February 2017
  1. February 22 ICLE Calender

    Handling Child Custody, Child Support & Parenting Time, Thursday, Feb. 23, from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth.  This basic level course, co-sponsored by the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, offers 6 CLE credits.

    The general admission fee is $195, section members pay $175, Michigan new lawyers pay $95, ICLE basic partners pay $175, and ICLE premium partners can attend for free.

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    Tax Law Series: Estate Planning Tax Considerations for 2017, on-demand webcast available Tuesday, Feb. 28. For CLE credit from this intermediate level course, co-sponsored by the Taxation Section of the State Bar of Michigan, call ICLE.

    The general admission fee is $95, section members pay $85, Michigan new lawyers pay $45, and ICLE partners can attend for free.

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    23rd Annual Health Law Institute,
    Thursday, March 9, from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Friday, March 10, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth.  This basic/intermediate/advanced level course, co-sponsored by the Health Care Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, offers 9.5 CLE credits.

    The general admission fee is $395, section members pay $365, Michigan new lawyers pay $195, and ICLE partners pay $345.

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    Intellectual Property Law Spring Seminar 2017, Monday, March 13, from 9 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. at the Kellogg Hotel &?Conference Center in East Lansing.  This intermediate level course, co-sponsored by the Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, offers 5 CLE credits.

    The general admission fee is $150, section members pay $95, Michigan new lawyers pay $150, ICLE partners pay $150, and law students pay $25.

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    Course books, audio CDs, and MP3s for most seminars are available if unable to attend program. Video replays for some programs are also offered. For additional information or to charge reservations to VISA, MasterCard, or Discover, call 877-229-4350. Visit ICLE’s website at

  2. February 22 Calendar


    22 The Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan Chapter, will present a labor and technology seminar on Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in room 115 of the Levin U.S. Courthouse in Detroit.  The Technology and Labor Committees of the FBA’s Eastern District of Michigan Chapter are presenting “Whose Data Is It Anyway? The Role of Personal Data Infrastructure in Company Legal Matters,” a primer on recent case law developments and current issues. Cost for FBA members is $25; non-members pay $30. Register online at

    23 Tired of trying to figure out the best way to persuade judges to grant motions? Hear how to do it firsthand at the Consumer Bankruptcy Association’s “Motion Practice—Dos and Don’ts” seminar on Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Iroquois Club, 43248 N. Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills. Attendees will hear the best tips on drafting motions and briefs, the most (and least) persuasive arguments. U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judges Marci Mclvor, Daniel Opperman, and Maria Oxholm will offer their best tips on how to subtly (and not so subtly) sway them.  The program begins with registration and cocktail hour (cash bar) from 5 to 6 p.m. Dinner and presentations take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Cost for CBA members is $35; non-members pay $50. Space is limited to 80 attendees. Online registration is available at

    23 Family and friends of Judge Kaye Tertzag will host the Eighth Annual Tertzag Tribute Dinner from 5 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23. The dinner will be held at the Park Place Banquet Hall, 23400 Park St. in Dearborn. The Tertzag Tribute Dinner Committee is pleased to announce that Wayne County 23rd District Court Judge Geno Salomone is the 2017 recipient of the Purple Sport Coat Award.  Michigan Supreme Court Justice David Viviano will be this year’s Tertzag Tribute Dinner keynote speaker. The evening will close with a Sambuca toast, a tradition started at Judge Tertzag’s memorial by his daughter, Kara Tertzag Lividini. Attendees are encouraged to wear purple to the event; those wearing purple will be entered into a drawing for a door prize. Tickets are $40 and include dinner and an open bar. Table reservations are also available; one table seats eight people and is $320. Checks should be made payable to: Tertzag Tribute Dinner, LLC and sent to 412 Berwyn, Birmingham, 48009. Spouses and significant others are welcome. This event will sell out and space is limited. Direct questions to Kara Tertzag Lividini at 313-645-9511 or

