January 2020
  1. January 22 Mark the Date

    Federal Bar Association Eastern District of Michigan Speed Judging (RISE) Event
    January 22

    Join the RISE Committee and several District Court judges for “Speed Judging” (think speed dating, but in this scenario a quick chat with members of the bench to learn things such as: what lawyers do right, common practice pitfalls, career path to becoming a judge, etc.). The event will be held from 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 22 at the Detroit Room of the Theodore Levin Courthouse, 231 W. Lafay­ette in Detroit, and will be followed up with an informal get together at Avalon Bakery and Cafe for those who would like to participate. Visit fbamich@

    State Bar of Michigan Labor and Employment Law Section: Mid-Winter/Annual Meeting
    January 24

    The State Bar of Michigan Labor and Employment Law Section will host its Mid-Winter Meeting and Annual Meeting from 1-10 p.m. Friday, January 24 at the Detroit Athletic Club, 241 Madison St. in Detroit. The Annual Meeting will be held from 4-5 p.m. A cocktail reception begins at 5 p.m. and the awards banquet will follow at 6:30 p.m., at which time this year’s Distinguished Service Award will be presented to a deserving colleague. Keynote speaker at the awards banquet will be Jim Obergefell from the monumental Supreme Court case Obergefell v Hodges. A self-described accidental activist, Obergefell found himself in the role of caregiver for his partner of more than 20 years, John, as he neared the end of his life due to ALS. An unexpected series of events led to their decision to marry, eventually taking Obergefell to the Supreme Court and the landmark decision that resulted in victory for marriage equality. Section members can attend the Annual Meeting and Education Program at no cost with registration (does not include cocktails or dinner). The cost to attend the cocktail reception and awards banquet is $150 for section members, and $165 for non-members and guests. Register by January 21 online at (or by mail with form found online). Seminar materials will be available online only, several days before the event. Details on how to access the event materials will be in your email confirmation.

    Detroit Bar Association
    2020 Inn of Court
    January 27

    The Inn of Court 2020 season will start with a special kickoff program on January 27 that will take place at Judge Kirsten Frank Kelly’s home. The remaining meetings will be held February 24, March 23, April 27 and May 18. The regular monthly meetings begin with a soft start social period at 5:30 p.m., followed by the program at 6 p.m. which will last no more than 90 minutes. The season ends with a party in June. Cost to attend a meeting is $25 for law clerks, $50 for Associate/Barrister, $75 for Master, and judges attend at no cost. For more information contact Inn of Court Co-Chair Jason Conti at, Bobby Murkowski or Julie Van Hove jvanhove@detroitlawyer. org.

    Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association: January Luncheon
    January 28

    Register now for the Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association’s January Luncheon to be held from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, January 28 at The Skyline Club, 2000 Town Center in Southfield. Marc Lorelli of Brooks Kushman will be speaking about the recent Federal Circuit Ford Design Patent case. The cost to attend is $25 for members and $35 for non-members. Register by January 21 at

    Hon. Marci B. McIvor Retirement and
    Access to Bankruptcy Court Event
    January 30

    Plan now to attend an evening to honor the Hon. Marci B. McIvor on her retirement from the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The event will be held from 5-8 p.m. at Rattlesnake Club, 300 River Place Dr. in Detroit. Hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available. Net proceeds from the event will benefit Access to Bankruptcy Court, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization providing representation to low income debtors. Tickets are $60 plus a $4 parking charge. Register by sending a check made payable to “Access To Bankruptcy Court” to David A. Lerner, c/o Plunkett Cooney, 38505 Woodward Ave., Suite 100, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304; or  register at The evening is sponsored by the Federal Bar Association – Eastern District of Michigan, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustee Association for the Eastern District of Michigan, The Consumer Bankruptcy Association, Debtor/Creditor Rights Committee of the State Bar of Michigan, and Turnaround Management Association Detroit Chapter. For more information contact David Lerner at

