September 2021
  1. September 27 ICLE Calendar

    46th Annual Intellectual Property Law Institute online seminar livestreamed Thursday and Friday, October 7-8, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  This  intermediate/advanced level course is co-sponsored by the Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan.

    The general admission fee is $345, section members pay $245, Michigan new lawyers pay $145, and ICLE partners pay $265.


    Administrative Hearings Before the MDHHS: An Interactive Workshop
    online seminar livestreamed Thursday, October 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  This  intermediate level course offers 2.25 CLE credits.
    The general admission fee is $195, Michigan new lawyers pay $95, and ICLE partners pay $165.


    Deposition Skills Workshop
    online seminar livestreamed Wednesday, October 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Thursday, October 28, from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. This  intermediate level course is co-sponsored by the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Michigan

    The general admission fee is $795, section members pay $745, Michigan new lawyers pay $645, and ICLE partners pay $695.


    Course books, audio CDs, and MP3s for most seminars are available if unable to attend program. Video replays for some programs are also offered. For additional information or to charge reservations to VISA, MasterCard, or Discover, call 877-229-4350 or visit


  2. September 27 Mark the Date

    State Bar sections look
    at ‘I-9s and E-Verify’ online

    September 30
    The Labor & Employment Law Section in collaboration with the Immigration Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan will present “Labor Law: Lunch & Learn – Best Practices for Managing I-9s and E-Verify in a Time of COVID-19” online Thursday, September 30, from noon to 1:30 p.m. via Zoom
    Due to COVID-19, temporary I-9 completion policies were implemented. Employers need to understand proper completion, management and maintenance of obligatory I-9 forms, and make sure their I-9 compliance programs are sound.
    This two-part presentation regarding the intersection of labor/employment and immigration law issues will be presented by Ahndia Mansoori, senior associate attorney at Kitch and board member of the Immigration Law Section.
    Mansoori, with Kitch’s Detroit office, focuses her practice on immigration and customs law. She received her law degree from University of Detroit Mercy School of Law School and earned her B.A. in political science with a minor in organizational leadership from Purdue University. Mansoori has had several internships including the International News Desk at C-SPAN, Michigan Immigrant Rights Center, and served as a law clerk at the Kitch Law Firm. Mansoori is licensed to practice in Michigan and is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, and the Michigan Council of the Society for Human Resource Management. Mansoori also is fluent in Farsi.
    To register for this free online event, visit

    Judge, attorney, survivor to discuss USA Gymnastics scandal
    September 30

    To kick-off its Community Conversations series, Western Michigan University Cooley Law School will present “‘At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal’ Panel Discussion.”  The in-class and virtual discussion will take place Thursday, September 30, from noon to 1:30 p.m.
    “At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal” is a powerful documentary that reveals a dangerous system that prioritized winning over everything else, including protecting young female athletes. It features brave testimonials from the athletes at the center of the story.
    The panelists discussing the scandal at WMU-Cooley will include:
    • Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, who sentenced disgraced gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar
    • Trinea Gonczar, abuse survivor
    • Mick Grewal, who represented 139 or the 543 survivors
    Aquilina made news worldwide for her work presiding over the sentencing of disgraced former sports medicine doctor Larry Nassar.  She is known for her reputation for outspoken advocacy and giving those in her courtroom a voice.  She earned her undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and her law degree from WMU-Cooley.  Aquilina became the first female member of the Judge Advocate General Corps in the state, serving 20 years in the Michigan Army National Guard.  She was an Ingham County 55th District Court and Sobriety Court judge for four years and currently serves on the 30th Circuit Court bench.
    Gonczar is a gymnast from Lansing, a survivor of Larry Nassar, and an advocate for preventing sexual assault and helping other victims. She is currently the Director of Development for Wayne County SAFE (Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners Program) in Detroit.
    Grewal is the founding and managing partner of Grewal Law PLLC with offices in Okemos, Northville, and Grand Rapids. He graduated from the University of Michigan and earned law degrees from WMU-Cooley and John Marshall Law School. He began his career in 1993 and focused his practice on criminal and family law, civil litigation as well as estate work. In the last decade, he has immersed himself into learning new areas of the law including sexual assault, medical malpractice, personal injury, and medical marijuana.
    Those interested in attending the September 30 Community Conversations event must register at

