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Rick Broida—CNET Blog Network, Commerce Township
Jeffery S. Crampton—Koernke & Crampton PC, Grand Rapids
Patrick J. Crowley—Crowley Cornish Rockafellow & Sartz PLLC, Lansing
Tanisha Monique Davis Chair, General Practice—Solo & Small Firm Section of the State Bar of Michigan, Law Offices Tanisha M. Davis PLLC, Detroit
Devin R. Day—Rizzo Bryan PC, Grand Rapids
Randall F. Dean—Randall Dean Consulting & Training LLC, East Lansing
Nyal D. Deems—Varnum LLP, Grand Rapids
Timothy A. Dinan—Dinan & Associates PC, Grosse Pointe Park
Diane Ebersole—Practice Management Advisor, State Bar of Michigan, Lansing
Robert E. Edick—Deputy Grievance Administrator, Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission, Detroit
Gerald A. Fisher—Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Auburn Hills
Bradley K. Glazier —Bos & Glazier PLC, Grand Rapids
JoAnn L. Hathaway—Practice Management Advisor, State Bar of Michigan, Lansing
Barron K. Henley—Affinity Consulting Group, Columbus, OH
C. John Holmquist Jr.—Holmquist Employment Law Firm PLLC, Troy
Elizabeth C. Jolliffe—Your Benchmark Coach, Ann Arbor
Dennis C. Kolenda—Dickinson Wright PLLC, Grand Rapids
Timothy K. McMorrow—Kent County Prosecutor's Office, Grand Rapids
Cordell M. Parvin—Cordell Parvin LLC, Dallas, TX
Hon. Donald H. Passenger—61st District Court, Grand Rapids
Christopher W. Smith—Chalgian & Tripp Law Offices PLLC, Jackson
Janet K. Welch—Executive Director, State Bar of Michigan, Lansing
Michael P. Witzke—Witzke Berry Carter & Wander PLLC, Bloomfield Hills

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Rick Broida writes about consumer and business technology for CNET, eHow, PC World, Wired, and other outlets. His popular CNET blog, "The Cheapskate," attracts over 1 million views every month, and he recently published "The Cheapskate Rules: 21 Easy Money-Saving Tech Secrets," which is available in print and e-book formats. Mr. Broida regularly talks about tech-related issues on WJR's "Internet Advisor" show. His career as a technology writer recently hit the 25-year mark.
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Jeffery S. Crampton centers his criminal law practice on white collar crime and drunk driving defense, appearing throughout western and northern Michigan. Formerly a partner at Varnum LLP, he co-founded the firm of Koernke and Crampton PC in 2001. Mr. Crampton is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, and the State Bar of Michigan, where he serves on the Representative Assembly and is a member of the Criminal Law Section. A summa cum laude graduate of the Detroit College of Law, he served as editor-in-chief of the Detroit College of Law Review. Mr. Crampton has presented at numerous drunk driving seminars and published articles in the Michigan Bar Journal.
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Patrick J. Crowley focuses on civil and criminal trial litigation, including probate and estate litigation, family law, and all custody matters. Mr. Crowley also prepares and argues civil cases in mediation and arbitration. Before helping to form Crowley, Cornish Rockafellow, and Sartz PLLC, he was an assistant prosecuting attorney handling both family and district courts in Muskegon. He later served as trial counsel in Kent, Ionia, and Montcalm counties handling criminal defense, family law, and other general litigation. Most recently, Mr. Crowley worked as a litigator with Crowley Law Offices, PLC. He presented on tablet usage in the law and on "The Frugal Lawyer" at the 2013 American Bar Association Techshow. In addition to his legal work, Mr. Crowley has served on the corporate board of a mid-Michigan credit union and currently serves on both the Character & Fitness District E and the Lawyer Referral Service Committees for the State Bar of Michigan.
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Tanisha M. Davis is lead attorney with the Law Offices of Tanisha M. Davis PLLC and chair of the General Practice—Solo & Small Firm Section. Her practice focuses primarily on family law, criminal law, civil litigation, business law, and probate and extends throughout the Detroit tri-county area. Prior to starting her solo general practice, Ms. Davis practiced exclusively in criminal law. Her background includes practice in state and federal court, criminal appellate practice, and pro bono counsel for prisoner rights civil litigants through the Federal Bar Association. Ms. Davis is a member of the Straker Bar Association, the Oakland County Bar Association, Wayne County Criminal Defense Bar, and a council member of the Law Practice Management & Legal Administrators Section of the State Bar of Michigan. Ms. Davis authors a blog entitled, The Solo Lawyer Chic, where she educates pro se litigants on navigating tough legal issues.
