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State Bar of Michigan Events Schedule
Wednesday | Thursday | Friday
 
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Time Event
Noon–1:00 p.m. SBM: Commissioner Committees Meetings & Lunch

1:30–3:30 p.m. SBM: Board of Commissioners Meeting

2:00–4:00 p.m. SBM: Michigan State Bar Foundation Members/Trustees Annual Business Meeting

3:00–7:00 p.m. SBM: Annual Meeting Registration

4:00–5:00 p.m. SBM: New Board of Commissioners Meeting

4:00–6:00 p.m. Michigan Association of Bar Executives Business Meeting

4:15–4:30 p.m. SBM: Fellows of the Michigan State Bar Foundation Annual Business Meeting

4:30–6:00 p.m. SBM: Fellows of the Michigan State Bar Foundation Annual Reception (by invitation)

6:30–9:00 p.m.

SBM: Awards Banquet | $70 ticket required
We have a very special guest this year to help us kick off our Awards Banquet & Annual Meeting: Governor Rick Snyder, the 48th governor of Michigan, and a Michigan lawyer. Join us as we pay tribute to our members who have achieved the highest honors in areas of leadership, professional integrity, and community service.

  • Roberts P. Hudson Award: Kurt E. Schnelz
  • Frank J. Kelley Award: Hon. Donna T. Morris
  • John W. Reed Lawyer Legacy Award: Prof. James J. White
  • Champion of Justice Award: Eugene Driker, Valerie R. Newman, Michele L. Halloran, Ann L. Routt, A. Kay Stanfield Spinks (posthumously)
  • John W. Cummiskey Pro Bono Award: Robert G. Mossel
  • Kimberly Cahill Bar Leadership Award: Elizabeth A. Kitchen-Troop
  • Liberty Bell Award: Marge Palmerlee
  • Michigan State Bar Foundation Access to Justice Award: Chad C. Schmucker
  • Michigan Ass'n for Justice Respected Advocate Award: Steven B. Galbraith
  • Michigan Defense Trial Counsel Respected Advocate Award: Jesse M. Reiter
   
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Time Event
8:00–9:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Registration & Vendor Showcase

8:30 a.m.–Noon SBM: Agricultural Law Section Business Meeting & Program
Two panel discussions:
Government’s Role & Responsibilities
What an Expert Can Do for You & Your Clients
More Information

9:00 a.m.–Noon SBM: Family Law Section Business Meeting

9:00–10:00 a.m. SBM: Military & Veterans' Law Section
Find Out More About the Newest State Bar of Michigan Section
Speakers:
LTC John J. Wojcik, Michigan National Guard, Lansing
Hon. David L. Jordon (retired), East Lansing
Heather Spielmaker, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing

Vendor Presentation: Casemaker Training
Casemaker, provided at no cost to SBM members, will save you hundreds of dollars every month on legal research. You will learn basic navigation, search functions, and even how to create and organize your personal research folders. If you've never tried this cost-saving FREE legal research tool, stop by and check out the presentation!


9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. SBM: Representative Assembly Business Meeting
The following awards will be presented Thursday during the Representative Assembly business meeting.
  • Michael Franck Award: Martin P. Krohner (posthumously)
  • Unsung Hero Award: James E. Brenner and Elizabeth Stafford

9:30–11:30 a.m. SBM: Insurance & Indemnity Law Section Business Meeting & Program
No Fault Reform in Michigan
A panel of speakers from the forefront of the debate will share their perspectives.
Speakers:
Steve Hicks, Speaker Law Firm, Lansing
Butch Hollowell, Melvin Butch Hollowell PC, Detroit
Pete Lund, Michigan House of Representatives, Shelby Township
Laura Appel, Vice President, Federal Policy & Advocacy, Michigan Health & Hospital Ass'n, Lansing
John Cornack, President, Coalition Protecting Auto No-Fault, Lansing
Pete Kuhnmuench, Executive Director, Insurance Institute of Michigan, Lansing
Tom Shields, President, Marketing Research Group, Inc., Lansing
Mark Morley, Secrest Wardle, Troy

