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Calendar Of Events
July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016

ICBA Board Meeting  Add to Calendar
Time: 7:30 a.m.

ICBA Board Election Deadline   Add to Calendar
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Annual Shrimp Dinner/Annual Meeting  Add to Calendar
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Lansing Liederkrantz 
ICBA Board Meeting

Nominations for ICBA Board
The Ingham County Bar Association is currently accepting nominations for the Board of Directors for the 2016-17 membership year, beginning July 1, 2016. A term is two years, expiring June 30, 2018. The ICBA is a dynamic association of attorneys which offers members an opportunity to participate in various continuing education seminars, community service projects, and networking events. These activities help Ingham County lawyers adapt to their demanding profession, encourage involvement in the legal community and build camaraderie with fellow lawyers.

Minimum Responsibilities of Board Members*:
  • Attend bi-monthly board meetings (either in person or via conference call)
  • Participate in board discussions/votes by e-mail when necessary
  • Actively participate on at least one standing committee
  • Shrimp Dinner & Annual Meeting
  • Annual Dinner
  • Barrister's Night
  • Meet the Judges 
  • Bench Bar Conference
  • Lawyer's Got Talent
  • Ask A Lawyer
Please note that all ICBA members, in good standing, are eligible to run for a position on the Board of Directors and vote in elections. Elections occur via electronic ballot sent to all dues-paid members in good standing as of the date of the election. If you are interested in becoming a member of the ICBA Board of Directors, please submit a nomination w/ biographical statement or resume to Madelyne Lawry at If you are not currently an ICBA member, you may simply join before submitting your nomination by visiting

* The time commitment is generally minimal; however, we do ask that the candidate has the ability to dedicate at least 2-3 hours per month (inclusive of the monthly meeting) to the ICBA. Time commitment will vary depending on committee specific events.
Member Directory
Are you listed in the ICBA online member directory? Visit our member directory to check and update your profile. If not, give us a call at (517) 627-3938
Lawyer's Table

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). 
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. 

To RSVP for the Lawyer's Table Meetings with a focused guest, email Jamie White at

Calendar of Events

April 5, 2016Tom Woods
Learn More on Tom Woods

May 3, 2016Paula Manderfield and Steven Lett

Learn More about Paula Manderfield

Learn More about
Steven Lett

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Alterative Dispute Resolutions: from a mediator/ facilitator viewpoint
June 7, 2016Hon. Louise Alderson
Learn More about Judge Alderson

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Specialty Courts

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 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 - 300 S. Capitol Ave

The next Bankruptcy Section Meeting will be on March 24th in Room 835 at the Cooley Center.  Our speaker and lunch sponsor will be Peter Teholiz.  Peter's  presentation will be on the Michigan Builders Trust Fund Act, and the interplay with bankruptcy.   
Be sure to join us on March 24th for the great topic presented by Peter.   Send me an email to RSVP so we can get a head count for lunch.
Have a great weekend and enjoy this Spring Weather!!

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Please RSVP to Patricia Scott at

Bankruptcy Law Section Co-Chairs
Patricia Scott and Norm Witte
ICBA Criminal Law Section Meetings
To RSVP for the Criminal Law Section Meetings, email

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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.

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

Upcoming Meetings

March 23, 11:30-1pm
Round table discussion with Judge Baird and Judge Lawless


Note: All meetings are held at the State Bar of Michigan at noon.
Please RSVP Brooke VanBuren-Hay at

ICBA Family Law Section Co-Chairs
Jennipher Martinez and Brooke VanBuren-Hay
ICBA Immigration Section - NEW
Dear Ingham County Bar Association Members,

We are pleased to announce a new practice section for the ICBA - an Immigration Law Section.

The goal of this section is to encourage networking, support, and education regarding this diverse topic area.

Programing and meetings are still being developed. If you are interested in joining this section or would like to give input in the development of this section, please email A short survey will be going out soon to interested members.

Tentatively, meetings will be scheduled quarterly starting in April 2016.

Melissa Indish ( and Azin Arbab (
ICBA Litigation Section Meetings - Speakers Needed
Location: State Bar Building, in rooms 1 and 2.
306 Townsend Street, Lansing, MI 48901

The ICBA Litigation Section will be holding its first meetings starting April 8.  Meetings will take place at the State Bar Building, 306 Townsend Street, Lansing, in rooms 1 and 2.  Meetings are brown bag and the following presentations will be given:
Pat Gallagher will be giving a presentation on "Proving and Defending Claims for Attorney Fees".

Time: 12 Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Peggy MacDougall and Mark Hoover will be giving a presentation on civil and domestic mediation.

Time: 12 Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Please RSVP to Sandra Lake at to attend. Walk-ins are also welcome.
ICBA Probate and Trust Section Meetings 
Location: WMU Thomas M. Cooley Law School (Room 911)
300 S Capitol Ave, Lansing, MI 48901

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, 1/2 or 1/4 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 $350-400 for a full lunch sponsorship. 
"Estate Planning in the Era of Portability and High Exclusion Amounts" Presented by Doug Mielock, Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC
"Same Sex Marriage Issues, Where Are We Now?", Presented by Bradley Vauter, Bradley Vauter & Associates, PC  
Networking Lunch - Location TBA 
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 
Real Estate Section meetings will be held at WMU Thomas M. Cooley Law School at noon.
They all will be held at Cooley Center. NOTE: Room changes below. 

