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‘Virtual Trial Advocacy Seminar’ offered by MAJ via Zoom July 24

The Michigan Association for Justice (MAJ) will present its “Virtual Trial Advocacy Seminar” via Zoom on Friday July 24, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Moderated by Steven Gursten, of Michigan Auto Law, the online program will feature a line-up of experts from across the country.

Speakers and topics will include:

• Never Lose a Case on Proximate Cause Again—with Ed Capozzi, Brach Eichler LLC, Roseland, NJ

• Cross Examination of Defense Experts at Trial: How to Win Without “Killing the Witness”—with Ed Ciarimboli, Fellerman Ciarimboli Philadelphia, PA

• Incorporating Psychodrama into Your Trials—with Betsy Greene, Greene & Schultz Trial Lawyers, Bloomington, IN

• Lessons on the Art of Persuasion—with MAJ Past President Brian McKeen, McKeen & Associates PC, Detroit

• Trial Sequencing: How to Turn a “Sure Loser” into a Big Trial Win—with Eric Penn, Penn Law Firm PC, Jacksonville, TX

• Understanding the New Court Rules and Electronically Stored Information (ESI)—with MAJ Executive Board Member Emily Thomas, Oslman
MacKenzie Peacock & Wallace, Berkley

• Voir Dire Goals & Pitfalls—with AAJ Past President Elise Sanguinetti, Arias Sanguinetti Wang Torrijos LLP, Emeryville, CA

Cost for the online program is $161.25 for MAJ members, $78.75 for MAJ members practicing 3 years or less, $78.75 for MAJ sustaining members, $73.75 for MAJ student & paralegal members, and $318.75 for non-members. Sitting judges can attend for free.

To register, visit www.michiganjustice.org and click on “events.”

Nessel sends letter to Civil Service Commission opposing proposed rule change for union dues

Attorney General Dana Nessel in a letter expressed her disagreement with the Michigan Civil Service Commission’s (MCSC) proposed rule change that would make it more burdensome for state employees to support unions by requiring annual authorizations to deduct wages from their paychecks.

The current MCSC rules allow an employee to voluntarily agree to and rescind the provision of dues or fees to a union. It also outlines the state personnel director’s role in establishing the process for employees to authorize or deauthorize deduction of dues or fees, but the proposed rule singles out authorizations only, providing that “an authorization will expire if not authorized or reauthorized during the previous year.”

In her letter sent Thursday to the MCSC, Nessel notes that the “proposed rule change creates a significantly more burdensome process for an employee to exercise his or her rights to associate with a union and financially support it, while treating disassociation from a union as the preferred status quo. In reality, many employees are likely to be surprised that their affirmative and voluntary decision to authorize union fee deductions, either presently or years in the past, will automatically lapse because the proposed rule presumes that employees wish to disassociate from their union.”


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