    Detroit Mercy Law:
    ‘Bending the Arc Toward Justice’
    January 30

    Detroit Mercy Law ushers in Black History Month with a special evening reception from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, January 30, acknowledging and celebrating the school’s history, present and future. The event at Detroit Mercy Law’s atrium, 651 E. Jefferson. Ave. in Detroit includes: A portrait unveiling of Henry H. Tarrant, the school’s first known African American graduate; the launch of the new Henry H. Tarrant Award for Black Student Excellence; remarks by Godfrey Dillard, a civil rights trailblazer; and an introduction of the Association of Black Law Alumni (ABLA), led by Wayne County Probate Court Judge Terrance A. Keith, and ABLA’s new scholarship for African American students. Registration and additional information available at

    Business Law: Business Boot Camp I —
    Basic Training for Every Business Lawyer
    January 30-31

    Join the State Bar of Michigan Business Law Section for “Business Boot Camp I: Basic Training for Every Business Lawyer.” It will be held from 8:30 a.m. Thursday, January 30 through 4 p.m. Friday, January 31 at The Inn at St. John’s Galilee Room, 44045 Five Mile Rd. in Plymouth. This award-winning program will help you: develop confidence, attract clients, and impress partners; meet the lawyers doing the deals you want to do; and learn the secrets of Michigan’s most successful business practitioners. Take home time-tested, proven forms and explanatory materials you can put to use immediately. Learn the ropes from experts at Michigan’s top firms. Receive grounding in eight key areas of business practice with guidance from the leaders who handle them every day. Directors of training are Jeffrey S. Ammon, Miller Johnson, Grand Rapids; Timothy R. Damschroder, Bodman PLC, Ann Arbor; and Daniel H. Minkus, Clark Hill PLC, Birmingham. The cost to attend is $220 for members, $80 for law students, and $1,000 per firm (up to 15 participants). Register by January 27 at

    State Bar of Michigan Government Law Section: Winter Seminar
    February 7

    Get up to date on class actions, recreational marihuana, #MeToo and beyond at the State Bar of Michigan Government Law Section Winter Seminar from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday, February 7 at The Henry, Fairlane Plaza, 300 Town Center Dr. in Dearborn. Speakers include Mary Massaron and Patrick Lannen, Plunkett Cooney; Heather Sumner and Amanda O’Boyle, Office of the City Attorney, City of Lansing; Laura S. Amtsbuechler Rosati, Schultz, Joppich & Amtsbuechler, PC; Audrey J. Forbush, Plunkett Cooney; and Kathleen Bogas, Bogas & Koncius PC. A continental breakfast and lunch are included. The cost to attend is $125 for section members, $150 for non-members, and $25 for law students. Register by February 4 online at (or mail in form found there).

    Oakland County Bar Association: Winning Through Mediation — Want the Secret Sauce?
    February 13

    Don’t miss a seminar titled “Winning Through Mediation: Want the Secret Sauce?” The seminar will be held from 5:45-7:45 p.m. Thursday, February 13 at the Oakland County Bar Association Offices, 1760 S. Telegraph Rd., Suite 100 in Bloomfield Hills. The panelists will discuss strategies for preparation and representation of litigants during a mediation, how to ensure that a settlement is more likely, and how to get the best settlement for the client. Presenters include William C. Blasses Esq., Kerr, Russell and Weber, PLC; Joseph K. Grekin, Esq.; Schafer & Weiner, PLLC; Hon. Steven W. Rhodes, Retired Chief Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan/JAMS; and Daniel J. Weiner, Esq., Moderator, Schafer & Weiner, PLLC. The cost to attend with pre-registration is $40 for OCBA members; $30 for OCBA new lawyers, paralegals and students; and $50 for non-members. Register at

    Private Screening ‘9 to 5’: Women in the Work Place — Has Anything Really Changed?
    February 19

