State Bar event slated for November 18 in Novi

The State Bar of Michigan Appellate Practice Section will present “The Economics of Court-Appointed Appeals” from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18, at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

The seminar will start with opening remarks by Bradley Hall, administrator of the Michigan Appellate Assigned Counsel System.

Mike Naughton, regional consultant for the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission, will present “Practicing Smarter to Save Time and Money.”

Next, a panel, consisting of Bonnie Faraone, office manager at Michael A. Faraone PC; Mitch Foster, roster attorney at MAACS; and Brandon McNamee, child welfare appellate attorney, will discuss “Reasonable Attorney Fees from Unreasonable Fee Schedules.”

Michigan Supreme Court Justice Bridget Mary McCormack will round out the morning’s presentations with a talk about “Virtues of Pro Bono and Court-Appointed Appellate Advocacy.”

Lunch will be served, and a panel moderated by Liisa Speaker, of Speaker Law Firm, and consisting of Bradley Hall; Justice Bridget Mary McCormack; Vivek Sanakaran, clinical professor at University of Michigan Law School Child Welfare Appellate Clinic; and Noah Bradow, of the State Court Administrative Office Trial Court Services, will discuss policy, with a focus on the impetus for the MAACS, the lessons learned through its recent consolidation with SADO and potential reforms to child welfare appointed representation.

Registration costs $20 for section members and $30 for non-section members.

Scholarships are available for court-appointed attorneys, but to receive a scholarship you must submit your application by mail.

To view the agenda or make a reservation, visit
The registration deadline is Friday, Nov. 4.