Ingham County Bar Association
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Calendar of Events
July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016

Ask A Lawyer
October 22, 2015
4:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Cooley Law School

Annual Dinner
November 19, 2015
Crown Plaza

Board Meeting 
December 9, 2015 
7:30 a.m.

Top 5 Under 35 Awards deadline 
January 5, 2016

Meet the Judges 
January 7, 2016
Board Meeting 
February 10, 2016 
7:30 a.m.

Bench Bar
February 20, 2016 
Grady Porter Building

7th Annual Barristers Night 
March 24, 2016 
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. U Club 

Board Meeting 
April 13, 2016 
7:30 a.m.
Board Election Deadline 
May 17, 2016 
5:00 p.m.

Annual Shrimp Dinner/Annual Meeting 
Lansing Liederkrantz 
May 18, 2016 - 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Board Meeting 
June - MTG/Location/Date TBA
Member Directory

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Lawyer's Table - NEW

Address: 333 S Washington Square, Lansing, MI 48933

The Lawyer's Table will be an informal lunch gathering for all Mid-Michigan attorneys.  The purpose is to get to know each other informally. 

The Table will meet weekly on Tuesday's at the Crafty Palate located on the corner of Kalamazoo and S. Washington (where the Mediterann used to operate). 

The first session will be Tuesday Nov. 3rd at noon. 

Once a month on the first Tuesday at noon we will have a "Focus Guest".  This will be a senior attorney from varied disciplines who will be asked to share stories and antidotes about their careers.  The first "Focus" will be on Dec. 1st. 

This is a collaborative effort between:
Ingham County Bar Association
Ingham Bar Foundation
ICBA Young Lawyer's Section
Mid-Michigan Woman's Lawyer Association.
Davis Dunnings Law Association.

Buy your own lunch and we will reserve space in the private room at the restaurant.
ICBA Litigation Section Meetings - TBA

For more information, contact Sandra Lake at
ICBA Employment/Labor Law Section Meetings - TBA

Dear Ingham County Bar Association Member,
Please accept this invitation to join the ICBA Labor and Employment Law Section. There is no charge for membership in this section.
The purpose of the section is to promote collegiality, networking and education regarding labor and employment law issues.
If you are interested in joining please respond to this email, indicating at the bottom of this email your areas of interest in the labor and employment field. It will help in developing programming.
Thank you. I look forward to meeting you at our first meeting which I anticipate will be in mid-October.
Very Truly Yours,
James K. Fett 

For more information, contact James K. Fett at
ICBA Family Law Section Meetings

To RSVP for the Family Law Section Meetings, Brooke VanBuren-Hay at

Location: WMU Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 300 S Capitol Ave, Lansing, MI

October 27, 2015  Room 911 at WMU Cooley Law from 11:30-1pm  Liisa Speaker will present on Hot Topics and Recurring Issues.

November 17, 2015  Room 821 at WMU Cooley Law from 11:30-1pm  Amy Sheldon MA will present on Vocational Issues that can benefit your case.

Food and beverage provided.

Please RSVP Brooke VanBuren-Hay at 

ICBA Family Law Section Co-Chairs
Jennipher Martinez and Brooke VanBuren-Hay
ICBA Bankruptcy Law Section Meetings
To RSVP for the Bankruptcy Section Meetings, email Patricia Scott at 
or call 517-371-8132.
The Bankruptcy section meets the fourth Thursday of the month at noon.

Location: Western University Cooley Law School (new red brick building) Room 835 - 300 S. Capitol Ave

Our next lunch Meeting will be on Thursday, October 22, 2015 at noon at the Cooley Center, Room 835. Topic - "Reviewing Amended Bankruptcy Forms" amendments to the Bankruptcy Forms that will take effect December 1st, 2015.,  Presenters: Lynn Osborn and Sean Campbell

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

Probate and Trust Section meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 12 noon
to 1:00 p.m. at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School.
RSVP (to eat) must be provided by noon on October 16th. (I'd prefer an rsvp on Facebook (see below) but you may respond by email this month.)
We have a new facebook page. Please go to Facebook and search for "ICBA Probate & Trust Law Section".  Ask to join and please RSVP for lunch.  We hope to streamline our RSVP's and minimize emails.  Please let me know if you are NOT on facebook.
A few lunch sponsorships are available for the Spring.  More information at our next meeting.  You may sponsor an entire lunch, or lunch. We will publicize your firm's contribution and allow you to say a few words about your firm at the meeting. Depending on number of attendees, cost will be $200-350 for a full lunch sponsorship.
October 20, 2015 - "Special Needs Trusts: Beyond the Basics, Administering and Reporting", Presented by Ray Harris, Bernick, Radner, Ouellette and Little, PC. Lunch is free.  It is proudly sponsored this month by your co-chairs - Rosemary Buhl and Marlaine C. Teahan.

