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Do you know lawyers or judges who are champions of justice? Then consider nominating them for State Bar of Michigan Champion of Justice Awards. The Champion of Justice Award is given to practicing lawyers and judges each year by the State Bar of Michigan for integrity and adherence to the highest principles and traditions of the legal profession, superior professional competence and an extraordinary professional accomplishment that benefits the nation, the state, or the local community in which the lawyer or judge lives. In 2018, the State Bar of Michigan named two champions of justice: Miriam Aukerman and Robert Heimbuch.... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan Government Law Section will host a winter seminar, “From Marihuana to Microbreweries,” from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 8 at Henry Hotel, located at 300 Town Center Drive in Dearborn. Morning sessions begin at 9 a.m. and will cover the following topics: “White Paper Regarding the Marihuana Ballot Proposition,” “Public Employees & Recreational Marihuana,” “Recreational Marihuana & Public Places” and “Prosecuting Cannabis Driving Cases.” Lunch will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Afternoon sessions, beginning at 1 p.m., will cover the following topics, “Liquor Laws Update,” “Municipal ROW Preemption, The FCC ROW... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at SBM Blog
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The latest episode of the State Bar of Michigan’s On Balance podcast features Terry Harrell, executive director of the Indiana Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program. In this episode of On Balance, hosts JoAnn Hathaway and Tish Vincent talk to Terry Harrell about her work with the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being and what many see as a need for complete cultural shift. They also discuss the task force’s “Well-Being Report,” a resource for encouraging wellness that lawyers and legal employers can use in their firms. On Balance, on the Legal Talk Network, delivers useful and entertaining ideas on managing... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2019 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan is proud to launch a new initiative to recognize Michigan attorneys for pro bono service. The A Lawyer Helps Pro Bono Honor Roll will recognize Michigan attorneys who provide 30 or more hours of pro bono legal services in a calendar year. Individual attorneys, law firms, and corporations will be recognized at one of three recognition levels for providing 30, 50, or 100 or more hours of pro bono service in the previous calendar year. The State Bar of Michigan will publicize attorneys on the A Lawyer Helps Pro Bono Honor Roll through postings on... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2018 at SBM Blog
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The Access to Justice Campaign is proud to launch a new initiative to recognize Michigan attorneys who invest in access to justice through financial donations to the ATJ Fund. Beginning in 2019, the Access to Justice Campaign will publish three new annual statewide lists to recognize donors to the ATJ Fund, which supports civil legal aid services to low-income individuals and plays an essential role in increasing access to justice. The Access to Justice Campaign will recognize law firms and corporate legal departments on a tiered basis, starting at $1,000. Individuals and solo practitioners will also be recognized on a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2018 at SBM Blog
Are you as proud of your bar association's work as Kristen Pursley and Donna MacKenzie are about what they have accomplished with the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan? Then consider nominating your association or a volunteer of your association for a State Bar of Michigan Kimberly M. Cahill Bar Leadership Award. The Kimberly M. Cahill Bar Leadership Award was established in memory of the 2006-2007 SBM president, who died in January of 2008. This award is presented to a recognized local or affinity bar association, program or leader for excellence in promoting the ideal of professionalism or equal justice for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 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 a 2019 awards celebration. 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 and respect to the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2018 at SBM Blog
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Governor Rick Snyder is seeking applicants who are interested in being appointed to the 53rd District Court bench in Livingston County. The seat is that of vacating judge, Hon. L. Suzanne Geddis. Your application must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 28. If you are a State Bar member who meets the legal qualifications for this office and are interested in applying, please refer to Governor Snyder's website for further information and the judicial application. Please be aware that in order to be appointed you must reside within the judicial district. Along with the application, please submit a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2018 at SBM Blog
