Calendar

September 2018
  1. September 25 Upcoming Events

    University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
    106th Annual Red Mass
    September 25

    The 106th Annual Red Mass will take place at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, September 25 at Ss. Peter and Paul Jesuit Church, 629 East Jefferson Ave. in Detroit. The first Red Mass in the United States was held in 1877 at Ss. Peter and Paul in Detroit. The University of Detroit Mercy School of Law resumed the tradition in 1912 and continues to hold it annually. The Red Mass seeks the guidance of the Holy Spirit for judges, attorneys, law school professors, students, government officials and for all those involved in the justice system.

    Detroit Bar Association
    Detroit Legal Services Clinic
    September 25

    The Detroit Legal Services Clinic provides information and advice from volunteer attorneys in the areas of: divorce, child support, domestic relations issues, expungements, self-representation, and general civil law. The clinic will be supervised by Dennis Donahue, the Detroit Bar Association Foundation Access to Justice Administrator. The clinic is from 12-3 p.m. Tuesday, September 25 at the Penobscot Building, 13th Floor, Smart Detroit Conference Rooms, 645 Griswold in Detroit. Volunteers may arrive at 11:30 a.m. for lunch. To volunteer, email Dennis Donahue at ddonahue@ detroitlawyer.org. For more information, contact Mary Kovari at mkovari@detroit lawyer.org or (313) 961-6120, ext. 206.

    Managing Intellectual Property/
    Benchmark Litigation AUTOLEX Forum
    September 25

    Join colleagues for the second annual AUTOLEX Autonomous Vehicle Forum at Aloft Detroit at the David Whitney, 1 Park Ave. in Detroit on Tuesday, September 25. This one day forum will focus on the disruptive changes occurring in the automobile industry as autonomous vehicles become a reality. Hear some of the nation’s top in-house and law firm experts discuss legal concerns in IP, litigation, regulation, cybersecurity and the Internet of Things. This one-day interactive forum will cover best ways to protect your IP in these evolving technologies, what has been learned from automotive litigation cases, and how the global, federal and state regulatory markets are reacting. The aim is to provide an inclusive forum for automakers, suppliers, tech companies, regulators, government agencies, and other interested constituents, where the rapidly changing legal landscape of the automotive industry can be discussed and debated. Register at www.managingip.com.

    State Bar of Michigan
    NEXT Conference 2018
    September 26-28

    Join the State Bar of Michigan for the 2nd Annual NEXT Conference (formerly Annual Meeting/Solo and Small Firm Institute) subtitled, “Come See What’s NEXT For Your Law Practice.” The conference will be held at DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Ave. NW in Grand Rapids. Hear about the latest technology and practice management innovations designed to raise your level of practice. Learn new strategies for delivering competitive legal services in the changing marketplace and harness artificial intelligence software to increase your productivity. From NEXT Conference favorites like Barron Henley and the return of the popular “judicial perspectives” track, to industry icons like CEO of CLIO, Jack Newton, and MyCase’s Nicole Black — gain valuable practice tips to use immediately. The NEXT Conference has something for everyone — whether you attend educational sessions, go to a section meeting or network and make new connections. Attendees can gain insight into judges’ pet peeves and expectations in both criminal and civil cases; get step by step guidance on using speech recognition software to draft documents and time entries; understand the six numbers and the six reports every lawyer must know to run a successful practice; avoid common malpractice traps when using technology in your practice; expertly and ethically use social media evidence in your next case; gain efficiencies in your practice with artificial intelligence software; sell your legal services by understanding how clients value it; keep current on the latest tech tricks, gadgets and websites; and capitalize on key trends in the legal marketplace to stay competitive. Flexible and individual pricing is offered with multiple lunch and reception options, including the complimentary all-member reception. Register at www.michbar.org.

    Women Lawyers Association of Michigan
    ‘Meet the Judges’ Reception/NEXT Conference
    September 27

    Join the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan as they host a “Meet the Judges” reception during the State Bar of Michigan NEXT Conference. The cocktail reception will be held from 5-6 p.m Thursday, September 27 at DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Ave. NW in Grand Rapids. All judges in the state of Michigan are invited to attend. This networking event is free and open to all SBM members (a registration package is not required to attend the WLAM Reception). Sponsorship opportunities are available to individuals and firms. Register for the reception and other portions of the NEXT Conference www.michbar.org.

