January 2019
  1. January 16 Coming Events


    23: GRBA and MIDC?Continuing Legal Education Seminar, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Kent County Courthouse Jury Assembly Room, 180 Ottawa Ave. N.W., Grand Rapids. The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission (MIDC) was established to ensure the state’s public defense system is fair, cost-effective and constitutional while protecting public safety and accountability. Standard 1 of the MIDC Act requires adherence to the principle that “[d]efense counsel is required to attend continuing legal education relevant to counsel’s indigent defense clients.” MIDC has determined that every attorney accepting court appointments must complete 12 hours of CLE annually, and has paired with the Grand Rapids Bar Association (GRBA) for this two-CLE seminar. Judge Trusock will speak on topics relevant to Standard 1 in Kent County. Chris Dennie, former regional manager of the MIDC, will answer questions about MIDC and Tim McMorrow, former chief appellate attorney for the Kent County Prosecutor’s office, will goive an update on Michigan criminal law. Free of charge to attorneys accepting felony appointments in Kent County and misdemeanor appointments in 61st and 63rd District Courts. To register, visit and click on the event in the calendar. Questions? Email or call 616-454-5550.



    Feb. 27:  2019 Annual Benefit Dinner featuring ABC’s Dan Abrams, 5:30 p.m., Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, 1000 E. Beltline Ave. N.E., Grand Rapids. The Justice Foundation of West Michigan hosts the 2019 Benefit Dinner with Dan Abrams, ABC News Chief Legal Analyst. 5:30 p.m; cocktails and a silent auction, at 7:00 dinner, and Abrams will speak at 8:00 p.m. Abrams, who received his J.D. from Columbia Law School, is also a best-selling author of such books as Lincoln’s Last Trial. To register, visit and click on the event on the home page; to receive member pricing of $85 you must be logged in. For more information, call the Grand Rapids Bar Association staff at 616-454-5550.