July 2016
  1. July 1 Mark the Date

    State Bar of Michigan Real Property Law Section presents
    the 2016 Summer Conference and Annual Meeting
    July 13-16

    The Michigan real estate market continues to move strongly upward. The Summer Conference offers three days of informative presentations on the hottest current topics in Michigan real estate law. Co-chairmen Scott Timmer of Gielow Groom Terpstra & McEvoy in Muskegon and Brian Holt of Miller Canfield in Troy invite all Michigan “dirt” lawyers to meet their colleagues at Boyne Mountain Resort and Spa in Boyne Falls from July 13-16. This year’s Summer Conference will include presentations by 30 of Michigan’s most knowledgeable real estate practitioners through panel discussions, workshops and informal breakfast roundtables.
    Thursday’s presentations will include a panel discussion on getting a big acquisition deal done, including selecting the right buying entity, negotiating a loan commitment letter, the most important issues for sellers and buyers in completing a purchase agreement, and making sure the closing goes smoothly. Workshops include “best practices” on drafting condo documents, the owner’s choices on types of construction contracts, how to quiet title, getting variances, and “same sex” marriage real estate issues. Thirteen breakfast roundtables will cover under-utilized tax breaks for agricultural and forest property, claims against brokers, agents and sellers, cell tower leases, “crowd funding,” splitting property, time shares, road vacations, electronic recording, appraisals, TIFs, medical marijuana dispensary leases, and current environmental issues. The latest real estate legislation being considered by the Michigan House and Senate, summaries of the most important recent appellate decisions on Michigan real estate law will also be featured.
    Social activities include a welcoming cocktail reception on Wednesday evening, followed by a late evening meet and greet bonfire for “newer” attorneys — complete with s’mores. A golf scramble is set for Thursday afternoon, followed by a cocktail reception and the traditional Section dinner. The evening will end with family entertainment — an “Elements of Illusion” show. Friday afternoon everyone is invited to join a flycasting clinic. The Saturday morning session will conclude with a special presentation by Jack Lessenberry titled “Into the Storm,” a look at what we can expect to happen in this bizarre presidential election year and what it will mean for 2017 and beyond. The Section’s Annual Meeting will take place on Friday, July 15, at 9:45 a.m. There is no charge to attend the Annual Meeting.
    Registration, conference pricing, hotel information, a schedule of events, faculty and presenters can be found online at conf.

    Wayne Law presents the 14th annual
    Mark Weiss Day at Comerica Park
    August 5

    Join Wayne Law for a picnic and baseball in celebration of the 14th annual Mark Weiss Day at Comerica Park on Friday, August 5. This year’s game pits the Detroit Tigers against the New York Mets. The picnic starts at 5:30 p.m. on Party Deck #2, and the game begins at 7:10 p.m. The actual cost for the picnic and ticket to the game is $52. A minimum of $125 for each ticket is requested. The remaining $73 will be a tax deductible gift to the Mark Weiss Memorial Scholarship Fund. The scholarship was established as a joint project of Wayne Law and the Michigan Association for Justice, formerly known as the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association. Weiss, who graduated from the school in 1969, devoted his considerable skills to fighting for the rights of the poor and powerless, and protecting the civil rights of all litigants. To date, 41 scholarships have been awarded to Wayne Law students in memory of Weiss. To RSVP for this event, visit Tickets will be mailed directly to you through July 31. If a purchase is made within a week of the game, you will be required to personally pick up your tickets from the Office of Special Events and Services at Wayne State University in the AAB building at 5700 Cass Avenue, Suite 4300 in Detroit. For questions regarding ticket purchases, call (313) 577-0300. If you cannot attend the game, but wish to make a contribution to the Mark Weiss Memorial Scholarship Fund, donations are being accepted online (see web address above) or by mail. If by mail, send a check directly to Wayne State University Law School: Mark Weiss Scholarship Fund, attention: Desirnai' Hicks at 471 West Palmer Street, Suite 3505, Detroit, MI 48202. Checks should be made payable to Wayne State University. For questions regarding contributions or for more information about this event, Hicks can be reached at (313) 577-9763or dhicks

    Wayne County Criminal Defense Bar Association
    Golf Outing – Best-Ball Scramble
    August 26

    Join WCCDBA for an afternoon of golf with dinner following. The event will be held from 2-6 p.m. on Friday, August 26 at Warren Valley Golf Club, 26116 West Warren in Dearborn Heights. A $75 fee includes nine holes, cart and dinner; $30 for dinner only. Shotgun start for golf is at 2 p.m., followed by dinner at 4:30. For more information, contact Wyatt Harris at (313) 549-7659 or harris5489@gmail. com.

    MDTC hosts 20th Annual Open Golf Tournament
    September 9

    Join MDTC members for this annual fundraiser from 9 a.m-7 p.m Friday, September 9 at Mystic Creek Golf Course and Banquet Center, 1 Champions Circle in Milford. Cost is $165 per person registered on or before August 23 ($175 August 24 or later), or $50 for dinner only. The fee includes practice range balls, greens fees, card, deli sandwich lunch at registration and a tenderloin/chicken breast combo plate dinner at 5 p.m. Trophies will be given for Tournament Champs, Longest Drive (men/women), Closest to Pin (men/women) and Winning Foursome. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. for the modified scramble format event with the shotgun start at 11 a.m. To register online, visit www.mdtc. org.

    Association of Corporate Counsel–Michigan Chapter
    presents the 19th Annual ACC- Michigan Golf Outing
    September 20

    Enjoy 18 holes of golf on a championship course — followed by mini-massages, an open bar, dinner and prizes — all while supporting scholarships for some of Michigan’s best and brightest law students. The outing will be held at Fox Hills Golf Club, 8768 N. Territorial Road, Plymouth from 10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 20. This year’s Golf Outing also includes the Annual Meeting (including the election of officers and directors). Non-golfers welcome for networking, cocktails, the Annual Meeting and dinner. Registration is open to in-house counsel only. If you represent a firm or vendor and would like information about sponsorship opportunities (some of which include golf and dinner), contact Nicole Smith  at (248) 385-2000 or Cost if registered by August 1 is $50 for golf and dinner, $25 for dinner only, 2-for-1 (golf and dinner for member plus ACC-eligible or first-time attendee guest) is $100, and first-time attendees are offered golf and dinner for $25. Prices double for those not signed up by August 1. To register and for a complete schedule of the day’s events, visit chapters/mich.


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