January 2022
  1. January 18 Mark the Date

    ‘Know Your Judge/Probation Officer’ webinar offered by OCBA
    January 18
    The Oakland County Bar Association will present “Know Your Judge/Probation Officer” as an online webinar on Tuesday, January 18, from noon to 1 p.m.
    This seminar will provide a frank discussion full of practice pointers for practicing criminal law before Oakland County's Circuit Court judges. It will also offer helpful insights for interacting with probation officers. Speaking at the program will be Douglas K. Oliver of Law Offices of Douglas K. Oliver PLLC.
    Credit has been approved with the Oakland County Bar Association for 1 Criminal credit and 1 Juvenile credit. This seminar will not be recorded. 
    Cost is $12 for OCBA members pre-registration and $25 for non-members pre-registration. Oakland County MIDC court appointed attorneys can attend for free.
    The Zoom link will be distributed to registrants 48 hours before the event. To register for this program, visit and click on “events.” 
    Japanese Patent Office explored by MIPLA during online event
    January 18
    The Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association (MIPLA) will host a virtual luncheon meeting on Tuesday, January 18, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. via Zoom.
    Speaking on “Filing Requirements and Prosecution Practice Trends Before the Japanese Patent Office” will be Hiroshi Higuchi of Allegro IP Law Firm in Japan. During the presentation, Higuchi and his colleague will discuss procedures for filing patent applications in Japan and the latest trends and practices in Japanese patent prosecution.
    Higuchi is the managing partner of Allegro IP Law Firm. With more than 20 years of experience in the field of intellectual property law, he handles patent and trademark matters in Japan for the most advanced companies and universities across the world. Before founding Allegro IP, Higuchi was an attorney with Yanagida & Associates and served as the leader of the foreign clients team. Prior to joining the Yanagida firm, he was an in-house attorney with a Fortune Global 500 company and a US Patent Agent with a large boutique IP firm in DC area. He is qualified as a litigating attorney and received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tokyo.
    The meeting agenda includes:
    • 11:45 a.m. to noon—Networking
    • Noon to 1 p.m.—Presentation
    For additional information or to register for the lunch, visit and click on “events.”
    Mediation for business disputes focus of ACC-MI webinar
    January 19
    The Association of Corporate Counsel, Michigan Chapter, will present an educational webinar on “As Courts Continue Remote Proceedings, Private Mediation Increasingly Presents the More Efficient and Effective Alternative for Resolving Business Disputes” sponsored by JAMS. The online program will take place Wednesday, January 19, from 1 to 2 p.m.
    In the era of COVID and remote work, remote court proceedings present logistical challenges. When business disputes arise, moving forward is paramount. Private mediation can be a very effective tool in resolving these disputes in an alternative way. Attendees can learn more about it in this discussion featuring speakers:
    • Lita Masini Popke, JAMS arbitrator, mediator, discovery facilitator, special case evaluator and retired Wayne County Circuit Court judge
    • Ann Marie Uetz, partner and vice-chair of the national litigation department of Foley & Lardner LLP
    Together, they will discuss the efficiencies of private mediation such as control over the process and engagement, how to best position parties for resolution, and how to best get aligned in an alternative dispute resolution practice.
    In this session, participants will learn:
    —The efficiencies of the process (AMU and LMP)
    —Its limitations (e.g., need consenting parties, and no injunctive or other relief which only courts can enforce) (AMU)
    —How to best position parties for resolution (LMP)
    Time will be reserved for questions and answers following the presentation.
    To register for the webinar, visit

    Trivia Night planned for 
    first OCBA Bar Night Out
    January 20
    The Oakland County Bar Association will kick off the first of a new series of memorable, activity-centered networking events designed to help members form relationships through shared fun experiences.
    The premier Bar Night Out event will feature Trivia Night on Thursday, January 20, at Mojave Cantina, 48 W 14 Mile Rd. in Clawson.
    The virtual trivia nights were such a hit last year that the OCBA is bringing them back live. 
    Attendees will be broken into teams for a fun test of their knowledge and a chance to win bragging rights and OCBA swag. Participants can grab some friends and colleagues and register as a team, or sign up individually. 
    Check in, networking, appetizers, and a cash bar will begin at 6 p.m. The game will start promptly at 6:45 p.m.
    Cost to attend is $25 for OCBA members and $35 for non-members. To register, visit and click on “events.”
    State Bar Antitrust Section 
    to conduct online forum
    January 20
    The Antitrust, Franchising, and Trade Regulation Section of the State Bar of Michigan will host its Annual Forum online Thursday, January 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. via Zoom.