    Please join Women Lawyers Association of Michigan (WLAM) Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Western; Black Women Lawyers Association of Michigan; International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation; TMA NOW Detroit and TMA NOW West for  a private screening of “Women in the Workplace: Has Anything Really Changed Since ‘9 to 5’?” The private screening will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 19 at Maple Theater, 4135 W. Maple Rd. in Bloomfield Twp. The event will feature a Fireside Chat with Judge Kirsten Frank Kelly and Judge Denise Langford Morris discussing topics regarding the difficulties for women in the workplace and how women still face some of these issues during the course of their employment. Following the chat there will be a private screening of the film “9 to 5”. Tickets are $25 per person. Register online at Donations of professional clothing and accessories will be accepted for the benefit of Dress for Success – Michigan.  Monetary donations are also welcome, and a portion of proceeds from this event will be donated to Dress for Success. More information about Dress for Success can be found at https:// For more information about the private screening, contact Kirsten Silwanowicz at kirsten.silwanowicz@ Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Find a sponsorship commitment form at For questions regarding sponsorship, contact Erin Flynn at
    2020 Wade H. McCree Jr. Award for the Advancement of Social Justice Luncheon
    February 26

    Register now to attend the 2020 Wade H. McCree Jr. Award for the Advancement of Social Justice Luncheon from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, February 26. It will be held at the Atheneum Suite Hotel, 1000 Brush St. in Detroit. Among Wade H. McCree Jr’s many accomplishments and contributions, he was a professor at the University of Michigan Law School. The Federal Bar Association Eastern District of Michigan welcomes Jim Harbaugh, head coach of the University of Michigan football team, as this year’s Keynote Speaker for the luncheon. This luncheon is expected to be extremely well attended; therefore, firm sponsors are required to claim their tickets by February 16, 10 days in advance of the luncheon. Tickets sales will be cut off at room capacity, so buy them early. The cost to attend is $55 for members and $75 for non-members. Register at Nominations are currently being accepted for the recipient of this year’s Wade Hampton McCree, Jr. Award for the Advancement of Social Justice. The award is presented to individuals or organizations who have made significant contributions to the advancement of social justice in areas involving poverty, promoting economic or educational opportunity, or fighting discrimination involving race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, religion, or economic status. Note that there is no requirement that individuals submitting nominations and being nominated be part of the legal community. All nominations are welcome. A copy of the nomination form can be found at Send nominations by January 22 to Cynthia Haffey, Butzel Long P.C., 150 W. Jefferson Ave., Ste. 100, Detroit, MI 48226 (email:

    Techshow 2020: Bringing Lawyers
    and Technology Together
    February 26-29

    The American Bar Association will host Techshow 2020 February 26-29 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Wacker Dr. in Chicago. ABA Techshow has more than 32 years of experience bringing lawyers and technology together. Network with legal technology experts from around the globe. Legal work today is dependent on technology to manage day-to-day activities, to practice more competently, and to service clients more effectively. ABA Techshow teaches how technology can work for you. Regardless of expertise level, there’s something for everyone at ABA Techshow. Register as a member of the State Bar of Michigan for a special reduced rate. This discount only applies to registrants that qualify for the standard registration and will save $150. Register online at and include this unique discount code, EP2014, at checkout to receive the discount. For more information about Techshow 2020, visit

    Michigan Defense Trial Counsel’s
    Fourth Annual Legal Excellence Awards
    March 19

    Join Michigan Defense Trial Counsel for Legal Excellence Awards 2020, an event unlike any other. It will be held from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, March 19 at The Gem Theatre, 333 Madison Ave. in Detroit. The evening will include a strolling dinner, an open bar, the presentations of 4 esteemed legal awards, (Excellence in Defense Award, Judicial Award, the Golden Gavel Young Lawyer Award and the Inaugural John P. Jacobs Appellate Advocacy Award.), red carpet closeups, great fellowship and opportunities to network. The cost to attend is $85 for an MDTC member, $170 for a member and guest, $100 for a non-member, and no cost for judiciary. Visit for a registration form to mail with a check, and a link to EventBrite to register online. Note that refunds must be done through the MDTC directly and not through EventBrite.

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