May 2017
  1. May 22 Mark the Date

    SBM  Taxation Section:
    Annual Tax Conference
    May 25

    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 and in-depth analysis from experts at the top of their fields from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday, May 25 at the Inn at St. John’s, 44045 Five Mile Rd. in Plymouth. New this year: an optional ethics session (perfect for accountants and lawyers), Core Concepts Track, and Michigan Business Law and Business Court Update. There’s something for everyone, regardless of your professional perspective. Attendees will hear from top government officials, DC insiders, and other experts; get the national perspective on international tax and Circular 230 developments; examine the Trump administration’s effect on benefits; analyze collection and enforcement issues facing Detroit and other local jurisdictions; gain a judge’s advice on drafting contracts to avoid litigation; keep current on key property tax changes; and explore issues facing in-house professionals. The conference is cosponsored with ICLE. Seminar registration fees are as follows: General $250, section members $150, ICLE Premium Partners $250, ICLE Basic Partners $250, new Lawyers (0-3 years in practice) $75, 4+ lawyers from the same firm $125 (per lawyer), and current sitting State Court judges (limit 40) can attend for free.Register at www.

    SBM Solo and Small Firm:
    Drunk Driving Law Update
    May 25

    Join the State Bar of Michigan Solo and Small Firm Section from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 25 at WMU Cooley Law School, 2630 Featherstone Rd. in Auburn Hills for this informative update on drunk driving law. Tens of thousands of Michigan residents have had their licenses revoked. According to MADD, there were 26,845 drunk driving arrests in Michigan last year. Learn what has to be done to defend a client charged with drunk driving and what you must do to restore driving privileges for your clients convicted of driving under the influence. Speakers include Patrick T. Barone, principal and founding member of the Barone Defense Firm; Daniel Larin, DUI criminal defense lawyer and author of Michigan Drunk Driving Law & Practice, published by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education, the main reference book for Michigan judges and attorneys looking to understand the complexities of the Michigan drunk driving laws; Colleen Tulloch-Brown, administrative law manager of the Administrative Hearings Section, Legal Services Administration with the Department of State; and Brian Longman, hearing officer with the Michigan Secretary of State where he conducts over 1,200 license appeal hearings per year. This event is free to law students, costs $20 for section members, and $25 for non-section members. Register by May 22 online at, or mail a completed registration form (available at and check to: State Board of Michigan, Attn: Seminar Registration, 306 Townsend Street, Lansing, MI 48933. For more information, contact Elizabeth Silverman at (248) 538-1177 or at elizabeth

    OCBA Annual Meeting
    June 1

    Join OCBA members at their 83rd Annual Meeting as they swear in new president Gerald J. Gleeson II of Miller, Canfield, Paddock & Stone and welcome newly elected board members. The meeting, from 4:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 1, will be held at the Townsend Hotel, 100 Townsend Street in Birmingham. Cocktails and the awards ceremony start at 4:30 p.m., followed by a seated dinner and program at 6 p.m. The cost for  OCBA members is $90; $75 for new lawyers, paralegals and students; and $110 for nonmembers (attendees not pre-registered will be charged an additional $50 at the door.) Register online at

    2017 Butzel Long
    Connected Car Symposium
    June 2

    Connected and autonomous car technology is evolving at a brisk pace, yet there is still a great deal of uncertainty about the capabilities of these vehicles. Considering this, the 2017 Butzel Long Connected Car Symposium will provide expert insight on the latest developments. A half-day program will take place from 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday, June 2 at The Madison, 1555 Broadway Street in Detroit. A reception will follow from 4 to 6 p.m. Program topics include: The State of the Industry – Regulations and Legislation on the State and Federal Level; The Future of the Automobile in the Mobile Economy; “Coopertition” – Dealing and Contracting for Success in Emerging Automotive Technology;” Product Liability – Is Your Company at Risk; and Cyber Security in Action – Simulated Vehicle Hack and Panel Discussion. The cost is $99 per person. This program is designed for anyone in the connected automotive world including: automotive executives, automotive supplier executives, engineering teams, in house legal teams, compliance officers, insurance professionals, IT professionals and risk managers. Register online at For more information, contact Jocelyn Pomaranski at or (313) 225-7075.

