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Gov. Snyder declares May 1 Paralegal/Legal Assistant Day

Governor Rick Snyder has issued a proclamation declaring May 1 Paralegal and Legal Assistant Day in Michigan to recognize the remarkable contributions paralegals and legal assistants have made to the justice system. Former Governor Engler first established Paralegal and Legal Assistant Day in 2000. View the proclamation on the SBM Paralegal and Legal Assistant Section website.

The State Bar of Michigan Paralegal/Legal Assistant Section will celebrate Paralegal and Legal Assistant Day during its Cheers, Chow and Know-How educational and networking event, at 12:30 p.m. on May 2 at Harringtons By the Bay in Traverse City. This event will feature lunch and a presentation about estate planning and cottage law.

The Paralegal/Legal Assistant Section, an affiliate section of the State Bar of Michigan, was established in 1990. Composed of approximately 450 practicing paralegals and legal assistants, it provides education and news to its members on a regular basis through the Michigan Paralegal Newsletter and monthly Newsblast.
Membership in the section is open to qualified legal assistants and to all members of the State Bar of Michigan.


Varnum welcomes Wayne Roberts to tax law team

The partners of Varnum LLP are pleased to welcome Wayne D. Roberts to the firm. He joins the Tax Law Practice team in the firm’s Grand Rapids office.

Roberts received his B.B.A.  in Accountancy, summa cum laude, from Western Michigan University, his M.S. Taxation, with distinction, from Grand Valley State University, and his J.D., honors in law, from Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. His practice includes all aspects of federal and state tax planning and tax litigation. Roberts represents both closely-held and Fortune 100 companies in tax disputes with the IRS, the Michigan Department of Treasury, and revenue departments in numerous other state and local taxing jurisdictions.

Roberts is a registered CPA in Michigan, Illinois, and Ohio.

He has been a Best Lawyers in America® Lawyer of the Year, for Grand Rapids, Tax, 2014; a State Bar of Michigan Foundation fellow since 2012; and he is listed in both  The Best Lawyers in America® in the areas of Litigation & Controversy – Tax and Tax Law,  2013 - 2014, and in Michigan Super Lawyers, 2014.