Duly Noted

State Bar to launch Agricultural Law Section
The State Bar of Michigan will launch an Agricultural Law Section during the 2012-2013 Bar year. Any active SBM member may request section membership for an annual fee of $25.
The Agricultural Law Section will serve as a forum for the exchange of ideas among members engaged in the practice of law servicing agricultural clients, and will aim to help these attorneys improve the practice of agricultural law, study the statutes and regulations affecting the agricultural community, and improve the quality of legal services provided to the agricultural community in Michigan. It will also serve as a vehicle for communication and networking among attorneys engaged in the practice of this area of law. In order to achieve these goals, the new section will sponsor educational meetings and conferences and support the publication of articles that relate to the purposes of the section.

“Agriculture is the second largest industry in Michigan, and it employs more than one million of our residents and contributes more than $91 billion to our economy each year,” said SBM President Julie Fershtman. “I commend the Michigan lawyers who recognized the importance of agriculture to our state and were committed to creating this new section as a way of helping lawyers better serve this sector.”

The section’s organizational meeting will be held in Jan. 2013.

For more information, visit www.michbar.org/aglaw/ or contact Agricultural Law Section Acting Chairperson Liza C. Moore at lmoore@fosterswift.com or 517-371-8281.

Cooley names Distinguished Students

At the July Honors Convocation in Lansing, Cooley Law School’s Alumni Distinguished Student Award went to senior students Rita Jackman and Jessica Walker. Given three times a year since 1980, this award honors graduating students displaying high standards throughout law school.

Past Alumni Association Pres. Sharon Ellis presented each with a gift frame to use with their up-coming diploma. Both were nominated by their classmates and selected by the Alumni Assoc. Executive Committee on their stellar academic record and service and student involvement.

Jackman, of Cape Coral, Fla., was also presented with the Leadership Achievement Award and Robert E. Krinock Memorial Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Student Bar Association. She was also recognized for her work in the school’s Peer Mediation Program and as editor of Cooley Law Review.

Walker, of Glendora, N.J., was recognized for service as a Senior Associate Editor for the Cooley Journal of Practical and Clinical Law. She was a quarter finalist in the Moot Court Competition.