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The State Bar of Michigan Board of Commissioners voted during their July 24 meeting to approve the launch of a new Marijuana Law Section.
The SBM Marijuana Law Section will serve to improve and expand the knowledge of lawyers who engage in the practice of marijuana law. The new section will study the principles, regulations, statutes and legal developments that affect Michigan marijuana law and will encourage and promote reforms in the law and provide educational and networking opportunities for its members, ensuring that they can stay up-to-date in the midst of rapidly evolving changes.
Bernard A. Jocuns will serve as acting chairperson of the new section until it holds an organizational meeting in 2016 to elect membership and begin organizing committees to facilitate its work.
Four attorneys won contested elections to the SBM Board of Commissioners and 11 attorneys won contested elections to the SBM Representative Assembly.
Dana M. Warnez, elected to serve District D representing Macomb and St. Clair counties on the Board, focuses her practice on probate and estate planning, drafting and administering trusts, and real estate matters at Schoenherr, Cahill & Warnez PC in Center Line. Hon. Clinton Canady III, elected to serve District E representing Barry, Clinton, Eaton, Gratiot, Ingham, Ionia, Livingston, Montcalm, and Shiawassee counties on the Board, serves as a judge in the General Trial Division of Ingham County’s 30th Circuit Court. Erane C. Washington, elected to serve District G representing Jackson and Washtenaw counties on the Board, is the principal of the law firm of Erane C. Washington-Kendrick PLLC, an Ann Arbor law firm focused on real estate, business, and commercial litigation. Hon. Michael J. Riordan, elected to serve District H, representing Lenawee, Monroe, and Wayne counties on the Board, serves as a judge of the Michigan Court of Appeals.
Nine attorneys, including Susan L. Haroutunian, Vincent A. Romano, Richard L. Cunningham, Elizabeth M. Johnson, Diane Hutcherson, John C. Philo, John F. Clark, Elizabeth A. Young, and Aghogho O. Edevbie won contested elections to the Representative Assembly to represent Wayne County for the Third Circuit.
Ashish S. Joshi and Elizabeth A. Kitchen-Troop won contested elections to the Representative Assembly to represent Washtenaw County for the 22nd Circuit.
The State Bar of Michigan staff dedicated a garden today in front of its Lansing headquarters in memory of the late William "Will" Kramer III, who served as the State Bar's Director of Information Technology Services from 2000 until his death in June of 2013.
Kramer's wife, Suzanna (Suzie), two children, William (Kiv) and Alexandra (Allie) and his father, William Jr., attended the ceremony. Kramer's children and father added plants to the garden. His father brought lilies of the valley that Will had transplanted from his home to his father's. His father said it was fitting that he now transplant those lilies of the valley again to a place shared by his work family.
Will's impact on the State Bar was enormous. Even before his illness, he served as role model for integrity, diligence, dignity and kindness. As he struggled through the challenges of his illness, he became an extraordinary example of how to live.
The State Bar of Michigan presented Wade H. McCree Jr. Awards for the Advancement of Justice to 11 journalists at the 2015 Journalism Hall of Fame Induction Banquet on April 19 at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing. A photo gallery of the evening is available on the SBM Facebook page.
The first McCree Award went to a Michigan Radio team, including Jennifer Guerra, Sarah Alvarez, and Sarah Hulett. Their series, called "Finding Home: A Documentary about Foster Care in Michigan," investigated improvements made to Michigan's foster care system, which oversees the care of over 13,000 children and has been under federal oversight since 2008. The series of reports introduced listeners to the system by examining the lives of the Kley family, who adopted three foster children. The series also expanded in scope to inform and educate listeners about the difficult situations faced by the children in the foster care system, the role of the law and the courts in the system, a general overview of the state's child welfare system and suggestions to improve it, and legal and legislative efforts needed to update and modernize laws surrounding broken adoptions in the foster care system.
The State Bar of Michigan Lawyers and Judges Assistance Program will offer a seminar, "Attorney Under-Earning: Signs, Causes and Solutions to Help You Start Earning What You're Worth," from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, April 24 at Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City.
Attendees will walk away with knowledge of the seven successful methods for overcoming under-earning.
Speakers include Ann Guinn, a law practice management consultant and author of "Minding Your Own Business: The Solo and Small Firm Lawyer's Guide to a Profitable Practice," and Tish Vincent, program administrator of the State Bar of Michigan Lawyers and Judges Assistance Program, and a therapist and attorney.
The seminar costs $99 for those who register prior to April 15, and $114 for those who register on site. A bank of rooms is being held at a reduced rate of $99 for Thursday night and $119 for Friday night, but the room must be booked prior to April 15 by calling 866-962-9653. The reduced rate does include passes to the indoor water park.
Ann Arbor Community High School students claimed victory over University of Detroit Jesuit High School students in a very close contest at the 2015 Michigan High School Mock Trial Tournament State Championship on March 28 at the Veterans Memorial Courthouse in Lansing.
The state champions advance to the national championship on May 14-16 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The tournament, run by the Michigan Center for Civic Education, consisted of four regional rounds in Washtenaw, Kent, Macomb and Oakland counties. The top 10 teams moved on to the state championship, where they were judged by presiding judge, the Hon. Carl Marlinga, and scoring judges Steve Fox and Kandra Robbins.
Grand Blanc High School took third place and Ann Arbor Community High School B Team took fourth place. Anchor Bay High School, Clarkston High School, Cousino High School, Forest Hills North High School, and Mercy High School also competed in the final round. Three teams advanced to the finals for the first time.
The Michigan High School Mock Trial Tournament is sponsored by the State Bar of Michigan, Oakland County Bar Foundation, and the State Bar of Michigan Litigation Section. The Macomb County Bar Foundation coordinated the Macomb Regional Tournament.
The State Bar of Michigan Pro Bono Initiative will sponsor the Annual Spring Pro Bono Workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 19 at the SBM Michael Franck Building in Lansing.
The training will help legal services providers access the tools they need to recruit pro bono attorneys and to successfully and efficiently manage pro bono programs.
Many topics will be discussed, including Future of Legal Services, ABA Pro Bono Standards, 2015 Update on Pro Bono Standards, Techniques for Recruiting Pro Bono Attorneys, Successfully Managing Your Pro Bono Program, Using Technology to Enhance Your Pro Bono Program, Planning and Preparing for Pro Bono Month.