December 2018
  1. December 13 Upcoming Events

    Detroit Bar Association
    Detroit Legal Services Clinic
    December 18

    The Detroit Legal Services Clinic provides information and advice from volunteer attorneys in the areas of: divorce, child support, domestic relations issues, expungements, self-representation, and general civil law. The clinic will be supervised by Dennis Donahue, the Detroit Bar Association Foundation Access to Justice Administrator. The clinic is from 12-3 p.m. Tuesday, December 18 at the Penobscot Building, 13th Floor, Smart Detroit Conference Rooms, 645 Griswold in Detroit. Volunteers may arrive at 11:30 a.m. for lunch. To volunteer, email Dennis Donahue at ddonahue@ For more information, contact Mary Kovari at or (313) 961-6120, ext. 206.

    Federal Bar Association Eastern District of Michigan ‘From Courtroom to Classroom’
    January 11

    The Federal Bar Association Eastern District of Michigan’s Diversity Committee presents “From Classroom to Courtroom” on Friday, January 11 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., with check-in at 8:45 a.m. It will be held at the Theodore Levin Courthouse, 231 W. Lafayette Blvd. in Detroit, Michigan Room 115. This event is free to attend and will offer Michigan’s law students a chance to turn classroom skills into a federal court practice. Students will hear from federal judges during a panel discussion titled “So You Want to Be an Intern”; observe civil or criminal court proceedings, and meet members of the Eastern District’s federal bar. Lunch is included and a panel of federal court practitioners will explain how they got their start. Students are invited to join the FBA (it’s free) at

    Michigan Association for Justice Workers’ Compensation/Social Security Seminar
    January 25

    Register for the Michigan Association for Justice Annual Workers’ Compensation/Social Security Seminar to be held from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, January 25 at Four Points by Sheraton, 27000 S. Karevich Dr. in Novi. The seminar will be co-moderated by William Watkinson, Bernstein & Bernstein PC, Lathrup Village; Jeffrey Kaufman, Berman & Kaufman, PC, Farmington Hills; Andrea Hamm, Miller Cohen, PLC, Detroit; and Sean Shearer, Charters, Tyler, Zack & Shearer, PC, Troy. Seasoned attorneys will present on state and national workers’ compensation issues including medical issues, LTD claims, and retaliation claims. Social Security Disability federal appeals and state issues will also be discussed. The cost to attend is $195 for MAJ members; $100 for MAJ student and paralegal members; $155 for MAJ members practicing 3 years or less; $100 for MAJ Sustaining Members; and $375 for non-members (with digital handbook). Register at

    State Bar of Michigan Labor & Employment
    Law Section Mid-Winter Meeting
    January 25

    The Labor & Employment Law Section Mid-Winter Meeting will be held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, January 25 at the Detroit Athletic Club, 241 Madison St. in Detroit. In conjunction with the Mid-Winter Meeting, the Distinguished Service Award will be conferred upon an individual who has met qualifications for a period of twenty years or more. The award honors a lawyer who has demonstrated, through long performance related to the practice of labor and employment law, that he or she meets the following criteria: Has made major contributions to the practice of labor and employment law; reflects the highest ethical principles, including principles of civility and professionalism; has advanced the development of labor and employment law; has a long-established commitment to excellence; and is recognized and respected by constituents in the labor and employment community. Watch the State Bar of Michigan calendar for meeting details and registration information.

    Wayne Law hosts Professor Harold Koh: The Trump Administration and International Law
    January 29

    Wayne Law will host Professor Harold Hongju Koh to discuss his book, The Trump Administration and International Law, from 12:15-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 29. The lecture will be held in Lecture Hall 2242 of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at Wayne Law, 471 W. Palmer in Detroit. Koh is the Sterling Professor of International Law at Yale Law School and its former dean. He served as legal advisor to the State Department from 2009-13 and is and one of the country’s leading experts in public and private international law, national security law and human rights. Koh’s book discusses why Trump, in his first two years, is not “winning” in his effort to resign the U.S. from global leadership, and how the resistance is blunting his initiatives. His book also offers a counter-strategy to preserve the rule of law against the Trump administration’s many initiatives to change the nature of America’s relationship with international law and its institutions. This event is free and lunch will be provided. The RSVP will be available on January 1. For more information contact Gregory Fox at (313) 577-0110 or gfox@wayne. edu.

    Federal Pro Se Clinic Legal Assistance
    Clinic First Anniversary Soiree
    February 6

    The Pro Se Clinic Soiree is a benefit event celebrating the first anniversary of the Federal Pro Se Legal Assistance Clinic. It will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 6 at the Miller Canfield offices, 150 W. Jefferson Ave. in Detroit. The Pro Se Clinic, located at the federal courthouse in downtown Detroit, provides legal services to low-income litigants representing themselves in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. It is staffed by University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and operates with the support of the District Court, as well as multiple community partners. Tickets are being sold at a reduced rate of $75 each through December 31. Starting January 1, tickets will cost $90.  Register at https://pro-se-clinic-soiree.event


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