May 2016
  1. May 6 Mark the Date

    Oakland County Bar Foundation to
    host 17th Annual Signature Event
    May 6

    Oakland County Bar Foundation, a nonprofit foundation serving the citizens of Oakland County and the legal profession, will host the 17th Annual Signature Event to benefit Michigan-based legal aid and education programs at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 6 at the Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills. Proceeds from past events have benefited the work of the Lakeshore Legal Aid, Michigan Civic Center for Education, HAVEN and RESTORE Foundation to name a few grant recipients. Last year’s event raised $310,000. Platinum sponsors for this year’s event are Conway Mackenzie, Inc., Kenwal Steel Corp. and Stout Risuis Ross, Inc. Tickets to the 17th Annual Signature Event are $175 per person and may be purchased at under the “Oakland County Bar Foundation” tab and “Signature Event” or by sending payment to the Oakland County Bar Foundation, located at 1760 S. Telegraph Rd., Suite 100, Bloomfield Hills, Mich., 48302. Those who are unable to attend the event but wish to contribute to the charitable causes supported by the Bar Foundation can send contributions to the address above. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information, contact Katherine Tillinger at (248) 334-3400 or

    Wayne Law presents
    Small Business Legal Academy
    May 7

    Wayne Law invites entrepreneurs, startups and community members to join leading Detroit law firms, legal resource providers, and business professionals for a series of free panel discussions. The seminar will be held from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May 7 at Wayne State University Law School, 471 W Palmer St. in Detroit. The free event will cover real estate, intellectual property, funding, social entrepreneurship and non profits, food businesses, accounting, tax, and employment issues for small businesses. Attendees will hear from legal professionals on a variety of topics that are necessary for business owners to understand in order to take their business to the next level. Small business owners will have extensive opportunities for one-on-one conversations with the panelists. Participating law firms and legal resource providers include Bodman PLC, Brooks Kushman, Dickinson, Dykema, Honigman, Jaffe, Miller Canfield, Canvas Legal, and Michigan Community Resources. Participating corporations include General Motors, Hewlett Packard, and Plante Moran. Registration is encouraged, but not required. For more information about this event, please contact Jeff Aronoff at (313) 577-6497.

    Free Webinar: A Current Guide
    to Municipal Bonds and Debt
    May 12

    As local governments and school districts face ever-increasing budget constraints and capital needs, learn more about municipal borrowing in a free webinar for local governmental units. Foster Swift bond attorney John Kamins will present the webinar “A Current Guide to Municipal Bonds and Debt” from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 12. Kamins will present on topics including the nuts and bolts of issuing bonds with or without voter approval and who buys bonds and how. He also will discuss the Michigan laws controlling how municipalities and schools borrow money or refinance debt, federal tax laws on tax-exempt bonds, and major developments in federal securities laws regulating municipal financial advisors and the disclosure duties of municipal officials. To register for the webinar, go to: If you have not participated in a webinar session before, you will need to download free software at PC-based attendees must have Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server. Mac-based attendees must have Mac OS X 10.6 or newer. Mobile attendees must have a iPhone, iPad, Android phone or tablet. For more information, call (517) 371-8125, or email Taylor Mirek at or Chelsey White at

    Women Lawyers Association of Michigan –
    Wayne Region Annual Meeting
    May 12

    This year’s annual meeting will be held from 11:30 a.m-1 p.m. Thursday, May 12 at Miller Canfield, 150 West Jefferson, Suite 2500, Detroit. Panel members, including former Senator Carl Levin from the Levin Center, Dean Jocelyn Benson from Wayne State University Law School, Corporation Counsel Melvin “Butch” Hollowell from the City of Detroit, and Judy Karandjeff, president of the League of Women Voters of Michigan, will discuss “Election Law and Voting Rights.” Lunch will be served. Space is limited and no registrations will be accepted after May 5. The cost is $40 for WLAM members and non-members in advance or $50 at the door, with a discounted price of $30 for law students. Tickets can be purchased online (for a nominal processing fee) at e/wlam-wayne-region-annual-meeting-tickets-24637395112, or send the registration form found at a28486ac39253fe363648/files/WLAM_Wayne_2016_Annual_Meeting_Registration_Form.docx and a check made payable to “Women Lawyers Association of Michigan-Wayne” to: Deanne Bonner Simpson, 615 Griswold St. #1700, Detroit, MI 48226. 

    Detroit Mercy Law hosts Baccalaureate
    Mass for the Class of 2016
    May 12

    The Baccalaureate Mass for the Class of 2016 will take place at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 12 at Saints Peter and Paul Jesuit Church immediately adjacent to the School of Law. This mass offers a moment of quiet reflection and thanksgiving for students’ educational journey at UDM and an opportunity to ask for God’s blessing as they begin their legal career. Members of all faiths and traditions are welcome and encouraged to attend.

    Commencement – School of Law
    University of Detroit Mercy
    May 13

    Commencement proceedings for the School of Law’s Class of 2016 will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 13, in Calihan Hall on the McNichols Campus of the University of Detroit Mercy, 4001 West McNichols Road, Detroit. The jubilee class of 1966 will lead the procession. Anthony A. Asher (’65) is the Commencement speaker, and his late brother, George J. Asher, will receive a Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) posthumously.

