September 2017
  1. September 26 Mark the Date

    State Bar of Michigan
    2017 NEXT Conference
    September 27-29

    Connect, learn, and share at this statewide event focusing on the future of law practice. It will be held Sept. 27-29 at Cobo Center, 1 Washington Blvd. in Detroit. Formerly the Annual Meeting/Solo and Small Firm Institute, the NEXT Conference focuses on the future of law practice by bringing Michigan lawyers together to learn, share ideas and make connections. This year’s opening keynote features chief legal affairs anchor for ABC News, Dan Abrams. During the conference, national and local experts provide the tools you need to practice more efficiently and effectively. Stay current with critical updates in immigration, tax, health and criminal law. Understand the “must-know” Federal Court rules and learn tips for preserving your record at trial. Take advantage of educational tracks covering Judicial Perspectives, Trial Technology, and a track dedicated to attorney wellness, The Balanced Practice. New this year, the Learning Lounge provides short educational sessions designed to immerse attendees into interactive discussions and exercises with the facilitator. The all-member networking luncheon offers leisurely opportunities to make new connections over lunch and the early evening reception is designed to unwind with free drinks and food. Conference pricing varies; create your experience by choosing events for attendance. For more information and to register, visit

    Wayne Law Alumni Reception
    with Dean Richard A. Bierschbach
    September 28

    Join Wayne Law for a special gathering to meet Dean Richard A. Bierschbach, and mingle with faculty, alumni and friends as part of the State Bar of Michigan Annual Meeting. The event will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28 at Cobo Center, 1 Washington Blvd. in Detroit. This special event is free and consists of a reception and brief program. One needn’t be a member of the State Bar of Michigan to attend, however, registration is required. For more information contact Duc Abrahamson at (313) 577-6199 or at ad6373@

    SBM Insurance and Indemnity Law Section
    Annual Meeting and Cybersecurity Program
    September 28

    The State Bar of Michigan Insurance and Indemnity Law Section will host its Annual Meeting and Educational Program from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Sept. 28, in conjunction with the SBM NEXT Conference at Cobo Center in Detroit. The section business meeting will take place from 10-10:30 a.m. The educational program will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and will feature speaker Janis Meyer, a partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson who focuses on professional ethics and risk management issues. Meyer is a special professor of law at the Hofstra University Maurice A. Deane School of Law and a member of the Law 360 Legal Ethics Editorial Advisory Board. She will cover “Cybersecurity: Protecting Client Information and Yourself,” which will cover the ethics involved in protecting client data from hackers, and “How to Avoid Dumb Things Lawyers Do!” which will cover mistakes with client funds, representing “bad” clients, and “dabbling.” There is no cost to attend the business meeting or educational program. Registration is requested, but not required. To register online, visit For more information, visit home, or contact Adam Kutinsky at akutinsky or 248-642-7835.
    Detroit Mercy Law Golf Outing
    September 29

    Check in at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 29 to spend the day golfing with friends at The Inn at St. John’s, 44045 Five Mile Rd. in Plymouth. All net proceeds will benefit Detroit Mercy School of Law’s Student Scholarship Fund. The event includes: 18 holes of golf with cart, driving range and bag services; buffet dinner; souvenir gift; two drink tickets for hospitality cart on course; contests for winning team, longest drive, closest to the pin; 50/50 raffle; and full use of locker room facilities. Lunch is available for purchase at the Pro Shop or Halfway House. In addition, Detroit Mercy Law and its Alumni Association will honor two distinguished alumnae during the dinner program. Hon. Denise Langford Morris (’82) will be honored with the Time and Talent Award, and Mikyia S. Aaron (’15) will receive the Rising Star Award. The golf will be played in scramble format with four-player teams. Individuals and twosomes welcome for pairing with others. The cost is $75 for law students, $125 for non-students by Sept. 1, and $140 for non-students after Sept. 1. Register at Plan to attend rain or shine. Golf will be played if there is rain unless conditions are such that the course will not allow play, in which case dinner will begin early and golf vouchers may be issued to those who attend pursuant to the policies of The Inn at St. John’s. Detroit Mercy Law shall not refund any funds received. Sponsorships for the golf outing are still available. For more information, contact Denise P. Hickey at (313) 596-0202 or Amy K. Smith at (313) 596-0207.

