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July 2019
  1. July 16 Mark the Date

    Intellectual Property Law Section and ICLE: Intellectual Property Law Institute
    July 18-20

    The Intellectual Property Law Section and ICLE are sponsoring an “Intellectual Property Law Institute” from 12 p.m. Thursday, July 18 through 12 p.m. Saturday, July 20 at the Grand Hotel, 286 Grand Ave. on Mackinac Island. There’s no better place to get advanced content in patent, trademark, and copyright law. Hear from top minds while taking in the beauty of Mackinac Island. Join more than 200 top-notch practitioners for elegant receptions and unparalleled networking. Attendees will: gain insight straight from USPTO director Andrei Iancu; stay current with critical updates on patent, trademark, and copyright law; grasp the impact of Belmora, Octane Fitness, Helsinn, SAS, Shaw, ReDigi, and more; take home expert advice from both sides of the pond regarding opposition; and hone judgment with interactive ethics scenarios. Lisabeth H. Coakley of Harness Dickey & Pierce PLC, and Kendra Mattison of Koch Industries are moderators. Speakers include: Matthew Cutler, Harness Dickey & Pierce PLC; Mary Boney Denison, United States Patent and Trademark Office; Rob Doerfler, Mars Incorporated; Torsten Duhme, Witte Weller & Partner; Andrei Iancu, United States Patent and Trademark Office; Tom Irving, Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP; Thomas Kjellberg, Cowan Liebowitz & Latman; Author Anne Gilson LaLonde; Arriènne (Angel) M. Lezak, Polsinelli; Dustin Hans Shunta, Warner Norcross + Judd; and Brian D. Wassom, Warner Norcross + Judd. Registration fees are $295 for section members; $315 for ICLE Basic and Premium Partners; $295 per registrant for four or more registrants from the same firm; $195 for new lawyers (0-3 years in practice); and $395 for others. A special registration form is available for the first 40 current, sitting state court judges to attend at no cost. Register at https://www.icle.org.

    Detroit Bar Association
    Detroit Legal Services Clinic
    July 23

    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, July 23 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@detroitlawyer.org or (313) 961-6120, ext. 206.

    Business Law: Restructuring Healthcare Entities in the Current Environment
    July 24

    The State Bar of Michigan Business Law Section will host a seminar, “Restructuring Healthcare Entities in the Current Environment,” from 2-5 p.m. Wednesday, July 24 at the offices of Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss, PC, 27777 Franklin Rd., Ste 2500 in Southfield. A cocktail reception will follow. The seminar will be moderated by Judith Greenstone Miller, Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss, P.C. Presenters include Daniel S. Opperman, U.S. Bankruptcy judge, Eastern District of Michigan, chief judge, Sixth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel; Travis Comstock, Assistant Attorney General, Michigan, Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan; Samuel R. Maizel, Dentons US LLP; and Andrew B. Wachler, Wachler & Associates, P.C. The cost to attend is $35 per person. RSVP by July 17. Complete and return the form found at https://www.michbar.org, with your check made payable to the “State Bar of Michigan.” For more information contact Shanna Kaminski at (313) 481-7332 or smkaminski@ varnumlaw.com.

    Business Law: Restructuring Healthcare ­Entities in the Current Environment
    July 24

    The State Bar of Michigan Business Law Section will host a seminar, “Restructuring Healthcare Entities in the Current Environment,” from 2-5 p.m. Wednesday, July 24 at the offices of Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss, PC, 27777 Franklin Rd., Ste 2500 in Southfield. A cocktail reception will follow. The seminar will be moderated by Judith Greenstone Miller, Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss, P.C. Presenters include Daniel S. Opperman, U.S. Bankruptcy judge, Eastern District of Michigan, chief judge, Sixth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel; Travis Comstock, Assistant Attorney General, Michigan, Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan; Samuel R. Maizel, Dentons US LLP; and Andrew B. Wachler, Wachler & Associates, P.C. The cost to attend is $35 per person. RSVP by July 17. Complete and return the form found at https://www.michbar.org, with your check made payable to the “State Bar of Michigan.” For more information contact Shanna Kaminski at (313) 481-7332 or smkaminski@varnumlaw.com.

    Detroit Bar Association 2019
    Summer Breeze and Law Clerk Party
    July 24

    It’s almost time for the 32nd Annual Barristers’ Summer Breeze and Law Clerk Party. This year’s Summer Breeze will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 24 at the Detroit Shipping Co., 474 Peterboro St. in Detroit. Summer Breeze is an ideal opportunity for new attorneys, summer associates and law clerks to meet and mingle with members of the judiciary and other legal professionals in a relaxed and informal setting. In addition, Summer Breeze provides a fitting backdrop to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of some of the best and brightest young attorneys who have, in the early stages of their career, demonstrated great potential as future leaders of the legal community. The cost to attend is $35 for Detroit Bar members and $40 for non-members. Detroit Bar law student members and members of the judiciary may attend at no cost. Register at https://www.detroitlawyer. org. For more information contact Mary Kovari at mkovari@detroitlawyer.org or (313) 961-6120.

    Oakland County Bar Association
    Bar for the Course Golf  Tournament
    July 29

    Join the Oakland County Bar Association for the 2019 Bar for the Course Golf Tournament starting at 11:30 a.m. Monday, July 29 at the Red Run Golf Club, 2036 Rochester Rd. in Royal Oak. Registration and lunch begins at 11:30 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Cocktails and dinner begin at 6 p.m. Golf reservation includes golf fees, cart, beverages, lunch, dinner and prizes. Dinner only reservation includes dinner and prizes. The cost for earlybirds (by July 7) is $185 for OCBA members, $200 for non-members, and $725 for a foursome. The cost after July 7 is $200 for OCBA members, $250 for non-members, and $750 for a foursome. Dinner only is $50. Register at https://www.ocba.org. For more information contact Katie Tillinger at (248) 334-3400.