    24 The Wolverine Bar Association, D. Augustus Straker Bar Association, and Black Law Student Association at Wayne State University Law School will present the “Stoney the Road We Trod” Detroit Bus Tour on Friday, Feb. 24.  The program will take a look back at African Americans in the law.  The bus tour departs at 1 p.m. from the Damon J. Keith Center at Wayne Law, 471 W. Palmer in Detroit.  After the tour will be a video presentation, speakers, and networking reception.  Space is limited.  Registration is requested by Tuesday, Feb. 14.  To register, e-mail

    28 The Federal Bar Association (FBA), Eastern District of Michigan Chapter, will host the Wade Hampton McCree Jr. Award Luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 28, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Westin Book Cadillac, 1114 Washington Blvd. in Detroit. The Wade H. McCree, Jr. Award for the Advancement of Social Justice honors individuals or organizations who have made significant contributions to the advancement of social justice. These contributions may include advancing social justice in areas involving poverty, promoting economic or educational opportunity, or fighting discrimination involving race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, religion, or economic status.  Cost for the luncheon is $35 for members and $45 for non-members. Register online at

    The State Bar of Michigan will present a seminar, “Lawyer Trust Accounts: Management Principles & Record Keeping Resources,” on Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 1:15 to 4:45 p.m. at the State Bar of Michigan Michael Franck Building, 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 record keeping resources.  Organizers say the event, 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.  The registration fee is $50 for lawyers and $25 for non-lawyers.  The registration deadline is Feb. 24. No “walk-in” registrations will be accepted.  To register, visit  For additional information, contact Karen Spohn with the State Bar of Michigan Professional Standards Division at 517-346-6309 or by e-mail to


    2 The second “semester” of OCBA U continues at the Oakland County Bar Association offices in Bloomfield Hills. Titled “Court Rules,” these seminars provide a unique primer for best advocacy practices in Oakland County courts according to the court personnel who work there. Each seminar will begin with a judicial staff attorney who will cover pretrial matters and effective motion practice. The second part of the each seminar will be a moderated panel of sitting judges discussing best practices in oral advocacy and the dos and don’ts of practicing in their courtrooms. This series continues Thursday, March 2, at 6 p.m. when Jacob Cunningham, staff attorney to Judges Mary Ellen Brennan, Jeffrey S. Matis, and Karen McDonald, outlines procedures on Oakland County Family Court. Fees for the “Court Rules” series are $40 per seminar for OCBA members and $80 for non-members. Register online at

    2 The University of Detroit Mercy School of Law’s Office of Alumni Relations will host the annual McElroy Lecture on Law and Religion Thursday, March 2, from 5 to 6 p.m. in Room 226 at the Detroit Mercy Law campus, 751 East Jefferson Ave. in Detroit. The lecture provides a forum for prominent thinkers and leaders to address fundamental issues of law and religion. This year’s lecturer is Intisar A. Rabb, a professor of law at Harvard Law School and director of its Islamic Legal Studies Program.  Rabb also holds an appointment as a professor of history at Harvard University and as the Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. A complimentary reception in the atrium will follow the lecture. Register online at

    21 The Oakland County Bar Association’s Criminal Law Committee continues its Anatomy of a Criminal Case-Year 18, a brown bag lunch lecture series, with “Know Your Judge: District Court” featuring attorney Douglas K. Oliver on Tuesday, March 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Oakland County Bar Center in Bloomfield Hills. The pre-registration fee for OCBA members is $10 per lecture. The seminar fee for all non-members and walk-ins is $20 per lecture. For additional information or to register, call 248-334-3400 or visit

    This year’s Wayne Law Review Symposium will bring together judges, scholars and practitioners on Friday, March 24, to discuss  “The Changing Face of the War on Drugs: Mass Incarceration, Overcriminalization, and Evolving Drug Policy.”  U.S. District Court Chief Judge Denise Page Hood, Eastern District of Michigan, will deliver the keynote address.  The symposium will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium at Wayne State University Law School, 471 W. Palmer St. The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available for $7.50 (credit and debit cards only) in Structure No. 1 across West Palmer Street from the law school. The event includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Registration is requested by Friday, March 17, at