    3rd Judicial Circuit Court
    Foster Care Resources
    October 3

    The James E. Wadsworth, Jr. Community Center (JEWJCC) Foster Care and Adoption Outreach Program will host a foster family mental health and clinical resource community forum at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct.3 at Fellowship Chapel Church, 7707 W. Outer Dr. in Detroit. The forum will provide vital and critical links to clinical and mental health resources available at 3rd Judicial Circuit Court for foster families in Wayne County. The forum’s featured speakers are: Judge Edward J. Joseph, Juvenile Mental Health Court; Dr. Lindsay Y. Carr, clinical psychologist; and Roland Smith, Director of Casa – Clinic For Child Study. In addition, resource tables will be manned by the Bethany Adoption Agency and the Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange. The event will also provide a free clothes closet. Light refreshments will be served. The Foster Care and Adoption Outreach is a ministry of the Fellowship Chapel Church. For more information call attorney Berlinda M. Good, JEWJCC director, at (248) 875-3181, or attorney Brenda Springs, MCLC at (734) 281-1900.

    FBA ‘State of the Court’ Luncheon
    October 4

    The Eastern District of Michigan Chapter of the Federal Bar Association will kick off its annual Luncheon Series with the annual “State of the Court” address from 11:30 a.m-1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4 at a location to be determined. Honorable Denise Page Hood, Chief Judge of  United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, is keynote speaker. Check the FBA chapter website,, soon for registration. Law firm sponsorship opportunities are still available for the opening luncheon and the three additional luncheons in the program which will be held in the coming months. For more information, contact Dan Sharkey, Chapter Program Chair, at (248) 971-1712 or by e-mail at

    2017 Wayne Law Alumni Reunion
    October 6

    All Wayne Law alumni are invited to a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception to honor the classes of 1967, 1977, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2007 and 2012. Join classmates and colleagues from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6 at INT ICE, MGM Grand Detroit, 1777 Third Street in Detroit. Cost for this event is $25 per person. Register at If you would like to be a class leader and represent your class for the Wayne Law Reunion or have questions about the event, contact Duc Abrahamson at (313) 577-6199 or e-mail her at

    SBM Antitrust Section:
    Franchising Law and Practice —
    Modernizing the Franchise Relationship
    October 6

    The Antitrust, Franchising and Trade Regulation Section of the State Bar of Michigan will host “Franchising Law and Practice — Modernizing the Franchise Relationship” from 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6 in the main floor conference room of the American Center Building, 27777 Franklin Rd. in Southfield. This event brings together franchise practitioners and the business community to discuss the latest legislative updates and best practices in the operations of a franchise business. The seminar is designed for franchisors and franchisees as well as lawyers interested in franchise law. During the first hour, Dean Heyl, the International Franchise Association’s vice president of government affairs, will provide an update on federal and state legislation and court decisions impacting franchising. In the second hour, Peter Lagarias, a franchising author, practitioner, and professor often representing franchisees, will discuss contemporary enforcement of franchise agreement provisions impacting the franchise relationship. The third hour will consist of a panel of franchisor and franchisee representatives that will discuss best practices in daily franchise operations. This program is free and coffee, juice, and pastries will be served. For more information contact David Steinberg at (248) 351-3000 or Howard Lederman at (248) 639-4696.

    25th Annual Bernard Gottfried Memorial
    Labor Law Symposium
    October 19

    The 25th annual Bernard Gottfried Memorial Labor Law Symposium will be held from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19 at Wayne State University Law School, Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium, 471 W. Palmer in Detroit. This special event will feature John Raudabaugh, Reed Larson Professor of Labor Law at Ave Maria School of Law. Proceeds from the Bernard Gottfried Memorial Labor Law Symposium will be used to fund future educational programs and to further labor law studies at Wayne Law. Registration is required and the fee will include meals and presentation materials. Seating for the luncheon is limited; late registrants and walk-ins may not be assured a meal. The general registration fee is $100. For students, NLRB staff and government employees, the reduced fee is $35. Register by Thursday, Oct. 12 at Parking is available for $7.75 (credit and debit cards only) in Structure No. 1 across West Palmer Street from the law school. For more information contact Law Reservations at (313) 577-6497 or

    Michigan Supreme Court Review
    October 25

    Join Wayne Law alumni, faculty and the community for a discussion of Michigan Supreme Court Opinions from 4:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25 in the atrium at Wayne State University Law School, Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium, 471 W. Palmer in Detroit. The conference is free. For more information contact Tom Rheaume at (313) 392-1074 or

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