    ‘Evidence Boot Camp B’ presented online by CDAM
    October 1

    The Criminal Defense Association of Michigan will present “Evidence Boot Camp B” as a Zoom program on Friday, October 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
    This online 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 online program will be Thomas C. Cranmer and Edward A. Bajoka.
    A principal at Miller Canfield, Cranmer is the firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group co-leader.  With more than 40 years of courtroom experience, his practice focuses on white-collar criminal defense, complex commercial litigation and “bet-the-company” litigation.  He served as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Oakland County and an assistant chief of the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan.
    Cranmer is a co-author of a Michigan treatise, “Civil Trials and Evidence,” a contributing author to “Federal Civil Procedure Before Trial/Sixth Circuit,” and he has served as an adjunct professor of law for Western Michigan University Cooley Law School teaching Evidence.
    Bajoka is the lead attorney and founder of Bajoka Law Group PLLC and You Are Home Immigration Law.  He has represented individuals in almost every type of criminal case from the routine “DUI case” to some of the biggest white-collar criminal cases in state and federal courts.  His immigration practice is focused on those who are facing deportation because of a criminal issue or conviction.
    Bajoka is the author of “LexisNexis Practice Guide: Michigan Criminal Law” which covers the entire process of a criminal trial in Michigan-from initial case evaluation to appeals and appellate issues to use of DNA evidence at trial and more.
    Cost for the online Boot Camp is $240.  To register, visit

    Elder Law and Disability Rights Section plans live and online conference
    October 4-6

    The Elder Law and Disability Rights Section of the State Bar of Michigan will conduct its Annual Meeting & Fall Conference Monday through Wednesday, October 4-6.  It will be hosted on Zoom as well as in person at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 1 Wenonah Park Place in Bay City
    The section is offering an add on seminar: a VA benefits course taught by VISPRO owner and operator, Karen McIntyre on Monday, Oct. 4, at 8 a.m. This three-hour course counts as a CLE credit towards VA accreditation.
    There is no charge to attend the Annual Meeting. The Fall Conference pricing options are listed on the registration site.  To register, visit and click on “Events.”
    For questions, contact Susie Chalgian at or 517-332-3800.

    Webinar examines ‘How to Lay a Foundation to Get Your Evidence Introduced’
    October 14
    The National Business Institute will present the live video webinar “How to Lay a Foundation to Get Your Evidence Introduced—Social Media, Texts, Business Records, Expert Witness Testimony and More” on Thursday, October 14, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Lawyers can’t get evidence admitted without establishing the proper evidentiary foundations. In this practical online seminar, faculty will teach how to lay a foundation for different types of evidence and avoid being tripped up by objections opposing counsel will try to use.
    Webinar attendees will:
    • Pick up preparation pointers that will help avoid troubles at trial.
    • Learn how to authenticate social media posts, texts, emails and other electronic evidence.
    • Find out how to establish a proper foundation for medical records, business records, and more.
    • See how to get an expert’s testimony in - and keep opposing counsel’s out.
    • Hear how to best introduce physical evidence at trial.
    • Convince the court that the fairness requirement has been satisfied for demonstrative evidence.
    Speaking at the webinar will be Michigan attorneys Nicolas Camargo, Janetta A. Ksar, Nathan S. Scherbarth, Courtney Sierra, and James Wright.
    Camargo is a senior attorney with Foster, Swift, Collins, & Smith PC who focuses his practice on probate administration and estate planning, with a specialization in probate litigation, will contests and trust contests. He also represents various mid-sized businesses in business disputes, litigation, and day-to-day transactional matters. Camargo is admitted to the State Bar of Michigan and in all Michigan state courts. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Camargo is a member of various organizations, including the Oakland County Bar Association, and the State Bar of Michigan, including the Litigation and Estate Planning sections. He earned his B.A. degree from Marquette University and his law degree from Michigan State University College of Law.
    Ksar is an attorney with Zausmer, August, & Caldwell PC, located in their Farmington Hills office. Ksar is a litigator who focuses her practice on matters involving insurance coverage, insurance fraud and insurance defense. She earned her B.A. degree from the University of Michigan and her law degree from Michigan State University College of Law. Ksar is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the American Bar Association, the Oakland County Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association and the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan.
    Scherbarth is an attorney with Zausmer, August, & Caldwell PC located in their Farmington Hills office in the firm’s business and commercial, employment, insurance defense, insurance coverage, appellate, and municipal practice groups. He earned his B.A. degree from Michigan State University and his law degree from Boston College Law School. Scherbarth is a member of the American Bar Association; BC Law Alumni Association, Detroit Chapter - president; Michigan Defense Trial Counsel - Amicus Committee and Appellate Section co-chair; Oakland County Bar Association; and the State Bar of Michigan - Appellate, Business Law, Insurance & Indemnity, Litigation, and Young Lawyers sections. He is admitted to practice in the state of Michigan, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan.
    Sierra is an attorney with Thacker Sleight where she focuses her practice exclusively on family law, including divorces and custody matters. Her comprehensive family law experience includes handling divorces involving complex child custody disputes. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Idaho State University and her law degree from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School.
    Wright is a shareholder in the law firm of Zausmer, August, & Caldwell PC where he has defended a broad array of insurance claims first- and third-party automobile negligence, premises liability, toxic torts, construction site accidents, defamation, insurance agent error and omissions, insurance coverage, and even equine liability issues both at trial and on appeal. Wright has appellate experience, having handled numerous cases in both the Michigan Court of Appeals and the Michigan Supreme Court. He earned his B.A. degree from the University of Michigan and his law degree from the Michigan State University College of Law. Wright is admitted to practice in the state of Michigan and the state of Ohio. He also is admitted in the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan.
    This basic level online seminar is designed for attorneys. Paralegals may also benefit.
    Cost for the webinar is $349 which includes the course book. To register, call 1-800-930-6182 or visit

