April 2019
  1. April 23 Upcoming Events

    Detroit Bar Association
    2019 Barristers Spring Bash
    April 25

    Join the Detroit Bar Association for an evening of music, appetizers, and refreshments in support of fostering students’ interest in the law. The 2019 Barristers Spring Bash will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25 at Red Dunn Kitchen, Trumbull & Porter Hotel, 1331 Trumbull St. in Detroit. The cost to attend is $50 for DBA members and $60 for non-members. Judicial officers and law students may attend free of charge if they pre-register. Appetizers and a drink ticket are included (drink ticket for students is excluded). A cash bar will be available. Register at https://www.detroit If not attending, donations to the Detroit Bar Association Foundation are being accepted.

    Oakland County Bar: Oakland County Bar Foundation Signature Event
    April 25

    The Oakland County Bar Foundation Signature Event is the highlight of the spring season for many Association and Foundation members. Join colleagues for excellent food and a great networking opportunity from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, April 25 at  Oakland Hills Country Club, 3951 W. Maple Rd. in Bloomfield Hills. The Signature Event benefits programs of many worthy organizations including Lakeshore Legal Aid, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Beaumont Foundation, HAVEN, RESTORE Foundation and the Oakland County Bar Association. Each year, in addition to scores of lawyers and law firms, numerous companies that provide goods and services to the legal profession generously support the Signature Event by serving as sponsors. In the last five years the Foundation has raised more than $1.7 million at this event because of the generous support of the many sponsors in Oakland and surrounding counties. For sponsorship information, contact Katie Tillinger at The cost to attend is $175 per person. Register at For more information contact Katie Tillinger at (248) 334-3400 or

    Detroit Bar Association
    Detroit Legal Services Clinic
    April 30

    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 is from 12-3 p.m. Tuesday, April 30 at the Penobscot Building, 13th Floor, Smart Detroit Conference Rooms, 645 Griswold in Detroit. Volunteers may arrive at 11:30 a.m. for lunch. For more information, contact Mary Kovari at mkovari@detroitlaw or (313) 961-6120, ext. 206.

    Litigation Section: Bench/Bar­ ­Networking and Relationship-Building Mixer
    May 1

    The State Bar of Michigan Litigation Section is hosting its first Bench/Bar Networking Mixer from 6-9 p.m.  Wednesday, May 1 in the Diego Rivera Courtyard of the Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave. in Detroit. Join colleagues for an evening of art, networking, food and drinks in a one-of-a-kind setting. The cost is $45 per person and includes one drink. The Section offers complimentary tickets and parking for its registered judicial guests. Register online by April 24 at For more information contact Jeffrey Crapko at

    State Bar of Michigan Real Property Law Academy II
    May 8-9

    Join the State Bar of Michigan Real Property Law Section for Real Property Law Academy II. It will be held from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, May 8 and 9 at Michigan State University-Management Education Center, 811 W. Square Lake Rd. in Troy. Academy II is the continuation of a new program being taught by respected and experienced Michigan real estate attorneys, each an expert in their field. The overall program (Academy I and Academy II) is designed to provide a basic understanding of the most fundamental aspects of a real estate practice. It is targeted not only for real estate attorneys, but also for other attorneys who will encounter real estate issues from time to time. Attendance at Academy I is not a prerequisite for attending Academy II, which will target eight topics over a two-day period. “Are You Ready for (More) Real Estate?” will help you: gain a basic understanding of fundamentals of Michigan real estate practice; develop confidence, attract clients, and impress partners; meet some of the leading Michigan real estate lawyers; take home time-tested, proven forms and explanatory materials you can put to use immediately; and network with other real estate practitioners. The cost to attend is $220 (law school student $80), and firms may register up to ten participants for $1,000. Register online at

    Federal Bar Association Eastern District 2019 Past Presidents’ Luncheon
    May 9

