State Bar of Michigan

Economics of Appellate Practice Seminar set for May 20 in Livonia

The State Bar of Michigan Appellate Practice Section will host an Economics of Appellate Practice Seminar from 1-4 p.m. on Friday, May 20 at Embassy Suites, located at 19525 Victor Parkway in Livonia.

The seminar will feature a presentation of the State Bar of Michigan’s 2010 Economics of Law Practice Survey statistics, with a focus on appellate practitioners. There will also be a panel discussion on topics such as attorneys’ fees, the cost of an appeal, recovering fee awards from an opposing party, and collecting from clients.

The seminar will cost $25 for members of the SBM Appellate Practice Section, and $40 for non-section members. Snacks and beverages are included in the seminar cost.

To register for the seminar visit http://www.michbar. org/appellate/. For more information, contact Liisa Speaker at or (517) 482-8933.

Applications for State Bar Committee Service due May 13

State Bar President-Elect Julie Fershtman invites Michigan lawyers to apply now for appointment to committees for the 2011-2012 bar year. Service on the committees is voluntary and occurs through an appointment process that begins with an application that must be filed by May 13.

"Committee service is an excellent way that State Bar members can make a difference in the profession and in our system of justice," Fershtman said. "It provides an invaluable opportunity to meet and work closely with a diverse group of lawyers from all over the state, with different backgrounds and areas of practice. I encourage every member of the State Bar to consider applying for an appointment."

Nearly 30 standing and special committees work to improve the administration of justice in Michigan by following the State Bar of Michigan's strategic plan. Appointments for the 2011-2012 bar year are expected to be finalized before Sept. 1.