10:00–11:30 a.m. SBM: Litigation Section Business Meeting

10:00 a.m.–Noon SBM: Michigan Indian Legal Services Business Meeting

10:30–11:00 a.m. Vendor Presentation: Veracity Payment Solutions and Fan CONNECT
Let us show you how to utilize innovative mobile marketing solutions to raise the bar for your practice! You will learn how to engage clients, promote your business, send special offers, and follow up with clients in a matter of seconds. Fan CONNECT is a new mobile marketing solution our endorsed credit card processing partner Veracity Payment Solutions (formerly Midwest Transaction Groupā€”MTG). State Bar members get a FREE Fan CONNECT account up to 50 contacts.

11:30 a.m.–Noon Vendor Presentation: Greenview Data, Inc.
E-mail security for attorneys. Securing e-mail communications to protect client confidentiality and preserve business records is critical to a law practice. Greenview Data, a Michigan-based software provider, will showcase its affordable, easy, and compliant e-mail encryption and archiving as part of its line of secure and flexible business e-mail services.

11:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m. SBM: Real Property Law Section Council Meeting

Noon–2:00 p.m. Brian D. EinhornSBM: Inaugural Luncheon | $49 ticket required
Share in the celebration with the swearing-in of the State Bar President Brian D. Einhorn and other State Bar officers.

1:00–3:00 p.m. SBM: Administrative & Regulatory Law Section Business Meeting & Program
Natural Gas Hydraulic "Fracking"
Speaker: Rick Henderson, Field Operations Supervisor, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Office of Oil, Gas, & Minerals

1:00–4:00 p.m. SBM: American Indian Law Section Business Meeting & Program
Financing Economic Development Projects
Exploring outside sources of funding for non-gaming, economic development projects.

SBM: Appellate Practice Section Business Meeting & Program
Motions That Move The Court of Appeals
Michigan Court of Appeals judges and clerks will discuss motion practice, including special types of motions, how motions are processed and decided, common mistakes, and share practice tips.
Moderator: Jill Wheaton, Dykema Gossett, Ann Arbor
Speaker Panel:
Kim Hauser, Lansing District Clerk, Court of Appeals, Lansing
Hon. Kirsten Frank Kelly, Michigan Court of Appeals, Detroit
Hon. Amy Ronayne Krause, Michigan Court of Appeals, Lansing
Larry Royster, Chief Clerk/Research Director, Michigan Court of Appeals, Lansing


1:30–3:30 p.m. SBM: Consumer Law Section Business Meeting & Program

1:30–6:00 p.m. SBM: Environmental Law Section Business Meeting, Program, & Dinner
Keynote Anne Couture will discuss recent developments at the MDEQ, including implementation of new cleanup standards and programs for NAPL and Vapor Intrusion. Ross Hamersley, of Olson, Bzdok & Howard, will discuss the recent proposal to dispose of Canadian nuclear waste near Lake Huron. A Panel of experts will discuss Recent Developments in Environmental Due Diligence, including international environmental due diligence and the U.S. EPA proposed rule to adopt the new ASTM Standard. More Information

2:00–3:00 p.m. SBM: Intellectual Property Law Section Program
Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, & Trade Secrets in 60 Minutes or Less
Provides a basic overview of the acquisition and enforcement of patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret rights.
Speakers:
Adam Strauss, Chair-Elect, SBM Intellectual Property Law Section, Kalamazoo
Kristen Murphy, Rader, Fishman & Grauer, Bloomfield Hills

2:00–4:00 p.m. SBM: Michigan Retired Judges Association (Circuit and Court of Appeals) Business Meeting

2:00–4:30 p.m.

