April 2021
  1. April 22 Mark the Date

    ‘Luncheon Limine’ program
    to focus on Probate Court
    April 22

    In its continuing efforts to foster collegiality between the Oakland County bench and bar, the Oakland County Bar Association (OCBA) will continue its “Luncheon Limine” brown bag lunch series between judges and attorneys online via Zoom. “Luncheon Limine: Probate Court” will take place Thursday, April 22, from noon to 1 p.m.
    Participants can bring their questions (and their lunch) for an informal discussion of legal topics and practice issues.
    April’s lunch will feature the opportunity to get to know and ask questions of Oakland County Probate Court Chief Judge Kathleen A. Ryan, Oakland County Probate Court Administrator Edward Hutton II, and Oakland County Probate Court Register Barbara Andruccioli.
    Space is limited for this free event. To register and receive the Zoom details, visit and click on “events.”  For questions, contact Jennifer Roosenberg at or 248-334-3400.

    Rochester Bar Association plans Top Golf outing
    April 22

    The Rochester Bar Association has scheduled a Top Golf Outing for Thursday, April 22, from 3 to 5 p.m.
    Top Golf in Auburn Hills is outside but protected from the elements of weather with heaters and roofing.  No golf experience is necessary at all – participants will literally just swing at the balls, laugh, and have fun.  Golf clubs are provided or attendees can bring their own.
    The cost is $40 per person which includes two hours of golf with unlimited soda, iced tea, coffee, water.  Food includes chips & queso, guacamole, salsa, hummus and crudité, buffalo chicken dip, warm pretzel bites, boneless wings tossed with BBQ sauce, cheesy macaroni bites, and sliced jalapeno sausage.  Attendees are on their own for any alcoholic drinks.
    To register for the event, email Rochester Bar Association President Heather J. Atnip at

    ‘Title Law: 11 Things You Need
    to Know’ presented by NBI
    April 27

    The National Business Institute will present the video webinar “Title Law: 11 Things You Need to Know” on Tuesday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Ensuring marketable title has never been more important than in today’s real estate market. This program will walk attendees through the essential steps of the title examination process—from the mechanics of the title search to curing defects to negotiating with the title company.
    The webinar will cover:
    #1: How to Conduct a Title Search and Examination
    #2: How to Evaluate the Spectrum of Title Defects: Distinguishing the Catastrophic From the Minor
    #3: How to Review the Title Commitment and Policy
    #4: How to Read Land Surveys and Legal Descriptions
    #5: How to Handle Title and Survey Objections
    #6: How to Cure Title Defects: Liens, Easements, Boundary Issues and More
    #7: How to Use Title Insurance Endorsements Effectively
    #8: How to Negotiate and Work with the Title Company
    #9: How to Prevent Title Insurance Claim and Coverage Problems
    #10: How to Avoid Common Mistakes That Create Title Issues
    #11: How to Adhere to Your Ethical Rules and Duties
    This is a rebroadcast of the original webcast delivered by Peter M. Gannott, Orlando Lucero, Mary A. Slade, and Duane H. Wunsch on June 16, 2020. The faculty will be available to answer questions after the April 27 program.
    Cost for the webinar is $389 which includes the course book. To register, call 1-800-930-6182 or visit

    ‘Legislative & Regulatory
    Update Webinar’ offered by MMLA
    April 28

    The Michigan Mortgage Lenders Association (MMLA) will present a “Legislative & Regulatory Update Webinar” on Wednesday, April 28, beginning at noon via Zoom.
    The program will discuss current legislation and regulatory changes that impact mortgage businesses.  It will also explore the current administration changes and what that will look like going forward under the Biden administration.  At the state level, the speakers will look at proposed Michigan bills and the changes resulting from COVID-19 related legislation and relief payments.
    Speaking at the webinar will be Pete Mills, Mortgage Bankers Association, senior VP Residential Policy & Member Engagement; and Tabitha Zimny, Karoub Associates, partner.
    As the senior vice president of Residential Policy and Member Engagement at the Mortgage Bankers Association, Mills leads MBA’s residential policy team and state and local advocacy program and directs MBA’s residential member engagement efforts across the MBA value platform. 
    Mills is an experienced financial services industry executive with more than 30 years of expertise in public affairs, government relations, public policy and research, all in the housing and mortgage finance arena. Prior to joining MBA, he served as managing director and co-founder of the Community Mortgage Banking Project, a public policy organization that represented the interests of companies and coalitions involved in the housing and mortgage finance industries.  During his career, Mills led corporate public affairs for Countrywide Financial, managed trade association policy advocacy for the California Mortgage Bankers Association and the California Association of Realtors, and conducted housing policy research at the Federal Reserve Board. He has a BA in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley, where he graduated in 1982.
    Zimny joined Karoub Associates in 2003.  She has experience in fund development, nonprofits, and local and state governments.  She has a B.A. from James Madison College at Michigan State University.
    This webinar is free to current MMLA members. Non-members can pay $20 to participate.  For additional information or to register for the webinar, visit and click on “events.”