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If you haven't already, check out this episode of the State Bar of Michigan’s On Balance podcast, which features Jack Newton, founder and CEO of Clio, one of the pioneers of cloud-based practice management. In this episode of On Balance, guest hosts Laurence Colletti, Robert Mathis, and Samantha Meinke talk to Jack Newton about the 2018 Legal Trends Report and what it reflects about the legal industry. They discuss the data that’s included in the report and how attorneys can use this information to improve the business side of their practice. On Balance, on the Legal Talk Network, delivers useful... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2018 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan will dedicate our 41st Michigan Legal Milestone, commemorating the fact that Michigan's government was the first in the English-speaking world to outlaw capital punishment for murder and lesser crimes from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, November 6 at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center in Detroit. The event will start with a reception with hors d'oeuvres from 4-5 p.m., followed by a program featuring a panel of speakers. Speakers include: Jennifer M. Grieco, President of the State Bar of Michigan Janet K. Welch Executive Director of the State Bar of Michigan Brian C. Summerfield Partner at... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2018 at SBM Blog
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To complete your annual disclosures and pay your 2018-2019 dues online with a debit, credit card or e-check, go to e.michbar.org and log in using your member login and password. More information. Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2018 at SBM Blog
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In an effort to help the implementation of new limited scope practice rules, State Bar volunteers and staff have launched an online peer discussion and support group to encourage conversation among limited scope practitioners, judges, those who want to learn more about limited scope practice, or those who are thinking about trying it out. The discussion group is designed to encourage users to conduct open and respectful conversations, share experiences, ask questions, identify best and creative practices, collaborate with a community of like-minded professionals, and otherwise help in the successful implementation of the new rules in Michigan. Sign up for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2018 at SBM Blog
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The SBM member area website has recently been updated to conform to new and improved security standards. The upgrade requires all passwords to meet minimum requirements that will help to protect your information. Your password must now contain at least seven characters with at least one number and at least one letter. If your password does not meet these requirements, go to the forgot username/password page to reset your password. If you need further assistance, please contact our member services team at (888) 726-3678 Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. EST, or email sbmaddressfix@michbar.org. It is especially important that if... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2018 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan is offering an app to help you create the perfect, personalized SBM NEXT Conference experience for you. The new app will allow you to create a custom schedule and set reminders for events and educational sessions, and also receive alerts about last-minute event changes. New features also allow you to take photos and notes during events and save them right inside the event in the app, automatically organizing them for you and making them easy to find in the future. A new, interactive map feature in the app will allow you to navigate from your... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2018 at SBM Blog
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Nicole Black, Legal Technology Evangelist for MyCase, will provide a plenary session for the educational tracks at State Bar of Michigan NEXT Conference at 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28. Black is an author, journalist and legal technology evangelist at MyCase. She is the nationally recognized author of “Cloud Computing for Lawyers,” and co-authored “Social Media for Lawyers: the Next Frontier,” both published by the American Bar Association. She also co-authored “Criminal Law in New York,” a Thomson Reuters treatise. She writes regular columns for The Daily Record, Above the Law and Legal IT Pros; has authored hundreds of articles for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2018 at SBM Blog
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Get the top tips for presenting your summary disposition motion, learn to effectively write your appellate brief and make your argument and see the view from the criminal bench directly from some of Michigan’s top jurists. Genesee County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Farah, Kent County Circuit Court Judge Christopher Yates, Ottawa County Circuit Court Judge Jon Hulsing and Muskegon County Circuit Court Judge Timothy Hicks will give you best practice advice for presenting summary disposition motions. John Bursch and Michigan Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Clement will provide smart drafting techniques and strategies for presenting your best arguments in appellate briefs.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2018 at SBM Blog
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Jack Newton, CEO and Founder of Clio, will kick off the State Bar of Michigan NEXT Conference with a keynote address at 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 27. Newton is a pioneer in cloud-based practice management with more than 150,000 legal professionals in 130 countries depending on Clio’s software every day. Newton has been recognized as EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year, and Clio has been named to Deloitte’s Best Managed Companies, the Deloitte Fast 50, Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures and more. Newton has spearheaded efforts to educate the legal community on issues surrounding cloud computing, including security, ethics and privacy,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2018 at SBM Blog
