This week, for the first time in several years, the State Bar's annual meeting will be held in Lansing. The popular, skills-packed Solo and Small Firm Institute produced by the Institute for Continuing Education is again being held concurrently. The Annual Meeting and Solo and Small Firm Institute events are held at the Lansing Center, located on the Riverwalk, steps away from the State Capitol.
There are many reasons, new and old, for you to go. Here are just a few:
- Celebrate some of our finest, as the Governor kicks off an Awards Banquet honoring an array of superstars in Michigan's justice system: Roberts P. Hudson Award, Kurt E. Schnelz; Frank J. Kelley Award, Hon. Donna T. Morris; John W. Reed Lawyer Legacy Award, Prof. James J. White; Champion of Justice Award, Eugene Driker, Valerie R. Newman, Michele L. Halloran, Ann L. Routt, A. Kay Stanfield Spinks; John W. Cummiskey Pro Bono Award, Robert G. Mossel; Kimberly Cahill Bar Leadership Award, Elizabeth A. Kitchen-Troop; Liberty Bell Award, Marge Palmerlee; Michigan Association for Justice Respected Advocate Award, Steven B. Galbraith; Michigan Defense Trial Counsel Respected Advocate Award, Jesse M. Reiter; Michigan State Bar Foundation Access to Justice Award, Chad C. Schmucker
- At the Solo and Small Firm Institute, find a rich menu of the hottest topics in technology, marketing, and practice management, with simultaneous break-out sessions taught by national experts, At the free vendor fair, learn from demonstrations of the latest products and technologies, as well as new strategies to make your practice more efficient and profitable
At Thursday's inaugural luncheon, meet the State Bar's new leadership team -- Brian Einhorn, Tom Rombach, Lori Buiteweg, Larry Nolan, and Don Rockwell -- and thank our outgoing President, Bruce Courtade, for an outstanding year of service
- Learn how the Affordable Care Act will affect you. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan gives a vendor presentation, and the Labor and Employment Section offers Health Care Reform—A Primer—What Every Labor & Employment Lawyer Needs to Know
- Get the inside story on appellate practice issues and debate hot topics at sessions featuring judges, insiders, law clerks, and policy experts.
Note: blogging may be light this week, as SBM Blog posts are almost entirely an after-hours project by a single blogger who works 24/7 during the Annual Meeting. Your understanding is appreciated. See you at the Annual Meeting!