November 17, 2015 - "Forms and Court Rules Updates", Presented by George Strander, Court Administrator and Probate Register, Ingham County Probate Court

December 15, 2015 - Holiday Networking Lunch - location TBD

January 19, 2016 - "2016 Tax Update", Presented by Greg Walthorn and Katie Hamilton, Plante Moran, PC - Note: Room Change - Room 835
February 16, 2016 - "Modification and Termination of Irrevocable Trusts" Presented by Christine Savage, The Lowe Law Firm, PC

March 15, 2016 - "View from the Bench", Presented by the Honorable Thomas Byerley, Chief Judge, Eaton County Probate Court - Note: Room Change - Room 835

April 19, 2016 - "Estate Planning in the Era of Portability and High Exclusion Amounts" Presented by Doug Mielock, Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC

May 17, 2016 - "Same Sex Marriage Issues, Where Are We Now?", Presented by Bradley Vauter, Bradley Vauter & Associates, PC

June 21, 2016 - Networking Lunch -location TBD
ICBA Probate and Trust Section Co-Chairs
Marlaine Teahan and Rosemary Buhl
ICBA Real Estate Section Meetings 
To RSVP for the Real Estate Section Meetings, email Charles Barbieri at or Tracey Lackman at 
Real Estate Section meetings will be held at WMU Thomas M. Cooley Law School at noon.
They all will be held at Cooley Center, 9th Floor, 911 DE Conference Room. 

October 29, 2015 Topic: TBA, Speaker: TBA

November 19th
December 17th
January 28th
February 25th
March 31st
April 28th
May 26th
ICBA Real Estate Section Co-Chairs:
Charles Barbieri and Tracey Lackman
ICBA Criminal Law Section Meetings

To RSVP for the Criminal Law Section Meetings, email
Criminal Law Section meetings will be held on the 1st Friday of the month at 9:15 a.m.

November ICBA Criminal Law Presentation

The Ingham County Bar Association's Criminal Law Section is hosting a presentation on
Friday, November 6, at 9:15 a.m. on Changes and Updates from the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission. 
The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission has been up and running since February.  In October, the Commission intends to submit a first set of proposed minimum standards to the Michigan Supreme Court for review, hearing, and adoption.  Jonathan Sacks, the first Executive Director of the Commission, will discuss the mandate of the Commission, these minimum standards, the process for setting up compliance plans and state grant funding to meet these standards, and the impact on Ingham County.
We will be meeting at the State Bar of Michigan, 306 Townsend St., Lansing, MI 48933, Rooms 1 and 2 for approximately one hour and a half.  There will be ample opportunity for questions and answers.  This session is a critical one for attorneys who represent indigent clients. 
Our presenter will be Jonathan Sacks. A career public defender, Jonathan Sacks is the first Executive Director of the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission (MIDC). Jonathan first represented clients as a trial level public defender in Philadelphia, where he served in the major trials unit and as a felony trial supervisor for the Defender Association. Then, in Michigan, Jonathan represented clients at the State Appellate Defender Office and served as the Deputy Director for eight years. He set up successful units there to focus on social worker sentencing assistance for clients and a response to the closure of the Detroit Crime Lab for unreliable evidence. Jonathan was appointed by the MIDC pursuant to MCL 780.989(c) and began his work in February of 2015.
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, 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 also 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). 
We hope to see you there!
Mary Chartier and John Dewane
ICBA Criminal Law Section Co-Chairpersons
ICBA Ask a Lawyer Event 2015 Volunteers

Save the Date! The ICBA is once again partnering with Legal Services of South Central Michigan to offer the free "Ask-A-Lawyer" event in the Cooley Law School Lobby from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on October 22nd.  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. Highest areas of need are Landlord/Tenant, Family, Probate & Estate and Bankruptcy, but all practitioners are strongly encouraged to participate. Do you have questions or want to volunteer as a lawyer at this community-focused, pro-bono event?  Contact Lizzie Mills at 517.381.3209 or or Raymond Harris at 517.371.5361 or

ICBA - Young Lawyers Section
Mentor-Mentee Opportunities

Fellow ICBA-YLS Members,

I am writing to inform the ICBA-YLS Members that the ICBA-YLS Membership Outreach Committee is working with the ICBA Mentoring Committee to pair interested newer attorneys with experienced attorneys to cultivate mentoring relationships that best serve the legal community and the parties involved. These relationships may be brief or continue on for an extended period of time - the mentor and mentee are best equipped to make this decision. I would like to hear from our membership and connect compatible attorneys for these mentoring relationships. Please reply to this post with the area of law that interests you, so we can place you with an attorney in that field; furthermore, I would even suggest providing other interests, hobbies, or skills, so we could connect with others based on another mutual interest. You are also free to contact me at if you have any questions.