    Next WLAM Literay Ladies
    Book Club meeting onlin
    April 29

    The Women Lawyers Association of Michigan will present its next Literary Ladies Book Club on Thursday, April 29, beginning at 6 p.m. via Zoom.
    For the April meeting, the club will be discussing “She Come By It Natural: Dolly Parton and the Women Who Lived Her Songs” by Sarah Smarsh.
    To register for this online discussion, visit and click on “events.”

    Webinar to focus on recent supply
    chain security actions
    April 29

    The Practising Law Institute (PLI) will present “Recent Supply Chain Security Executive and Legislative Branch Actions” as a live webcast on Thursday, April 29, beginning at 3 p.m. 
    The U.S. government is increasingly taking steps to mitigate risks across the industrial and innovation supply chain with regard to hardware, software, and services. Some of these initiatives originated in the Trump and Biden Administrations, but others are driven by recent legislative activity. 
    In particular, recent actions to restrict the use of Chinese telecoms and other products have now been followed by additional restrictions on printed circuit boards made in China, Russia, North Korea, or Iran and multiple supply chain reviews prompted by executive orders.
    Many of these efforts follow the trend of similar restrictions and procedures established by the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 and the Strengthening and Enhancing Cyber-capabilities by Utilizing Risk Exposure (SECURE) Technology Act.
    In this briefing, Covington & Burling LLP’s Susan B. Cassidy, Samantha L. Clark, and Mike Wagner will focus on the following topics:
    • The new commerce transaction review established by the ICTS Executive Order.
    • The review process and categories established by the Executive Order on America’s Supply Chains.
    • Potential impacts to industry from the Made in America Executive Order.
    • The exclusion and removal authority delegated to the inter-agency Federal Acquisition Security Council.
    • The new requirements of Section 841 restricting the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) acquisition of printed circuit boards manufactured in China, Russia, North Korea, or Iran.
    Attendees should have a foundational knowledge of supply chain security issues.  Outside counsel, in-house attorneys, and industry professionals responsible for monitoring supply chain security and implementing compliance programs should find this presentation instructive. 
     Course materials will be available to attendees prior to the start of the program. Cost for the webcast is $299. To register or for additional information, visit and click on “programs.”

    Local attorneys to speak
    online ‘Evidence Boot Camp’
    April 30

    The Criminal Defense Association of Michigan will present “Evidence Boot Camp B” online as a Zoom program on Thursday, April 29, from 1 to 5 p.m. and Friday, April 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (no one-day registrations allowed). 
    This program offers hands-on small group skills training.  Attendees do not have to take prior Boot Camps to attend this Boot Camp.  Speaking at the training will be Mike Steinberg and Pamela Johnson.
    Steinberg is a seasoned trial lawyer in the Detroit Metropolitan area.  As of February 2021, he celebrates 30 years of practicing in Michigan and maintains a caseload laden with capital cases. Steinberg also is enters 30 years of membership with CDAM, and has been on the Board of Directors since 2002.  He was the first to become a Constitutional Warrior and has held membership on the Education Committee for almost 30 years. Steinberg helped create the trial skills programs and has frequently been a presenter for CDAM. He, a founding faculty member of the Evidence Boot Camp, has been training lawyers of all levels of practice, and looks forward to another successful year of training.   
    Johnson graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in 2000. She served as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Oakland County from 2001 to 2007. She has been in private practice specializing in criminal defense since that time. Johnson has been a CJA panel attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan since 2016. She has conducted over 150 criminal jury trials. She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan’s Criminal Law Section, Oakland County Bar Association, and CDAM.
    Cost for the training is $240. To register for the training, visit

    Webinar to provide overview
    of probate process
    May 5

    The National Business Institute will present the video webinar “Probate Process and Executor Duties: The Master Checklist with Deadlines” on Wednesday, May 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    The probate process is meticulously detailed and deadline-driven. This practical overview will provide attorneys with a complete list of executor duties and deadlines to help stay on track.
    Attendees will learn how to:
    • Explore all the documents you must obtain to get the process started.
    • Clarify the rules for issuing notices and opening the estate.
    • Review the creditor claims process and timeline.
    • Effectively manage estate assets and income, determine tax liability and request extensions.
    • Get a master checklist for completing the final accounting.
    • Make certain the estate is closed without a hitch.
    This is a rebroadcast of the original webcast delivered by Jennifer Gumbel, George S. Peek, and Louis A. Silverman on June 11, 2020. The faculty will be available to answer questions after the May 5 program.
    This program is designed for attorneys. Accountants, trust administrators, estate planners, and paralegals may also benefit.
    Cost for the webinar is $389 which includes the course book. To register, call 1-800-930-6182 or visit