    Guest speaker Thomas Ayres of Witmer, Karp, Warner, & Ryan in Boston will discuss the development of the independent contractor/employee issue in franchising before the introduction of the PRO Act in Congress last winter and how the PRO Act may change the analysis of the independent contractor/employee issue in franchising if passed. 
    For any questions about the Forum or to obtain the Zoom link, contact Mark Burzych at 517-381-3159,; or Howard Lederman at 248-639-4696,
    State Bar LELS Mid-Winter &?Annual Meeting 2022 
    taking place online
    January 21
    In response to the current surge in the Omicron variant of the Coronavirus, the State Bar of Michigan’s 2022 Mid-Winter and Annual Meeting of the Labor & Employment Law Section, previously scheduled as an in-person event in Detroit, will now be held virtually on Friday, January 21.
    As in years past, this year’s Mid-Winter Meeting will provide timely and informative updates including FLSA, FMLA, EEO, ADA, and ever-changing regulations on COVID protocol by LELS members, as well as presentations by NLRB Region 7 Director Elizabeth Kerwin, MERC Chair Tinamarie Pappas, and MERC Director Sidney McBride.
    The event schedule features:
    1 p.m.—FLSA, FMLA, and WPA Update, Jennifer McManus, Fagan McManus PC
    1:35 p.m.—EEO Update, Maria Dwyer, Clark Hill PLC
    2:20 p.m.—ADA & PWDCRA Update (with COVID-related issues), Jennifer Stocker, Barnes & Thornburg LLP
    3:10 p.m.—MERC Update, MERC Chair Tinamarie Pappas and MERC Director Sidney McBride
    3:50 p.m.—NLRB Update, NLRB Region 7 Director Elizabeth Kerwin
    4:30 p.m.—Annual Meeting
    Following the Annual Meeting, there will be a special presentation of the Distinguished Service Award to this year’s recipient Nancy Schiffer. If the conditions permit, LELS plans to host an in-person presentation of the Distinguished Service Award to Schiffer and the 2021 recipient Daniel Swanson later in the year.
    To register for the free meeting, visit
    ‘Remote and Hybrid Hearings 
    with Self-Represented Litigants’ focus of webinar
    January 25
    The National Center for State Courts will conduct a webinar offering “Tips for Conducting Remote and Hybrid Hearings with Self-Represented Litigants” on Thursday, January 20, beginning at 3 p.m. via Zoom.
    Addressing the digital divide; communicating scheduling changes; providing legal information in layman’s terms on court websites; managing the waiting room. Since the start of the pandemic, courts across the country have adapted their processes to allow for remote and virtual proceedings. This online discussion will focus on best practices for engaging with attorneys and self-represented litigants in remote and virtual hearings. 
    The webinar will feature a high-energy, practical discussion with judges and court administrators who have been engaging with self-represented litigants in remote and hybrid hearings. The speakers include:
    • Chief Justice Paula Carey, Massachusetts Trial Court
    • Andrew Campbell, manager of the Remote Hearing Technology Unit, The Vermont Judiciary
    • Danielle Hirsch and Zach Zarnow, Court Consulting Services, National Center for State Courts (co-moderators)
    They will discuss how they have addressed challenges in adapting their court processes to a virtual environment and ways to communicate updated practices with self-represented litigants and community groups. They will also offer practical tips for making remote/virtual proceedings effective.
    For additional information or to register for the webinar, visit and click on “Webinars.”

    MD&A Final Rule examined 
    in PLI webcast 
    January 26
    The Practising Law Institute (PLI) will present its “Seventh Annual Dealing with MD&A Hot Topics” as a live webcast on Wednesday, January 26, beginning at 1 p.m. 
    This briefing will review key issues as attorneys implement the SEC’s November 2020 MD&A Final Rule. Discussion will include identifying current MD&A disclosure challenges including climate change, cybersecurity and COVID-19. Attendees will also learn several practical ideas and tips to improve MD&A and streamline the drafting process.
    Discussion leaders Bob Laux and George M. Wilson of PLI’s SEC Institute will review key MD&A issues for the 2021 annual report on Form 10-K and 2022 quarterly reports on Form 10-Q.
    Topics to be discussed include:
    • The SEC’s principles-based focus on the objective of MD&A
    • Implementation steps and tips for the SEC’s new MD&A Final Rule
    • The need for a discussion of climate change and/or other ESG issues
    • Continuing impact of COVID-19 and Disclosure Guidance Topic 9 and 9A considerations
    • When to address cybersecurity, Brexit, reference rate reform and other emerging risks –5 minutes
    • Frequent SEC comments on MD&A, including operating segments and quantified analysis
    • Recent enforcement cases – focus on known trends
    • Latest issues in using non-GAAP measures in MD&A
    • Five ways to improve MD&A
    • Example drafting and review processes
    The program is designed for accountants and attorneys who deal with SEC reporting and disclosure and related accounting issues, including CFOs, controllers and their staff, internal auditors, partners of public accounting firms and their staff, in-house counsel, and outside attorneys.
