October 2020
  1. October 1 Mark the Date

    Winter webinars offered
    by Michigan Defense Trial Counsel
    October 2

    The Michigan Defense Trial Counsel (MDTC) will present three upcoming winter webinars on “Mastering the Craft: Winning Methods in the Dying Art of Trial Advocacy.”
    Part 1 will take place Friday, October 2, from noon to 1:30 p.m. via Zoom.  Topics include:
    • GameTime: The Preparation & Challenges with Online Legal Proceedings—Amy M. Stewart, of Stewart Law Group, Dallas, TX, details her unique experience and the lessons learned from presenting a case in the first ever Zoom summary jury trial.
    • Lessons Learned and Unlearned:  My First Virtual Trial—Michael J. Bowe, of Brown Rudnick, New York, NY, will expand on critical considerations for virtual trial presentations.
    The webinar will conclude with a Q&A session.
    MDTC members can attend for free and non-members pay $25.  To register, visit and sesarch “MDTC.”
    For additional information, email or call 517-627-3745.  Parts 2 and 3 will be offered November 6 and December 4.

    ‘State of Juvenile Law’ offered by OCBA
    October 8

    The Oakland County Bar Association will present “State of Juvenile Law” on Thursday, October 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Credit has been approved with the Oakland County Bar Association for 1.50 Juvenile credits.
    Cost for OCBA members is $12 pre-registration or $25 on site registration. Non-members pay $25 pre-registration or $40 on site registration.
    To register for this program, visit and click on “events.”  For additional information, call Merri Lee Jones at 248-334-3400.

    ‘District Court Bench Bar Conference—2020: What’s Next?’ to be presented online
    October 9

    The Oakland County Bar Association will present “District Court Bench Bar Conference—2020: What’s Next?” as an online program on Friday, October 9, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    The OCBA’s biennial District Court Bench/Bar Conference provides local attorneys and judges the opportunity to interact outside the courtroom in an informal, solution-oriented environment. Attendees will gain valuable insights to enhance their legal practice while building congeniality between the bench and the bar. 
    The conference features sessions with different presentations.  When registering, attendees will need to choose a presentation for each session.  The sessions include:
    • Session A
    Civil—“Post-post Covenant: Where are we now?” with Matthew Payne, Sigal Law Firm.
    Criminal—“Assisting DWLS Defendants in Restoring Driving Privileges*” with Oakland County 44th District Court Judge Derek Meinecke, Oakland County 47th District Court Judge Marla Parker, and Robert J. Morad, Law Offices of Robert J. Morad PLLC.
    • Session B
    Civil—“How to Appeal-Proof Your Case” with Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Elizabeth L. Gleicher.
    Criminal—“Avoiding Ethical Pitfalls in Criminal Defense Practice*” with Kenneth M. Mogill, Mogill, Posner, & Cohen.
    • Plenary Session
    “A View From the Bench*” with Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Bridget M. McCormack.
    (*Each of these sessions is worth one credit hour for attorneys taking criminal appointments in Oakland County.)
    Cost for OCBA members is $45. OCBA new lawyers, paralegals, students, and judicial law clerks pay $25.
    A link will be sent to attendees before the conference with instructions on how to participate in this year’s event.
    To register for the conference, visit and click on “events.”  Anyone with questions can contact Merri Lee Jones at 248-334-3400.

    ‘Virtually Awake’ program
    offers networking opportunity
    October 15

    The Oakland County Bar Association will introduce “Virtually Awake” on Thursday, October 15, from 8 to 9 a.m. 
    Attendees can  fill their mugs and join for an hour of networking in a unique virtual environment that will allow attendees to build their referral network. The program will follow a fun agenda that provides each attendee a chance to be heard so others can learn about each other’s law practices or services. Attendees will be emailed each other’s contact information post-event to make follow up easier.
    This event will take place virtually via Zoom and is free to OCBA members and first-time guests.  Space is limited to 25 attendees per session so registration is required.  To register, visit and click on “events.” 
    For questions, email Jennifer Roosenberg at or call 248-334-3400