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SBM Board of Commissioners Five attorneys — Lisa J. Hamameh, Thomas H. Howlett, Joseph P. McGill, Dana M. Warnez and Erane C. Washington — won contested seats in this year’s Board of Commissioners elections. All will serve three-year terms expiring at the close of the 2021 NEXT Conference. Dana M. Warnez was elected to serve District D, representing Macomb and St. Clair Counties. She concentrates on probate and estate planning, drafting and administering trusts and real estate matters at Schoenherr, Cahill & Warnez in Center Line. Erane C. Washington was elected to serve District G, representing Jackson and Washtenaw Counties.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2018 at SBM Blog
The growth of online for-profit matching services raises questions about attorney ethics. A proposed advisory opinion by the State Bar of Michigan Professional Ethics Committee concludes that participation in a for-profit online matching service that matches prospective clients with lawyers for a fee is not ethically permissible if the attorney’s fee is paid to and controlled by a non-lawyer and the cost for the online matching service is based on a percentage of the attorney’s fee paid for the legal services provided by the lawyer. The proposed advisory opinion says that a Michigan lawyer participating in this business model: Violates... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2018 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan Next Conference will take place Sept. 26–28 at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids. Have fun, make connections, and recharge your law practice at the 2018 NEXT Conference. In just a day and a half, you’ll engage with experts whose sole goal is to help you save time, save money, and increase your bottom line. This year the popular Judicial Perspectives educational track will return, featuring Michigan Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Clement, Kent County Circuit Court Judge Christopher Yates, Ottawa County Circuit Court Judge Jon Hulsing, Muskegon County Circuit Court Judge Timothy Hicks, Genesee County Circuit... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2018 at SBM Blog
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June 19, 2018 • Michael Franck Building, Lansing This half-day ethics seminar features presentations on how to manage lawyer trust accounts, including how to effectively use forms, checklists, and other recordkeeping resources. The seminar, which is open to lawyers and their staff, is an excellent way to learn how to comply with Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct 1.15 and 1.15A. Participants will receive practical information as well as materials prepared by presenters: SBM Professional Standards Division Director Danon Goodrum-Garland, SBM Assistant General Counsel Nkrumah Johnson-Wynn, Professional Standards Assistant Division Director Alecia Ruswinckel, and Attorney Grievance Commission Senior Associate Counsel Rhonda... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2018 at SBM Blog
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The latest episode of the State Bar of Michigan’s On Balance podcast features Lea Ann Sterling, a Traverse City attorney who owns and manages Sterling Law Office in Empire and Gaylord and wrote award-winning pictorial guidebooks Historic Homes of Olde Town, Columbus, Ohio, and Historic Cottages of Mackinac Island. Hosts JoAnn Hathaway and Tish Vincent discuss with Sterling how she took her law practice from survival mode to a stage-one business. On Balance delivers useful and entertaining ideas on managing life as a lawyer. To subscribe in iTunes, follow two easy steps: 1. Using your mobile device, click on this... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2018 at SBM Blog
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In mid-September, we hope you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the changes we’re making to streamline the process you will use to complete your mandatory disclosures and pay your annual dues. This year, you will be able to complete your mandatory disclosures online and either pay your dues online or mail your check to our lockbox. As a reminder, you will be receiving notification by email in mid-September to complete your mandatory disclosures and pay your dues. Make sure you keep your email address up to date with us, so you will receive that email notification. If you change jobs, Supreme... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2018 at SBM Blog
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Electronic ballots for the 2018 State Bar of Michigan elections will be distributed via email on May 25. SBM members who do not have an email address on file will receive a paper ballot. Online voting will end at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, June 15, and paper ballots must be received postmarked no later than June 15. There are contested races for the Judicial Tenure Commission, the Board of Commissioners in Districts D, G, H, and I, and the Representative Assembly in Circuit 7. Unless your address on file is in one of the circuits or districts where there is... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2018 at SBM Blog
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SBM members can now save 15% on ABA books. The discount applies to all regularly priced book purchases at the ABA web store. Simply use the special discount code MICHBAR at checkout. To start saving 15% on your ABA book purchases visit www.ShopABA.org or call (800) 285-2221 and use the special discount code MICHBAR. Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2018 at SBM Blog