SBM: Negligence Law Section Business Meeting & Program
The Nomination of Michigan Appellate Judges
Speakers:
Hon. William C. Whitbeck, Michigan Court of Appeals
Richard Robinson, Executive Director of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network, Lansing
Hon. James L. Ryan, 6th Circuit Court of Appeals
Justice Bridget Mary McCormack, Michigan Supreme Court

SBM: Labor & Employment Law Section Business Meeting, Program, & Reception
Health Care Reform—A Primer—What Every Labor & Employment Lawyer Needs to Know

Speakers:
Michael Friedman, Partner, Honigman, Miller, Schwartz & Cohn, LLC, Detroit
Debbie Youngs, Vice-President, Kapnick Ins. Group
Best [and Worst] Practices in the U.S. District Courts in Michigan
Several current and former law clerks from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, and the Michigan Supreme Court will share their views and experiences.
Moderator: John Runyan
Speakers:
Kimberly Altman, Career Law Clerk to Hon. Avern Cohn
Christy Dral, Career Law Clerk to Hon. Robert Cleland
Kathleen Geiger, Law Clerk to Hon. Janet T. Neff
Lauren Mandel, Career Law Clerk to Hon. Patrick Duggan
Theresa Serra, Career Law Clerk to Hon. Nancy Edmunds


2:30–5:30 p.m. SBM: Young Lawyers Section Business Meeting

3:00–4:00 p.m. Vendor Presentation: Law and the Media Committee—Dealing with the Media
This seminar will feature a panel discussion of attorneys with media experience, including Pulitzer Prize-winning former journalist Eric Freedman, now an attorney and a Michigan State University professor. The panel will discuss how to respond to media inquiries, what "off the record" and "on background" mean, and interacting with the press in a manner consistent with Michigan's Rules of Professional Conduct.

4:00–5:00 p.m. Vendor Presentation: Law and the Media Committee—Dealing with the Media
This seminar will feature a panel discussion of attorneys with media experience, including Pulitzer Prize-winning former journalist Eric Freedman, now an attorney and a Michigan State University professor. The panel will discuss how to respond to media inquiries, what "off the record" and "on background" mean, and interacting with the press in a manner consistent with Michigan's Rules of Professional Conduct.

4:30–6:00 p.m. SBM: Law Schools Reception
Michigan State University
Thomas M. Cooley
University of Detroit Mercy
University of Michigan
Wayne State University

6:30–8:30 p.m. SBM: Celebrating Diversity Reception at Troppo | $10 ticket required
Celebrate the rich diversity of the State Bar, and acknowledge the work accomplished over the past year in support of achieving greater diversity and inclusion in the legal profession in Michigan, at this reception featuring a performance by the Ann Arbor-based all-lawyer band, Soultivity, a finalist in the American Bar Association's 2012 Battle of the All-Lawyer Bands. Event will be held in the Governors' Room at Troppo in Lansing. [Map]
 
Friday, September 20, 2013
Time Event
8:00–9:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Registration & Vendor Showcase

9:00–10:00 a.m. Vendor Presentation: Casemaker Training
Casemaker, provided at no cost to SBM members, will save you hundreds of dollars every month on legal research. You will learn basic navigation, search functions, and even how to create and organize your personal research folders. If you've never tried this cost-saving FREE legal research tool, stop by and check out the presentation!

9:00–11:00 a.m. SBM: Criminal Law Section, Prisons & Corrections Section, & EAI Disabilities Workgroup Program
Problem Solving Courts: Lessons Learned & Implications for People with Mental Health Care Needs
Explore the follow-up assessment of pilot projects across Michigan and discuss the matters that people with mental health care needs encounter when they face the legal system. From law enforcement to courts to corrections, people with special needs are faced with unique barriers to overcome in order to be appropriately served. A two-panel discussion will look at the issue from multiple views in an effort to identify solutions to support access to justice for every individual. More Information

