August 2017
  1. August 18 Mark the Date

    15th Annual Mark Weiss and M. Jon Posner
    Day at Comerica Park
    August 18

    The 15th annual Mark Weiss and M. Jon Posner Day at Comerica Park is Friday, Aug. 18 as the Detroit Tigers take on the Los Angeles Dodgers. The picnic starts at 5:30 p.m. on Party Deck 2, and the game begins at 7:10 p.m. Tickets are $125; the actual cost for the picnic and ticket to the game is $52 and the remaining $73 will be a tax-deductible gift to the Mark Weiss and M. Jon Posner Memorial Scholarship Fund. A goal was set 14 years ago to provide scholarships for students and recent graduates who share the same dream as Weiss — a commitment to provide legal aid to the underserved in the community. To date, 44 scholarships have been awarded to Wayne Law students in his memory. Posner was Weiss’s best friend and law firm partner. Weiss and Posner started together as staff attorneys for Wayne County Neighborhood Legal Services, and then both represented indigent clients for the Legal Aid and Defender Association in Detroit. As partners at Mogill, Posner, Cohen and Weiss, they practiced criminal law and personal injury law. Weiss passed away in 2003, and Posner in 2017. In honor of their enduring friendship and shared ideals, the scholarship is now known as the Mark Weiss and M. Jon Posner Memorial Endowed Scholarship. If you have any questions regarding your ticket purchase, call (313) 577-0300. Tickets will be mailed through Aug. 10. If a purchase is made the week of the game, tickets must be picked up from the Office of Special Events and Services at Wayne State University (in the AAB building at 5700 Cass Avenue, Suite 1800 in Detroit). If you cannot attend the game, but wish to make a contribution to the Mark Weiss and M. Jon Posner Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund, donations are accepted online or by mail. If sending a payment by mail, send your check directly to Wayne State University Law School: Mark Weiss and M. Jon Posner Scholarship Fund, attention: Desirnai' Hicks at 471 West Palmer Street, Suite 3504, Detroit, MI 48202. Checks should be made payable to Wayne State University. For questions regarding contributions, contact Hicks at (313) 577-9763 or dhicks@

    CAP Kick-Off 2017-18:
    ‘New Requirements from the MIDC’
    August 25

    The Wayne County Criminal Advocacy Program is hosting its first seminar of 2017-18, “New Requirements from the MIDC,” from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25 (late registrations will not be permitted beyond 1:45 p.m.). The seminar will be held at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, Two Woodward Avenue, Detroit, in the Erma Henderson Auditorium on the 13th Floor. Speaking on the new requirements will be Jonathan Sacks of the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission, and moderating the seminar will be Matt Evans, attorney and CAP board member. Certification of attendance is required in order to obtain court assignments in Wayne County. The make-up seminar for “New Requirements from the MIDC” will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8 in the Jury Assembly Room on the first floor of the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice, 1025 E. Forest in Detroit. Attorneys will only receive CAP CLE credit for attending a CAP Make-Up Seminar topic not previously attended as a Live Seminar. For additional information visit

    IT Law: Annual Meeting
    and Annual IT Seminar
    September 7

    Save the date; more information coming soon. The State Bar of Michigan Information Technology Law Section will hold its annual meeting and IT seminar on Thursday, Sept. 7 at The Inn at St. John’s, 44045 Five Mile Rd. in Plymouth. The Annual Meeting portion of the seminar will be free to attend, but registration will be requested.

    Statewide State Bar of Michigan
    Marijuana Law Conference
    September 7-9

    The Marijuana Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan will host its 2017 Fall Conference: “New Horizons for Legalized Marijuana – The Facilities Licensing Act and Beyond” from Thursday, Sept. 7 through Saturday, Sept. 9 at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Detroit. This year’s annual conference offers networking opportunities and is filled with critical information for attorneys and those who own cannabis businesses. The conference will present sessions on the new Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act, including presentations on LARA’s Dec. 15 roll out of rules and regulations for new cannabis businesses; an overview of adopted municipal ordinances, tax issues, and banking complications for state-legal activities; and more. In addition, expect to hear from senior LARA representatives; a case law overview and update; and legislative updates. There will be presentations on federal risks related to marijuana businesses, as well as a special track for criminal defense attorneys on handling issues such as Section 8 hearings, motions to raise under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act, and issues related to marijuana and driving. Register online or by mail through the State Bar of Michigan – http:/ / board. For additional information contact Robert Hendricks at (616) 454-6611 or Mary Chartier at

    MDTC 21st Annual Golf Outing
    September 8

    Join your peers from MDTC on Friday, Sept. 8 for golf and dinner at Mystic Creek Golf Course and Banquet Center, 1 Champions Circle in Milford Charter Township. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., shotgun start is at 11 a.m. The golf will be played in a modified scramble format. Cost for golf and dinner is $165 per person on or before Aug. 23 and $175 per person after Aug. 23. Fee includes practice range balls, greens fees, card, deli sandwich lunch at registration and a tenderloin/chicken breast combo plate dinner at approximately 5 p.m. Trophies given for Tournament Champs, Longest Drive (men/women), Closest to Pin (men/women) and Winning Foursome. Cost for dinner only is $50. Payment must be received on or before date of the event. Refunds and cancellations must be received in writing 72 hours in advance of the event and will be less a $50 administrative fee. Register at For more information contact MDTC at (517) 627-3745.

