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2014 Annual Meeting & Solo & Small Firm Institute
The State Bar of Michigan Annual Meeting gives attendees the opportunity to meet with members with similar interests at section events, reconnect with former classmates at law school receptions, explore products and services aimed at improving your practice, and celebrate the best of our profession. It starts with Wednesday’s awards banquet, where members who have achieved the highest honors in areas of leadership, professional integrity, and community service are saluted, and continues with Thursday’s inaugural luncheon welcoming the next State Bar president and the evening reception celebrating diversity in the legal community. Friday’s highlights include the 50-Year Golden Celebration Luncheon saluting colleagues who’ve spent a half-century in the profession.
*Additional registration required.
Inspiring CLE and Valuable Networking at Your Annual Meeting
Regain the joy of being a solo or small firm practitioner and mitigate the challenges at this year’s Institute and State Bar Annual Meeting. Access to expert advice and networking with colleagues helps you come away recharged and retooled for success. Find and keep clients and save time and money with world-class technology and practice management tips. Have confidence in the advice you're giving by staying up-to-date on the latest trends in your practice areas. Plus, enjoy downtime when you venture out and explore the city of Grand Rapids.
Featured Speakers at the Solo & Small Firm Institute
Rick Broida writes about consumer and business technology for CNET, eHow, PC World, Wired, and other outlets. His popular CNET blog, "The Cheapskate," attracts over 1 million views every month, and he recently published The Cheapskate Rules: 21 Easy Money-Saving Tech Secrets, which is available in print and e-book formats. Mr. Broida regularly talks about tech-related issues on WJR's "Internet Advisor" show. His career as a technology writer recently hit the 25-year mark.
Randall F. Dean
Randall F. Dean is a professional speaker, author, and expert on time and e-mail management, effective organization, and the related use of technology. For more than 20 years, he has lead training and spoken at programs and presentations for corporate, academic, and association audiences. Obsessed with time management and personal productivity, Mr. Dean left a successful career as a graduate program admissions director, professional marketer, and manager to become a leading speaker and trainer.
Robert E. Edick
Robert E. Edick was a Wayne County assistant prosecuting attorney for three years and then spent 17 years in private practice. He was appointed by the Michigan Supreme Court to serve as deputy administrator of the Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission in January 1996. He is a frequent lecturer at local law schools on the topic of professional responsibility.
Barron K. Henley
Barron K. Henley is a lawyer, a "legal technologist" since 1990, and a founding member of Affinity Consulting Group, a firm that handles all aspects of law practice automation including document and file management, server and personal computer issues, remote access, mobile lawyering, scanning and paper reduction strategies, electronic case filing, and many other topics. He is also a member of the ABA Law Practice Management Section.
Cordell M. Parvin
Cordell M. Parvin works with lawyers and law firms to help new lawyers find the right attitude, set appropriate goals, develop strategies for time management, and build networking skills. Previously, he practiced law for 34 years representing top U.S. transportation contractors. He is the author of three books and has published many articles on these subjects. You can follow Mr. Parvin on Twitter or learn from him through his LinkedIn Coaching Group, or through his daily blog.
Janet K. Welch
Janet K. Welch is executive director of the State Bar of Michigan. She has had an extensive career in state government, beginning in the Michigan Legislature where she served as a legislative analyst in the House and as the first director of the Senate’s nonpartisan legislative analysis office. After graduating from the University of Michigan Law School, she was a law clerk for Michigan Supreme Court Justice Robert P. Griffin. She stayed at the Court for over a decade in a variety of positions, culminating in a position as Supreme Court Counsel.
To apply, send a statement of need and indicate attendance (Thursday only, Friday only, or both days) to: