Calendar

January 2017
  1. January 16 CAP Seminar Schedule

    The 2016 CAP Seminars began on August 26. To accommodate the busy schedules of the court and members of bar, the seminar schedule this year includes the CAP Make-Up Seminars that are now scheduled on the alternate weeks of the CAP Live Seminars. Attorneys will only receive credit for attending a make-up seminar topic they did not already attend as a live seminar. Live seminars will be held in the Erma Henderson auditorium located on the 13th Floor of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center (CAYMC), and the make-up seminars will be held in the Jury Assembly Room located at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice (FMHJ). Each seminar will begin at 1:30 p.m. Note, out of courtesy to the speakers and attendees, late registrations will not be permitted beyond 1:45 p.m. Attorneys arriving after 1:45 p.m. will not receive credit for the session. For additional information, visit the Detroit/Wayne County Criminal Advocacy Program at www.capwayne.org or email Lynn.Wade@ 3rdcc.org.

    • U.S. Supreme Court Update
    Live: 1:30 p.m. Friday, January 13, 2017
    Make-up: 1:30 p.m. Friday, February 17, 2017
    Moderator: Marilena David-Martin, SADO
    Speaker: Kathy Swedlow, MAACS

    • Evidence
    Live: 1:30 p.m. Friday, January 27, 2017
    Make-up: 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 3, 2017
    Moderator: Judge Lawrence Talon, 3rd Circuit Court
    Speaker: TBD

    • Michigan Law Update
    Make-up: 1:30 p.m. Friday, February 3, 2017
    Moderator: Marilena David-Martin, SADO
    Speaker: Ron Bretz

    • Social Media
    Live: 1:30 p.m. Friday, February 10, 2017
    Make-up: 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 17, 2017
    Moderator: Marla McCowan, MIDC
    Speaker: Kelly McDoniel

    • Interlocutory Appeals
    Live: 1:30 p.m. Friday, February 24, 2017
    Make-up: 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 31, 2017
    Moderator: Judge Larry Williams, 36th District Court
    Speakers: Wendy Barnwell & Kathy Murphy

    • Sentencing Law
    Make-up: 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 10, 2017
    Moderator: Dawn Van Hoek, SADO
    Speaker: Anne Yantus, UDM

    Treatment Facilities & Specialty Courts
    Live: 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 24, 2017
    Make-up: 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 21, 2017
    Moderator: Keith Clark, WCPO
    Speaker: TBD

    Note: Attorneys MUST have attended the FNS Live Seminar October 7 at CAYMC or must attend the FNS?Make-up Seminar December 16 to be eligible for FNS Case Assignments and for Judge Margie R. Braxton House Counsel Assignments.

  2. January 16 Mark the Date

    SBM Real Property Section presents
    Groundbreaker: Technology
    for Your Practice
    January 19

    Join the Real Property Section of the State Bar of Michigan from 7:30-9:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 19 at The Townsend Hotel, 100 Townsend Street in Birmingham for breakfast and roundtables. Technology is intended to make our lives and our practice as lawyers easier. Are you getting the most out of the technology available to you? This program will provide information on ways to incorporate technology into your law practice to save time, money, and effort. Attorneys and other speakers will address getting the most out of common programs like Excel, Word, and others, using the Casemaker research service available from the State Bar of Michigan, working remotely, and identifying and making use of new technology available to help attorneys and their clients. Program Chair is Jason C. Long, Steinhardt Pesick & Cohen. Register at www.michbar.org.

    SBM Labor & Employment Law Section:
    Mid-Winter Meeting
    January 20

    The Mid-Winter Meeting will be held all day on Friday, Jan. 20 at the Detroit Athletic Club, 241 Madison Ave. in Detroit. The event offers Section members timely and informative education programs, the opportunity to catch up with colleagues from around the state over cocktails and dinner, and an opportunity to honor those who have served the Section through distinguished service. 

    SBM Business Law Section hosts
    Business Boot Camp 1: Basic Training
    January 30-31

    Join the State Bar of Michigan Business Law Section for a two-day program Jan. 30-31 at the Inn at St. John’s, 44045 Five Mile Rd. in Plymouth. This program will help you develop confidence, attract clients, and impress partners. Learn the secrets of Michigan’s most successful business practitioners — our faculty describes the work they do day in and day out. Take home time-tested, proven forms and explanatory materials you can put to use immediately. Learn the ropes from experts at Michigan’s top firms. In just two days you will receive grounding in eight key areas of business practice with guidance from leaders who handle them every day. Choice of Entity — Jeffrey S. Ammon (Miller Johnson), William Kingsley (UHY Advisors); Forming an LLC Including Operating Agreements — Daniel H. Minkus (Clark Hill PLC); Shareholder Buy/Sell and Voting Agreements — Justin G. Klimko (Butzel Long PC); Commercial Loan Transactions — Colleen M. Shevnock (Dickinson Wright PLLC); Business Valuations and Appraisals — Jeffrey M. Risius (Stout Risius Ross); Effective Employment Agreements and Employment Law — Jeffrey J. Fraser (Miller Johnson); Supply Agreements — Daniel W. Linna Jr. (Michigan State University College of Law), Tricia A. Sherick (Honigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn LLP); Insurance & Coverage Issues — Michelle T. Czapski (Bodman PLC), Jay Sawmiller (Johnston Lewis Associates, Inc.). Register online at www.michbar.org, or mail in the pdf form provided. Law students must register by mail form to receive special $80 rate. Firms (up to 15 participants) require online or mail form registration and should email Daniel Minkus with a list of attendees including name and email address.

    State Bar of Michigan Probate Section:
    Drafting an Estate Plan
    February 2

    Understand the best solutions to typical issues found in drafting for an estate under $5 million. In this unique hands-on seminar, participants work in groups to plan and present their solutions to a hypothetical case study. A leading probate law practitioner guides discussion, critiques each group, and lectures on selected topics. Everyone receives a complete set of faculty-drafted sample documents. Limited to 27 participants, this seminar delivers focused faculty attention and the opportunity to hear from your colleagues. Participants also have a chance to talk one-on-one with faculty at the included luncheon. This seminar is cosponsored by ICLE and is limited to Probate and Estate Planning Certificate Program participants and requires advanced preparation. It will be held from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2 at the Inn at St. John’s, 44045 Five Mile Rd. in Plymouth. Cost is $365 for ICLE Premium Partners, ICLE Basic Partners and new lawyers (0-3 years in practice); $395 for others. Register at www.icle.org.

    State Bar of Michigan Family Law Section:
    Negotiating and Drafting a
    Property Settlement Agreement
    February 2

    Understand the best solutions to typical issues found when property is divided during a divorce. In this unique, hands-on seminar, participants work in groups to plan and present their solutions to a hypothetical case study. A leading family law practitioner guides discussion, critiques each group, and lectures on selected topics. Everyone receives a complete set of faculty-drafted sample documents. Limited to 27 participants, this seminar delivers focused faculty attention and the opportunity to hear from your colleagues. Participants also have a chance to talk one-on-one with faculty at the included luncheon. This seminar is cosponsored by ICLE and is limited to Family Law Certificate Program participants and requires advanced preparation. It will be held from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2 at the Inn at St. John’s, 44045 Five Mile Rd. in Plymouth. Cost is $365 for ICLE Premium Partners, ICLE Basic Partners and new lawyers (0-3 years in practice); $395 for others. Register at www.icle.org.

    OCBA “Court Rules” Seminar: Oakland
    County Circuit Court — Criminal Cases
    February 9

    The Oakland County Bar Association continues the winter semester of OCBA U, its innovative continuing professional development program, with a series of seminars called “Court Rules,” focusing on effective trial practice in Oakland County. The classes will be held at the OCBA offices, 1760 South Telegraph Road in Bloomfield Hills. Each seminar focuses on a different Oakland County Court. Judicial staff attorneys will lead off each seminar with an overview of pretrial matters and effective motion practice. The second part of each seminar will be a moderated panel of sitting judges discussing best practices in oral advocacy and the do’s and don’ts of practicing in their courtrooms. From 6-8 p.m on Thursday, Feb. 9, Victoria King, Staff Attorney to Hon. Leo Bowman and Judges Leo Bowman, Hala Jarbou, and Michael Warren will discuss Oakland County Circuit Court – Criminal Cases. Criminal Defense Attorney J. Randall Secontine will serve as moderator.  Seminar fees for the “Court Rules” series are $40 per seminar for OCBA members and $80 for non-members. Register online at www.ocba.org/events.

    International IP Law Clinic presents
    Reception and Patent Drafting Competition
    February 10-11

    Detroit Mercy Law is hosting its Second Annual Patent Drafting Competition, beginning with a reception on Friday, Feb. 10, from 5:3-7 p.m. in the atrium. Competitors from 12 law schools across the U.S. and Canada will join leaders of intellectual property law, including representatives of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and attorneys, alumni, faculty, and administrators, to kick off the competition. The competition will be held on Saturday, Feb. 11, at the USPTO satellite office in Detroit, 300 River Place Dr. (a few minutes from the Detroit Mercy Law campus). For additional information regarding the event and sponsorship opportunities, contact Assistant Dean Denise Hickey at hickeydp@udmercy. edu.

    Eighth Annual Honorable Kaye Tertzag
    Tribute Dinner
    February 23

    Family and friends of the Honorable Kaye Tertzag will host the Eighth Annual Tertzag Tribute Dinner from 5-9:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23. Judge Tertzag passed away on Feb. 4, 2009, having established a legacy of integrity and service to the State of Michigan, as well as a great example of love and devotion to his family and legion of friends. The dinner will be held at the Park Place Banquet Hall, 23400 Park St. in Dearborn. The Tertzag Tribute Dinner Committee is pleased to announce that Twenty-Third District Court Judge Geno Salomone is the 2017 recipient of the Purple Sport Coat Award. Judge Salomone, a lifelong resident of Taylor, was elected to the bench in 2000. Since that time, he has implemented a “court in the high school” program and also started a drug treatment court for defendants addicted to drugs or alcohol. Michigan Supreme Court Justice David Viviano will be this year’s keynote speaker. Justice Viviano has been on the Michigan Supreme Court since 2013. He previously served as Chief Judge of the Macomb County Circuit and Probate Courts, where he was responsible for the administration of one of the largest trial courts in Michigan. The evening will close with a Sambuca toast, a tradition started at Judge Tertzag’s memorial by his daughter, Kara Tertzag Lividini. Attendees are encouraged to wear purple to the event; those wearing purple will be entered into a drawing for a door prize. Tickets are $40 and include dinner and an open bar. Table reservations are also available; one table seats eight people and is $320. Checks should be made payable to: Tertzag Tribute Dinner, LLC and sent to 412 Berwyn, Birmingham, MI 48009. Spouses and significant others are welcome. This event will sell out and space is limited. Direct questions to Kara Tertzag Lividini at (313) 645-9511 or ktertzag@gmail.com.

    State Bar of Michigan Family Law Section:
    Handling Child Custody,
    Child Support and Parenting Time
    February 23

    Cosponsored with ICLE, this seminar will be held from 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 at the Inn at St. John’s, 44045 Five Mile Rd. in Plymouth. New to family law? Get up to speed on the latest in child custody, support, and parenting time. Expert practitioners — along with judicial and Friend of the Court professionals — give you the information you need to advise your clients. Plus, take home in-depth and practical materials that will enhance your practice. Learn to help your clients understand and navigate the process, to differentiate the meaning of legal versus physical custody, to determine when custody may be modified, to understand the nuances of the child support formula, to anticipate when a change of circumstances may affect support amounts and to recognize the best methods to enforce support obligations. This seminar is free to ICLE Premium Partners. Cost is $175 for ICLE Basic Partners and section members; $95 for new lawyers (0-3 years in practice); $195 for others. Register at www.icle.org.

    Lawyer Trust Accounts: Management
    Principles & Record Keeping Resources
    February 28

    This half-day ethics seminar will be held from 1:15-4:45 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28 at the State Bar of Michigan, 306 Townsend St. in Lansing. It will feature presentations on how to manage lawyer trust accounts, including how to effectively use forms, checklists, and other record keeping resources. The seminar, which is open to lawyers and their staff, is an excellent way to learn how to comply with Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct 1.15 and 1.15A. Participants will receive practical information as well as materials prepared by the presenters: SBM Professional Standards Division Director Danon Goodrum-Garland, SBM Assistant General Counsel Nkrumah Johnson-Wynn, Professional Standards Assistant Counsel Alecia Ruswinckel, and Attorney Grievance Commission Senior Associate Counsel Rhonda Pozehl. The cost is $50 for lawyers and $25 for all others. Register online at https://e.michbar.org/. Registration deadline is Feb. 24. No “walk-in” registrations will be accepted. For more information contact Karen Spohn with the State Bar of Michigan Professional Standards Division at (517) 346-6309 or by e-mail to kspohn@mail.michbar. org.

    Detroit Mercy Law presents the
    McElroy Lecture on Law and Religion
    March 2

    The Office of Alumni Relations will host the annual McElroy Lecture from 5-6 p.m. on Thursday, March 2 in Room 226 at the Detroit Mercy Law Campus, 751 East Jefferson Ave. in Detroit. The lecture provides a forum for prominent thinkers and leaders to address fundamental issues of law and religion. This year’s lecturer is Intisar A. Rabb, a Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Director of its Islamic Legal Studies Program. Dr. Rabb also holds an appointment as a Professor of History at Harvard University and as the Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. A complimentary reception in the atrium will follow. Register online at www.law.udmercy.edu.

    OCBA “Court Rules” Seminar:
    Oakland County Family Court
    March 9

    The Oakland County Bar Association continues the winter semester of OCBA U, its innovative continuing professional development program, with a series of seminars called “Court Rules,” focusing on effective trial practice in Oakland County. The classes are held at the OCBA offices, 1760 South Telegraph Road in Bloomfield Hills. Each seminar focuses on a different Oakland County Court. Judicial staff attorneys will lead off each seminar with an overview of pretrial matters and effective motion practice. The second part of each seminar will be a moderated panel of sitting judges discussing best practices in oral advocacy and the do’s and don’ts of practicing in their courtrooms. From 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, March 9, Jacob Cunningham, Staff Attorney to Hon. Mary Ellen Brennan and Judges Mary Ellen Brennan, Jeffrey S. Matis, and Karen McDonald outline procedures on Oakland County Family Court. J. Matthew Catchick of Catchick Law will moderate this event.   Seminar fees for the “Court Rules” series are $40 per seminar for OCBA members and $80 for non-members. Register online at www.ocba.org/events.

    State Bar of Michigan Health Care
    Law Section: Health Law Institute
    March 9-10

    Health care is already front and center in the news — and even more changes are on the horizon in 2017. Join the SBM Health Care Law Section for a seminar all day Thursday, March 9 and from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday, March 10 at The Inn at St. John’s, 44045 Five Mile Rd. in Plymouth. Dig deeper with expert advice and essential updates on constantly emerging issues, such as ransomware, civil rights, and concierge medicine. Breathe easy knowing you’re prepared to help your health care clients. Plus, don’t miss newly reformatted segments that cover both hospital and physician practices. Attend and learn to advise clients on ADA requirements for patients with disabilities; keep current on legal and regulatory developments impacting physicians; implement safeguards to limit the impact of ransomware attacks; identify the elements and scope of an effective compliance program; and understand the unique regulatory and business issues facing start-ups. This event is cosponsored with ICLE. Two continental breakfasts and a networking lunch on Thursday are included. The fee for this seminar is $195 for new lawyers (0-3 years in practice), $295 (per lawyer) when four or more lawyers from the same firm attend, $345 for Premium and Basic Partners, $365 for section members and $395 for all others. Register at www.icle.org.
     

    Michigan Defense Trial Counsel:
    First Annual Legal Excellence Awards Dinner
    March 9

    Join the MDTC at the First Annual Legal Excellence Awards Banquet from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, March 9 at the Detroit Historical Museum’s Streets of Old Detroit Exhibit, 5401 Woodward Avenue in Detroit. The evening will include presentations to Scott L. Mandel for the Excellence in Defense Award;  Hon. Nanci J. Grant and Hon. Robert J. Colombo for the Judicial Award; and John C.W. Hohmeier for the Young Lawyer Golden Gavel Award. Banquet includes a strolling dinner and reception. Prices are $85 per person or $170 per couple. Make payable to MDTC or register online at http://www.mdtcAwards.eventbrite.com. Judges and their guests attend compliments of MDTC.

    OCBA “Court Rules” Seminar: Oakland County Probate Court
    April 13

    The Oakland County Bar Association winds up the winter semester of OCBA U, its innovative continuing professional development program, with the final in a series of seminars called “Court Rules,” focusing on effective trial practice in Oakland County. The classes are held at the OCBA offices, 1760 South Telegraph Road in Bloomfield Hills. Each seminar focuses on a different Oakland County Court. Judicial staff attorneys will lead off each seminar with an overview of pretrial matters and effective motion practice. The second part of each seminar will be a moderated panel of sitting judges discussing best practices in oral advocacy and the do’s and don’ts of practicing in their courtrooms. From 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 13, Ryan Deel, Staff Attorney to Hon. Linda S. Hallmark, as well as Judges Linda S. Hallmark, Daniel A. O’Brien, and Kathleen A. Ryan, will participate in a discussion on Oakland County Probate Court. Attorney Chiara Mattieson of the Prince Law Firm will moderate. Plans for seminars covering Oakland County District and Business Courts are underway.   Seminar fees for the “Court Rules” series are $40 per seminar for OCBA members and $80 for non-members. Register online at www.ocba.org/events.
     
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