MCBA sponsors Bench Bar Conference


The Bench Bar Conference hosted each year by the Macomb County Bar Association is billed as an opportunity for area judges and practitioners to exchange ideas, plan for the future and improve procedures — and this year’s event was no exception. Speakers at the event at Mac & Ray’s included judges from circuit, probate and district courts along with court referees, investigators and administrators as well as representatives of the prosecutor’s office. Among them were (left to right) Circuit Court Judge Antonio Viviano, St. Clair Shores attorney Deborah O’Brien; Jane Mayle, chief custody investigator; Karen Trickey Pappas, MCBA director; Circuit/Probate Court Chief Judge Mark Switalski; Greg Toler, Friend of the Court referee; Lori Henderson; MCBA President Anthony Bellanca; Lona Julien, Friend of the Court judicial service officer; and Circuit Court Judge Tracey Yokich.