    Course materials will be available to attendees prior to the start of the program. Cost for the webcast is $299. To register or for additional information, visit and click on “programs.”
    Firm conducting 
    Cybersecurity Workshop 
    January 26
    The law firm of McDonald Hopkins is partnering with Goodman Venegas Insurance Company to host a Cybersecurity Workshop covering the proper response to a cyber attack. The in-person program will take place Wednesday, January 26, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Somerset Inn, 2601 W. Big Beaver Rd. in Troy.
     The workshop will take attendees through the legal and insurance angles of breach preparation and response. McDonald Hopkins Data Privacy and Cybersecurity attorney Kate Jarrett will be presenting on such topics as:
    • Evaluation
    • Response
    • Legal Implications
    • Remedies
    • Prevention
    To register for the workshop, contact Andrea Loduca at Goodman Venegas at aloduca@goodman or 248-740-9090.

    ‘Prosecuting Domestic Terrorism 
    in Michigan’ explored 
    in online lecture
    January 27
    Wayne State University Law School will present Sita Doddamani (‘04) who will discuss “Prosecuting Domestic Terrorism in Michigan” in an online lecture Thursday, January 27 from noon to 1:15 p.m. via Zoom.
    Doddamani, head of the Hate Crimes and Domestic Terrorism Unit at the Office of the Michigan Attorney General, will discuss the challenges of prosecuting domestic terrorists who plan violent attacks.
    To register for the free online lecture, visit and click on “events.” For questions, email Professor Gregory Fox at
    ‘Real Estate Transactions 2022’ offered online 
    January 28
    The National Business Institute will present the live video webinar “Real Estate Transactions 2022” on Friday, January 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    New technologies, COVID-19, the recession, and other developments mean that real estate transactions have been changing at rapid pace. This program will show significant changes and best practices that attorneys should be implementing for the new year. 
    Attendees will learn how to:
    • Explore contract drafting lessons that 2020 has taught us.
    • Know what to expect from real estate financing and loan documents going forward.
    • Review current best practices for title searches, insurance, and defect resolution.
    • Familiarize yourself with remote online notarization, electronic notarization, and their legal issues.
    • Protect clients from cybersecurity issues, wire fraud, and other technology dangers.
    • Assist clients with short sales, foreclosures, and other issues as economic financial stress spills into real estate.
    This program is designed for attorneys. Title insurance agents, lenders, real estate professionals, and paralegals may also benefit.
    Cost for the webinar is $389 which includes the course book. To register, call 1-800-930-6182 or visit
    Webinar to offer strategies in 
    real estate finance transactions
    January 28
    The American Bar Association will present a webinar on “Legal Opinions: Best Practices and Strategies in Real Estate Finance Transactions” Friday, January 28, beginning at 1 p.m.
    Large commercial real estate finance transactions of any sizable amount usually require legal opinions that provide professional judgment on a variety of legal issues. Although opinions are only professional judgements and not guarantees, they can often be a condition to closing a deal. Opinions also come with limitations and risks such as practical realization and negligent misrepresentation. Therefore, requesting an opinion or writing one yourself requires the need to know what is customary and what you can do to represent your client, while protecting yourself and your firm. 
    This program will provide insight for attorneys representing clients or rendering third party legal opinions in real estate finance transactions.
    Expert real estate attorneys will discuss:
    • When an opinion letter is required
    • Common issues with opinion letters
    • Limitations of an opinion letter
    • Due diligence
    • Enforceability
    Cost for “Legal Opinions: Best Practices and Strategies in Real Estate Finance Transactions” is $195 for non-members and free for ABA members. To register for the webinar, visit and click on “events.”
    ‘Developing Trends in Bankruptcy’ focus of JBAM webinar
    January 31
    The Jewish Bar Association ot Michigan will present an online program on “Developing Trends in Bankruptcy” Monday, January 31, from 5 to 6 p.m. via Zoom.
    The online program will feature retired U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Ray Reynolds Graves, Eastern District of Michigan, along with Michael Kwiatkowski, Michelle McMahon, and Michael Traison of Cullen and Dykman LLP. They will discuss:
    • Debt Relief
    • Business Restructuring
    • COVID?Updates
    • Student Loan Forgiveness
    • Small Business Act of 2019
    • Overview of the Federal Bankruptcy Code
    • Alternative Remedies
    To register for the online program, visit and click on “Events.”