    ‘Fall Conference 2020’ offered online by CDAM
    October 16-17

    “The Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (CDAM) will present its “Fall Conference 2020: Forensics...It’s Not Rocket Science” via Zoom on Friday, October 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday, October 17, from  8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    Sessions include: “Forensic Science Update — The Revolution Continues,” “The ABCs of DNA and When to Know You are in Over Your Head,” “Digging Daubert,” “Medical Examinations, Causation, Toxicology, and Physics,” “Michigan Law Update,” “Experts v Lab-Based Forensics,” “Proving What Your Client Did(nt) Do With His Computer,” “The ABCs of DUI Drugs: Amphetamines to Zolpidem,” and “Sentencing Updates.”
    CDAM’s Fall Conference registration fee includes both Friday and Saturday sessions. Single-day registrations are not available.  Cost for the conference is $360.
    Registrants will receive an automatically generated email with the Zoom Link by Monday, October 12. This link will be used for both conference days. Registrants will also receive a copy of every speaker’s presentation, which will allow registrants to attend the live sessions that best suit their schedule and watch video replays of the sessions they were not able to watch live. As such, no refunds will be allowed after Friday, October 9, since every registrant will be able to access the training live and via videotape.
    Register online at For questions, call 517-579-0533 or email

    Alternative Dispute Resolution Section plans Virtual Annual Meeting & ADR Conference
    October 16-17

    The Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the State Bar of Michigan is excited to present the 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting & ADR Conference on Friday and Saturday, October 16-17.
    The COVID-19 pandemic has caused everyone to be flexible and learn new social media skills. ADR practitioners are among the leaders in adapting to the virtual world. The ADR Section’s program recognizes the need to continue to offer advanced skills building, updates on the law, and also to address some important issues that intersect diversity and neutrality for providers. The section will also be honoring its award winners during the conference. As in the past, up to 11 advanced mediation training credits will be offered. Because the Annual Meeting and Conference are virtual, participants will be able to attend each program, rather than having to choose a track.
    There is no charge for ADR Section members and non-members can attend for $40.  To review the schedule and presenters, or to register for the 2020 Annual Meeting, Conference, and Section Awards, visit and click on “events.”

    ‘Virtual No-Fault Institute XVII’  offered by MAJ over 4 days
    October 19-20 and October 26-27

