October 2016
  1. October 21 Mark the Date

    OCBA U presents “Employee Benefits
    Law” Seminar and “Tax Law” Seminar
    October 27

    The Oakland County Bar Association hosts “Practical Knowledge” seminars at OCBA Offices, 1760 S. Telegraph Rd., Suite 100 in Bloomfield Hills. The two seminars being offered on Thursday, Oct. 27 are “Employee Benefits Law” at 6 p.m. and “Tax Law” at 7 p.m. Hear from some of the finest practitioners about the types of issues in these areas of law they face on a regular basis. The seminars are part of the “OCBA U” — programs designed to help new lawyers grow their careers by teaching them the knowledge and skills they need. The cost for each seminar is $20 for OCBA members and $40 for non-members, or purchase a “U-Pass” for all of the seminars in the fall series.  For more information and to register visit

    University of Detroit Mercy
    School of Law to host
    Promote Peace event
    November 1

    To promote peace and tolerance in the law school community and beyond, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law will host a dedication and blessing ceremony of a peace pole in the outdoor courtyard of its downtown campus from 4:30-5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1. The dedication will be followed by a presentation in the indoor atrium where law students will share stories of discrimination based on race, religion, gender, and ethnic background. The peace pole is an internationally-recognized symbol of hopes and dreams for peace in this world. This upcoming Promote Peace event is an effort to promote a culture of peace beginning with law students and expanding outward. Detroit Mercy Law joins many other organizations with a peace pole in Detroit, including the McNichols Campus of Detroit Mercy, Freedom House, Hope House, and the Fort Street Presbyterian Church.

    ICLE presents Tech Competence,
    Confidentiality, and Cyber Ethics
    for Lawyers and Law Firms
    November 3

    This seminar, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, will help you understand the intersection of ethics, technology, and client information. It will be held at The Inn at St. John’s, 44045 Five Mile Road in Plymouth. With law firm hacking on the rise, it’s critical for lawyers to understand the impact of technology on their ethical duties. Across the country, jurisdictions are requiring lawyers to be tech-competent to minimize the risk of hacking and disclosure of client information. Join experts as they discuss everyday ways that lawyers unknowingly facilitate data breaches. Get tips for ensuring data is stored and transmitted securely — plus strategies for complying with today’s ethical obligations. Attend this seminar and learn how to determine your level of tech competence and how to improve it; pinpoint what habits increase your risk of data breach; negotiate key terms in your cyber security insurance contracts; identify the critical steps needed to contain a data breach; and recognize why shared service providers can cause client conflicts. This seminar is free for ICLE Premium Partners, $95 for new lawyers (0-3 years in practice), $145 for ICLE Basic Partners, and $165 for others. Register at

    Family Law Institute presented
    by SBM Family Law Section,
    Michigan Judicial Institute and ICLE
    November 10 and 11

    Don’t miss this seminar starting on Thursday, Nov. 10 at The Suburban Collection Showcase–Diamond Center, 46100 Grand River in Novi. This event, cosponsored with ICLE, brings together more than 600 practitioners, including judges, lawyers, referees, psychologists, CPAs, and more. Get the latest updates, strategies, and practical tools to succeed while networking with Michigan’s most respected experts. Plus, explore three all-new tracks: evidence, financial, and client advocacy. Attend to stay current with Hon. Janice K. Cunningham’s popular update — now extended. Learn to dissect the difficulties involved with parental alienation; identify tips to authenticate evidence in your next hearing; discover the types of businesses that need a valuation; spot signs of substance abuse right away; determine steps to enforce a foreign divorce judgment; promote your services in a self-help world; keep up with changes to the Michigan Child Support Formula; and successfully bring or defend a change of schools request. This seminar costs $345 for ICLE Premium Partners and ICLE Basic Partners, $365 for section members, $195 for new lawyers (0-3 years in practice), $295 per lawyer when 4+ lawyers from the same firm register, and $395 for others. Register at www.icle. org.

