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Council Meeting

    Date: April 17, 2014
    Time: 6:30 p.m.
    Location: Sweet Lorraine's, 29101 Greenfield Rd., Southfield, MI 48076

    Agenda PDF

Judge/Attorney Crossfire

What are they thinking? Why can't I get my point across? Who thought up this system? Why don't we do things differently? If you represent clients in court—you can't afford to miss this event!

    Date: Wednesday, April 30, 2014
    Time: 5 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
    Place: Andiamo, 6676 Telegraph Rd, Bloomfield Twp.

    Register: online or by mail/fax form PDF Pre-registration closes April 25, 2014

    Our Moderator
    Honorable Edward Sosnick (Ret.) focuses his practice on alternative dispute resolution, including formal and informal arbitration, mediation, and facilitation. Judge Sosnick was an Oakland County Circuit Court judge for 24 years, during which he served in both the Civil and Family Divisions, and served two terms as chief judge. Prior to his election to the Circuit Court bench in 1989, Judge Sosnick served as a 48th District Court judge, a senior trial attorney in the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office, a private practitioner, and a city, township, and village attorney.

    Our Judges
    Honorable Daniel Patrick O'Brien has been an Oakland County Circuit Court judge since November of 2002. Prior to his election, he was in private practice and assistant municipal attorney and assistant city attorney for various communities in Oakland County. He was an assistant prosecuting attorney for Oakland County, 1995-1996. Judge O'Brien is a former member of the Royal Oak Zoning Board of Appeals, Circuit Court Criminal Assignment Committee, and a former bench liaison to the OCBA Circuit Court Committee.

    Honorable Connie Marie Kelley was elected to the Wayne County Circuit Court bench in 2008. She serves in the Family Division, Domestic Relations. She was instrumental in creating the Solution Oriented Domestic Violence Prevention Court in 2010. As a judge on this specialty court, she oversees cases where personal protection orders have been issued as the result of domestic violence and any divorce, custody, or support cases involving the same families. She was recently named as one of the best judges in Wayne County Circuit Court by D Business Magazine, as selected through a poll of almost 20,000 lawyers.

    Honorable Mark S. Switalski was elected to the Macomb County Circuit Court in 2000. He was elected to the 39th District Court bench in 1988 and served as chief judge of that District from 1991 to 2000. Judge Switalski was in the private practice of law from 1977 to 1988, and served as 39th District Court magistrate from 1983 to 1988. He was appointed chief judge by the Michigan Supreme Court in November 2009, for a two year term beginning January 1, 2010.

    Our Lawyers
    William Cataldo-Chief of Homicide-Macomb County Prosecutor's Office is chief of homicide for the Macomb County Prosecutor's Office, an adjunct professor of law at Cooley Law School, and staff lecturer for the Macomb Police Academy. In his former life, he was a criminal trial attorney for 22 years and staff instructor for both the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College in Wyoming and the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (CDAM).

    Early in his career, Donald McGinnis Jr. became involved in bar related activities. Mr. McGinnis was elected to the Oakland County Bar Association Board of Directors, wherein he served for in excess of 12 years, eventually becoming the president of the OCBA for 2005/2006. He is also a member of the Family Law and Criminal Law sections of the OCBA. Mr. McGinnis received the Professionalism Award, which is the highest honor the OCBA bestows on one of its members. This award is dedicated to an attorney who goes above and beyond and is determined by his peers to exhibit the greatest degree of professionalism in honor of his profession. Mr. McGinnis has also lectured for the Michigan Trial Lawyers for their continuing legal education arm and has written numerous articles as it relates to the practice of law and the standards which attorneys should follow.

    John O'Brien is an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan and has been since 2002. He served as Chief of the Violent Crime Unit from 2010 through 2013 and Deputy Chief of General Crimes from 2003 through 2010. From 2006–2010 John was the office's Project Safe Childhood Coordinator, responsible for the oversight and prosecution of child pornography and child exploitation cases brought in Detroit. John also is an office representative to the Oakland County Violent Crimes Task Force, the Southeastern Crimes Against Children Task Force and is a member or the Southeast Michigan Human Trafficking Working Group. He is also an adjunct professor for the Thomas M. Cooley School of Law in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

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    Questions? Contact Lori T. Williams, event organizer/Section secretary at(248) 594-4470,

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