9:00–11:30 a.m. SBM: Master Lawyers Section Business Meeting & Program
Transitioning to Working Less: Toward a Graceful Retirement
Many attorneys derive great satisfaction and self esteem from the practice of law and are hesitant to retire. Panelists will discuss the psychological, biological, and financial transitions that occur as legal professionals grow older. The various processes of change will be described and strategies to smooth the transition will be shared.
Speakers:
Cynthia L. Johnson, Couzens Lansky Fealk Ellis Roeder & Lazar PC, Detroit
Ruthmarie Shea, Ruthmarie Shea Esq., Rochester
Tish Vincent, Program Administrator, State Bar of Michigan Lawyers & Judges Assistance Program, Lansing

9:00 a.m.–Noon SBM: Paralegal/Legal Assistant Section Business Meeting & Program
A History of Governmental Immunity in Michigan Law
Walk through the history of governmental immunity as it evolved in common law and statute and a discussion of significant case law that has shaped the application of immunity and exceptions.
Speaker: Margaret A. Nelson, Assistant Attorney General, Michigan Dept. of Attorney General, Lansing

9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. SBM: Michigan Lawyers Alliance Business Meeting

10:00–11:00 a.m. Vendor Presentation: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Learn how the Affordable Care Act will affect you. Health care reform continues to evolve and will have far reaching implications for both small and large businesses. The Affordable Care Act mandates numerous employer responsibilities and will reshape the way health insurance is purchased. Alisa Bennett, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan manager and subject matter expert on health care reform, will present the current state of health care reform in Michigan and discuss impacts for employer groups moving forward.

10:00 a.m.–Noon

SBM: Children's Law Section Business Meeting & Program
What's New at the Ombudsman Office?
Discussing current topics and trends in the child welfare area.
Speaker: Charlotte J. Smith, Office of Children's Ombudsman, Lansing

SBM: Judicial Section Business Meeting


11:00 a.m.–Noon

SBM: Criminal Law Section Business Meeting
SBM: Latin American Bar Activities Section Business Meeting

SBM: Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Committee Program
Building a Diversity & Inclusion Database for the Legal Profession in Michigan
The Committee will discuss its data collection efforts and the importance of this information for setting a baseline and making assessments about diversity and inclusion of the legal profession in Michigan. The discussion will focus on recent surveys of various groups in an effort to create a "360 degree" review of the landscape of the profession. More Information
Speaker: Skot Welch


11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. SBM: Antitrust, Franchising & Trade Regulation Section Business Meeting

11:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

SBM: Arts, Communications, Entertainment & Sports Section Business Meeting & Program
Dealing With the Press in a 24X7 News Cycle
Discussing the role of the media in the world of entertainment and sports.
Moderator: ACES Chair Todd Redden, Legal Pathworks PLC, Bloomfield Hills
Speakers:
Charlie Langton, WWJ Newsradio 950 and Fox 2
Bob Berg, Berg Muirhead and Associates


Noon–2:00 p.m.

SBM: 50-Year Golden Celebration Luncheon | $49 ticket required
Celebrate and honor fellow colleagues being recognized for 50 years of membership in the State Bar of Michigan. This is a great opportunity to network with your peers and mentors.

SBM: Law Practice Management & Legal Administrators Section Business Meeting & Lunch
Q&A for Your Law Practice Day
A question and answer session on law practice issues such as marketing & technology by knowledgeable, practice management leaders. You need not be a member of the Section to participate, but you must register in advance. Includes lunch.


1:00–1:50 p.m. SBM: General Practice—Solo and Small Firm Section Business Meeting & Program
How to Restore Driving Privileges
What a lawyer must know to advise their client on conduct and necessary steps to restore their driving privileges, includes common mistakes lawyers make.
Speaker: Michael Granzeier, Granzeier & Blankenship PLC, Wyandotte

1:00–3:30 p.m. SBM: Michigan Probate Judges Association Business Meeting

1:30–3:30 p.m. SBM: Animal Law Section Business Meeting

2:00–3:00 p.m. SBM: Aviation Law Section Business Meeting
SBM: Law Student Section Business Meeting
 

 

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