    Federal Bar Association
    Civil Rights Pleading Roadshow
    September 27

    Back by popular demand, the Federal Bar Association Civil Rights Pleading Roadshow will make its next stop at the Ann Arbor Federal Courthouse, 200 E. Liberty in Ann Arbor from 12-1:30 p.m. Thursday,  September 27. The Honorable Judith E. Levy, United States District Court, and Professor Samuel Bagenstos of Michigan Law will be the distinguished panelists, and Adam Wenner, Honigman, will serve as the event moderator. Judge Levy and Professor Bagenstos will present an interactive session for practitioners of all experience levels and both sides of the “v.” on what it takes to survive or prevail on a motion to dismiss under the federal pleading standards established in Ashcroft v. Iqbal (2009) and Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly (2007). There will be time for audience questions and comments. For more information contact Adam Wenner at awenner@honigman.com.

    Detroit Mercy Law 2018
    Homecoming Golf Outing
    September 28

    Detroit Mercy Law will sponsor the 2018 Homecoming Golf Outing starting at 11 a.m. Friday, September 28 at The Inn at St. John’s, 44045 5 Mile Rd. in Plymouth. Proceeds will benefit the School of Law’s Student Scholarship Fund. Golf will be played in a scramble format with 4-player teams (individuals and couples welcome, to be paired with others). Registration includes 18 holes with cart, driving range, bag services, full locker room facilities, buffet dinner, souvenir gift, and two drink tickets for hospitality cart on course. Lunch is available for purchase at the Pro Shop or Halfway House. In addition, enjoy golf contests, a raffle and the awards ceremony following golf. Detroit Mercy Law and its Alumni Association will honor two distinguished alumnae during the dinner program. The Hon. Michael J. Riordan (’90) will receive the Time and Talent Award, and Rosa A. Weaver (’13) will receive the Rising Star Award. The price for students is $75 per person, $125 for non-students before Sept. 1, and $140 for non-students after September 1. Dinner only guests pay $40 each. Register at http://www.law.udmercy.edu/. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information contact Amy K. Smith  at (313) 596-0207 or Rebecca Simkins Nowak at (313) 596.9409.

    Detroit Bar Association
    2018 Night Out with Bench and Bar
    October 3

    The Detroit Bar Association will host its 2018 Night Out with Bench and Bar at Buffalo Wild Wings, 1218 Randolf St. Detroit on October 3 from 5-7:30 p.m. for post-work happy hour. Relax and connect with fellow lawyers and jurists outside of the courtroom; no programs, no briefs, no motions — only friendly debates. Appetizers included. A cash bar will be available. Sign up a new member that evening and each receive a complimentary drink ticket. The cost is $40 for DBA members, $50 for non-members, and $25 for law students. Member judges are complimentary guests. Register at detroitlawyer.org. For more information contact Mary Kovari at mkovari@detroitlawyer.org.

    Antitrust, Franchise, and Trade
    Regulation Section Fall Forum
    October 4

    Invite colleagues and clients to join the State Bar of Michigan Antitrust, Franchise, and Trade Regulation Section for its first annual Fall Forum from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, October 4 at The Inn at St. John’s, 44045 Five Mile Road in Plymouth. The forum will offer after-work cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and networking, followed by separate educational sessions for both antitrust and franchise practitioners. In the antitrust session, Kendall Millard and Bradley Love, of Barnes & Thornburg, LLP, will speak about a recent criminal antitrust jury trial that resulted in a not-guilty verdict and discuss decisions companies face in antitrust actions brought by the Department of Justice. In the franchising session, Mark Siebert, CEO of the iFranchise Group, will discuss obstacles to growth in new and established franchise systems, how to overcome them, and how franchise counsel can help. There is no cost to attend. Register at https://sbmaftr.eventbrite.com. For more information contact Cale S. Johnson, section chair, at (248) 203-0809 or cjohnson@dykema.com.

    Michigan Defense Trial Counsel
    Meet The Judges
    October 4

    Registration is open for Michigan Defense Trial Counsel’s Meet the Judges event from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, October 4 at the Sheraton Detroit Novi Hotel, 21111 Haggerty Rd. in Novi. Justices of the Supreme Court, Judges of the Court of Appeals, Eaton, Genesee, Ingham, Jackson, Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne County Circuit Courts, U.S. District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts, Tribal Appellate Court Justices, Tribal Court Judges and Supreme Court Commissioners have been invited to attend. A partial list of Justices and Judges attending include Justice Bridget M. McCormack, Hon. James Chylinski, Hon. Nanci Grant, Hon. David Groner, Hon. Shalina Kumar, Hon. Denise Langford Morris, Hon. Anica Letica, Hon. Christopher Murray, Hon. Lita M. Popke, Hon. Kelly Ramsey, Hon. Michael Riordan, Hon. Amy Ronayne Krause, Hon. Cynthia Diane Stephens, and Hon. Joseph Toia. Hors d'oeuvres will be served and an open bar will be provided. Capacity is limited. The cost to attend is $85 for members and $135 for non-members (which includes membership). Member rates will apply to staff of MDTC members. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/. For more information call (517) 627-3745.

