High Profile Trials and Clashes Between Lawyers and the Media" at 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 28. There is no charge to attend this opening keynote. 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 at 6:30... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2017 at SBM Blog
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Date: Wednesday–Friday, September 27–29 Location: Cobo Center, Detroit What do you have to do at SBM NEXT Conference to be eligible to win a ton of prizes, including a flat screen TV sponsored by the Paul Goebel Group, a Visa gift card, State Bar of Michigan merchandise and more? Complete four easy steps: 1.Pick up a passport to prizes from the registration desk Thursday morning 2.Collect stamps from exhibitors at their booths throughout the day 3.Turn your completed passport in at the registration desk by 4:15 p.m. Thursday 4.Hang out, enjoy free food and drinks at the All Member Reception... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2017 at SBM Blog
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We know you're an Instagram whiz, but in order to compete successfully in the legal marketplace, you've got to figure out how to harness technology to make your work more efficient and effective. Lucky for you, we're offering a brand new technology educational track at SBM NEXT Conference that will help you improve your productivity by utilizing Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant; gain proficiency with PDFs; master Microsoft Word; and get a rapid-fire 60 tech tips in 60 minutes, as well as become effective at paperless trial preparation, prepare a trial presentation on your iPad, and make your case to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2017 at SBM Blog
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If you want to pick up some new skills at SBM NEXT Conference without having to sit through a structured seminar, we're offering just want you want in our all-new Learning Lounge, where you can join in a hands-on learning lab experience with a skilled expert in an informal setting. The Learning Lounge, which will feature comfy couches and charging stations, will be in operation from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to noon on Friday in Room 250-A at Cobo Center. Experts will walk you through these topics: "Speech Recognition—Using Dragon NaturallySpeaking in a Legal Practice,"... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2017 at SBM Blog
Starting this year, the State Bar of Michigan will e-mail dues notices containing a link to annual dues invoices and disclosure forms to members. Making this change is not only more efficient and convenient for members, but it also allows the State Bar to devote bar dues to valuable member programs and services rather than paper and postage. On September 20, members will receive an e-mail from the State Bar of Michigan inviting them to log into the member area and complete their annual disclosures online and pay their dues with a credit or debit card. If they prefer not... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at SBM Blog
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When It Rains, Help Pours In. Use your legal skills to help flood victims in Michigan and Texas. In Michigan: Midland, Isabella, Bay, and Gladwin Counties, Michigan Flood Disaster Relief Legal Services Low income flood victims are in need of legal services for: Counseling on landlord-tenant problems Replacement of wills and other important legal documents destroyed in the disaster Assistance in consumer protection matters, remedies, and procedures Counseling on mortgage-foreclosure problems Assistance with securing FEMA and other government benefits Assistance with life, medical, and property insurance claims Help with home repair contracts and contractors Volunteer Now Submit your completed Volunteer... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2017 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan Alternative Dispute Section will host a teleseminar about mediating attorney fee disputes from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 12. Registration is required by Sept. 8, and dial-in instructions will be provided on participants’ registration confirmations. The teleseminar will be moderated by Grand Rapids attorney and mediator, Robert E. L. Wright. Byron P. “Pat” Gallagher Jr., who serves as a mediator of attorney fee, business, real estate and probate disputes at his East Lansing firm, The Gallagher Law Firm, will discuss the challenges attorney fee disputes can present to mediators. Attorney fee disputes are... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2017 at SBM Blog
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A toll-free legal aid hotline is now available to victims of Michigan’s recently declared flood disaster in Midland, Isabella, Bay and Gladwin Counties. The service, which allows callers to request the assistance of a lawyer to aid in flood-related matters, is a partnership between the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, the State Bar of Michigan, the State Bar of Michigan Young Lawyers Section, Lakeshore Legal Aid and Legal Services of Eastern Michigan. Flood victims facing legal issues who are unable to afford a lawyer may call 1-800-418-8315 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2017 at SBM Blog
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Governor Rick Snyder seeks a candidate to fill an opening on the 36th District Court in Detroit vacated by Hon. Prentis Edwards Jr. If you are a State Bar of Michigan member who resides in this judicial district and meets the qualifications for the position, access the application on the governor's website and submit it to the governor's office no later than Aug. 25. Contact Samantha West, executive administrator of the Legal Division of the governor's office, with any further questions at 517-241-5991. Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2017 at SBM Blog
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The American Bar Association has joined the State Bar of Michigan, CloudLaw, Inc. and several other state bar associations to create a national online legal network that consumers can trust to find lawyers. By joining together for the first time in this type of effort, the ABA and other state bars will leverage their combined expertise to create a dynamic, comprehensive, national online network. The network will offer easy-to-use lawyer search, topical legal information and quick connections between legal professionals. The lawyer search platform hosts some 90,000+ lawyer profiles and receives half a million quarterly visits. Combined with the ABA... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2017 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan Young Lawyers Section will host the National Trial Advocacy Competition Oct. 20-22 at the Oakland County Circuit Court, located at 1200 Telegraph Road in Pontiac. The competition is designed for teams of four participants, made up of two advocates and two witnesses. Participants will have an opportunity to perfect their courtroom advocacy skills in the presence of judges and practitioners. This year the preliminary rounds will be held from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20 (one round), and from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21 (2 rounds). The semi-final and final rounds... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at SBM Blog
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Hear from some of Michigan's top jurists on the "must-know" federal and state court rules, as well as best practices for preserving your record at trial. Join us at SBM NEXT Conference on September 27-29 in Detroit. U.S. District Judge David M. Lawson, of the Eastern District of Michigan, will help you avoid pitfalls and brush up on the procedures for removal and remand, as well as teach you how to keep your civil case on track and sharpen your knowledge of the essential rules for discovery, motion practice, and key local rules. Michigan Supreme Court Justice Kurtis T. Wilder,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2017 at SBM Blog