April 2017
  1. April 24 Mark the Date

    FBA 2017 Leonard R. Gilman
    Award Luncheon
    April 25

    Join your colleagues for the FBA 2017 Leonard R. Gilman Award Luncheon from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 25 at Crowne Plaza Detroit Downtown Riverfront Hotel, 2 Washington Blvd. in Detroit. The reception begins at 11:30 a.m. followed by lunch at noon. Keynote speaker at the luncheon is Aimee Guthat, senior attorney at the Fragomen law firm and adjunct professor on immigration law at University of Detroit Mercy Law School. This year’s Leonard R. Gilman Award recipient is defense trial attorney Steve Fishman. Cost is $35 for FBA members and $45 for non-members. Register online at

    Detroit Bar Association
    2017 Barristers Spring Bash
    April 25

    Join the DBA for music, cocktails, networking and appetizers in support of the Detroit Bar’s School Partnership Program to support fostering students’ interest in the law. The Barristers Spring Bash will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 25 at Sinbad’s Restaurant and Marina (Sohar Room), 100 St. Clair St. in Detroit. Cost for this event is $40 for DBA members and $50 for non-members. Judicial officers and law students may attend free of charge if pre-registered. Register at http://www.detroit For more information contact Darlene Trudell at (313) 961-6120, ext. 201 or

    Miller Canfield presents HR Spring
    Training: Employment Law Seminar
    April 25

    Save the date for HRST 2017. Establishing sound employment policies and practices is critical to the success of a business. Join Miller Canfield for engaging, comprehensive presentations featuring the latest trends and best practices in employment law. The seminar will be held from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25 at WMU Fetzer Center, 2350 Business Center in Kalamazoo, and will be repeated on May 9 at the MSU Management Education Center, 811 W. Square Lake Road in Troy. Advance prepaid registration of $90 is required. Register at https://www.

    SBM Solo & Small Firm Section:
    Successful Marketing for Your Practice
    April 27

    This educational seminar program will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 27 at WMU-Cooley Law School, 2630 Featherstone Rd. in Auburn Hills. What do you need to get clients and let the public know you’re a lawyer? What works, what doesn’t? Everything from websites to church socials is covered. Also, be sure to check out information on the free Mutual Mentorship Program that is being held in conjunction with this program. Speakers at the seminar will be Julie I. Fershtman of Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC, in Southfield; David Hendricks Sr., legal internet marketing consultant and CLE instructor; and Arnold Reed of Arnold E. Reed & Associates, PC, in Farmington Hills. This event is free for section members, $20 for non-section members, and free for law students. Register by April 24 online at For more information, contact Elizabeth Silverman at (248) 538-1177 or

    WSU Law School Treasure of Detroit
    April 27

    Wayne Law alumni, faculty and staff are invited to attend the 2017 Wayne State University Law School Treasure of Detroit event from 5:30-8:30 pm. on Thursday, April 27, in the Gem Theatre, 333 Madison Avenue in Detroit. The evening will include a strolling buffet, cash bar and awards program. Attendance is complimentary, but registration is required. Business attire is requested. Parking is at the discretion and expense of the driver. For more information contact Desirnai' Hicks, Leadership Annual Giving Officer at or (313) 577-9763.

    SBM Master Lawyers Section:
    Build a Modern Law Practice
    to Help Those in Need
    April 27

    If you became a lawyer to help people facing serious difficulties and you’d like to return to your roots, this seminar will give you the tools to build a successful, efficient law practice so that you can effectively help those in need. Join the State Bar of Michigan Master Lawyers Section and the Oakland County Bar Association LOCA (Lawyers of a Certain Age) Committee from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, April 27 at the Oakland County Bar Association, 1760 S. Telegraph Rd., Suite 100, in Bloomfield Hills for this informative program. Whether you’re retired and looking to do pro bono or “low bono” work, or transitioning from a firm to a profitable, part-time solo practice, building a 21st century law practice does not have to be difficult. This seminar will teach you to confidently, efficiently and cost-effectively offer the most common legal services, more affordably, to lower and moderate-income people in person and remotely from a paperless home office, often without the need to go to court. Topics covered in the seminar include unbundled legal services; online marketing, communication and legal service delivery tools; and unique pricing strategies that will help you get paid more consistently, while still lowering the costs of legal services. The featured speaker for this event is Bert Tiger Whitehead IV, MBA, Esq. The cost to attend is $25 and includes lunch. Register by April 24 online at www.mich