    The Michigan Association for Justice will present “Virtual No-Fault Institute XVII - What Now?” over four different days: Mondays and Tuesdays, October 19-20 and 26-27.
    The online institute will be hosted by George T. Sinas, Sinas Dramis Law Firm, and Wayne J. Miller, Miller & Tischler PC.
    The four days include:
    —Session 1 (October 19th): PIP
    1 p.m. - Welcome
    1:05 p.m. - Introduction to the New Legislation & Update on PIP Cases, with Wayne Miller, Miller & Tischler PC, Farmington Hills
    1:15 p.m. - PIP Options - Tom Sinas, Sinas Dramis Law Firm, Grand Rapids
    1:50 p.m. - The New Fee Schedules; HB5858, with Pratheep Sevanthinathan, Seva Law Firm, Troy
    2:20 p.m. - Coordination of Benefits and Related Issues, with Matt Payne, Sigal Law Firm, PLLC, Southfield
    2:50 p.m. - Break
    2:55 p.m. - The New Provider Cause of Action; Assignment of Benefits; Competition for Benefit Payment, with Richard Hillary, Miller Johnson, Grand Rapids
    3:25 p.m. - New Rules for Neurological Rehab Clinics/CARF Accreditation, with Bryan Schefman, Schefman & Associates PC, Bloomfield Hills
    3:45 p.m. - The New Utilization Review Process, with Catherine Tucker, Sinas Dramis Law Firm, Lansing
    4:05 p.m. - Q & A
    —Session 2 (October 20): PIP
    1 p.m. - Welcome
    1:05 p.m. - New PIP Priorities and the ACP, with Martin Hogg, Miller & Tischler PC, Farmington Hills
    1:25 p.m. - The IME Process, with William Decker, William W. Decker Jr. LLC, Grand Rapids
    1:45 p.m. - Statute of Limitations Issues, with Andrew Horne, Miller & Tischler PC, Farmington Hills
    2 p.m. - Attendant Care Limitations, with Nick Andrews, MAJ Silver Sponsor, Liss, Seder, & Andrews PC, Bloomfield Hills
    2:25 p.m. - Break
    2:30 p.m. - No-Fault Penalties: Interest and Attorney Fees, with Jennifer Measel, Haas, & Goldstein PC, Farmington Hills
    2:50 p.m. - Out of State Issues: Non-Residents Injured in Michigan & Michigan Citizens Injured Out of State, with Richard Burns, Law Offices of Richard F. Burns Jr., Bingham Farms
    3:20 p.m. - PIP Case Law Update, with Wayne Miller, Miller & Tischler PC, Farmington Hills
    3:50 p.m. - Q & A
    —Session 3 (October 26): Tort Update
    1 p.m. - Welcome
    1:05 p.m. - The New RBI Options: Scope and Exercise, with Ayanna Hatchett, Johnson Law PLC, Detroit
    1:20 p.m. - Litigating Tort Claims for Non-Economic Loss, with Robert Raitt, MAJ past president, Michigan Auto Law, Farmington Hills
    1:50 p.m. - Litigating Tort Claims for Excess Economic Loss, with Steve Sinas, Sinas Dramis Law Firm, Lansing
    2:20 p.m. - Break
    2:25 p.m. - Tort Claims for Out of State Residents, with Joshua Terebelo, Michigan Auto Law, Farmington Hills
    2:50 p.m. - Liens in Tort Claims, with Robert June, Law Offices of Robert June PC, Ann Arbor
    3:30 p.m. - Implications for Uninsured and Underinsured Claims, with Ron Weiner, MAJ president-elect, Lipton Law Center PC, Southfield
    3:50 p.m. - Threshold Case Law Update, with George Sinas, MAJ Past President, Sinas Dramis Law Firm, Lansing
    4:20 p.m. - Q & A
    —Session 4 (October 27): Mixed Bag
    1 p.m. - Welcome
    1:05 p.m. - The DIFS ACP and the Andary Constitutional Lawsuits, with Mark Granzotto, Mark Granzotto PC, Berkley
    1:30 p.m. - Agency Issues:  Required Forms; Selling Experiences; and Agent E & O Liability, with Mike Hale, Hale, & Hirn PLLC, Northville
    2 p.m. - The Role of DIFS Under the New Law, with Adrienne Logeman, Logeman, Iafrate & Logeman PC, Ann Arbor
    2:25 p.m. - Break
    2:30 p.m. - Political Update and Status, with Kevin McKinney, legislative coordinator, CPAN
    2:55 p.m. - Notice Requirements for Different Transportation Authorities with Chad Engelhardt, Goethel Engelhardt PLLC, Ann Arbor
    3:15 p.m. - The New Court Rules and the Impact on No-Fault Litigation, with David E. Christensen, Christensen Law, Southfield
    3:35 p.m. - Q & A
    Registration fees include all four days.  Event rates are $395 for MAJ members, $260 for MAJ members 3 years or less of practice, $240 for MAJ sustaining members, $240 for MAJ paralegal & student members, and  $600 for non-members.  Judges can attend for free.
    To register, visit

    Program to look at ‘Cross-examination
    and proper use of objections’
    October 20

    The Oakland County Bar Association will present “Cross-examination and proper use of objections” as an online Zoom program on Tuesday, October 20, from noon to 1 p.m.
    Noted criminal defense attorney Joseph Lavigne, of Law Offices of Joseph A. Lavigne, will review cross-examination techniques and common objections everyone needs in their toolbox.
    Credit has been approved with the Oakland County Bar Association for 1 Criminal credit and 1 Juvenile credit.
    Cost is $12 for OCBA members pre-registration and $25 for non-members pre-registration.  MIDC court appointed attorneys can attend for free.
    The Zoom link to this seminar will be provided in a confirmation email upon registration. To register for this program, visit and click on “events.”

