Bench Bar Conference to be presented online

The Oakland County Bar Association will present “District Court Bench Bar Conference—2020: What’s Next?” as an online program on Friday, October 9, from 8 a.m. to noon. The event will be hosted by Motown Digital.
While the program will be virtual, “our goal is the same - to provide local attorneys and judges the opportunity to interact outside the courtroom in an informal, solution-oriented environment,” said a spokesperson for the OCBA.

“Gain valuable insights to enhance your legal practice and join us as we build congeniality between the bench and the bar. We have a distinguished group of speakers joining us this year.”

The conference features sessions with different presentations. When registering, attendees will need to choose a presentation for each session. The sessions include:

• Session A
Civil—“Post-post Covenant: Where are we now?” with Matthew Payne, Sigal Law Firm.
Criminal—“Assisting DWLS Defendants in Restoring Driving Privileges*” with Oakland County 44th District Court Judge Derek Meinecke, Oakland County 47th District Court Judge Marla Parker, and Robert J. Morad, Law Offices of Robert J. Morad PLLC.

• Session B

Civil—“How to Appeal-Proof Your Case” with Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Elizabeth L. Gleicher.
Criminal—“Avoiding Ethical Pitfalls in Criminal Defense Practice*” with Kenneth M. Mogill, Mogill, Posner, & Cohen.

• Plenary Session

“A View From the Bench*” with Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Bridget M. McCormack.
(*Each of these sessions is worth one credit hour for attorneys taking criminal appointments in Oakland County.)

Cost for OCBA members is $45. OCBA new lawyers, paralegals, students, and judicial law clerks pay $25. A link will be sent to attendees before the conference with instructions on how to participate in this year’s event.

To register for the conference, visit and click on “events.” Anyone with questions can contact Merri Lee Jones at 248-334-3400.


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