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Devin R. Day concentrates his practice in appellate law and civil litigation, primarily in the fields of insurance defense, personal injury, and family law, and is a recognized expert on the Michigan No-Fault Act. Mr. Day practices before all of the State and Federal Courts of Michigan, both at the trial and appellate levels. His appellate practice involves both consultation and direct representation and he routinely consults with attorneys and individuals on complex legal issues, both before and after judgment. He regularly represents individuals and large corporations on appeal before both the Michigan Court of Appeals and the Michigan Supreme Court. Previously, Mr. Day was a law clerk for Hon. Alton T. Davis and the director of oral advocacy at Michigan State University College of Law. He is a member of the Appellate Practice, Family Law, and Insurance & Indemnity Law Sections of the State Bar of Michigan and the Family Law Section of the Grand Rapids Bar Association. A frequent author and presenter on issues related to litigation, Mr. Day is a Barrister member of the American Inns of Court and a member of the Order of Barristers.
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Randall F. (Randy) Dean is a professional speaker, author, and expert on time and e-mail management, effective organization, and the related use of technology. For more than 20 years, he has lead training and spoken at programs and presentations for corporate, academic, and association audiences. Obsessed with time management and personal productivity, Mr. Dean left a successful career as a graduate program admissions director, professional marketer, and manager to become a leading speaker and trainer. The author of the recent #1 E-mail Bestseller, Taming the E-mail Beast: 45 Key Strategies for Better Managing Your E-mail Overload (and Regaining Your E-mail Sanity!), he has led programs for thousands of students, managers, and professionals on being more productive and purposeful with their time and lives. Mr. Dean's speaking and training programs leave audience members with applicable tools, strategies, and skills on how to better manage their time, technology (including tablets and smartphones), e-mail, and office clutter immediately following their program experience.
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Nyal D. Deems, a partner at Varnum LLP, focuses his practice on real estate transactions, financing, and development. He is a past president of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys, a fellow in the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, and a past chair of the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. Mr. Deems is the coauthor of two books on general real estate practice in the United States published by Matthew Bender. He was the mayor of the City of East Grand Rapids for ten years and the chair of the Grand Valley Metropolitan Council for five years. Mr. Deems served in the United States Navy and is a Vietnam veteran.
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Timothy A. Dinan, has experience in civil practice representing insurance and real estate interests and also has an active interest in cases involving firearms and claims of self-defense. His practice also encompasses representing individuals before the Attorney Grievance Commission and the State Bar of Michigan Standing Committee on Character & Fitness. Mr. Dinan is currently an adjunct professor of law at Michigan State University College of Law teaching a class in bar preparation. A member of ICLE's Criminal Law Advisory Board, he is active in various bar associations and has been recognized by Michigan Super Lawyers and Martindale-Hubbell.
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Diane Ebersole is a practice management advisor for the State Bar's Practice Management Resource Center (PMRC). The purpose of the PMRC is to help bar members operate their law practices more efficiently and effectively by providing information, training, resources, and hands-on assistance through a broad-based clearinghouse, thereby enhancing their practice management skills. Ms. Ebersole provides training and educational opportunities specific to the bar members' work environment. Ms. Ebersole has over 20 years of information technology (IT) experience at educational institutions and most recently as the IT director for the regional office of a Fortune 500 company.
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Robert E. Edick was a Wayne County assistant prosecuting attorney for three years and then spent 17 years in private practice. He was appointed by the Michigan Supreme Court to serve as deputy administrator of the Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission in January 1996. He is a frequent lecturer at local law schools on the topic of professional responsibility.
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Gerald A. Fisher teaches courses in property law, constitutional law, zoning and planning law, and state and local government law. Before joining the Cooley faculty, he was a senior partner and manager of the Municipal Practice Group at Secrest Wardle in Farmington Hills, where his practice focused on municipal law, with particular expertise in land use regulation, environmental preservation, zoning, wetland and woodland regulation, water management, and growth management, including proactive planning and zoning strategy. Professor Fisher is a member and past chair of the State Bar of Michigan Public Corporation Law Section and a director and past president of the Oakland County Bar Foundation. He also serves as chair of the Oakland County Parks and Recreation Commission and on the board of directors of the Land Information Access Association. He has served as general counsel for several Southeast Michigan municipalities and as special counsel for communities around the state. Professor Fisher has been the recipient of the State Bar of Michigan Roberts P. Hudson Award and the Cooley Law Review's 2001 Michigan Supreme Court Distinguished Brief Award. He was listed in the Best Lawyers in America for 2007 and 2009 in land use and zoning and was a 2001 Lawyer of the Year in Michigan (1 of 10), recognized and awarded by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.
