Daily Briefs (Jan 13)

Holiday Hours
The Wayne County Clerk’s Office will be closed on Monday, January 17 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

The Wayne County Probate Court will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 17, and will re-open on Tuesday, January 18 at 8 a.m.

The Third Circuit Court Civil, Criminal and Family Divisions will be closed Monday, January 17. The court will reopen on Tuesday, January 18.

Hearing in medical marijuana files case postponed by judge
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A judge in Grand Rapids has postponed a hearing to determine if the state of Michigan should cooperate with a federal subpoena seeking medical marijuana records.

The delay Wednesday was due to a last-minute request to intervene by a group called the Michigan Association of Compassion Clubs.

Federal drug investigators have served a subpoena on the state seeking information on certain people with medical marijuana or marijuana caregiver cards.

The Drug Enforcement Administration won’t talk about the Lansing-area probe but says it’s not cracking down on medical marijuana users. The agency says it pursues large-scale drug traffickers. The state says it will comply if there is a court order.

More than 45,000 people in Michigan are registered to use marijuana to ease the symptoms of cancer and other health problems.

State Bar to present semi-annual seminar ‘Tips and Tools’ Feb. 1
The State Bar of Michigan will present “Tips and Tools for a Successful Practice” from 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday, February 1, at the Bar’s Michael Franck Building in downtown Lansing.

The semi-annual seminar features presentations on how to maintain mutually beneficial client relationships, draft effective fee agreements, manage trust and business accounts, analyze ethical issues, and use innovative techniques and technology for law office management.

Participants will receive seminar materials prepared by the featured presenters. The seminar presents an excellent opportunity for solo practitioners and new lawyers to gain practical information on managing their law practices.

The registration fee is $100 for lawyers who have been in practice for less than five years, and $125 for those who have been practicing law for five years or more. The registration fee includes a continental breakfast and buffet lunch. Payment and the registration form, must be received by Tuesday, January 25. No “walk-in” registrations will be accepted. Participants can register online, fax the registration form to SBM at (517) 346-6365, or mail it with a check or credit card payment to:

Tips and Tools for a Successful Practice Seminar
State Bar of Michigan
ATTN: Finance Department
Michael Franck Building
306 Townsend Street
Lansing, MI 48933-2012

For more information on the seminar, contact Karen Spohn with the Professional Standards Division at (517) 346-6309 or by e-mail to kspohn@mail.michbar.org.

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