    Detroit Bar Association
    Detroit Legal Services Clinic
    August 27

    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, August 27 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@detroitlawyer.org or (313) 961-6120, ext. 206.

    Benchmark Litigation and Managing IP Autolex: Autonomous Vehicle Legal Forum
    September 10

    Benchmark Litigation and Managing IP will host the 3rd annual Autolex: Autonomous Vehicle Legal Forum from 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 10 at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel, 1114 Washington  Blvd. in Detroit. This one-day forum will focus on the disruptive changes occurring in the automobile industry as autonomous vehicles become a reality. Attendees will hear from some of the top in-house and law firm automobile lawyers discussing litigation, IP, insurance, and transactional issues. Get solutions to the top challenges facing the autonomous vehicle legal industry, including: regulations (or lack thereof); allocation of risk/safety/insurance; developing industrywide performance standards; uncertainties around autonomous business models; entry of non-traditional competitors; and defending against the enforcement of SEPs, particularly relating to communication standards. The Detroit Bar Association is an Association Partner sponsor of the event, which offers networking during coffee breaks, lunch and a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m. The price to attend is $695 at earlybird rate by July 19, or $995 after July 19 for law firms, IP service providers and consultancies. In-house counsel and heads of legal attend free with registration. Register at http://events.managingip. com/autolex.

    12th Annual Information Technology Seminar and Annual Meeting
    September 12

    The State Bar of Michigan Information Technology Law Section will hold the 12th Annual Information Technology Seminar and Annual Meeting from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, September 12 at The Inn at St. John’s, 44045 5 Mile Rd. in Plymouth. Join colleagues for this educational and entertaining event, which includes the seminar, breakfast, lunch and a networking reception following the seminar. Robert Rothman, Privacy Associates International LLC will moderate. Topics include:  How to Have a Strong CIO-Attorney Relationship; Liability Limits and Indemnities — Practical and Tactical Perspectives; Big Data Analytics; Negotiating Security Addenda; Cyber Security Governance and Best Practices; and a panel discussion “You’ve Got Ransomware or Other Cyber Security Nightmares.” Event sponsors include Dykema and Privacy Associates International LLC. The cost to attend is $75 for section members (free for student section members), $20 for student non-members, and $125 for non-members. Limited onsite registration available for a $30 fee in addition to seminar cost. There is no cost to attend the Annual Meeting only (lunch not included). In addition to the Annual Meeting, council meetings will be held during the luncheon and will include election of the 2019–2020 council members and section officers. Register by September 9 online at https://www.michbar. org/ or by using mail form found online.

    Taxation Section: Annual Meeting and Past Chairs Networking Dinner
    September 18

    Join the State Bar of Michigan Taxation Section at its Annual Meeting and Past Chairs Networking Dinner from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, September 18. It will be held at the Townsend Hotel, 100 Townsend St. in Birmingham. The Annual Meeting is from 5-5:30 p.m. and the networking dinner is from 5:30-8 p.m. The cost to attend is $40 for section members, $60 for non-section members. There is no charge to attend the Annual Meeting portion of the event. Register by September 13 online at https://www.michbar.org/ or by using mail form found online. No onsite registration accepted.

    State Bar Annual Meeting — Representative Assembly, Inaugurations and Awards Lunch
    September 26

    Plan ahead to attend the State Bar of Michigan Annual Meeting being held all day Thursday, September 26 at Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave. in Novi. Some important changes to the SBM NEXT Conference/Annual Meeting will occur this year. Since the adoption of the State Bar’s Strategic Plan in 2017, the Board of Commissioners has been engaged in a systematic, data-driven examination of the functions of the bar based on the priorities in the new plan. After several months of analysis and discussion, the Board has determined that the NEXT Conference/Annual Meeting should be redesigned to better allocate State Bar resources. The Board has voted to reduce the NEXT Conference/Annual Meeting to its core elements, as framed in the Supreme Court Rules Concerning the State Bar of Michigan. These elements include the swearing in of new officers, the inaugural meetings of the Representative Assembly and Board of Commissioners, and the presentation of the State Bar’s annual awards. Beginning this year, the annual meeting events will no longer include the Solo & Small Firm Institute, the vendor hall, receptions, or section annual meetings. Consolidation of some scheduled end-of-bar-year networking events will occur, and other events will move to different dates. Individuals receiving awards at the Inauguration and Awards Luncheon on September 26 in Novi include these 2019 State Bar of Michigan Award Recipients: Roberts P. Hudson Award — Lawrence P. Nolan; Frank J. Kelley Distinguished Public Service Award — Michael J. Talbot; Champion of Justice Award — Julie A. Gafkay, Robert F. Gillett, and Marla R. McCowan; John W. Reed Michigan Lawyer Legacy Award — Prof. Lawrence C. Mann and Prof. Suellyn Scarnecchia; John W. Cummiskey Pro Bono Award — Kimberly L. Scott; and Kimberly M. Cahill Bar Leadership Award — Michael J. Sullivan. The following individuals will receive Representative Assembly awards at the Assembly’s September 26 meeting in Novi: Michael Franck Award — Mary Chartier; and Unsung Hero Award — Clarence M. Dass. For information about sponsorship, contact Stacy Ozanich at sozanich@michbar. org or (517) 346-6315. Program details and registration information to come at later date. ­
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