Calendar

August 2018
  1. August 14 Upcoming Events

    Michigan State University College of Law
    Alumni Association Golf Outing
    August 17

    The Michigan State University College of Law Alumni Association is hosting the 21st Annual Alumni Association Golf Outing from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, August 17 at Forest Akers West, 3535 Forest Road in Lansing. The event includes a continental breakfast followed by a shotgun start, 18 holes, lunch, and a program and reception to end the day. Cost is $160 per person with cart. RSVP at http:// www.law.msu.edu/advancement/golf/index. php.

    Detroit Bar Association
    Detroit Legal Services Clinic
    August 28

    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 will be supervised by Dennis Donahue, the Detroit Bar Association Foundation Access to Justice Administrator. The clinic is from 12-3 p.m. Tuesday, August 28 at the Penobscot Building, 13th Floor, Smart Detroit Conference Rooms, 645 Griswold in Detroit. Volunteers may arrive at 11:30 a.m. for lunch. To volunteer, email Dennis Donahue at ddonahue@ detroitlawyer.org. For more information, contact Mary Kovari at mkovari@detroitlawyer. org or (313) 961-6120, ext. 206.

    Incorporated Society of Irish American Lawyers
    23rd Annual Golf Scramble
    September 10

    Plan a day of golf and Irish comradery with the Incorporated Society of Irish American Lawyers starting with registration at 10 a.m. Monday, September 10 at The Inn at St. Johns, 44045 Five Mile Rd. in Plymouth. The scramble format shotgun start is at 12 p.m. and a buffet dinner follows. Registration includes 18 holes with golf cart, access to driving range, locker room privileges, hot dog lunch, buffet dinner with cash bar, awards, prizes and skill contests. The price for ISIAL or MIACC members is $85 per person, $95 for non-members, $75 for law graduates (less than 5 years), $70 for law students, and $35 for dinner only guests. Register at http://irish-lawyers.org/. Sponsorship options are available. For more information contact Blake McLellan at (313) 642-5911 or Blake.McLellan@morganstanley. com.

    Michigan Defense Trial Counsel
    22nd Annual Golf Tournament
    September 14

    Join peers in the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel for a day of golf and good times on Friday, September 14 at Mystic Creek Golf Club and Banquet Center, 1 Champions Circle in Milford. Clients, judges and guests are welcome. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and includes lunch before shotgun start at 11 a.m. Golf will be played in modified scramble format. Create a twosome or foursome, or be paired randomly by MDTC. No guarantee to golf with a judge unless accompanied by a judge. The cost is $165 per person by August 30, and $175 after August 30, and includes dinner and two drinks following golf. Dinner only participants pay $50 (dinner at approximately 5 p.m.). Find link to registration forms and sponsorship opportunities at www.mdtc.org. All fees must be paid on or before day of golf. For more information call (517) 627-3745.

    Incorporated Society of Irish American Lawyers
    6th Annual Irish Heritage Night at Comerica
    September 21

    The Incorporated Society of Irish American Lawyers has purchased 20 tickets for the 7:08 p.m. Friday, September 21 Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals game to share with members so that the ISIAL group can sit together at Comerica Park. Irish festivities start at 6:15 p.m. The tickets are $30, and each includes a baseball hat. Tickets are available for purchase on a first-come-first-served basis by contacting Jennifer Cupples at (734) 742-1845 or jcupples@fbmjlaw.com. For more information visit http://irish-lawyers.org/upcoming-events/.

    Wayne State University
    Law Alumni Happy Hour
    September 21

    Don’t miss the opportunity to network with fellow alumni and friends at the Wayne Law Alumni Happy Hour from 5-8 p.m. Friday, September 21 at Tony V’s Tavern, 5756 Cass Ave. in Detroit. The event includes light appetizers and is free (with a cash bar) but registration is required. Register at https://events.wayne.edu/law/. For more information contact Duc Abrahamson at (313) 577-6199 or duc. abrahamson@wayne.edu.