    Michigan Association for Justice No-Fault Institute XV: Learning and Using Best Practices
    October 4-5

    The 2018 election is heating up, and no-fault is one of the top campaign issues. It is now more important than ever to join the Michigan Association for Justice for the No-Fault Institute XV from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, October 4-5 at the Sheraton Detroit Novi, 21111 Haggerty Rd. in Novi. The two-day seminar will be broken down into a PIP Day on Thursday and a Tort Day on Friday. Topics on the PIP Day include: Bazzi, Best Practices in PIP Cases, Dealing with ACP Obstructionism, Covenant, and Ontario/Michigan Auto Liability and Insurance Issues. A fundraiser for MAJ-endorsed Supreme Court candidates will be held immediately following the program on Thursday. The Tort Day will cover topics including: Tort Threshold, Legislative Situation, Driverless Cars, Overcoming Comparative Negligence in Rear End Collision Cases, and Best Practices for Proving Threshold Injuries. The cost to attend the event is $495 for MAJ members, $395 for MAJ members with 3 years or less of practice, $300 for MAJ sustaining members and MAJ paralegal and student members, and $695 for non-members. Judges attend at no cost with registration. Register at www.michiganjustice.org.
     

    Oakland County Bar Association
    Corporate Compliance in the Age of Cryptocurrency
    October 9

    Join the Oakland County Bar Association for a seminar from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, October 9 at the OCBA office, 1760 South Telegraph Rd., Suite 100 in Bloomfield Hills. Cryptocurrency, blockchain, bitcoin. What are they, how do they work and what are the legal implications of their use in a corporate setting? “Corporate Compliance In the Age of Cryptocurrency” presents an analysis of the intersection between current business laws and the burgeoning cryptocurrency landscape. This seminar will explore the development of this digital technology and procedures for following corporate and criminal law. Presenters include Patrick E. Corbett, Esq., U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Michigan; John Gleeson, Storj Labs; and Michael P. Hindelang, Esq., Honigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn LLP. Topics of discussion will include the background and business perspective on blockchain, cryptocurrency and decentralized applications; corporate law compliance; cryptocurrency and the tax code; and criminal and law enforcement implications of this new technology. Fees for the seminar are $40 for OCBA members; $30 for OCBA new lawyers (P77000 and above), paralegals and students; and $60 for non-members. Register at www.ocba.org. At the door prices increase $10-$15.

    Detroit Bar Association
    Membership Composite Unveiling
    October 10

    Join the Detroit Bar Association in the Third Circuit Court lobby of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center in Detroit at 4 p.m. Wednesday, October 10 to celebrate the unveiling of the DBA member composite. The composite features the DBA’s 2017 lawyers and judges. It will be hung on the wall in the Third Circuit Court lobby next to the 1935 and 1947 Detroit Bar composites. Gathering the photos for the composite was a two-year project. The unveiling will be followed by a reception at 5 p.m. at the Caucus Club, 150 W. Congress St. in Detroit. The event is sponsored by Marko Law, and there is no charge to attend. Registration includes appetizers and a cash bar. Register at www.detroitlawyer.org.

    Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
    Annual Meeting and ADR Conference
    October 12-13

    Join the State Bar of Michigan Alternative Dispute Resolution Section for its annual learning and networking event to be held Friday and Saturday, October 12  and 13 at the Park Place Hotel, 300 E. State St. in Traverse City. The ADR Conference features 11 hours of advanced mediation training by SCAO. Choose from an assortment of hot topics, case law, and research updates. Engage in skill-building exercises. Add fresh skills to improve techniques. Network with friends and colleagues, all in one convenient weekend. The optional Family Mediation Module from 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Friday includes lunch. The ADR Section Conference begins at 12 p.m. Friday and runs through 12:30 p.m. Saturday; the ADR Annual Meeting will be held from 8:30-9 a.m. Saturday. In addition, enjoy good food, good conversation, and good cheer as colleagues who have made especially strong contributions to the field of alternative dispute resolution are honored at the cocktail reception and awards banquet Friday night. The cost for the Family Mediation Module (in addition to the ADR Section Conference cost) is $60 or $30 for law and graduate students. The ADR Section Conference price is $150 or $75 for law and graduate students. Both parts of program are free for sitting judges. Additionally, the price for Friday evening’s cocktail reception and awards banquet is $50 for all attendees. There is no cost to attend only the annual meeting. Register by October 8 at www.michbar.org. Contact the Park Place Hotel at (231) 946-5000 and mention State Bar of Michigan for reduced rates on reservations (based on availability) through September 11.

