MAJ 67th annual convention to be held May 4-5 in Dearborn


The Michigan Association for Justice will hold its annual Rapid Fire Seminar — “New Ways to Succeed” — on Friday, May 4 at The Henry, 300 Town Center Dr. in Dearborn.

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., and the seminar will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The schedule is:

9 a.m.: Racine Miller, Dearborn Heights: “Navigating Through the Blue Tape;” Robert Whims, Traverse City: “Cross Examination of the Extremely Reluctant Witness;” Wayne Miller, Southfield: “No-Fault Update;” Rebecca Walsh, Bloomfield Hills: “Legal Ways To Leave Your Employer/Lose Your Employee.”

10:15 a.m.: morning break , silent auction and exhibit viewing.

10:30 a.m.: The Honorable Geoffrey Neithercut,  Genesee County Circuit: “New Jury Rules;” Eman Jajonie-Daman, Warren: “Non-Citizens and Their Right to Recover;” Deborah Gordon, Bloomfield Hills: “Big Verdicts Against Government Officials — How to Get it Done;” Larry Bennett, Troy: “Examining Defense Experts — Useful Websites.”

11:45 a.m.: Lunch (Sponsored by TBI Solutions).

12:45 p.m.: Brian McKenna, Detroit: “Uncovering Your Clients’ Uninsured Motorist Claim;” David Haron, Troy: “Five Ways to ‘Lose’ a Referral Fee on a $30 Million Qui Tam Case;” Steve Hicks, Lansing: “Premises and General Negligence Update: Is there any Liability? If so, when?;” David Parker, Detroit: “Med Mal Update:  The lamest and the gravest;”

1:45 p.m.: exhibitor door prize winners announced;  afternoon break - exhibit viewing and last chance to bid on silent auction items.

2 p.m.: Steve Sinas, Lansing: “Third-Party Auto: Updates on Important Non-Threshold Issues;” Maro Bush, Troy: “Discovery of Electronic Health Records: Getting What You Need in the Age of HIPAA and ‘Meaningful Use’;” Scott Goodwin, Birmingham: “PIP Work Loss 15% Automatic Deduction for Taxes — NOT SO FAST! — Defense Attorneys and Claims Adjusters Won’t Know What Hit Them;” Marc Lipton, Southfield: “Freeloading Providers in the World of PIP — Thoughts on How to Keep from Working for Free.” 

Bar/Reception sponsored by Lawsuit Financial Corporation, Mark Bello, MAJ Sustaining Member and JPAC Monthly Contributor.

The annual business meeting will being immediately following the seminar. All members are welcome.

Cost: MAJ Members, $175; MAJ Members practicing less than 4 years, $145;  Non-MAJ-Members, $235;  MAJ Sustaining & Student Members $75. All Rapid Fire Seminar materials in digital format. Add $75 for an optional  hard-copy handbook.

The annual convention banquet will be held Saturday, May 5 at The Henry, featuring keynote speaker David Axelrod, Communications Director and Chief Campaign Strategist for the Obama re-election campaign.

The 67th anniversary banquet opens with a welcoming reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. 

Justice Diane Hathaway is the winner of the 2012 “MAJ Judicial Integrity Award” and MAJ Past-President Norman Tucker is the winner of the 2012 “MAJ Champion of Justice.”

Banquet tickets are $195; or $1,950 for tables of 10. Call MAJ in advance to reserve 517-321-3073.