    Federal Bar Association
    2018 State of the Court Luncheon
    September 21

    The Eastern District of Michigan Chapter of the Federal Bar Association will kick off its annual luncheon program from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, September 21 in the Venetian Ballroom of the Westin Book Cadillac, 1114 Washington in Detroit. The reception will begin at 11:30 a.m., with luncheon following at 12 p.m. The featured speaker will be Chief Judge Denise Page Hood with the annual “State of the Court” address. The cost is $45 for members and $60 for non-members and guests. Register at https://fbamich.org/. Law firm sponsorship opportunities are available for the opening luncheon and the three additional luncheons in the program, which will be held in the coming months. For more information about this luncheon or the luncheon series, contact Mindy Herrmann, Chapter Executive Officer, at (248) 231-7887 or by email to fbamich@fbamich.org.

    Managing Intellectual Property/
    Benchmark Litigation AUTOLEX  Forum
    September 25

    Join colleagues for the second annual AUTOLEX Autonomous Vehicle Forum at Aloft Detroit at the David Whitney, 1 Park Ave. in Detroit on Tuesday, September 25. This one day forum will focus on the disruptive changes occurring in the automobile industry as autonomous vehicles become a reality. Hear some of the nation’s top in-house and law firm experts discuss legal concerns in IP, litigation, regulation, cybersecurity and the Internet of Things. This one-day interactive forum will cover best ways to protect your IP in these evolving technologies, what has been learned from automotive litigation cases, and how the global, federal and state regulatory markets are reacting. The aim is to provide an inclusive forum for automakers, suppliers, tech companies, regulators, government agencies, and other interested constituents, where the rapidly changing legal landscape of the automotive industry can be discussed and debated. Register at www.managingip.com.

    Detroit Bar Association
    Detroit Legal Services Clinic
    September 25

    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 will be supervised by Dennis Donahue, the Detroit Bar Association Foundation Access to Justice Administrator. The clinic is from 12-3 p.m. Tuesday, September 25 at the Penobscot Building, 13th Floor, Smart Detroit Conference Rooms, 645 Griswold in Detroit. Volunteers may arrive at 11:30 a.m. for lunch. To volunteer, email Dennis Donahue at ddonahue@ detroitlawyer.org. For more information, contact Mary Kovari at mkovari@detroitlawyer. org or (313) 961-6120, ext. 206.

    State Bar of Michigan
    NEXT Conference 2018
    September 26-28

    Join the State Bar of Michigan for the 2nd Annual NEXT Conference (formerly Annual Meeting/Solo and Small Firm Institute) subtitled, “Come See What’s NEXT For Your Law Practice.” The conference will be held at DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Ave. NW in Grand Rapids. Hear about the latest technology and practice management innovations designed to raise your level of practice. Learn new strategies for delivering competitive legal services in the changing marketplace and harness artificial intelligence software to increase your productivity. From NEXT Conference favorites like Barron Henley and the return of the popular “judicial perspectives” track, to industry icons like CEO of CLIO, Jack Newton, and MyCase’s Nicole Black — gain valuable practice tips to use immediately. The NEXT Conference has something for everyone — whether you attend educational sessions, go to a section meeting or network and make new connections. Attendees can gain insight into judges’ pet peeves and expectations in both criminal and civil cases; get step by step guidance on using speech recognition software to draft documents and time entries; understand the six numbers and the six reports every lawyer must know to run a successful practice; avoid common malpractice traps when using technology in your practice; expertly and ethically use social media evidence in your next case; gain efficiencies in your practice with artificial intelligence software; sell your legal services by understanding how clients value it; keep current on the latest tech tricks, gadgets and websites; capitalize on key trends in the legal marketplace to stay competitive; and find dozens of industry-leading companies and organizations offering solutions that are geared toward your specific needs. Flexible and individual pricing is offered with multiple lunch and reception options, including the complimentary all-member reception. Early Bird rates are available through August 22. Register at www.michbar.org.

