December 2019
  1. December 12 Calendar


    15 The D. Augustus Straker Bar Association will host a Bowling Fundraiser on Sunday, Dec. 15, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Plum Hollow Lanes, 21900 W. Nine Mile Rd. in Southfield.  The $20 fee includes pizza, drink, and shoe rental.  Net proceeds will provide Christmas meals and gifts to local families.  To register by Friday, Dec. 13, email

    19 The Wolverine Bar Association and the D. Augustus Straker Bar Association will host their Holiday Party on Thursday, Dec. 19, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Atheneum Hotel, French Quarter Room, 1000 Brush St. in Detroit. Proceeds from the event will benefit Pure Heart Foundation.  Cost is $25 for Wolverine and Straker members, $15 for law students, and $35 for non-members. To register, email


    7 The Civil Rights Law Section of the Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan Chapter, will present “Making a Federal (Civil Rights) Case Out of Evictions” from noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 7. The Lunch and Learn will take place at the Theodore Levin Courthouse, 231 W. Lafayette, Room 115, in Detroit. U.S. District Court Judge Judith E. Levy, Eastern District of Michigan, will moderate the program. Panelists will include Wayne County 36th Judicial District Court Chief Judge Nancy M. Blount; Elizabeth Benton, principal investigator, UM Poverty Solutions; Steve Tomkowiak, executive director, Fair Housing Center of Metro Detroit; and Heidi Naasko, pro bono and diversity counsel, Dykema LLC. Admission and lunch are free to FBA members and law students. Lunch is available for $10 for all others. Register in advance at or contact or 313-226-9149. Doors open for lunch at noon and the program begins at 12:15 p.m.

    The State Bar of Michigan’s Business Law Section will present “Symposium on Corporate Oppression Actions” on Wednesday, Jan. 15, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium, Wayne State University Law School, 471 West Palmer in Detroit.  Speaking at the event will be Mark C. Rossman, Rossman Saxe PC; Professor Douglas K. Moll, University of Texas School of Law; E. Powell Miller, The Miller Firm; Daniel Quick, Dickinson Wright; Bernard Fuhs, Butzel Long; and Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Lita M. Popke. Food and beverages will be served at 5:30 p.m. followed by the program from 6 to 8 p.m. The cost to attend is $25 (law students may attend at no cost). For additional information or to register, visit

    17 The Michigan Association for Justice will host a Workers’ Compensation/Social Security Seminar on Friday, Jan. 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Four Points by Sheraton, 27000 S. Karevich Dr. in Novi. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the seminar starts at 9 a.m.  Topics to be covered include: legislative developments, state of the Workers’ Compensation Law; traumatic brain injuries and neuropsychological evaluations; view from the Supreme Court with Michigan Supreme Court Justice Megan Cavanagh; national workers’ compensation issues; federal Social Security disability insurance appeals; state Social Security diåsability insurance of the law; and employment law issues. Rates to attend (if registered by Jan. 2) are $195 for MAJ members, $100 for MAJ student and paralegel members, $155 for MAJ members practicing 3 years or less, $100 for MAJ sustaining members, $375 for non-MAJ members (includes digital handbook). Registrations received after Jan. 2 will be charged an additional $50 (including sustaining members). To register, visit  On-site at-the-door registrations will be charged an additional $100 (including sustaining members).

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