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Bradley K. Glazier has presented dozens of cases to judges, juries, and arbitrators and has argued cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the Michigan Court of Appeals. He is a frequent speaker on employment litigation and has contributed to Michigan Chamber of Commerce publications and the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Michigan quarterly newsletter. He is a past president of the Western Michigan Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and serves on the Association's standing committee reviewing local rules. He is also an associate member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and has served on the council for the Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. Mr. Glazier has been listed in Michigan Super Lawyer annually since 2006 and listed as one of "The Best Lawyers in America" in the areas of labor and employment law annually since 2007. In 2012, he was named "Grand Rapids Best Lawyers Employment Law—Individual Lawyer of the Year." Mr. Glazier is admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He is an adjunct professor at Cooley Law School and maintains a blog about Michigan employment law.
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JoAnn L. Hathaway is a practice management advisor for the State Bar of Michigan Practice Management Resource Center. She is a registered professional liability underwriter, a certified independent consultant for LexisNexis Time Matters and Total Practice Advantage, an Adobe Acrobat Certified Professional, and a Michigan licensed insurance producer. Prior to joining the State Bar of Michigan, Ms. Hathaway worked in the field of professional liability insurance focusing on risk management for law firms and the administration and resolution of legal malpractice claims. Additionally, she has conducted law firm risk management consultations for national reinsurance carriers. Ms. Hathaway has been a speaker at Thomas M. Cooley Law School, the Columbus Bar Association, ICLE, the Association of Legal Administrators, NALS, the State Bar of Michigan, and other local and special purpose bar associations in Michigan, with content emphasis in the areas of law firm practice and risk management, and professional liability insurance for lawyers and law firms.
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Barron K. Henley is a lawyer, a "legal technologist" since 1990, and a founding member of Affinity Consulting Group, a firm that handles all aspects of law practice automation. He heads Affinity's HotDocs document assembly and software training departments and has authored legal-specific manuals on HotDocs document assembly, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Adobe Acrobat. Mr. Henley is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA), Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA), and the Columbus Bar Association, as well as the Worthington Estate Planning Council. He is also a member of the ABA Law Practice Management Section and a former chairperson of the OSBA Law Office Automation and Technology Committee. Mr. Henley teaches continuing legal education (CLE) classes covering practice management, document management, file management, server and personal computer issues, remote access, mobile lawyering, scanning and paper reduction strategies, electronic case filing, Word, Excel, Outlook, WordPerfect, HotDocs document assembly, Adobe Acrobat, malpractice avoidance, and many other topics. He speaks throughout the U.S. for the ABA; numerous state and local bar associations; CLE organizations in Indiana, Michigan, and Virginia; the Law Society of British Columbia; the Seattle University School of Law; the National Association of College and University Attorneys; and many others.
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C. John Holmquist Jr. is the founding member of Holmquist Employment Law Firm PLLC and has represented private and public sector employers in all aspects of labor and employment law for over 35 years. Mr. Holmquist is also trained as a mediator and has successfully completed ICLE's General Civil Case Mediator training. He is a fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and chairs and edits the newsletter for the Employee Rights and Responsibilities Committee, a subcommittee of the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Section. Mr. Holmquist is also a member of the State Bar of Michigan Labor and Employment section and is a frequent contributor to Law Notes, the section's quarterly publication. He has been listed as a Michigan Super Lawyer in the employment and labor practice area since 2006 and is Martindale Hubbell AV-rated.
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Elizabeth C. Jolliffe is a career management and business development coach for lawyers and works most frequently with solo and small firm lawyers, associates with firms of all sizes, new and non-equity partners, and women lawyers both in and out of private practice. She founded her coaching practice in 2008 after being a partner, a former recruiting committee chair, and a commercial litigator at Clark Hill PLC, a large Detroit-based firm, for 19 years. Ms. Jolliffe is a past president of the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, current president of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Wayne Region, a board member of the Washtenaw County Bar Association, and active with the State Bar of Michigan and ABA Women Rainmakers Committee. She speaks frequently for the ABA, the State Bar of Michigan, ICLE and other bar associations, law schools, private firms, and other groups on the subjects of career management and business development. She places an emphasis on how to raise your profile, expand your network, develop business through a niche market, and take charge of your practice and career. She was certified as a professional coach in 2009 by the Coaches Training Institute.
