Coming Events ...

JANUARY 17, 2012: Ask The Lawyer, Grand Rapids Public Library, Downtown Branch, 111 Library St. NE, 6:30-7:30 p.m. In an effort to bring basic information on various areas of law to the public, the Grand Rapids Bar Association has teamed with the Grand Rapids Public Library to present five “Ask the Lawyer” programs. The third of them, on Jan. 17, is on bankruptcy, featuring a GRBA member attorney, answering questions from the audience. Events are free to attend. For more info, call GRBA at 616-454-5550.

FEBRUARY 9, 2012: Save the Date for Celebrity Lip Sync benefiting The Justice Foundation of West Michigan, at the Wealthy Theatre. Call Kim Coleman at GRBA, 616-454-5550 if you would like to perform for a good cause.

MARCH 15-17, 2012: State Bar of Michigan (SBM) Real Property Law Section Winter Conference,
Orlando FL -- “Redevelopment After the Great Recession, Lessons from the Sunshine & Great Lakes States,” at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Universal Orlando Resort. Such topics as “Ghost Towns and Zoning Overhauls: Local Government Strategies for New Master Planning and Rezoning,” “Florida Snowbirds and Retirees: Issues Facing the Out of State Buyer,” and “Everything You Need to Know about the Michigan Construction Lien.” Before 1/15/12, registration fee is $395 for Real Property section members, $345 for section members attending for the first time, $475 for non-section members. After 1/15 all fees increase by $75. Registration forms can be found on the SBM website, For more information contact Arlene Rubinstein at (248) 644-7378 or e-mail For more information on upcoming RPLS events, become a fan of the section on Facebook by visiting