    D. Augustus Straker Bar Association
    Annual Corporate Counsel Breakfast
    April 28

    The D. Augustus Straker Bar Association announces that its annual Corporate Counsel Breakfast will be held from 8:30-10:30 a.m.on Friday, April 28 at the Skyline Club, 2000 Town Center in Southfield. The theme is “The Importance of Diversity and the Butterfly Effect.” The Butterfly Effect is the concept that a small action can have a large impact. It is based on a theory that a butterfly can cause a tornado simply by flapping its wings. On May 16, 1989, when Harry Pearce, former general counsel of General Motors, wrote a letter to GM’s local counsel to discuss the issue of diversity in the profession, he could not have known the continuing impact of his letter over decades. Pearce will be honored at this year’s breakfast because of his impact. Additionally, a panel will discuss Pearce’s continued legacy in the legal community. The program is free to members of the D. Augustus Straker Bar Association and  $25 for non-members. RSVP at https://strakerlaw.wildapricot. org/event-251 6310.

    Oakland County Bar Foundation
    18th Annual Signature Event
    April 28

    The OCBF is hosting its 18th Annual Signature Event from 7-10 p.m. Friday, April 28 at Oakland Hills Country Club, 3951 W. Maple Rd., Bloomfield Hills. With an attendance of 400, this is the spring event for the Oakland County legal community and the only fundraising event for the foundation. Cost is $175 per person. Register online at 

    Law Day at the Levin Courthouse
    May 1

    The FBA and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan invite you, your staff, clients and downtown neighbors to visit the Levin Courthouse, 231 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit, and the judges on Law Day 2017, celebrating “The 14th Amendment/Transforming American Democ­racy.” This event, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, May 1, features an open house, guided courthouse tours, informative displays, a special presentation by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and the always helpful “Ask the Lawyer” pro bono program. And, of course, hot dogs, chips and cookies. This is a free event. Be advised that you must present photo ID to enter the courthouse and that cell phones are not permitted in the courthouse. Limited grant funding is available to assist with transportation expenses for local high schools. Contact John Sier at (313) 965-2915 for more information.

    SBM Family Law Section: American
    Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
    Advanced Family Law Seminar
    May 4

    The Michigan Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers will host its annual Advanced Family Law Seminar at the Townsend Hotel, 100 Townsend St. in Birmingham, on Thursday, May 4, 2017. This year’s seminar, from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., will focus on issue spotting in all types of divorce cases and on drafting language in settlement agreements and judgments of divorce to address the various possibilities presented by each issue. Register at There will be one registration form for lawyers and a separate form for judges and referees. Cost is $250. For more information contact Joan Maggard at (248) 480-8333.

    SBM Family Law Section: Taxation and QDROs for Family Law Practitioners
    May 4

    Join the State Bar of Michigan Family Law Section and ICLE for this educational seminar from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 4 at the Inn at St. John’s, 44045 Five Mile Rd. in Plymouth. Advising clients about tax issues is always a concern for family law practitioners. With these tips from top tax experts, you’ll be on your way to recognizing and recommending the best tax and retirement strategies for your client’s situation. Plus learn what issues require calling in a tax specialist. Attendees will learn how to use Section 71 payments to help settle difficult cases; identify methods for tapping retirement funds to pay debts; draft your divorce judgment to include key QDRO or EDRO language; advise clients on common child-related tax credits; and correctly allocate tax refunds and tax payments. This seminar is free to ICLE Premium Partners, $95 for new lawyers (0-3 years in practice), $145 for Section members and ICLE Basic Partners, and $165 for all others. Register at www.

