March 2017
  1. March 24 Coming Events

    March 28: Grand Rapids Bar Association Probate Section Meeting, 12-1 p.m., University Club, 111 Lyon St. N.W., Grand Rapids. Topic: “Overview of Negotiating Retail Leases:” A panel of local real estate practitioners will discuss certain common terms and issues that arise in negotiation of commercial leases in the retail context. Eric Starck of Miller Johnson, Aaron Smith of McShane & Bowie, and Mike Murray of Colliers will review common issues that come up during the LOI and lease negotiation process from both landlord and tenant perspectives - landlord/tenant improvements and allowances, guaranties, base/percentage rent, operating expenses and CAM, landlord/tenant repair and maintenance obligations, as well as defaults and remedies. . Section meetings are open to GRBA?members only. For more information, contact Debbie Kurtz, debbie@ or 616-454-5550, ext. 101. To register, visit and click on the item in the events calendar.

    April 26-29: SBM Young Lawyers Section 10th Annual Summit, Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville, with two special educational programming tracks — The Professional and Business Development Track will include seminars such as: “Beyond LinkedIn: How to Build a Powerful Professional Network on Social Media,” “Cut the Fat: Use Lean to Improve Efficiency, Reduce Cost and Return Respect for People to Your Legal Practice,” and “The Professional Professional: Cultivating an Image for an Entire Career and Beyond.” The Litigation Boot Camp Track will include “Write like the Best: A Hands-on Editorial Session,” “Evidence Jeopardy:  Enhancing Your on-the-Spot Evidence Knowledge in a Fun-Not-Painful-Way!” and more. Also, xmany networking opportunities, including a welcome reception at 7 p.m. on April 28, and morning exercise classes, breakfast, a keynote luncheon and dinner on April 29.

    Young Lawyer Section members who register for the Summit before April 14 will pay $45, and the cost rises to $60 after April 14. For more information about the Summit, visit or contact Shenique Moss at

    A block of rooms is being held at Crystal Mountain Resort until March 29. Reserve your hotel room at Crystal Mountain Resort online or by calling 1-855-520-2974 and using the group code 4617RV.