    Incorporated Society of Irish American
    Lawyers Annual Dinner
    June 7

    Join ISIAL for its Annual Scholarship and Awards Dinner aboard Diamond Jack’s River Tours’ Diamond Queen. Board at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, June 7 at Stroh’s River Place Dock (1340 Atwater in Detroit). Drinks, dinner and dancing will be featured on this chartered dinner cruise from 6:30-9:30 p.m. This year, the Thomas “Tiger” Thornton Award will be presented to Hon. Kathleen J. McCann, and the Charles R. Rutherford, Jr. Award will honor Brian C. Hartwell. Seating is limited and registration ends June 1. Cost for this event is $45 for law students, $65 for ISIAL members, $120 for member couples, and $75 for non-members; $50 for ISIAL members less than 5 years; and $90 for member couples less than 5 years. RSVP at

    OCBA Employment Law
    Year in Review Seminar
    June 13

    The OCBA’s Employment Law Committee presents an in-depth overview of legal trends and developments in labor and employment areas from 8:30-11 a.m. Tuesday, June 13 at the Oakland County Bar Association offices, 1760 South Telegraph Rd., Suite 100 in Bloomfield. The speakers will present updates in the areas of employee benefits, joint employers, cyber security, federal and state Family and Medical Leave Acts, OSHA and MIOSHA, discrimination and harassment, and retaliation and whistleblowing. Speakers include Mikyia Aaron and Maria Fracassa Dwyer, Clark Hill PLLC; Adam Blaylock and R.J. Cronkhite, Maddin Hauser Roth & Heller, PC; Brenda Cani, Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration; Eric Gregory, Dickinson Wright PLLC; Nick Huguelet, Nemeth Law; and Delores Mayer, Wayne State Law School. Cost for early registration (on or before June 6) for OCBA members is $40; $30 for OCBA new lawyers (P74739) and paralegals; and $60 for non-members. After June 6, OCBA members pay $50; cost for new lawyers and paralegals is $40; and $75 for non-members. At the door prices are $65 for OCBA members and $90 for non-members. Register online at www.

    2017 Moving Justice Forward
    Golf Outing
    June 16

    Registration is now open for Legal Aid and Defender’s 19th Annual Moving Justice Forward Golf Outing at the TPC Michigan in Dearborn on Friday, June 16 starting at 8:30 a.m. Foursomes are $600 and individual golfers are $150. Golfers can register until June 9. The registration fee includes a great day of golf, breakfast, lunch, dinner, contests and prizes. Golfers also will enjoy a putting and hole-in-one contest. There will be a silent auction and raffle at the dinner. All proceeds support Legal Aid for Children and Families, the Medical-Legal Partnership between Legal Aid and Defender Association and Beaumont Health. Since the program began in 2009, over 2,000 children and families have received legal assistance and advice from our attorney at Royal Oak Beaumont. For more information about the Moving Justice Forward Golf Outing, call (313) 967-5619 or register online at event/2017-moving-justice-forward-annual-golf-outing/.

    ‘Raising the Bar’ Annual Dinner
    June 21

    Don’t miss your chance to be part of Raising the Bar 2017, an evening of celebration and recognition, including the installation of Detroit Bar officers. It will be held from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 21 at a location to be determined. For more information, visit https://www.

    FBA 38th Annual Dinner
    Honoring the Judicial Officers
    of the Eastern District of Michigan
    June 22

     Online registration is now open for the FBA 38th Annual Dinner Honoring the Judicial Officers of the Eastern District on Thursday, June 22 at the Crowne Plaza Detroit Downtown Riverfront Hotel, 2 Washington Blvd. in Detroit. Cocktail hour (cash bar) begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30. The event will feature the Annual Meeting and Election of Officers of the Eastern District of Michigan Chapter and the presentation of the Ninth Annual Julian Abele Cook, Jr.- Bernard A. Friedman FBA Civility Award. Cost is $85 per person or $850 for a table of ten (which will accommodate eight plus a judicial honoree and guest). Make reservations by May 27 at and direct inquiries to Jeannie Maison at (248) 203-0846 or jmaison@dykema. com.

    FBA Bench/Bar Social Golf Outing
    June 26

    Save the new date for the Federal Bar Association Eastern District of Michigan Bench/Bar Social Golf Outing at Forest Lake Country Club, 1401 Club Dr. in Bloomfield Hills. This event features unique and extensive interaction with the Federal Bench. The golf begins with a 12 p.m. shotgun start and a box lunch is included; cocktails at 5 p.m. Cost for the golf event is $200 per golfer and $750 per foursome; and dinner only is $75. If registering for a golf foursome, please email Deborah Lemanski at and provide the names of each member. Register online at

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