    Detroit Mercy Law 2018
    Homecoming Golf Outing
    September 28

    Detroit Mercy Law will sponsor the 2018 Homecoming Golf Outing starting at 11 a.m. Friday, September 28 at The Inn at St. John’s, 44045 5 Mile Rd. in Plymouth. Proceeds will benefit the School of Law’s Student Scholarship Fund. Golf will be played in a scramble format with 4-player teams (individuals and couples welcome, to be paired with others). Registration includes 18 holes with cart, driving range, bag services, full locker room facilities, buffet dinner, souvenir gift, and two drink tickets for hospitality cart on course. Lunch is available for purchase at the Pro Shop or Halfway House. In addition, enjoy golf contests, a raffle and the awards ceremony following golf. Detroit Mercy Law and its Alumni Association will honor two distinguished alumnae during the dinner program. The Hon. Michael J. Riordan (’90) will receive the Time and Talent Award, and Rosa A. Weaver (’13) will receive the Rising Star Award. The price for students is $75 per person, $125 for non-students before Sept. 1, and $140 for non-students after September 1. Dinner only guests pay $40 each. Register at http://www.law.udmercy.edu/. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information contact Amy K. Smith  at (313) 596-0207 or Rebecca Simkins Nowak at (313) 596.9409.

    Antitrust, Franchise, and Trade
    Regulation Section Fall Forum
    October 4

    Invite colleagues and clients to join the State Bar of Michigan Antitrust, Franchise, and Trade Regulation Section for its first annual Fall Forum from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, October 4 at The Inn at St. John’s, 44045 Five Mile Road in Plymouth. The forum will offer after-work cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and networking, followed by separate educational sessions for both antitrust and franchise practitioners. In the antitrust session, Kendall Millard and Bradley Love, of Barnes & Thornburg, LLP, will speak about a recent criminal antitrust jury trial that resulted in a not-guilty verdict and discuss decisions companies face in antitrust actions brought by the Department of Justice. In the franchising session, Mark Siebert, CEO of the iFranchise Group, will discuss obstacles to growth in new and established franchise systems, how to overcome them, and how franchise counsel can help. There is no cost to attend. Register at https://sbmaftr.eventbrite.com. For more information contact Cale S. Johnson, section chair, at (248) 203-0809 or cjohnson@dykema.com.

    Michigan Defense Trial Counsel
    Meet The Judges
    October 4

    Registration is open for Michigan Defense Trial Counsel’s Meet the Judges event from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, October 4 at the Sheraton Detroit Novi Hotel, 21111 Haggerty Rd. in Novi. Justices of the Supreme Court, Judges of the Court of Appeals, Eaton, Genesee, Ingham, Jackson, Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne County Circuit Courts, U.S. District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts, Tribal Appellate Court Justices, Tribal Court Judges and Supreme Court Commissioners have been invited to attend. A partial list of Justices and Judges attending include Justice Bridget M. McCormack, Hon. James Chylinski, Hon. Nanci Grant, Hon. David Groner, Hon. Shalina Kumar, Hon. Denise Langford Morris, Hon. Anica Letica, Hon. Christopher Murray, Hon. Lita M. Popke, Hon. Kelly Ramsey, Hon. Michael Riordan, Hon. Amy Ronayne Krause, Hon. Cynthia Diane Stephens, and Hon. Joseph Toia. Hors d'oeuvres will be served and an open bar will be provided. Capacity is limited. The cost to attend is $85 for members and $135 for non-members (which includes membership). Member rates will apply to staff of MDTC members. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/. For more information call (517) 627-3745.

    Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
    Annual Meeting and ADR Conference
    October 12-13

    Join the State Bar of Michigan Alternative Dispute Resolution Section for its annual learning and networking event to be held Friday and Saturday, October 12  and 13 at the Park Place Hotel, 300 E. State St. in Traverse City. The ADR Conference features 11 hours of advanced mediation training by SCAO. Choose from an assortment of hot topics, case law, and research updates. Engage in skill-building exercises. Add fresh skills to improve techniques. Network with friends and colleagues, all in one convenient weekend. The optional Family Mediation Module from 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Friday includes lunch. The ADR Section Conference begins at 12 p.m. Friday and runs through 12:30 p.m. Saturday; the ADR Annual Meeting will be held from 8:30-9 a.m. Saturday. In addition, enjoy good food, good conversation, and good cheer as colleagues who have made especially strong contributions to the field of alternative dispute resolution are honored at the cocktail reception and awards banquet Friday night. The cost for the Family Mediation Module (in addition to the ADR Section Conference cost) is $60 or $30 for law and graduate students. The ADR Section Conference price is $150 or $75 for law and graduate students. Both parts of program are free for sitting judges. Additionally, the price for Friday evening’s cocktail reception and awards banquet is $50 for all attendees. There is no cost to attend only the annual meeting. Register by October 8 at www.michbar.org. Contact the Park Place Hotel at (231) 946-5000 and mention State Bar of Michigan for reduced rates on reservations (based on availability) through September 11.


    State Bar of Michigan Elder Law Section
    Annual Meeting and Fall Conference
    October 17-19

    Register now for the State Bar of Michigan Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Annual Meeting and Fall Conference to be held Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, October 17, 18 and 19 at Mission Point Resort, 6633 Main Street on Mackinac Island. This year’s conference keynote speaker will be Howard Krooks, a partner of Elder Law Associates PA with offices throughout Southeast Florida. Krooks is admitted to practice law in New York and Florida and is of counsel to Amoruso & Amoruso, LLP, in Rye Brook, New York. His professional practice is devoted to elder law, trusts, and estate matters, including representing seniors and persons with special needs and their families in connection with asset preservation planning, supplemental needs trusts, Medicaid, Medicare, planning for disability, guardianship, wills, trusts, and health care planning with advance directives. The conference will feature intermediate sessions and advanced sessions, as well as ELDRS’ own experts, including a special plenary session presented by Sanford Mall and Joseph Anderson, MD. Join Mall and Dr. Anderson as they discuss a range of issues related to surrogate medical decision making under Michigan law. Topics to be covered include: types of conflicts that arise between doctor and patient surrogate; frequency in which these issues arise; how hospitals work to resolve conflict; identification of surrogate with legal authority; when probate court should be considered; when a doctor is not required to take a directive from a patient advocate; and how DNRs and POST fit in with a patient advocate designation and/or advanced directives. Wednesday’s schedule starts with lunch at 12:30 p.m. and Friday’s final session ends at noon. The cost before September 7 is $300 for ELDRS or Probate and Estate Section members, $350 for non-section members, and $225 for non-lawyers, students or first-time registrants. The cost on or after September 7 is $325 for ELDRS or Probate and Estate Section members, $375 for non-section members, and $250 for non-lawyers, students or first-time registrants. There is no charge to attend the Annual Meeting on Thursday, October 18, at 12:30 p.m. Register online at www.michbar.org. Contact Mission Point Resort group reservations at (800) 833-7711 to reserve a room (based on availability) through September 1. As a carrier for Mission Point, Shepler’s Mackinac Ferry will offer guests a discounted price per round trip ticket for adults and children (use the code ELDRS18). Visit the Shepler’s Mackinac Ferry website for ferry schedule and plan accordingly. For more information contact Angela Hentkowski at ahentkowski@stewardsheridan.com or at (906) 485-6311.

    Lawyer Trust Accounts Seminar: Management Principles
    and Record Keeping Resources
    October 23

    Sign up now for the State Bar of Michigan Lawyer Trust Accounts Seminar to be held from 1:15-4:45 p.m. Tuesday, October 23 at the State Bar of Michigan, 306 Townsend St, in Lansing. This half-day ethics seminar will feature presentations on how to manage lawyer trust accounts, including how to effectively use forms, checklists, and other recordkeeping 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 for the event is $50 for lawyers, $25 for non-lawyers, law students and unlicensed graduates. Register by October 19 at www.michbar.org. 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 email to kspohn@michbar.org.

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