    33rd Annual Labor and
    Employment Law Conference
    May 4

    Clark Hill PLC will host its 33rd annual Labor and Employment Law Conference from 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m. on Thursday, May 4 at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River in Novi. The conference includes a continental breakfast and lunch. This year’s event features the following topics: Year in Review; Conducting a Sexual Harassment Investigation in the Workplace; Immigration Changes and I-9 Updates Under the New Administration; Pay Equity in the Workplace; Overtime Regs & Class and Collective Actions; Trump’s NLRB and the Changes in Labor Law That Will Affect Employers; Top Strategies to Attract, Engage and Retain Talent; FMLA and ADA Case Study; Using Non-Competes and the Law of Trade Secrets to Protect and Maintain Your Competitive Advantage; Employee Benefits – What Changes Have Occurred, and What Changes Do We Expect Under the Trump Administration; Managing Employee Mental Health Issues in the Workplace; and Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Gender Expression in the Workplace. Specially designed for CEOs, in-house counsel, and human resource personnel, this program is seeking 6.5 credit hours toward PHR and SPHR recertification by the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI). Cost for this event is $150. Register at For more information about the conference, contact Stephanie Salvadero at (313) 965-8414 or at

    Medical Liability Seminar:
    The Force…Mastering Light Speed
    Change in Medicine
    May 5

    Whether artificial intelligence, millennials in the workforce or never-ending updates to the law, change is occurring in the medical industry at light speed. This seminar is designed to help you master these changes and to bend them to your will in order to mitigate risk and improve your bottom line. Join Plunkett Cooney’s medical litigation trial attorneys, appellate law specialists and guest speakers from 7:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Friday, May 5 at the Dearborn Inn, 20301 Oakwood Blvd. in Dearborn. The power-packed agenda includes: Artificial intelligence panel discussion; Telemedicine and cyber security update; Millennials in healthcare; State investigations and licensing; and Case law update. In addition to members of legal affairs, this seminar is designed to benefit physicians and other healthcare practitioners, healthcare executives, risk managers, and medical liability insurance providers. Register at http://www.plunkett

    ACC Michigan Chapter: Internal
    Investigations in the Digital Age
    May 11

    Join the Association of Corporate Counsel Michigan Chapter from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, May 11 at the Detroit Athletic Club, 241 Madison Ave. in Detroit for “Internal Investigations in the Digital Age.” The digital age has transformed how investigations are conducted, as technology allows access to more information than ever before. Cloud computing, advanced servers, and analytic tools turn this data into witnesses; it tells the story of how events that led to the investigation transpired. Our panel of experts will discuss actions to consider placing in a general counsel’s contingency plan to protect privilege, preserve data, and navigate regulatory concerns. Speakers at the event include Hon. Stephen J. Murphy III, Federal Judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of MI; Beth Hill, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, FordDirect; Raymond Roth, Director of Dispute Advisory and Forensic Services, Stout Risius Ross; and Michael Williams, Attorney, Bush Seyferth & Paige PLLC. Cost is $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Register at For more information, contact Nicole Smith at (248) 385-2000 or

    Black Women Lawyers Association
    of Michigan: Business Meeting
    May 21

    BWLAM meetings are held once a month every third Sunday and suspended during the summer. Join the Black Women Lawyers Association of Michigan from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, May 21 at the 1917 American Bistro located at 19416 Livernois Ave. in Detroit. Make it your business this year to attend at least one meeting. They are informative and resourceful. Join BWLAM or renew your membership at any time ($50 annually). For more information, email

    2017 Moving Justice Forward
    Golf Outing
    June 16

    Registration is now open for Legal Aid and Defender’s 19th Annual Moving Justice Forward Golf Outing at the TPC Michigan in Dearborn on Friday, June 16 starting at 8:30 a.m. Foursomes are $600 and individual golfers are $150. Golfers can register until June 9. The registration fee includes a great day of golf, breakfast, lunch, dinner, contests and prizes. Golfers also will enjoy a putting and hole-in-one contest. There will be a silent auction and raffle at the dinner. All proceeds support Legal Aid for Children and Families, the Medical-Legal Partnership between Legal Aid and Defender Association and Beaumont Health. Since the program began in 2009, over 2,000 children and families have received legal assistance and advice from our attorney at Royal Oak Beaumont. For more information about the Moving Justice Forward Golf Outing, call (313) 967-5619 or register online at event/2017-moving-justice-forward-annual-golf-outing/.

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