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ICBA would also like to remind you that as a service to our members the ICBA has established a general list-serve. Please contact Josh Ard if you wish to sign up.
Use the following address/link to communicate with all in the list-serves (your email must be added to the list before the message you send will work):
ICBA YLS list-serve
ICBA - Young Lawyers Section would also like to remind you that as a service to our members the ICBA - YLS has established a general list-serve. Please contact Chris Wickman if you wish to sign up.
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Sixty-Minute Mentoring is Looking for You!
We all know that mentoring is critical to our profession.  The best advice we often receive is from attorneys who take a few minutes to share their time and experience with us and answer our questions.

We hope that you are willing to spend 60 minutes - at a time, date, and location that you select - to spend time with 1 or 2 new attorneys or law students.  You will be able to share information that only a practicing attorney can offer.

For more information, please contact Kathy Lawrence if you are interested in being a mentor or if you are an attorney or law student and interested in being mentored. If you can spare 60 minutes, you can be a mentor!
ICBA - Young Lawyers Section
Visit the link below for educational resources and calendar of events.
Stay Informed
ICBA Updates are published twice a month.
Calendar of Events
July 1, 2014- June 30, 2015
Board Meeting
October 21, 2014

Ask A Lawyer
October 9, 2014
4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Cooley Law School
Bench Bar
October 18, 2014
8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Veterans Memorial Courthouse
Annual Dinner
November 20, 2014
Crown Plaza
Board Meeting
December 17, 2014

Meet the Judges
January 8, 2015

Martin Luther King Event
January 16, 2015

Top 5 Under 35 Awards deadline
January 5, 2015

Lawyers Got Talent
February 12, 2015
Crown Plaza
Board Meeting
February 18, 2015

6th Annual Barristers Night
March 19, 2015
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center
Board Meeting
April 22, 2015

Nominating Committee Meeting
March 3, 2015

Report from Committee
March 10, 2015

Members permitted to submit nominees
April 14, 2015

Board of Directors Ballot to Members
May 1, 2015

Board Election Deadline
May 20, 2015
5:00 p.m.

Annual Shrimp Dinner/Annual Meeting
May 20, 2015
Lansing Liederkrantz
Board Meeting
June, 2015TBA

All board meetings 7:30 a.m. will be at the law office of:

Liisa Speaker

Speaker Law Firm

230 N Sycamore Ste D

Lansing, MI 48933

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Save the date!
ICBA 4th Biennial
Lawyers Got Talent
Thursday, February 12, 2015
6:00 pm  - 9:00 pm
Crowne Plaza Lansing West
Open Call For Legal Talent
This is for all of the Wanna-Be's , Reality Show Actors, Hip Hop Dancers, Performance Artists and Rock Stars out there in our midst. If you think you belong on American Idol, X Factor, or America's Got Talent, then we have the Premiere Show for you! Better than any Court Room Drama, more fun than a Runaway Jury, we are Star Searching for the finest talent in the Ingham County Legal Community to help us Rock Your World. Great prizes, Awesome Food and Too Much Fun!!! If you can't tap dance or do a pet trick, then come on out and help us support The Few, The Brave, The Talented!!! All proceeds go to ICBA . 

To get in on the action, please call Dan Moraniec at 517-394-7500, or email to sign up for your Spot in the Talent Show. WE WANT YOU!!!! 

The event will be held on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at the Cowne Plaza Lansing West from 6 to 9 pm.
ICBA Family Law Section
Meetings will be held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month which are the following dates:
Location: Cooley Law School 300 S Capitol Ave Lansing
12 noon to 1 pm
Bring your brown bag lunch and come join us for the lunch lectures.
RSVP to Cynthia Harmon at
November 12th   - Speaker: Guy Sweet, Topic: How to file Paternity Actions. Room #911
December 10th  - Speaker: Guy Sweet, Topic: Revocation of Paternity Act. Location: SBM Room 1 and 2
January 14th, 2015 - Speaker: Hon. Lisa Sullivan and Topic: AJR. Room #911
February 1st - Speaker and Topic TBA, Room #911
March 11th - Speaker and Topic TBA, Room #911
April 8th - Speaker and Topic TBA, Room #911
May 13th - Speaker and Topic TBA, Room #911

ICBA Family Law Section Co-chairs
Cynthia Harmon and Brooke VanVuren-Hay
ICBA Bankruptcy Section Meetings
Bankruptcy Section Meeting we be held, 4th Thursday of the month, except for June and November.
12 Noon - 1:00 pm
Location: Cooley Law School (new red brick building) Room 835 - 300 S. Capitol Ave
Please RSVP to Patricia Scott at
October 23 - Speaker: Patricia Scott Topic: TBA
November 20 - Speaker: Bob McCarthy Topic: TBA
December - Christmas Party TBA
January 22 - TBA

Please RSVP to Patricia Scott at
or call 517-371-8132.
Lunch will be sponsored each month by our speakers.