    State Bar of Michigan Elder Law Section
    Annual Meeting and Fall Conference
    October 17-19

    Register now for the State Bar of Michigan Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Annual Meeting and Fall Conference to be held Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, October 17, 18 and 19 at Mission Point Resort, 6633 Main Street on Mackinac Island. This year’s conference keynote speaker will be Howard Krooks, a partner of Elder Law Associates PA with offices throughout Southeast Florida. Krooks is admitted to practice law in New York and Florida and is of counsel to Amoruso & Amoruso, LLP, in Rye Brook, New York. His professional practice is devoted to elder law, trusts, and estate matters, including representing seniors and persons with special needs and their families in connection with asset preservation planning, supplemental needs trusts, Medicaid, Medicare, planning for disability, guardianship, wills, trusts, and health care planning with advance directives. The conference will feature intermediate sessions and advanced sessions, as well as ELDRS’ own experts, including a special plenary session presented by Sanford Mall and Joseph Anderson, MD. Join Mall and Dr. Anderson as they discuss a range of issues related to surrogate medical decision making under Michigan law. Topics to be covered include: types of conflicts that arise between doctor and patient surrogate; frequency in which these issues arise; how hospitals work to resolve conflict; identification of surrogate with legal authority; when probate court should be considered; when a doctor is not required to take a directive from a patient advocate; and how DNRs and POST fit in with a patient advocate designation and/or advanced directives. Wednesday’s schedule starts with lunch at 12:30 p.m. and Friday’s final session ends at noon. The cost before September 7 is $300 for ELDRS or Probate and Estate Section members, $350 for non-section members, and $225 for non-lawyers, students or first-time registrants. The cost on or after September 7 is $325 for ELDRS or Probate and Estate Section members, $375 for non-section members, and $250 for non-lawyers, students or first-time registrants. There is no charge to attend the Annual Meeting on Thursday, October 18, at 12:30 p.m. Register online at www.michbar.org. Contact Mission Point Resort group reservations at (800) 833-7711 to reserve a room (based on availability) through September 1. As a carrier for Mission Point, Shepler’s Mackinac Ferry will offer guests a discounted price per round trip ticket for adults and children (use the code ELDRS18). Visit the Shepler’s Mackinac Ferry website for ferry schedule and plan accordingly. For more information contact Angela Hentkowski at ahentkowski@stewardsheridan.com or at (906) 485-6311.

    Lawyer Trust Accounts Seminar: Management Principles and Record Keeping Resources
    October 23

    Sign up now for the State Bar of Michigan Lawyer Trust Accounts Seminar to be held from 1:15-4:45 p.m. Tuesday, October 23 at the State Bar of Michigan, 306 Townsend St, in Lansing. This half-day ethics seminar will feature presentations on how to manage lawyer trust accounts, including how to effectively use forms, checklists, and other recordkeeping resources. The seminar, which is open to lawyers and their staff, is an excellent way to learn how to comply with Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct 1.15 and 1.15A. Participants will receive practical information as well as materials prepared by the presenters: SBM Professional Standards Division Director Danon Goodrum-Garland, SBM Assistant General Counsel Nkrumah Johnson-Wynn, Professional Standards Assistant Counsel Alecia Ruswinckel, and Attorney Grievance Commission Senior Associate Counsel Rhonda Pozehl. The cost for the event is $50 for lawyers, $25 for non-lawyers, law students and unlicensed graduates. Register by October 19 at www.michbar.org. No walk-in registrations will be accepted. For more information contact Karen Spohn with the State Bar of Michigan Professional Standards Division at (517) 346-6309 or by email to kspohn@michbar.org.

    Detroit Bar Association
    Detroit Legal Services Clinic
    October 23

    The Detroit Legal Services Clinic provides information and advice from volunteer attorneys in the areas of: divorce, child support, domestic relations issues, expungements, self-representation, and general civil law. The clinic will be supervised by Dennis Donahue, the Detroit Bar Association Foundation Access to Justice Administrator. The clinic is from 12-3 p.m. Tuesday, October 23 at the Penobscot Building, 13th Floor, Smart Detroit Conference Rooms, 645 Griswold in Detroit. Volunteers may arrive at 11:30 a.m. for lunch. To volunteer, email Dennis Donahue at ddonahue@ detroitlawyer.org. For more information, contact Mary Kovari at mkovari@detroitlawyer. org or (313) 961-6120, ext. 206.
     
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