70th Annual ICBA Shrimp Dinner a fun evening

By Roberta M. Gubbins

Legal News
The annual meeting and Shrimp dinner of the Ingham County Bar Association (ICBA) was held on a beautiful Spring evening at the Lansing Leiderkranz Club on May 22nd. This year’s dinner, the  70th, was ably led by Co-Chairs Robert Refior and Elias (Louis) Kafantaris. Those attending had a marvelous meal of shrimp with the special sauce, ham, salads, and fresh rolls. 
Following the meal, the annual meeting was held. 
Stacia Buchanan, President announced the results of the 2013 election. The two recently elected ICBA Board Members are Bryan Waldman and Jessica Fox. 
Waldman is with the Sinas Dramis law firm and received his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and his law degree from Wayne State University Law School.  He is a Past-President of the Michigan Association for Justice (formerly the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association).  He has also served as Chairperson of the Michigan Civil Service Commission.
Fox has her practice in St. Johns, is a member of the State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly for Eaton County and is a graduate of Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
Shenique Moss, President of the Young Lawyer’s Section announced the following new members of that section: Stephen Sinas, Will Camp, Mike Hill and Warren Krueger. 
Sinas, a graduate of Wayne Law School and the University of Michigan is with Sinas Dramis law firm; Camp, White Schneider Young Chiodini is a University of Michigan undergrad with a JD from Michigan State University College of Law; Hill, a sole practitioner, is a graduate of Michigan State University and the University of Toledo College of Law and Krueger, a graduate of DePaul University College of Law at Loomis Ewert Parsley Davis & Gotting, PC.
For those who like numbers, the results of the evening’s event are as follows:
• Attendees—210
• On site registrants—20
• Non-members—49
• Sponsors—11
• Judges present—11
The Shrimp Dinner could not happen without the 21 volunteers that arrived early in the day to set up, cook the shrimp, serve the dinner and stayed to clean up. The ICBA and the Shrimp Dinner committee thank the following volunteers: Beverly Bishop, George Campbell, Christine Campbell, Hon. Hugh Clarke, Jr., Scott Eldridge, Rhonda Fleming, Brian Gallagher, Sean Gallagher, Jules Hanslovsky, Diamond Hayes, Elias Kafantaris, Thomas Kulick, Amanda Pollard, Lori Shemka, Diane Smith, Phil Vilella, G. Wallace, Kim Warren Eddie, James White and Joseph Yang. 
Jennifer Bentley, Manager of Outreach and Development and Kelli Maki, Managing Attorney both of Legal Services of South Central Michigan, thanked the ICBA and its members for their continued financial and volunteer support of the organization.
The Premium Sponsors for the event were: Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC, Fraser Trebilcock Davis & Dunlap, PC, Speaker Law Firm, PLLC and Willingham & Coté, PC. 
Also sponsoring were Alane & Chartier, PLC, Baird & Zulakis PC, Clark Hill PLC, Facilitation/Mediation/Arbitration, Ingham County Legal News, KI Technology Group, and White Law PLLC.

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