    Law School Commencement
    Wayne State University
    May 16

    Students who complete their requirements for the J.D. and LL.M. degrees within the academic year are eligible to participate in the Law School Commencement ceremony. The ceremony, open to graduates and their guests, will be held from 5-7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 16 at the Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway St., Detroit. Tickets are required. An hors d’oeuvres reception will follow the ceremony. Donald B. Verrilli Jr., solicitor general of the United States, will deliver the keynote address. During the ceremony, the university will award Verrilli an honorary doctor of laws degree in tribute to his legal career and in recognition of his role in groundbreaking constitutional law cases. For more information about this event, please contact Shawn Starkey at (313) 577-4629 or

    Nemeth Law, P.C. hosts Raising the Bar:
    ‘Dealing with the Problem Employee’
    May 18

    Raising the Bar, an educational series raising employer awareness of current issues in employment and labor law and offered by Detroit-based management side labor and employment law firm Nemeth Law, P.C., returns with the focus on Dealing with the Problem Employee.
    Using case studies to identify and illustrate strategies for dealing with problem employees, Nemeth Law attorneys will review the following topics:
    • Seven common management mistakes that can result in litigation;
    • High conflict individuals — strategies for de-escalation;
    • Performance improvement plans — the good, the bad and the ugly;
    • The difficult discussion — how to communicate negative information effectively;
    • Bullying, harassment or discrimination — can you force employees to be civil in the workplace?
    Raising the Bar will be held on Wednesday, May 18 at the Management Education Center, 811 West Square Lake Road in Troy. Continental breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m. The program begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 11:45 a.m. The cost of the event is $75 per person and pre-registration is required. To register, e-mail Pamela Perkowski at or call (313) 567-5921.

    Taxation Section of SBM presents
    29th Annual Tax Conference
    May 19

    Join the Taxation Section of the State Bar of Michigan in cooperation with the Institute of Continuing Legal Education for the 29th Annual Tax Conference entitled “Elections, Entitlements, and Entrepreneurs: How the Changing Tax Landscape Affects Your Practice.” Live presentations begin at 8 a.m. and run through 6 p.m. Thursday, May 19 at The Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth. Stay on top of constantly evolving developments in tax law. Get complete coverage of changes on the national front, plus in-depth analysis of up-to-the-minute state and local tax developments.
    • Hear former U.S. Senator Carl Levin’s take on federal tax policy
    • Hear a D.C. perspective on federal tax legislation, including the possibility of tax reform
    • Get a judge’s tips on appearing before the U.S. Tax Court
    • Assess Michigan’s present and future economic outlook
    • Grasp the ACA’s reporting rules and what steps employers need to take now to be ready
    • Take advantage of Detroit tax incentives to grow businesses in the city
    • Gain insight into how FATCA is being implemented
    • Advise clients on how self-canceling installment notes can be used in their estates
    • Avoid potential exposure for retirement plan sponsors and practitioners
    • Earn credits toward your CPE and CTFA requirements
    For a complete schedule, the list of contributors and to register for the conference, go to

    16th Annual Lent Upson Lecture
    ‘Nonpartisanship in the Age of Polarization’
    May 19

    Join the Graduate Program in Public Administration, the Political Science Department and the Levin Center at Wayne Law for the 16th Annual Lent Upson Lecture, “Nonpartisanship in the Age of Polarization.” The lecture will be held from 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday, May 19 at the Wayne State University Law School Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium and is co-sponsored by the Citizens Research Council of Michigan and the American Society of Public Administration - Metropolitan Detroit Chapter. WSU has long partnered with the Citizens Research Council of Michigan, the state’s most respected nonpartisan research organization. Organizations like CRC face constant challenges to stay independent and relevant in today’s polarized policy environment. The keynote speaker will be Robert Henken, President of the Public Policy Forum of Wisconsin and the Governmental Research Association, with commentary provided by current and past presidents Eric Lupher and Earl Ryan. A networking reception and brief awards ceremony will immediately follow in the nearby Alumni House. This is a free event. Please RSVP to For more information about this event, please contact Brady Baybeck at 313-577-9831.

    WLAM–Wayne Region
    25th Annual Race for the Cure
    May 21

    Join Women Lawyers Association of Michigan-Wayne for the 25th Annual Race for the Cure May 21 at Chene Park in Detroit. Register at Detroit/onlineteamreg.aspx. The team name is Team WLAM-WAYNE. For more information, contact Deanne Bonner at

    SBM to host 8th Annual Spring Pro Bono
    Workshop & Networking Meeting
    May 24

    “The Power of Pro Bono” workshop, sponsored by the State Bar of Michigan Pro Bono Initiative, will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, May 24 at State Bar of Michigan in Lansing. This training is offered free of charge and lunch will be provided. The primary focus will be to provide legal services providers with the tools they need to recruit pro bono attorneys and to successfully and efficiently manage their pro bono programs. Registration is open online at and space is limited. Session topics and discussion will include:
    • Future of Legal Services
    • 2016 Update on Pro Bono in Michigan
    • Techniques for Recruiting Pro Bono Attorneys
    • Successfully Managing Your Pro Bono Program
    • Using Technology to Enhance Your Pro Bono Program
    • Planning and Preparing for Pro Bono Month 2016
    For more information contact Robert Mathis at or (517) 346-6412, (800) 968-1442 ext. 6412.


    To include your event in  “Mark the Date,” send information to