Reid Felsing

Motion Call Wednesday
The next Motion Call Wednesday is Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 1:00PM-4:00PM.
This month's host is the Honorable Judge Rosemarie E. Aquilina for her afternoon civil docket.


To access the ICBA-YLS Google Drive which is currently being populated with many pieces of helpful information, visit 
ICBA List-serve

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 Sections 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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Sponsorship Packages

The Ingham County Bar Association invites you to sponsor the following events:

121st Annual Dinner

7th Annual Barristers Night

Annual Shrimp Dinner

5th Annual Meet the Judges Reception

Bench-Bar Conference

Or to get an even better deal, we suggest the Premium Sponsorship, which covers all of these events!

Deadline for Premium Sponsorship is September 15, 2015

Premium Sponsors
Alane & Chartier, P.L.C.
Church Wyble, P.C.
Fahey Schultz Burzych Rhodes, P.L.C.
Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.
Fraser Trebilcock Davis & Dunlap, P.C.
Sinas Dramis Brake Boughton & McIntyre, P.C.  
Speaker Law Firm P.L.L.C.
as of 10-19-2015
Sixty-Minute Mentoring is Looking for You!

Greetings Future Mentors and Mentees,


As you may know, the Ingham County Bar Association has a mentoring program that pairs interested newer attorneys with experienced attorneys to try and develop mentoring relationships that best serve the legal community and the parties involved. These relationships may be brief or continue on for an extended period of time - the mentor and mentee are best equipped to make this decision.


As Chairperson of the Mentoring Committee, please feel free to contact me if you are interested in being a mentor or if you are a newer attorney in need of a mentor. Please let me know your practice areas so that we can try to make the best match.


Thank you for continuing to support the Ingham County Bar Association!


Mary Chartier


Other Legal Community Events

ICBF Ex Officio Members of the Board of Directors

The Ingham County Bar Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce and welcome Jason Hanselman and Catherine Tucker as ex officio members of the Board of Directors. Jason and Catherine both attended the most recent Board of Directors meeting on September 24 and the Board looks forward to their ongoing participation in ICBF functions. 

Jason is the current President of the Ingham County Bar Association. He is a member of the Dykema firm and has been actively practicing in this area for a number of years.

Catherine is the current Chair of the Ingham County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section. She is associated with the White Schneider firm in Okemos.

This is part of ICBF's effort to be more collaborative with ICBA and ICBA Young Lawyers Section. ICBF's mission, among other things is to improve the image of the Legal Profession. Together we will be able to do that more effectively.

 - Webb A. (Tony) Smith

Medical Miracle for Will

The Ingham County Sobriety Court Foundation Fourth Annual Breakfast

The Ingham County Sobriety Court Foundation Board of Directors Cordially invites you to our Fourth Annual Breakfast. Your host for the breakfast is Sheri Jones, Anchor, WLNS/Channel 6.

7:30-8:30 a.m.

Accepting Donations!

Guest Speaker
Patrick McPharlin
Director, Michigan Department of Insurance
and Financial Services

Country Club of Lansing
2200 Mores River Drive
Lansing, Mi 48911

RSVP by Friday October 16 to or call Sharla at 517-371-8188

Unable to attend? Donations are appreciated and are tax deductible. Make checks payable to ICSCF and mail to: Attn: Sherrie Blankenship, Maner and Costerisan, 2425 E Grand River Ave. Ste 1, Lansing, MI 448912

50th Anniversary Celebration - Legal Services of South Central Michigan

Organization Wide Event
Date: Thursday, October 29, 2015
Cocktail Hour and Dinner

The Honorable Justice Bridget M. McCormack
The Honorable Victoria A. Roberts

Sheraton Ann Arbor Hotel
3200 Boardwalk Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Please see for ticket purchases and sponsor opportunities

Mentor Jets

Again this year, Cooley is co-hosting a speed mentoring event with the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ).  This year's event will take place on Thursday, November 5, 2015 at the Cooley Center in downtown Lansing.  Sign-in is from 5:00 to 5:30; the speed mentoring is from 5:30 to 6:30; and the reception is from 6:30 to 7:30. 
As before, a little over one hour will be spent in a speed-mentoring format, where the students will have an opportunity to talk to 10 attorneys for approximately six minutes each.  Afterward, there will be a reception where students will have a chance to socialize with the attorney mentors over light refreshments.

If you would like to participate in this event as an attorney mentor or have any questions, please contact me at or 517-371-5140 ext. 4103.  I hope to hear from you soon!
With warm regards,
Karen Poole

Executive Committee

Jason HanselmanPresident
Liisa SpeakerImmediate Past President
Mark Kellogg
President Elect
Jessica Fox
Vice President
James Dalton
Mary Chartier

Ingham County Bar Association

P.O. Box 66

Grand Ledge, Michigan 48837

Phone: 517-627-3938

Fax: 517-627-3950

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