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Date: Friday, May 31, 2019 Time: 8:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Location: The Henry, Autograph Collection, Fairlane Plaza, 300 Town Ctr Dr, Dearborn Register online or by mail form Cost: On or before May 17: Section members and students, $50; Non-Section members, $95; After May 17: Section members and students, $75; Non-Section members, $130 Agenda 8:00 a.m. | Check-in and Continental Breakfast 8:15 a.m. | The Exoneration of an Innocent Man 9:20 a.m. | Client Says They Want to Appeal: Now What? 10:25 a.m. | Stay Out of Hot Water: Ethics Rules You Need to Know 11:30 a.m. | Lunch & Evidence... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at SBM Blog
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Date: July 11–14, 2019 Location: Crystal Mountain Resort, 12500 Crystal Mountain Dr, Thompsonville Cost: Section Members $175; Non-Section Members $225; Law Students/Legal Assistants $175; and Judges FREE Register: online or by mail form Registration deadline is July 3 Can't make it to the conference, but want the materials? You can purchase the print materials for $79.50. Purchase them online or by mail form. The seminar will feature presentations by top-notch family law practitioners providing state-of-the-law education and tips on family law issues. In addition, the conference provides valuable opportunities to network with your colleagues. The conference fee of $175 includes... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at SBM Blog
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Bar passers: Ready to become a licensed Michigan attorney? Here's what you need to know about being admitted to the bar, joining the State Bar of Michigan, and finding information about local bar admission ceremonies that have been scheduled. https://www.michbar.org/News/NewsDetail/nid/5632 Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2019 at SBM Blog
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Dates: June 13–14, 2019 Location: Hotel Indigo, 263 W Grandview Pkwy, Traverse City Register: online or by mail form Registration deadline is June 8, 2019 Costs: Section members—attending Friday Annual Meeting (9:00 a.m.–noon)—FREE; Section member or attorneys—$50 (Includes both meetings, cocktail networking reception [2 drink tickets], Hall of Fame Ceremony and dinner, and Friday breakfast buffet); guest of attorney registration for Hall of Fame Ceremony—$40 (Includes cocktail networking reception [2 drink tickets], Hall of Fame Ceremony and dinner, and Friday breakfast buffet); and children under 16 years of age attending Hall of Fame Ceremony—$10 Program Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2019 at SBM Blog
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Date: May 17-18, 2019 Location: MotorCity Casino & Hotel, 2901 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48201 Cost: $45; Register by May 14, 2019 Register online The 12th Annual Young Lawyers Section Summit is a gathering of the state's young attorneys in celebration of camaraderie and education. The event will include a host of practical skills sessions, basic law overviews, and plenty of networking. The Summit is also when the section presents its Outstanding Young Lawyer Award. Accommodations: A block of rooms have been reserved at the MotorCity Casino & Hotel. Contact the hotel at (866) 782-9622 or online and use... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2019 at SBM Blog
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The following individuals will receive 2019 State Bar of Michigan awards at a luncheon on September 26, 2019, at the Inauguration & Awards Luncheon in Novi. 2019 State Bar of Michigan Award Recipients Roberts P. Hudson Award: Lawrence P. Nolan Frank J. Kelley Distinguished Public Service Award: Michael J. Talbot Champion of Justice Award: Julie A. Gafkay, Robert F. Gillett, and Marla R. McCowan John W. Reed Michigan Lawyer Legacy Award: Prof. Lawrence C. Mann and Prof. Suellyn Scarnecchia John W. Cummiskey Pro Bono Award: Kimberly L. Scott Kimberly M. Cahill Bar Leadership Award: Michael J. Sullivan The following individuals... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2019 at SBM Blog
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Note: Complete the application before May 31 in any web browser except Internet Explorer. The application is not fully functional in Internet Explorer. You are invited to apply to serve in one of the many volunteer opportunities offered by the State Bar of Michigan. We offer short-term, fast-moving opportunities to serve on innovative work groups and longer-term, more in-depth opportunities to serve on traditional standing committees. The streamlined volunteer application process will help you quickly identify the right opportunity to help us continue to advance our core mission of promoting the professionalism of lawyers; advocating for an open, fair, and... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2019 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan Real Property Law Section (RPLS) will host its 2019 Summer Conference, "Great Lakes, Great Times: Michigan Real Estate from the Mountaintop,” from July 10-13, 2019 at Boyne Mountain, Boyne Falls, MI. The conference begins Thursday with an expert panel discussion of public-private partnerships (sometimes referred to as “P3”). Thursday’s and Friday’s workshops will address marijuana and real estate, short-term rentals, online auctions, shopping center debt considerations, workouts and foreclosures, and technology. There will also be an update on recent Michigan legislation and court opinions, as well as 12 interactive roundtable discussions on a variety of... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2019 at SBM Blog