    Join peers in the Federal Bar Association Eastern District of Michigan Chapter to celebrate the bar association and the service of all its past presidents. The 2019 Past Presidents’ Luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, May 9 at The Whitney, 421 Woodward Ave. in Detroit. Past presidents include (*deceased): Hon. Fred W. Kaess*; Fred W. Walker*; Julius K. Kabatsky*; Law­rence J. Verdier*; Wallace D. Riley; David H. Patton*; David A. Goldman*; Charles R. Rutherford; Russell Paquette*; Hon. George E. Woods*; Norman H. Bimkrant*; Arthur Allan Smith*; John S. Crandall*; Marcel C. Phillips*; Hon. Ralph B. Guy, Jr.; Thomas A. McNish*; Richard T. Tarnas*; Frank L. Zagelmeyer III*; Susan Fairchild; Jeffrey Appel; Saura Sahu; John M. MacMillan*; Hon. Fred M. Mester; Joseph F. Dillon; Alan C. Harnisch; Richard A. Rossman; Sheldon S. Toll; Hon. Paul D. Borman; Robert P. Hurlbert; John P. Mayer; Michelle C. Mayes; John R. Runyan, Jr.; Robert E. Forrest; Hon. Maura D. Corrigan; Joel M. Shere; Geneva S. Halliday; Edward M. Kronk; Lawrence G. Campbell; Thomas M. Cranmer; Hon. Virginia M. Morgan; Daniel P. Malone; Michael C. Leibson; Mark Brewer; Thomas W.B. Porter; Brian D. Figot; Christine Dowhan-Bailey; Dennis J. Clark; Dennis M. Barnes; Julia A. Caroff; Grant P. Gilezan; Hon. Mark A. Goldsmith; Barbara L. McQuade; Elisa Angeli Palizzi; Hon. Laurie J. Michelson; Hon. Michael J. Riordan; Thomas G. McNeill; Michael K. Lee*; Thomas M. Schehr; and Kimberly Altman. Register at https://fba

    Michigan Association for Justice
    Annual Convention
    May 10-11

    The Michigan Association for Justice (MAJ) Annual Convention, featuring a two-track seminar and banquet, will take place May 10-11 at the Westin Book Cadillac, 1114 Washington Blvd. in Detroit. The seminar, starting at 8 a.m on May 10, will include an Advocacy track moderated by Steve Gursten and a Business of Running a Law Practice track moderated hy Donna MacKenzie, MAJ vice president. The banquet, held from 6-11 p.m. on May 11, will honor outgoing President Debra Freid and welcome new President Robert MacDonald. Professor Robert Sedler will be presented with the MAJ Champion of Justice Award and the Honorable Lisa Gleicher will be presented with the MAJ Judicial Excellence Award. Find pricing for attendees of the seminar and/or the banquet, as well as registration, online at www.michiganjus, or call MAJ at (517) 321-3073.

    Cannabis and Cars —
    OWI in the Era of Legalized Marijuana
    May 10-11

    Join the Marijuana Law Section and the Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys to learn the best practice methods of handling cases involving cannabis and vehicles. The seminar will be held from 8:30 a.m. Friday, May 10 until 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11 at The Henry Center at Michigan State University, 3535 Forest Rd. in Lansing. Speakers will include a variety of experts from a prosecutor to defense attorneys. A tentative schedule is available at Attendees will receive presentations and written materials on the following topics: John Reiser, THC & DRE; Mary Chartier, Issue Spotting a Marijuana DUI case; Mike Nichols, Science Behind THC for a DUI; George Bianchi, Cannabis and Cars; Marj Russel, Trial Practice on Voir Dire; Josh Covert, CBD/THC Licensing and Regulation; Mike Boyle/Bruce Block, FOIA and Blood Testing; Matt Abdo, Marijuana Issues in License Restoration; and Dan Grow, Marijuana Case Law Update. Ticket price includes lunch each day and ongoing beverage and snack service. The cost for Section and/or MIAOWIA members is $300, and $375 for non-members. Register at Discounted rooms are available at the Candlewood Suites, which shares a parking lot with the Henry Center, and can be reserved by calling (517) 351-8181. The deadline for the room block is April 30. For more information contact Jennifer Hinze at jenn.miaowia@gmail. com or (517) 930-0726.

