Bench/Bar Conference to be presented online, March 19th

The Oakland County Bar Association’s biennial Circuit-Probate Court Bench/Bar Conference will take place in the virtual realm on Friday, March 19, from 8 a.m. to noon.

The conference provides judges and attorneys the opportunity to interact outside the courtroom in an informal, solution-oriented environment.  Attendees will gain insights to enhance their legal practice and build congeniality between the bench and the bar.

This year’s keynote address, titled “Flourishing in the New Normal,” will be presented by Dr. Elissa P. Benedek of the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry; Dr. Mary Spence of Livingston Psychological Services; and Christian Wiesenberg of Fidelis Law, PLLC

The conference also features the following sessions:


• Business Court

“Early Intervention Options Beyond Mediation,” with J. Adam Behrendt of Bodman; Jonathan B. Frank of Frank and Frank Law; Ethan Holtz of Jaffe, Raitt, Heuer, & Weiss; I.W. Winsten of Honigman LLP; Jordan S. Bolton of Clark Hill PLC (moderator); and Martha J. Olijnyk of Miller Law Firm (moderator)

• Civil

“Tips on the IME Rules You Need to Know,” with James A. Swaim of Garan Lucow Miller PC; and Stanley J. Feldman of The Sam Bernstein Law Firm

• Criminal

“Smart Justice 2021,” with Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald; Jeffrey Hall of Fried Saperstein Sakwa PC; attorney Paulette Michel Loftin; Layne Sakwa of Fried Saperstein Sakwa PC; and David Williams of the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office

• Family Court
“How to Navigate Co-Parenting Conflict with Children’s Mental Health,” with Charla Adams of C.E. Adams Law Office PLLC and Laurin Jozlin, clinical analyst with Oakland Community Health Network

• Probate
“Practice Implications of the New Discovery Rules,” with Andrew W. Mayoras of Barron, Rosenberg, Mayoras, & Mayoras PC


• Business Court
“A Conversation with Judge Michael Warren,” with Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Michael Warren, Business Division

• Civil

“Mute Court!,” with Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Jeffery S. Matis, Kari L. Melkonian of Collins Einhorn Farrell PC, and Ronald Weiner of Lipton Law

• Criminal

“New and Anticipated Legislation,” with Thomas P. Boyd, state court administrator, Michigan Supreme Court, Jeffrey Hall of Fried Saperstein Sakwa PC, attorney Paulette Michel Loftin, Layne Sakwa of Fried Saperstein Sakwa PC, and David Williams of Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office

• Family
“Making the Virtual Family Court Work: Successes, Tips, Questions and Concerns,” with  Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Lisa Langton, Lise Spresser of McGinnis Chiappelli Spresser PC, and Shaquana Snyder with the Oakland County Circuit Court

• Probate
“Probate Case Law and Statutory Updates,” with Elizabeth Luckenbach of Dickinson Wright PLLC

Cost for the online conference is $45 for OCBA members and $25 for OCBA new lawyers, paralegals, students, and judicial law clerks.

To register, visit and click on “events” or call 248-334-3400.


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