    ‘Receiverships in the Age of COVID-19 and Beyond’ discussed online
    May 6

    The Oakland County Bar Association’s Real Estate and Debtor/Creditor Committees will present “We Can Work It Out: Receiverships in the Age of COVID-19 and Beyond” as an online webinar on Thursday, May 6, from noon to 1:30 p.m. via Zoom. 
    Professionals who work with commercial clients need to be up-to-date on the current rules regarding bankruptcy and receivership. This overview of receiverships will look at how they work generally and provide  updates for today’s practitioner in the light of COVID-19. Topics of discussion will include:
    • Basic Elements of Receivership Actions and Procedure for Appointment
    • How and when it can be used instead of Bankruptcy
    • Overview of the amended Receivership Act, (MCL 554.1011 et seq., which was substantially amended by 2020 PA 210)
    • Impact of COVID-19 on Receiverships
    Speaking at the webinar will be Joseph K. Grekin of Schafer & Weiner PLLC, Michael Kalil of NAI Global/Farbman Group, Mark Kassab of M. Shapiro Real Estate Group, John W. Polderman of Simon PLC, and moderator Kaitlyn Elias of Kitch, Drutchas, Wagner, Valitutti, & Sherbrook.
    Cost for the online program is $35 for OCBA members; $25 for OCBA Professional Development Committee members; $25 for  OCBA new lawyers, paralegals, and students; and $45 for non-members. 
    To register for this program, visit and click on “events.”  The Zoom link to this seminar will be provided in the confirmation email upon registration.

    ‘Annual Trial Advocacy Seminar’ offered online by MAJ
    May 7

    The Michigan Association for Justice will present its “Annual Trial Advocacy Seminar” online Friday, May 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. via Zoom.
    Moderating the seminar will be Steve Gursten of Michigan Auto Law.
    The seminar will delve into such topics as:
    • Maximizing Damages in Wrongful Death Cases, with Sach Oliver, Bailey & Oliver Law Firm.
    • Rethinking Your Damages Paradigm to Maximize Results, with Joe Fried, Fried Goldberg LLC.
    • Costliest Mistakes Plaintiff Lawyers Make—Lesson From 10 Years Trying Cases on the Defense Side, with Tim Holland, Michigan Auto Law.
    • Thinking Out of the Box- Demonstrative Evidence and Trial Strategies that Can Add Millions to Your Case, with Allegra Carpenter, Allegra Carpenter Law.
    • Applying Overcoming Jury Bias Principles, The Reptile Safety Rules, Rules of the Road, and New Research on COVID Bias to Your Case, with Lance Sears, Sears & Associates PC.
    Cost for the seminar is $215 for MAJ members, $105 for MAJ members practicing 3 years or less, $105 for MAJ sustaining members, $100 for MAJ student & paralegal members, and $425 for non-members.  Sitting judges can attend for free.
    To register for the seminar,  visit and click on “events.”

    ‘Evidence Boot Camp’ presented online
    May 8

    The Criminal Defense Association of Michigan will present “Evidence Boot Camp D” online as a Zoom program on Saturday, May 8, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
    This program offers hands-on small group skills training.  Attendees do not have to take prior Boot Camps to attend this Boot Camp.  Speaking at the training will be Harry Mihas and Bernie Jocuns.
     Mihas, of Smith Mihas PLLC, is an expert in criminal defense and family law in both trial and appellate courts.  He was a staff attorney to U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Gerald W. Heaney, Eighth Circuit, and clerked for U.S. District Court Judges John Feikens, George Caram Steeh, and John Corbett O’Meara, Eastern District of Michigan.  He earned his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School.  Prior to his legal career, Mihas was a television news producer and writer at WXYZ and WDIV in Detroit.
    Jocuns, of Bernard Anthony Jocuns & Associates PLLC, serves on the Board of Directors of CDAM.  He has experience in criminal defense, drunk driving, felonies, expungements, juvenile law, accidents/injuries, family practice, contract defense, divorce and custody, paternity, probate, and marijuana law.  Jocuns earned his law degree from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School.
    Cost for the training is $240. To register for the training, visit

    Author to discuss ‘The Case for Including Convicted Felons in Our Jury System’
    May 13

    Western Michigan University Cooley Law School will present Dr. James M. Binnall who will discuss his book, “Twenty Million Angry Men: The Case for Including Convicted Felons in Our Jury System,” during an online event Thursday, May 13, beginning at 1 p.m. via Webex.
    Binnall is an associate professor of law, Criminology, and Criminal Justice, at California State University, Long Beach. He is also a practicing attorney and a formerly incarcerated person who spent just over 4 years in prison for a DUI homicide that claimed the life of his close friend. While incarcerated, Binnall took his LSATs and was accepted to law school. Once released, he earned his law degrees, was admitted to the State Bar of California, and received his Ph.D. in Criminology, Law and Society from University of California, Irvine.
    In his research, Binnall explores the statutory exclusion of individuals with a felony conviction from the jury process. “Twenty Million Angry Men: The Case for Including Convicted Felons in Our Jury System” reveals the flaws inherent in the justifications for felon-juror exclusion, as well as the negative impacts of the practice on jury deliberations and on the reintegration of those who have been convicted of a felony. The book’s primary thesis is that prospective jurors with a felony criminal history enhance, rather than detract from our jury system. In this way, felon-juror exclusion is both unnecessary and potentially damaging to the majority of U.S. jurisdictions that enforce this prevalent and severe collateral sanction.
    The online event is sponsored by the Innocence Project and the Career and Professional Development Office.  For additional information or to register, visit


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