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Attorney James Spica publishes article in ACTEC Law Journal

An article by Dickinson Wright attorney James P. Spica, titled “Means to an End,” appears in the most recent issue of The ACTEC Law Journal, the scholarly journal of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

The article concerns electively forcing future interests to vest, under the laws of states that have enacted liberal perpetuities reform, in order to comply with federal tax rules against perpetuities.

Spica, an ACTEC Fellow, is a nationally recognized authority on the article’s subject, having drafted the perpetuities reform proposal enacted as the Michigan Personal Property Trust Perpetuities Act of 2008, having published several articles on tax rules against perpetuities in the American Bar Association’s (ABA’s) Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Journal (2006, 2009, and 2013) as well as The Wayne Law Review (2014), and having spoken on the rule against perpetuities in estate planning as a featured speaker, sponsored by Brown Brothers Harriman Trust Company, at the North Carolina Bar Association’s 34th Annual Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law Program (2013) and as a regular member of the faculty of the Annual Probate and Estate Planning Institute of the Michigan Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE).

In addition to being a member of the ACTEC State Law Committee, Spica is the ABA Advisor to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws’ Drafting Committee on Divided Trusteeships,and  a member of the Michigan ICLE Probate and Estate Planning Advisory Board. He clerked for United States Tax Court Judge Richard C. Wilbur and taught taxation, trusts, and decedents’ estates as an assistant/associate professor of law at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.


Snyder appoints Christina Elmore to 61st District Court

Gov. Rick Snyder announced Thursday the appointment of Christina Elmore of Grand Rapids to the 61st District Court.

Elmore is a former judge advocate general for the U.S. Air Force and currently serves in solo-practice handling misdemeanors, felonies, family law, criminal cases, and other civil matters. She has more than 20 years of district court experience. Following her years with the Air Force, Elmore joined the Kent County Prosecuting Attorney’s office as an assistant and in 2005 was appointed as an assistant attorney general, prosecuting individuals for failing to pay child support. She has also taught military law as an adjunct professor at Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

Elmore earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a law degree at Tulane Law School. She fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Donald Passenger.

Elmore will stand for election in 2016 for a full six-year term.