Bankruptcy Law Section Co-Chairs
Patricia Scott and Norm Witte
ICBA Probate and Trust Section Meetings
Location: Thomas M. Cooley Law School (Room 911)
300 S Capitol Ave, Lansing, MI 48901

To RSVP for the Probate and Trust Section Meetings email
Marlaine Teahan at or Rosemary Buhl at

Probate and Trust Section Meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. 12 noon to 1:00 p.m.

October 21, 2014   
November 18, 2014   
December 16, 2014    Networking lunch at Kelly's.
January 20, 2015     
February 17, 2015     
March 17, 2015  
April 21, 2015     
May 19, 2015
June 16, 2015   Networking lunch at Kelly's.

To RSVP for the Probate and Trust Section Meetings email
Marlaine Teahan at or Rosemary Buhl at

ICBA Probate and Trust Section Co-chairs
Marlaine Teahan and Rosemary Buhl
ICBA Real Estate Section Meetings
Location: Western University Cooley Law School
300 S Capitol Ave, Lansing, MI 48901
Room: TBA
RSVP Tracy Lackman at

Thursday noon meetings bring your brown bag lunches to Cooley on the following dates: 

October 30, 2014 - Speaker: Charles Barbieri Topic: Environmental landmines involving real estate.

November 20, 2014 - TBA
January 29, 2015 - TBA
February 26 - TBA
March 26 - TBA
April 30 - TBA
May 28 - TBA

ICBA Real Estate Section Co-chairs
Charles Barbieri and Tracey Lackman
ICBA Criminal Law Section Meetings
9:15 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Rooms 1 and 2
Location: State Bar of Michigan 306 Townsend, Lansing MI

There is no cost to attend - it is FREE, so please share this invitation with others who may be interested.
So that we can make sure that we have enough seating and handouts, if applicable, please RSVP to or call 517.482.2000 if you have any questions.

Please note that beverages are not provided, so please feel to bring your own if you'd like one.

Please note that the State Bar has asked that we do not park in the lot, but participants who do will not be required to move their cars (we've finally addressed this issue).

October 10, 2014 - TBA
November 7, 2014 - TBA
December 5, 2014 - TBA

Please RSVP to or call 517.482.2000 if you have any questions.

Hope to see you there!
ICBA Criminal Law Section Co-Chairs
Mary Chartier and John Dewane


October 9, 2014

Save the Date! The ICBA is once again partnering with Legal Services of South Central Michigan to offer the free "Ask-A-Lawyer" event at Cooley Law School from 4:30-7:30 p.m on October 9th.  Members of the public will be invited to attend this free event to consult one-on-one with an attorney from our esteemed Bar Association. Do you have questions or want to volunteer as a lawyer at this community-focused, pro-bono event?  Call or Email Helen "Lizzie" Mills at 517.381.3209 or
Other Legal Community Events
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Bring your lunch and join us for this great learning opportunity.

Week 2 - October 9, 2014 "Grammar, Usage, Style"
Presented by: Barbara Allender, Educator Capital Area
Career Center

TIME: 12 noon to 1 p.m.

PLACE: State Bar of Michigan 306 Townsend Street

Lansing, MI 48933

COST: Entire Series: $40 Member Each Session: $15 at the Door

$50 Non Member (Parking available on the street or in ramp across the street)  


Download Registration Form and full schedule here 

1st Annual Benefit and Auction for
Children of Abuse

Small Talk Children's Assessment Center

Thursday, October 16, 2014
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
House of Eden Rock
205 S. Washington Square, Lansing

Download complete flyer/registration form here
2nd Annual Tournament of Roses

MSU's undergraduate mock trial team is hosting its second-annual "Tournament of Roses" on the weekend of October 11-12 at the MSU College of Law in East Lansing.  Competitors will visit from numerous universities throughout the midwest.  
The tournament consists of 4 "rounds" of trials.  The first round is on Saturday, October 11 at 10 a.m.; the second at 2:30 p.m.  The third will be on Sunday, October 12 at 9:00 a.m. and the fourth at 2:00 p.m.  Each round lasts about 3 hours.  You may choose to judge one, two, three, or all four rounds.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided.    
Here is a link to sign up for whichever rounds you would like to judge:  We ask that you please arrive 30 minutes prior to each round for the judges' meetings, which will provide an overview of everything.
We hope to see you there!  The students truly appreciate feedback from practioners.  And feel free to invite your colleagues!  We are always open to more judges.

For more info contact Scott R. Shimkus at

Ingham County Bar Association

P.O. Box 66

Grand Ledge, Michigan 48837

Phone: 517-627-3938        

Fax: 517-627-3950

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