    Wayne County Family Law Bar Association Charity Golf Outing
    September 15

    Network with colleagues and judges over golf and dinner at the annual WCFLBA Charity Golf Outing. This year’s event will be held on Friday, Sept. 15 at Dearborn Hills Golf Course, 1300 S. Telegraph Rd. in Dearborn. Check in will be at 12 p.m. and a shotgun start is at 1 p.m. Registration includes 18 holes, golf cart, hot dog snack, dinner at 6 p.m., beer and wine. Winners of prizes and awards will be announced. The cost for the golf and dinner is $130 per person and $40 per person for dinner only. The cost for a golf hole sponsorship is $100. This year’s charity is Wayne Mediation Centers. WMC is a community based non-profit organization providing confidential resolution of conflicts as well as training and education to schools, individuals, families, businesses and other entities in metropolitan Detroit and throughout Wayne County. In 2016, WMC provided conflict resolution services in over 2,100 conflicts, the great majority of them referred to them by local courts and schools. Contributions to WMC may be mailed directly to Carla Testani, 41700 W. Six Mile, Suite 101, Northville, MI 48168 on or before Sept. 15. Make checks payable to WCFLBA and name Wayne Mediation Centers the recipient of the donation. Register for the golf outing by Sept. 8 (with a foursome or one can be assigned). Call Carla Testani at (248) 912-3238 for a golf registration or dinner reservation form.

    State Bar of Michigan
    Social Security Lawyers Section Annual Meeting and Seminar
    September 22

    The State Bar of Michigan Social Security Lawyers Section will host its Annual Meeting and this year’s seminar, “A Civil Conversation…Disrobed,” from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 22 at Henry Ford College, 3601 Schaefer Rd. in Detroit. There is no fee or registration necessary for the annual meeting from 9-9:30 a.m. “Disrobed” seminar begins at 9:30 a.m. Among the panels of distinguished judges are Beth Contorer, Oak Park; Kari Deming, Oak Park; Margaret O’Donnell, Flint; Nicholas Ohanesian, Grand Rapids; Roy LaRoche, Detroit; Anthony Smereka, Livonia; Melissa Warner, Toledo; and magistrate judges Phillip J. Green and Anthony Patti. Note that materials will be posted in the event library several days before the seminar. Register online at www.michbar. org. For more information, contact Janice Livesay Stern at (269) 789-9535 or

    State Bar of Michigan
    2017 NEXT Conference
    September 27-29
    Connect, learn, and share at this statewide event focusing on the future of law practice. It will be held Sept. 27-29 at Cobo Center, 1 Washington Blvd. in Detroit. Formerly the Annual Meeting/Solo and Small Firm Institute, the NEXT Conference focuses on the future of law practice by bringing Michigan lawyers together to learn, share ideas and make connections. This year’s opening keynote features chief legal affairs anchor for ABC News, Dan Abrams. During the conference, national and local experts provide the tools you need to practice more efficiently and effectively. Stay current with critical updates in immigration, tax, health and criminal law. Understand the “must-know” Federal Court rules and learn tips for preserving your record at trial. Take advantage of educational tracks covering Judicial Perspectives, Trial Technology, and a track dedicated to attorney wellness, The Balanced Practice. New this year, the Learning Lounge provides short educational sessions designed to immerse attendees into interactive discussions and exercises with the facilitator. The all-member networking luncheon offers leisurely opportunities to make new connections over lunch and the early evening reception is designed to unwind with free drinks and food. Conference pricing varies; create your experience by choosing events for attendance. For more information and to register, visit

    Detroit Mercy Law Golf Outing
    September 29

    Check in at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 29 to spend the day golfing with friends at The Inn at St. John’s, 44045 Five Mile Rd. in Plymouth. All net proceeds will benefit Detroit Mercy School of Law’s Student Scholarship Fund. The event includes: 18 holes of golf with cart, driving range and bag services; buffet dinner; souvenir gift; two drink tickets for hospitality cart on course; contests for winning team, longest drive, closest to the pin; 50/50 raffle; and full use of locker room facilities. Lunch is available for purchase at the Pro Shop or Halfway House. In addition, Detroit Mercy Law and its Alumni Association will honor two distinguished alumnae during the dinner program. Hon. Denise Langford Morris (’82) will be honored with the Time and Talent Award, and Mikyia S. Aaron (’15) will receive the Rising Star Award. The golf will be played in scramble format with four-player teams. Individuals and twosomes welcome for pairing with others. The cost is $75 for law students, $125 for non-students by Sept. 1, and $140 for non-students after Sept. 1. Register at www. Plan to attend rain or shine. Golf will be played if there is rain unless conditions are such that the course will not allow play, in which case dinner will begin early and golf vouchers may be issued to those who attend pursuant to the policies of The Inn at St. John’s. Detroit Mercy Law shall not refund any funds received. Sponsorships for the golf outing are still available. For more information, contact Denise P. Hickey at (313) 596-0202 or Amy K. Smith at (313) 596-0207.

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