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Dennis C. Kolenda is of counsel to Dickinson Wright PLLC, and currently practices in the areas of alternative dispute resolution and appellate litigation. Previously, he worked as a law clerk to Hon. Robert B. Burns of the Michigan Court of Appeals. After almost 2 years as chief trial attorney for the Kent County Office of the Defender and over 13 years as a commercial litigator with Varnum, Riddering, Schmidt, and Howlett, Mr. Kolenda served as a Kent County Circuit Court judge from 1989 to 2008 and as chief judge from 1993 to 1999. During that time, he served as chair of the Supreme Court Committee to Revise Rules of Criminal Procedure and as a member of the Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules of Evidence, Dispute Resolution Task Force, and Caseflow Management Rules Committee. Mr. Kolenda has also served as chair of the State Bar of Michigan Special Committee to Revise Michigan Criminal Code, as vice-chair of the Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission, and as a member of the Michigan Judges Association Rules Committee. An adjunct professor of political science at Aquinas College for 10 years, he is often on the faculty of programs sponsored by ICLE, Michigan Judicial Institute (MJI), Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan, and Criminal Defense Attorneys Association of Michigan. In addition to his ICLE contributions, Mr. Kolenda is the author of Potentially Dispositive Pre-Trial Motions (SBM Criminal Law Section), and coauthor of Pre-Trial Motions Benchbook (MJI).
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Timothy K. McMorrow the chief appellate attorney in the Kent County Prosecutor's Office, where he has been employed since 1982. He is admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the U.S. District Courts for the Western District of Michigan and the Northern District of Illinois. Mr. McMorrow is a past chair of both the Appellate Practice Section and the Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan and has served on the organizing committee for the first three appellate bench bar conferences in the State of Michigan.
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Hon. Donald H. Passenger was appointed to the bench in March 1995 by Governor John Engler and is elected to serve through December 31, 2016. A member of the Michigan District Judges Association, he served as president in 2012. Judge Passenger also serves on ICLE Technology Law and Training Advisory Board. Very active in a variety of organizations in his community, he was an adjunct professor at Davenport University in the Computer Information Systems and Legal Studies Departments, 1999-2003. Judge Passenger is a periodic speaker for groups such as the State Bar of Michigan, the Michigan Judicial Institute, and ICLE.
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Cordell M. Parvin works with lawyers and law firms to help new lawyers find the right attitude, set appropriate goals, develop strategies for time management, and build networking skills. Previously, he practiced law for 34 years representing top U.S. transportation contractors. Most recently, he was in charge of attorney development at Jenkens and Gilchrist, where he started a client development coaching program, until 2005 when he began to teach and coach lawyers full-time. He has coached lawyers in firms throughout the U.S. and Canada and has been a frequent speaker at law firm retreats. He is the author of three books and has published many articles on these subjects. You can follow Mr. Parvin on Twitter or learn from him through his LinkedIn Coaching Group, or through his daily blog.
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Christopher W. Smith is licensed to practice law in both Michigan and Indiana. He earned his law degree from Indiana University—Bloomington (magna cum laude, Order of the Coif) where he served as managing editor of the Indiana Law Journal. After law school, Mr. Smith served as an associate in the business litigation group of an Indianapolis law firm and was named a "Rising Star" by Indiana Super Lawyers in 2009 and 2010. Now based in Michigan, he assists clients with estate and life planning, probate and estate administration, Medicare, Medicaid, elder mediation, and many other issues relating to aging, planning, and special needs. Mr. Smith also speaks on these topics and writes a quarterly article highlighting recent news for elder law practitioners. He serves on the State Bar of Michigan Elder Law & Disability Rights Section Council, volunteers for the Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program, and is an advocate and a past volunteer for the Elder Law & Advocacy Center in Wayne County. Mr. Smith is also a volunteer guardianship reviewer for the Oakland County Probate Court.
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Janet K. Welch is executive director of the State Bar of Michigan. She has had an extensive career in state government, beginning in the Michigan Legislature where she served as a legislative analyst in the House and as the first director of the Senate's nonpartisan legislative analysis office. After graduating from the University of Michigan Law School, Ms. Welch was a law clerk for Michigan Supreme Court Justice Robert P. Griffin. She stayed at the Court for over a decade in a variety of positions, culminating in a position as Supreme Court Counsel. In 1998, the Council of State Governments named her a Toll Fellow for outstanding achievement and service to state government. Ms. Welch is a graduate of the Kennedy School of Government Senior Executive Program at Harvard University and was a Fulbright Scholar in comparative literature in the former Yugoslavia.
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Michael P. Witzke practices in the areas of estate and gift tax planning, elder law, probate, small business planning, and charitable giving and assists in helping clients protect and transfer wealth efficiently. A Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant, he also holds the retirement planning specialist designation from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School. Mr. Witzke is a member of the Probate & Estate Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan and is a past president and past board member of the Financial Planning Association of Michigan. He has also served on the board of directors for Leadership Oakland and on the planned giving advisory committees of Wayne State University and the Community House in Birmingham. Mr. Witzke was recognized by DBusiness Magazine and Super Lawyers as a top lawyer in Metro Detroit and is rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell. He is a frequent lecturer and writer on many areas of personal and business planning and a frequent lecturer for ICLE on estate planning.


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