    A Study in Firearms & Ballistics’
    offered online by CDAM
    October 15

    The Criminal Defense Association of Michigan will present the webinar “A Study in Firearms & Ballistics” via Zoom on Friday, October 15, from 10 a.m. to noon.  This online program will feature Christopher Robinson, a forensic consultant in Atlanta.
    Robinson has been in the forensic field for nearly 23 years. He worked for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for 10 years as a firearms examiner and then became the director of the Crime Lab for the City of Atlanta Police Department and held that position for 2 1/2 years. He now has his own company, Chris Robinson Forensics and has held that position for the past 11 years. He has worked over 11000 cases and has testified approximately 800 times. He has been involved in cases in over 25 states and is also a consultant for CNN, Headline News, and numerous other television shows. He is certified in the areas of firearms and ballistics, gunshot residue analysis, blood spatter analysis, and crime scene reconstruction.
    Topics covered in this webinar include: Review of various weapons; Parts of a Pistol; Parts of a Revolver; Parts of a Rifle; Parts of a Shotgun; Parts of a Semi-Automatic; Triggering Mechanisms; Ammunition, Cartridges and Cases, including comparisons; Testing; Ejection Analysis/Trajectory; Impact on Glass Objects and Metal Objects; X-ray Analysis; and Case Review.
    Registrants can join webinar by clicking the Zoom registration link provided in the automatically generated email sent upon completion of webinar registration. Those attending must use their registration name to ensure admittance to the webinar. Zoom will then email a direct link to the webinar. No passcode will be needed. Registrants should allow extra time to complete this process and to make certain that they can log in to the webinar and hear everything. For those who cannot attend the webinar, it will be available for on demand viewing.
    Cost for the webinar is $60. To register for the online program, visit

    ‘Life after McGahn’ topic of webinar hosted by Levin Center at Wayne Law
    October 18

    The Levin Center at Wayne State University Law School will present a virtual panel discussion on “Life after McGahn.” The webinar, co-hosted by the Project on Government Oversight (POGO), will take place Friday, October 8, from noon to 1:30 p.m. via Zoom.
    In 2019, the House Judiciary Committee filed suit to enforce a subpoena compelling White House counsel Donald McGahn to testify. The Trump White House claimed absolute immunity on McGahn’s behalf.
    After two years of intense litigation and multiple court decisions, in May 2021, the Committee and the Biden Administration agreed to dismiss the case and have McGahn testify in executive session with certain limitations.
    The agreement left a number of critical issues undecided by the courts including the key issue in the McGahn case, whether certain senior presidential aides are absolutely immune to congressional subpoenas.
    Various legislative proposals are now being considered to clarify to the courts Congress’ investigative authority and to expedite judicial decisions.
    The virtual in-depth panel discussion will explore the reasons for and consequences of the McGahn settlement and the impact on separation of powers, checks and balances, and congressional oversight.
    To register for the event, visit Anyone with questions may email the Levin Center at Wayne Law at levincenter@

    Craft beer focus of ACC-MI
    educational and social event
    October 27

    The Association of Corporate Counsel, Michigan Chapter, with Miller Canfield will co-host an educational and social event titled “Are You a Craft Beer Aficionado?” on Wednesday, October 27, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the offices of Miller Canfield, 150 West Jefferson, Suite 2500, in Detroit.
    Miller Canfield craft beverage attorneys Joe Infante and Chris Gartman will explore the tastes, aromas and surroundings that contribute to a beer’s overall flavor, featuring some of Michigan’s time-tested beers highlighting how the human body and brain perceives and detects flavor. They will also discuss different types of liquor licenses; non-profit special licenses and events; raffles/auctions involving alcohol; as well as interesting information on varying liquor laws in Michigan and around the country.
    Many brewers are former lawyers; Gartman is the rare lawyer who is a former brewer. Before and since being admitted to the bar in 2011, he brewed professionally in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and London, England. His responsibilities ranged from tour guide and barrel program manager to lab tech, product safety manager and head brewer. His brewery, winery and distillery clients benefit from his technical and operational knowledge, in addition to his regulatory and business expertise.
    For more than a decade, Infante has blended his love for craft beer with his legal practice. He leads the Craft Beverage Manufacturers industry team at Miller Canfield. Infante represents breweries, wineries and distilleries across the country and assists them with navigating the complicated regulatory landscapes they face. He has a one of a kind legal practice in Michigan and is a nationally recognized expert in the alcohol beverage industry.
    The October 27 event will feature:
    • Beer Tasting—4 to 4:30 p.m.
    • Presentation—4:30 to 5 p.m.
    • Networking—5 to 6:00 p.m.
    To register for the event, visit Anyone with questions can email Mariam Robinson of ACC-MI at


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