Daily Briefs (June 3)

State Bar of Michigan election information available electronically
It is time to vote in the 2010 State Bar of Michigan elections. This year, elections are being held for positions on the Board of Commissioners, Representative Assembly, Young Lawyers Executive Council, and the Judicial Tenure Commission.

All active members are eligible to vote in the Judicial Tenure Commission election. Eligibility to vote in the other contested elections is dependent upon address of record. Ballots will reflect the elections for which you are eligible to vote.

The primary means of voting in this year’s election is electronic. This process will allow all active members to vote securely online at the State Bar of Michigan website.
SBM members who currently have e-mail addresses on file will receive an e-mail with internet voting instructions. SBM members who do not have an e-mail address on file will receive a paper ballot in the mail.

Paper ballots must be postmarked by June 15, 2010. Electronic voting ends at 12 midnight EST on June 15, 2010. Results of the elections will be posted on the State Bar of Michigan website in July.

IABA of Michigan to hold annual Justinian Night June 29

Italian American Bar Association of Michigan’s annual Justinian Night to take place at the Detroit Athletic Club on June 29, 2010 beginning at 6:30 p.m. for cocktails followed by dinner and presentation of the award to this year’s honoree.  The cost is $40.  Please RSVP by June 18 to Ivy Ferguson at (248) 858-7962.

Detroit Chapter of ALA hosts member meeting
The Metropolitan Detroit Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) will host its June 2010 Member Meeting on the topic of “IT Organization Structure for 2010 and Beyond” with guest speaker Jay Bahel of Project Leadership Associates on Thursday, June 17, from 11:30 a.m. to noon at Opus One Restaurant in Detroit. The cost to attend is $25 for ALA members and $35 for non-ALA members. Reservations must be made no later than Thursday, June 10, and can be made by contacting Vivian Straffon at straffon@millercanfield.com or (248) 267-3228.

SBM ethics committee OKs unbundling legal services for litigants

The Professional Ethics Committee has determined in RI-347, issued April 24, 2010, that, so long as a Michigan lawyer complies with the Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct and other law, the lawyer may, without appearing in a proceeding or otherwise disclosing or ensuring the disclosure of the lawyer’s assistance to the court or to other counsel and other parties, assist a pro se litigant by giving advice on the content and format of documents to be filed with the court, including pleadings, by drafting those documents for the litigant, by giving advice about what to do in court, or any combination of these.