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Young Lawyers Section to host Sixth Annual Summit at Greektown

The State Bar of Michigan Young Lawyers Section (YLS) will host its sixth annual Summit June 7-8 at Greektown Casino & Hotel in Detroit.
The Summit is a statewide event designed to foster professional development and establish networking opportunities. It will provide educational seminars, informational programming and social events designed to enhance the skill, knowledge, and understanding young lawyers have of the legal profession.This year the Honorable Dennis W. Archer will serve as the keynote speaker and seminar topics will include criminal law, legal writing, oral advocacy, evidence, depositions, technology, social media and more.The Summit is sponsored by Affinity Consulting Group, Judeh & Associates, Brooks Kushman, Stevenson Keppelman Associates, and the Institute for Continuing Legal Education.
The registration fee for the Summit is $60 for section members and $45 for guests. Section members get access to seminars, meals and the reception. Guests get access to meals and the reception. Online registration is available at https://e.michbar.org/eCommerce and more information about the Summit is available at www.michbar.org/younglawyers/.
For additional information about the Young Lawyers Section, contact Felicia Johnson at fojohnson@yahoo.com or (313) 549-6329.


Judges prepare to make the transition to new Business Court

The Oakland County Circuit Court’s new Business Court will “Open for Business” on July 1, 2013. In order to provide for a seamless transition, the court will begin assigning business cases to Business Court Judges Wendy Potts and James Alexander as of Monday, June 3.  The new court, created by PA 333 of 2012, will improve court efficiencies; allow business or commercial disputes to be resolved with the expertise, technology and efficiency required by the information age economy; and enhance the accuracy, consistency and predictability of decisions in business and commercial cases.
Judges Potts and Alexander were appointed to the Business Court by the Supreme Court for six-year terms. The judges will complete all civil cases currently on their dockets. All other judges will complete the business cases currently on their dockets. After June 3, Judges Alexander and Potts will be assigned only cases that are eligible for the Business Court. The remaining judges will continue to be assigned all non-business court eligible cases. All judges in the Civil/Criminal Division, including Judges Potts and Alexander, will continue with full criminal dockets.
A case qualifies for the Business Court if it seeks damages greater than $25,000 and all or part of the action includes a business or commercial dispute as defined by the act (MCL 600.8031(1)(c)). All Business Court cases must be filed electronically and a Notice of Assignment to the Business Court should be attached to the Initial Complaint or initial responsive pleading (if the defendant believes the matter qualifies for the Business Court). The Notice of Assignment form may be found at www.oakgov.com/courts/businesscourt/Documents/ocbc01.pdf.
For additional information about the Business Court, see www.oakgov.com/courts/businesscourt/Pages/default.aspx or contact Gwynne Starkey at 248-858-0345.

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