    Child Abuse Training seminar to focus on ‘Forensic Interviewing’
    February 2-4
    The Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan, Child Abuse Training Services (CATS) Program, in cooperation with the Prosecuting Attorneys Coordinating Council, Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS), and Governor’s Task Force on Children’s Justice (GTF), is pleased to present a regional, cross-professional Specialized Child Abuse Training seminar on the topic of “Forensic Interviewing: The Next Step.”
    The online training will take place Wednesday through Friday, February 2-4, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. each day via Zoom.
    This seminar is designed for prosecutors, CPS workers, and law enforcement officers who will be conducting interviews. The training is designed to increase attendees’ understanding of the primary features of forensic interviewing and provide information to enhance interviewing skills. 
    The Forensic Interviewing training provided by the Child Abuse Training Services (CATS) department within PAAM is the only DHHS and GTF approved Forensic Interviewing training within the state.
    Michigan’s Forensic Interviewing Protocol was developed in conjunction with the DHHS and the GTF. The goal of a forensic interview is to obtain a statement from a child in a developmentally sensitive, unbiased, and truth-seeking manner that will support accurate and fair decision-making in the criminal justice and child welfare systems. Topics to be covered include (but not limited to):
    • The Forensic/Phased Interview: Preparing for and conducting Forensic Interviews
    • Understanding Medical Abuse
    • Preparing yourself for court
    • What your prosecutor needs
    • In-depth report writing from actual case/interview transcript
    • Individual (mock) interviewing practice
    To register for the online seminar, visit and click on “Training.”

    Attorney to discuss MRE 803 and MRE 803A during webinar
    February 3
    The Oakland County Bar Association will present “That’s Hearsay, Your Honor: MRE 803 and MRE 803A” as an online program on Thursday, February 3, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
    This webinar provides an overview of hearsay exceptions based upon the availability of the declarant. It also includes a detailed analysis of exceptions when the declarant is a child in a sexual assault case.
    Speaking at the webinar will be Michael J. McCarthy of Law Office of Michael J. McCarthy.
    Credit has been approved with the Oakland County Bar Association for 2 Criminal credits.
    Cost is $12 for OCBA members pre-registration and $25 for non-members pre-registration. Oakland County 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.”
    Attorneys to discuss 
    ‘Preparation in a Dynamic
    Legal & Business Landscape’
    February 3
    The Association of Corporate Counsel, Michigan Chapter, will present the webinar “Looking Forward: Advance Preparation in a Dynamic Legal & Business Landscape” sponsored by Foley & Lardner LLP on Thursday, February 3, from noon to 1 p.m.
    This webinar is designed to share insights and best practices with in-house counsel on how leading companies are looking ahead to plan, predict and prepare for ever-changing legal and business challenges.
    Foley attorneys will be speaking on the following topics:
    • Expect the Unexpected: Approaching Raw Material Shortages, Labor Issues and Freight Increases and Delays in 2022 — Vanessa Miller and Nicholas Ellis
    • Continued Disruption in the Global Supply Chain — and Strained Balance Sheets — Present Opportunities for Growth by Acquisition — Ann Marie Uetz
    • 2022 Antitrust Outlook: Significant Changes Under the Biden Administration — Greg Neppl
    • Employers in the Automotive Industry Face Quickly Changing Legal Landscape — Jeff Kopp and Felicia O'Connor
    • The Evolution of Corporate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Moving From Compliance to a People-Centric Integrated Approach — Alexis Robertson
    • Mandatory Ordinary Warranty Charges: How OEMs Are Expanding Supplier Responsibility For Warranty Claims — Leah Imbrogno
    • Panel Discussion: Getting Ready for the Electrification Frontier and Overcoming EV Charging Hurdles — Mark Aiello, Nick Englund, and Steve Hilfinger
    To register for the webinar, visit For any questions, contact Trisha Addy at taddy

    Webinar to look at 
    ‘Wiping the Slate Clean’
    February 10
    The Oakland County Bar Association will present “Wiping the Slate Clean” as an online webinar on Thursday, February 10, from 11:30 a.m to 1 p.m.
    This presentation will focus on the recently passed Clean Slate for Kids legislation. It will review youth record protections and set-asides, and how these new laws impact justice-involved youth. Katie Louras, Clinical Teaching Fellow for the University of Michigan's Juvenile Justice Clinic, will share her expertise and practical how-to information for families. Also speaking at the webinar will be Gabrielle Dresner of the Michigan Center for Juvenile Justice.
    Credit has been approved with the Oakland County Bar Association for 1.50 Criminal credits and 1.50 Juvenile credits.
    Cost is $12 for OCBA members pre-registration and $25 for non-members pre-registration. Oakland County 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.”