    Oakland County Bar Association:
    Meet the Judges
    May 16

    The Oakland County Bar Association will host Meet the Judges from 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, May 16 at Otus Supply, 345 E. 9 Mile Rd. in Ferndale. Judges from Oakland County district, Probate and Circuit courts, along with Michigan Court of Appeals, Michigan Supreme Court, U.S. Bankruptcy and U.S. District courts have all been invited to attend this event to network with current OCBA members. In addition to networking, check out the items that will be up for bid at this year's silent auction. All proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Pontiac location of the Southwest Detroit Immigrant and Refugee Center. The Southwest Detroit Immigrant and Refugee Center provides free and low-cost legal services to under-served communities in the Detroit and Pontiac areas, with a focus on recent immigrants and refugees. The cost to attend with early registration (through May 3) is $35 for new lawyers, paralegals and students; $45 for OCBA members; and $60 for non-members. The cost to register from May 4-May 15 is $45 for new lawyers, paralegals and students; $55 for OCBA members; and $70 for non-members. Register at On-site registration cost is $55 for new lawyers, paralegals and students; $65 for OCBA members; and $80 for non-members.

    Wayne Law hosting Annual Fundraiser
    for Free Legal Aid Clinic
    May 17

    Join the Free Legal Aid Clinic for a celebration of FLAC’s 54th anniversary. FLAC will be presenting its year in review summary as well as plans for the future in the Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium at Wayne Law, 471 W. Palmer in Detroit from 5:30-7 p.m. Friday, May 17. There will be an after party from 7-10 Tony V’s, 5756 Cass Ave. in Detroit. Cost of attendance is $30, with a discount for tickets purchased in advance at For more information contact Nicholas Norton at (313) 575-4380 or

    Michigan Creditors Bar Association
    Spring Member Dinner
    May 22

    Join Michigan Creditors Bar Association member colleagues for the spring member dinner from 5:30-9 p.m. Wednesday, May 22 at Maggiano’s Little Italy, 2089 West Big Beaver Rd. in Troy. In addition to great conversation, the program will include board of directors elections, a Government Affairs Committee update and a report from the 36th District Court Bench and Bar program. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. followed by the program at 7 p.m. Registration is $60 for members and $85 for non-members. There will be a cash bar. Register at

    State Bar of Michigan Taxation Section:
    32nd Annual Tax Conference
    May 23

    Master the latest tax developments at the 32nd Annual Tax Conference presented by the Taxation Section of the State Bar of Michigan in cooperation with the Institute of Continuing Legal Education. The conference will be held from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23 at The Inn at St. John’s, 44045 Five Mile Rd. in Plymouth. Stay on top of evolving issues in tax law — from changes on the national front to state and local developments. Get complete coverage of tax reform implementation and in-depth analysis of the Wayfair decision from the company’s lawyer. New this year: an optional session on purchase price allocation and updates directly from the Michigan Department of Treasury. Plus, enjoy deeper dives on the topics that matter most to you with specialized breakout tracks. Hear from top government officials, DC insiders, and other experts; get both national and state perspectives on business and individual tax reform; grasp Department of Labor rules and requirements for association health plans; analyze state and fiduciary income tax issues; explore key M&A tax implications; keep current on property tax developments, including transfers of ownership; and decipher foreign trust rules and traps. Continental breakfast, lunch and a networking reception are included in price. The cost is $195 for section member; $295 for ICLE Basic and Premium Partners; $125 for new lawyers (0-3 years in practice); $175 per registrant for 4+ registrants from the same firm; and $295 for all others. Special registration is offered to current sitting state court judges at no cost. Register at This seminar is available on-demand starting June 13.


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