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

6th Annual Barristers
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

Lawyers Got Talent logo
ICBA 4th Biennial 
Lawyers Got Talent 
Thursday, February 12, 2015 
6:00 pm  - 9:00 pm 
Crowne Plaza Lansing West 
ICBA Family Law Section
Meetings will be held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month which are the following dates:
Location: Western University 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
February 11th - Speaker: Bob Hotchkiss of the Friend of the Court and Topic: New Uniform Child Support Orders for year 2015.   Location:  Room #911
March 11th - Speaker: Sarah Vasquez and Topic: Parenting time issues. Location: 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 Brook 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: Western Unversity Cooley Law School (new red brick building) Room 835 - 300 S. Capitol Ave
Please RSVP to Patricia Scott at

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: Western University 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.

February 17, 2015  View from the Bench:  Judge Lisa Sullivan, Clinton County Probate Court
March 17, 2015  Medicaid Update including Medicaid Expansion - Melisa Mysliwiec
April 21, 2015 Legislative update - Rosie Buhl and Marlaine Teahan
May 19, 2015 Trust comparisons - when to use separate trusts vs. a joint trust.   Speaker TBD
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 (Room 911 or 835 see below dates)
300 S Capitol Ave, Lansing, MI 48901

To RSVP for the Real Estate Section Meetings email Charles Barbieri at
or Tracey Lackman at

January 29, 2015 - Canceled

February 26, 2015  - The guest speaker will be Kyle Cobe, who is the acting Ingham County Register of Deeds.  The meeting will be an informal round table session to discuss common problems/pitfalls seen by the register of deeds.  -  Room #911

March 26, 2015 - Speaker  and Topic TBA Room #911
April 30, 2015 - Speaker  and Topic TBA  - Room #835
May 28, 2015  - Speaker  and Topic TBA Room #911

Hope to see you there!

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).

February 6, 2015 at 9:15 a.m. on The Inner Workings of the 30th Circuit Court's Mental Health Court - Screening and Preparing Your Clients.

The 30th Circuit Mental Health Court is set to begin. This specialty court will provide supervision and the provision of services to clients with a history of mental health problems who have pled guilty to a non-violent felony offense. It is critical for attorneys who practice criminal defense work to know how a client becomes eligible and how the court will work to best advise clients on the practices of the court and whether the court is a good option to explore during plea negotiations.

There will be ample opportunity for questions and answers.  This session is a critical one to start out 2015.

Our presenters will be Kristina Zwick, Mental Health Coordinator, and Chris Wickman, one of the attorneys assisting in the Mental Health Court.

March 6, 2015 - Cullen Harkness on Understanding Forfeiture Proceedings

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
Other Legal Community Events
Friend of the Court 29th Judicial
Circuit of Michigan

Effective January 1, 2015, the child support obligation will be entered on new forms.

Download letter here.
Michigan State University College of Law would like to invite you to judge first-year law students in the 2015 Spring Appellate Advocacy Competition.  During the spring semester  all first-year students argue before a mock appellate court as part of their required legal writing course.  We would be honored and delighted if you have time to help our students with this important event in their 1L year.

We are seeking judges for the following times:

      Monday, April 13: 5:15 p.m.-9:15 p.m.

      Tuesday, April 14: 5:15 p.m.-9:15 p.m.

      Wednesday, April 15: 5:15 p.m.-9:15 p.m.

      Thursday, April 16: 5:15 p.m.-9:15 p.m.

      Saturday, April 18: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and/or 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

The oral advocacy competition involves social media and student speech, specifically whether a student's speech is a "true threat" and disruptive to the educational environment of a public high school.  No experience in constitutional law or First Amendment law is necessary. Judges will receive additional information including potential questions and arguments approximately two weeks before the competition.

If you are willing to judge, please respond by Wednesday, March 18, in one of the following ways.

      visit and fill in the judges' response form, or

      call Jennifer Markey at (517)432-6931.   

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me If I am not available, you may also contact Jennifer Markey at (517)432-6931.  Thank you in advance for your assistance.


Ingham County Bar Foundation  

Judges' Retirement Party 


Justice Michael F. Cavanagh
Judge E. Thomas Fitzgerald
Judge William C. Whitbeck
Judge Charles F. Filice


Thursday February 5, 2015
5:30 pm Registration/Reception
7:00 pm Dinner
8:00 pm Program
9:30 pm Inclusion
Cost: $75.00/Person or $125.00/Couple,
Includes dinner and cash bar.

Causeway Bay Lansing Hotel & Convention Center
6820 S. Cedar Street
Lansing, Michigan 48911


Black Tie Optional
Sponsorship opportunities are available

Download Registration Form here


Download Sponsorship Form here


Ingham County Bar Foundation  

11th Annual Memorial  

Golf Classic:   


Thursday, June 25, 2015
Hawk Hollow
15101 Chandler Road
Bath Township, Michigan 48808

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m Registration and Lunch  
11:00 p.m. Shot Gun Start   
  4:00 p.m. Program/Awards Reception

Download Registration Form here

All sponsors will receive recognition in marketing before and after the event, and in the E- newsletter.
General Hole Sponsor: $100   
Corporate Sponsorship:  Gold $1000.00, Silver $500.00 or Bronze $250.00 


Download Sponsorship Form here   

Ingham County Bar Association

P.O. Box 66

Grand Ledge, Michigan 48837

Phone: 517-627-3938        

Fax: 517-627-3950

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