August 2017
  1. August 18 Coming Events

    August 23: ADR: Child Custody Evaluations & ADR Teleseminar, 12:00-1:30 p.m. Courts are increasingly referring child custody disputes to child custody evaluators. This 90-minute interactive seminar will prepare you to incorporate Child Custody Evaluations into custody mediation, either as a mediator or litigator. Learn what makes a good comprehensive CCE. Moderator, Robert E.L. Wright, The Peace Talks, PLC. Panel: Ben Burgess, MA, LLP, Fountain Hill Center, Grand Rapids, and Connie Thacker, JD, Thacker Sleight PC, Grand Rapids. Registration deadline Aug. 18. To register, go to and click on the event near the bottom of the righthand column.

    September 7: State Bar of Michigan IT Law Section Annual Meeting and Seminar, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Inn at St. John’s, 44045 Five Mile Rd., Plymouth.  Cost: annual meeting ONLY free; Section Members $70, Non-section members $120 - includes seminar, breakfast, lunch, and a networking reception. The annual meeting will be held briefly during the lunch break and wil include the election of 2017-2018 council members and section officers. For the program, Moderator Mark G. Malven of Dykema will lead participants through presentations on Cybersecurity; Software Licensing; New EU Data Privacy Requirements; Immigration Developments; a Trade Secrets Update; and Business Website Best Practices. Registration required by Sept. 1; visit and click on the event. Contact: Christopher J. Mourad 248-213-3645 or

    September 18: 
    2017 Constitution Day, various GRPS fifth grade classrooms. Each September, the GRBA partners with the Grand Rapids Public Schools to provide special lessons on the U.S. Constitution to GRPS 5th graders. The program's goal is to match each of the district's 5th grade classrooms with an attorney who will focus on one area of the Constitution. With just one hour, you can make a huge impact. Help students gain an in-depth and comprehensive understanding of the Constitution and their government. Deadline to sign up is Sept. 1. Resource packets and pocket-sized Constitutions will be provided to all volunteers. To sign up and for more information, visit