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Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019 Time: 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Location: Michigan State University Law School, 648 N Shaw Ln, East Lansing Cost (includes lunch): Section Members, $25; Students, $10; All Other Registrants, $30 Formerly incarcerated individuals and individuals with hardships please contact Marilena David-Martin for a password. Register: online or by mail form Registration deadline May 29, 2019 Hear from doctors, social workers, corrections administration, and formerly incarcerated individuals about how trauma impacts people affected by the criminal justice system and what is being done about it. Approved by MIDC for up to 6.5 CLE hours. Agenda 8:30 a.m. Registration... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2019 at SBM Blog
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Dates: May 10–11, 2019 Location: The Henry Center at Michigan State University, 3535 Forest Rd, Lansing Cost: Section and/or MIAOWIA Members: $300; Non-members: $375 Register with Eventbrite Join the Marijuana Law Section and the Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys to learn the best practice methods of handling cases involving cannabis and vehicles. Speakers will include a variety of experts from a prosecutor to defense attorneys. A tentative schedule is below. Your ticket price includes lunch each day, as well as ongoing beverage and snack service. Attendees will receive presentations and written materials on the following topics: John Reiser—THC & DRE... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2019 at SBM Blog
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Dates: June 16–18, 2019 Location: Boyne Mountain Resort, 1 Boyne Mountain Rd, Boyne Falls Cost: Section Members & Guests—$100 each; Non-Section Members & Guests—$150 each; and Law Students & Guests—$100 each Register: online or mail form Registration deadline is June 12, 2019 The summer seminar features several speakers who have been featured at national NOSSCR conventions, including the leading expert on questioning vocational experts in the country. Practitioners at all levels will improve their skills if they attend. The registration fee includes real meal choice for breakfast and lunch on Monday and Tuesday, and don’t miss the kickoff party on... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2019 at SBM Blog
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Court: 71B District Court, Tuscola County Vacating Judge: Hon. Kim D. Glaspie Application Deadline: Applications must be submitted electronically and received by 5:00 p.m. on May 15, 2019 Court: 3rd Judicial Circuit Court, Wayne County Vacating Judge: Hon. Daniel A. Hathaway Application Deadline: Applications must be submitted electronically and received by 5:00 p.m. on May 15, 2019 To be considered for these positions, you must be a State Bar of Michigan member who meets the legal qualifications for this office. Please be aware that to be appointed you must reside within the judicial district. To apply for the position, please... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2019 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar Election Notice for the 2019 elections, including nominating petitions, can be found in the March Michigan Bar Journal, beginning on page 54. Petitions found in the Bar Journal may be used to submit your name for one of the leadership roles at the State Bar of Michigan or Judicial Tenure Commission. Nominating petitions must be submitted no later than April 30, 2019. Michigan lawyers are advised that the following elections will be held in June 2019: A statewide election for a non-judicial member of the Judicial Tenure Commission Elections for the members of the Representative Assembly in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2019 at SBM Blog
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Date: June 14-16, 2019 Time: 6:00–9:00 p.m. Location: Grand Hotel, 286 Grand Ave, Mackinac Island Cost: Seminar—Litigation Section Members $175; Seminar—Other Registrants $200; UMLI/BLF Grand Reception Networking Event—Adults $40, Children 12 and under $18 (Tickets to the UMLI/BLF Grand Reception networking event will be distributed onsite.) Register Online Join the Litigation Section for its 2019 Summer Conference at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. The Litigation Section is pleased to welcome Lisa Marcy and Tina Weber as they present their popular seminar, Pushing Buttons: Using the Bad Character of Others to Your Advantage. Learn how to: effectively identify narcissists; depose,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2019 at SBM Blog
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Date: Monday, May 6, 2019 Time: 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Location: State Bar of Michigan, 306 Townsend St, Lansing Representatives from the MSU Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic, Lansing area VITA, State Bar of Michigan Taxation Section Pro Bono Panel, the Internal Revenue Service, IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service, and the State of Michigan Taxpayer Advocate, are coming together in one place to make a difference for Michigan taxpayers. We will be at the State Bar building in Lansing on May 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to handle taxpayer problems on the spot. This is open to all taxpayers (regardless of income).... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2019 at SBM Blog
The 2019 essential Resource Directory is now available. The directory includes: Comprehensive contact information for courts (information not readily available in one place) Michigan state government contact information Local government contact information Lawyer associations contact information Classified legal services advertising marketplace If you opted to receive the printed Michigan Bar Journal April issue, you will receive a portable print version by mail. A digital version of the Resource Directory is also available online. You can order extra print copies of the 2019 Resource Directory here. Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2019 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar of Michigan Modest Means program faces a critical shortage of attorney panel members for family law referrals, particularly in divorce and child custody matters. Since the inception of the program one year ago, more than 600 modest means applications have been received and approved. The program, which operates through the SBM Lawyer Referral Service, 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 250% of the federal poverty level are eligible... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2019 at SBM Blog