Upcoming Event Dates:

Room 835
Room 835

ICBA Real Estate Section Chair:
Charles Barbieri  
Young Lawyers Section
Ingham County Bar Association

ICBA-YLS's Refresh YOUR Recollection Evidence Seminar

Thank you again to Judge Joyce Draganchuk and Judge Amy Ronayne Krause for presenting our Refresh YOUR Recollection Evidence Seminar at Dykema Gosset the other night. For everyone who missed it (or those who want to relive it!), the video is now online.

You can find the handouts online at our Google Drive Folder here:

The Paper Chase 5K Run/Walk

Our registration is LIVE!! ICBA-YLS is excited to invite everyone to our annual 5K fundraiser on May 22, 2015.

This year, we are opening teams up to family & FRIENDS of a firm or legal organization. Help us reach our goal of 100 participants this year! Grab a friend and form a team!!

Remember to follow ICBA-YLS on Instagram @icbayounglawyers and Like our  Facebook Page.

# I C B A Y L S    # R a c e A L a w y e r

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

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 ICBA 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:

  • 7th Annual Barristers Night
  • Annual Shrimp Dinner
  • 5th Annual Meet the Judges Reception
  • Bench-Bar Conference
as of 12-30-15 vls

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
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Lawyer Referral Application


A casual social event to meet lawyers in your area

Join us at The Creole in Old Town Lansing, MI, 1218 Turner Street for our first "The Defense Network" event on April 7th, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Coordinated by
Michael J. Pattwell, Regional Chairperson

Michigan State University College of Law
2016 Spring Appellate Advocacy Competition

Michigan State University College of Law would like to invite you to judge first-year law students in the 2016 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 11: 5:15 p.m.−9:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 12: 5:15 p.m.−9:15 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 13: 5:15 p.m.−9:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 14: 5:15 p.m.−9:15 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 16: 8:30 a.m.−12:30 p.m. and/or 1:00 p.m.−5:00 p.m.

DNA Analysis in Criminal Cases: 
Understanding the fundamentals of DNA Testing 
and Identifying Current Legal Issues

SADO Lansing, Wednesday April 13, 2016, 2pm to 4pm 
200 N. Washington Sq., Suite 250, Lansing, MI 48933 

Presented by: Amanda Tringl, 
DNA Project Attorney Special Assistant Defender, State Appellate Defender Office 

Featuring Katherine Marcuz and Andrew Lee with a brief overview on the Appellate Investigation Project and how the AIP can help with your active MAACS cases

This DNA training will consist of a lesson in the fundamentals of DNA analysis, an explanation about the current issues surrounding DNA analysis and how to identify them in your cases, and a discussion about Michigan's Post-Conviction DNA Testing statute and relevant case law.

2016 MABBCF Conference
April 20-22, 2016
The Inn at St. John's Conference Center
Address: 44045 5 Mile Rd, Plymouth, MI 48170
Phone: 734-414-0600

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Spring 2016 Seminar on DUID Involving Prescription Drugs

Henry Center at MSU - Friday, May 13 and Saturday May, 14

Save the Date

Ingham County Bar Foundation
12th Annual Memorial Golf Classic:

Thursday, June 23, 2016
Hawk Hollow
15101 Chandler Road
Bath Township, Michigan 48808

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

Keep Mary and Phil Prygoski in their Home!

I'm reaching out to let you know that we'd love to have your help right now. As you probably know, in 2012, my friend, Phil Prygoski, the beloved Constitutional Law Professor, suffered a massive stroke. As a result, Phil has severe physical and cognitive deficits, as well as extreme, debilitating head pain from post-surgical nerve damage.

A few years ago, many in our community came together to raise enough money for the Prygoskis to make their house handicap-accessible so that Phil could stay in the home the family built more than twenty years ago. Due to unforeseen circumstances outside of the Prygoskis' control, however, Phil has recently lost his salary and will soon lose his health benefits. Because of his disabilities, Phil is unable to work, and since Mary is Phil's full-time caregiver, she is also unable to hold a full-time job, but does the best she can teaching piano.

This situation has made it extremely difficult for the Prygoskis to make ends meet. It would be devastating for Phil to leave his cherished, newly-renovated home, but mounting medical and living expenses will make keeping their home impossible. Let's keep Phil in his home!

Showing your support is so simple and super fast. Please visit to make a donation and join our team. Then after you donate, it would be amazing if you can click 'Fundraise for This Campaign' button to create your own personal fundraising page for our cause. Once you have your own fundraising page, you can reach out to your own network and help us raise enough money to keep Phil and Mary in their home. If you're unable to donate, please consider sharing Phil's story.

I am full of gratitude for the community's generosity and I know that the Prygoski family is overwhelmed with the generosity and support you and many others have shown in the past.

Mark J. Burzych
Fahey Schultz Burzych Rhodes PLC

Executive Committee
Liisa Speaker Immediate Past President 
Mark Kellogg President Elect 
Jessica Fox Vice President 
James Dalton Secretary 
Mary Chartier Treasurer
Ingham County Bar Association
P.O. Box 66
Grand Ledge, Michigan 48837
Phone: (517) 627-3938
Fax: (517) 627-3950
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