    Wayne Law presents: New President, New Congress - What to Expect
    November 15

    Join Wayne Law for lunch and a panel discussion from 12:15-1:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at Wayne State University Law School, Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium, 471 W. Palmer St. in  Detroit. This panel discussion, presented by the Levin Center at Wayne Law and Wayne Law’s Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights, will explore the outcome of the elections and expectations moving forward. What changes and achievements can we anticipate in terms of economic policy, civil rights, international relations and overall public policy? What will be the impact on Michigan, the United States as a whole and the rest of the world? Confirmed panelists include Kevin Deegan-Krause, associate professor, Wayne State University Department of Political Science; George Franklin, president, Franklin Public Affairs LLC; Sen. Mike Kowall, majority floor leader, Michigan State Senate; retired U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, chair, Levin Center at Wayne Law, Wayne Law’s distinguished legislator in residence, senior counsel, Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn; and Rochelle Riley, columnist, Detroit Free Press. Jocelyn Benson, director, Levin Center at Wayne Law will moderate. This is a free event, but registration is requested. Lunch will be served. RSVP at https://rsvp.wayne. edu/new-president-new-congress-what-to-expect. For more information about this event, contact Kaylee Place at 313-577-2731 or

    Rakow, Rom, Historical Society Luncheon
    November 15

    The luncheon will be held at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel, Woodward Ballroom, in Detroit. Reception begins at 11:30 a.m., with lunch at noon. The speaker will be Kevin Ball, author of “Adversity & Justice, A History of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.” To nominate an individual for the Barbara Rom Award for Excellence in Bankruptcy Practice (or any of the FBA Awards), visit

    DMBA Foundation to bestow the 12th Annual Dennis W. Archer Public Service Award
    November 16

    Join the DMBA from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, for an evening of networking, fine dining, and celebration of Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy as she receives the Dennis W. Archer Service Award. The event will take place at the Belle Isle Casino in Detroit, and your reservation includes a strolling supper, open bar, valet service, and a chance to connect with the leaders of metro Detroit’s legal community. The cost is $150 per person and proceeds will fund the foundation’s free monthly legal clinics, other Access to Justice initiatives, and its work on behalf of Detroit-area foster children and families. Register at For sponsorship opportunities, contact Dawn Wolfe at

    SBM Labor & Employment Law Section: Anatomy of a Workplace Investigation
    November 17

    Handle your next workplace investigation with confidence. Cosponsored with ICLE, this seminar will be held from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17 at The Inn at St. John’s, 44045 Five Mile Rd. in Plymouth. Explore the mechanics of a workplace investigation from all perspectives—plaintiff, HR, and defense. Experts take you step-by-step through an investigation and provide insight and tips on everything from setting up the investigation and determining the scope to preparing the complaining employee and more. Learn to identify the structure of your investigation and who to involve; counsel the employee on key issues before the investigation; gain the trust of witnesses during the interview process; pin down specific complaints; recognize common employer pitfalls during the investigation process; accurately compile the written report; and gain strategies for attacking the internal investigation. This seminar costs $165 for ICLE Premium Partners, ICLE Basic Partners and for section members, $95 for new lawyers (0-3 years in practice), $165 per lawyer when 4+ lawyers from the same firm register, and $195 for others. Register at

    SBM Probate Section: Divorce, Blended Families, and Nuptial Agreements
    November 17

    Plan for the 50 percent with confidence. This seminar is cosponsored with ICLE and will be held from 1:15-4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17 at The Inn at St. John’s, 44045 Five Mile Rd. in Plymouth. Considering that as many as 50 percent of marriages may end in divorce, the impact on estate planning can be substantial. Thankfully, planners have a variety of techniques at their disposal. Get the big picture from nationally recognized expert Kim Kamin, Chief Wealth Strategist for Gresham Partners LLC in Chicago. Walk away prepared to handle the unique situations your clients face. Learn to make the most of trusts during divorce and upon remarriage; protect the interests of future generations; optimize tax benefits and maintain flexibility; waive specific property rights using a nuptial agreement; and avoid potential potholes. This seminar costs $165 for ICLE Premium Partners, ICLE Basic Partners and for section members, $95 for new lawyers (0-3 years in practice) and $195 for others. Register at

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