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The State Bar Election Notice for the 2019 elections, including nominating petitions, can be found in the March Michigan Bar Journal, beginning on page 54. Petitions found in the Bar Journal may be used to submit your name for one of the leadership roles at the State Bar of Michigan or Judicial Tenure Commission. Nominating petitions must be submitted no later than April 30, 2019. Michigan lawyers are advised that the following elections will be held in June 2019: A statewide election for a non-judicial member of the Judicial Tenure Commission Elections for the members of the Representative Assembly in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2019 at SBM Blog
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Date: Tuesday, May 7, 2019 Time: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Cost: $100 (attorneys licensed to practice less than five years, including law students and unlicensed graduates); $125 (attorneys licensed to practice five years or more) Location: State Bar of Michigan, Lansing Register online or by mail/fax form before May 3 View the Agenda Date: Thursday, November 7, 2019 Time: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Cost: $100 (attorneys licensed to practice less than five years, including law students and unlicensed graduates); $125 (attorneys licensed to practice five years or more) Location: State Bar of Michigan, Lansing Register online or by mail/fax form before November... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2019 at SBM Blog
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When: May 17, 2019 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM (ET) This excellent child welfare event will present speakers on topics such as: training past trauma; the intersection of juvenile law and men’s rights; evidentiary and infant mental health issues; assessing credibility/reliability of children’s tender years statements; and case law updates. Register online or by mail/fax Agenda 8:30 a.m. Check in and Continental Breakfast 9:00 a.m. Training Past Trauma Presenter: Shenandoah Chefalo Author and Advocate at Center for Trauma Resilient Communities 10:30 a.m. Break 10:45 a.m. Men’s Issues In Juvenile Law (Sanders Redux) Presenter: Tobin Miller, Office of the Children’s... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2019 at SBM Blog
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Date: Thursday, April 25, 2019 Time: Noon–1:30 p.m. Location: WMU Cooley Law School, 2630 Featherstone Rd, Room 145, Auburn Hills Cost: FREE to Solo and Small Firm Section members and current WMU Cooley students; $35 to non-members payable by check made out to the State Bar of Michigan to be collected at the program Optional Pre-Registration: RSVP to edmund@aronowitzlawfirm.com to let us know if you will be attending. Please indicate whether you are a current Solo & Small Firm Section member. Please join us for a panel discussion on professional liability insurance and risk management best practices for solo and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2019 at SBM Blog
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Date: Thursday, June 13, 2019 Location: Grand Hotel, 286 Grand Ave, Mackinac Island Time: 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Cost: Section members $59; Other registrants $79; Registered for UMLI $59 Join the Marijuana Law Section for a one-day seminar covering must-know topics for the criminal law attorney in the era of recreational marijuana. Attendees will gain a basic understanding of the MRTMA and how it impacts Michigan criminal law, including OWI, and will be eligible for five Michigan Indigent Defense Commission CLE credits. Register Online Hotel Accommodations: Book your room by May 14, 2019. Event flier #ConferenceorSeminar Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2019 at SBM Blog
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The latest episode of the State Bar of Michigan’s On Balance podcast focuses on how legal education has evolved and the unique challenges today’s law students face. In this episode, hosts JoAnn Hathaway and Tish Vincent talk to Victoria Vuletich about what the law school experience is like for the current generation of students. They discuss a broad scope of current law school issues including restructuring trends in the legal profession, technology advancements, shifting student learning styles, and increased support of student mental health. On Balance, on the Legal Talk Network, delivers useful and entertaining ideas on managing life as... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2019 at SBM Blog
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You won't want to miss the opportunity to get the latest developments in case law, invaluable technology, and practice management tips at the Upper Michigan Legal institute, taking place this year during the Lilac Festival on June 14 and 15 at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. Sessions this year will provide updates on criminal, marijuana, real property, business, tax and family law; the art and science of persuasion; evidence double jeopardy and key evidentiary rules; durable power of attorney and estate planning; and zoning and land use. Register now. Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2019 at SBM Blog
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The latest episode of the State Bar of Michigan’s On Balance podcast features Harry Nelson, who discuss potential solutions to the opioid crisis. Hosts JoAnn Hathaway and Tish Vincent talk to him about the opioid crisis and his book, “The United States of Opioids: A Prescription For Liberating A Nation In Pain.” They discuss the needs for reform in healthcare laws and greater access to treatment for opioid addictions. Harry Nelson is founder and managing partner of Nelson Hardiman. On Balance, on the Legal Talk Network, delivers useful and entertaining ideas on managing life as a lawyer. To subscribe to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2019 at SBM Blog