    Workplace diversity, equity
    initiatives focus of ACC-MI webinar
    October 22

    The Association of Corporate Counsel-Michigan Chapter (ACC-MI) will present a webinar sponsored by Zausmer PC titled “In-House Counsel’s Role in the Design and Implementation in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives in the Workplace” on Thursday, October 22, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
    This will take the form of a panel discussion led by Zausmer Shareholder Mischa Boardman as moderator. The panel will discuss the role that in-house counsel should take in the design of and implementation DEI initiatives, including: (1) the importance of the DEI initiatives in the work place; (2) the current types of initiatives that companies are implementing; (3) the sensitivities surrounding the creation and implementation of initiatives; and (4) managing potential legal liability/avoiding pitfalls associated with this endeavor.
    Panel speakers will include Cinnamon Plonka, shareholder, Zausmer; Joe W. Laymon, co-owner, Piston Group; and Christina A. Sans, VP, senior legal counsel, TCF Bank
    To register for this free event, visit and click on “events.”

    State Bar’s virtual Lawyer Trust Account Seminar
    October 27

    The State Bar of Michigan recently presented its first virtual Lawyer Trust Account Seminar. The half-day ethics seminar covered everything from how to manage lawyer trust accounts, to how to comply with Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct 1.15 and 1.15A, to how to effectively use forms, checklists, and other recordkeeping resources.
    The next virtual Lawyer Trust Account Seminar will be held Tuesday, October 27, from 1 to 4:45 p.m.
    Participants will receive practical information as well as materials prepared by the presenters: SBM Professional Responsibility Programs Director Alecia Chandler and Attorney Grievance Commission Senior Associate Counsel Rhonda Pozehl.
    The virtual seminar costs $50 for lawyers and $25 for other legal professionals, law students, and unlicensed graduates.  To register here by 5 p.m. on October 23, visit and click on “events.”
    For additional information, contact the State Bar of Michigan ethics helpline at 877-558-4760 or

    Women’s Bar plans Halloween-themed
    virtual happy hour
    October 28

    The Women’s Bar Association, Oakland County region of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, along with the Tip of the Mitt region of WLAM will host a Bar Briefs Halloween-themed virtual happy hour via Zoom on Wednesday, October 28, from 5:30  to 7 p.m.
    Attendees should feel free to dress up. A specialty Halloween cocktail recipe will be provided with Zoom instructions.
    To register for some Halloween fun, visit and click on “events.”

    Annual Institute on Securities
    Regulation webcast
    November 4-6

    For more than 50 years, Practising Law Institute’s Annual Institute on Securities Regulation has provided securities lawyers with keen analysis and timely insights into the critical issues facing securities law practitioners – and this year is no different.  The PLI 52nd Annual Institute on Securities Regulation live webcast will take place Wednesday through Friday, November 4-6.
    Although the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the Institute to a live webcast-only format, Co-Chairs Carmen J. Lawrence of King & Spalding, Keith F. Higgins of Ropes & Gray LLP, and Meredith B. Cross of Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale, and Dorr LLP have still been hard at work planning a comprehensive, relevant, timely, and practical program.  From developments in the capital markets to enforcement and securities litigation issues, to accounting and auditing, to Delaware law developments and so much more, the Institute will offer the critical information to function most effectively in the current business and regulatory environment.
    The Institute added new panels on:
    —Getting the Most Out of Your Proxy Statement
    —Recurring Disclosure Challenges
    —Luncheon Roundtable on Diversity and Inclusion in the Law led by Maja D. Hazell
    Special Features include:
    —Keynote address by SEC Commissioner Allison Herren Lee
    —Observations from the SEC’s Corp. Fin. Director and Deputy Director, and from the Enforcement Director
    For updates on the agenda and faculty, visit  Register via the event webpage or contact PLI at 800-260-4754 and provide the Priority Code BGE0-DB001 to register for the program by phone.


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