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Diane Akers Receives Section's Schulman Award

Diane Akers, a longtime associate and partner with the Detroit office of Bodman PLC, has been named the recipient of the ninth Annual Stephen H. Schulman Outstanding Business Lawyer Award by the Business Law Section.

Akers, a West Bloomfield resident, is currently of counsel to Bodman. She retired from full-time practice in 2010 but is still involved in business courts and other business law issues.

Akers has been involved in several important business law efforts that have had a significant impact on business owners and entrepreneurs throughout the state of Michigan. One is the push to establish Business Courts in Michigan, through the Business Law Section and as part of the State Bar Judicial Crossroads Task Force. Business Courts are now operating in all circuits that have three or more circuit court judges.

Akers was also involved in an effort to lessen the pressure that law enforcement officials at the federal and state levels were putting on businesses to waive the attorney client privilege in criminal investigations in order to gain favor with investigators. This effort was led by the Attorney Client Task Force that was part of the Business Law Section.

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DVD Available: The New Playing Field for State Court Receiverships

    Recordings of this webcast are now available for purchase through December 31, 2014. Order Form PDF

Business Boot Camp II

    Grand Rapids Session
    Date: November 3-4, 2014
    Time: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
    Location: Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, 187 Monroe NW, Grand Rapids
    Register PDF

    Plymouth Session
    Date: January 22-23, 2015
    Time: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
    Location: Inn at St. John's, 44045 Five Mile Rd, Plymouth
    Register PDF

    Day One

      Stock Options and Other Equity-Based Compensation
      Justin Klimko—Butzel Long PC

      Personal Property/Article 9/Creditors Rights
      Lisa Sommers Gretchko—Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC

      Executive Employment Agreements and Employment Law
      Jeffrey G. Fraser—Miller Johnson

      Non-Profit Organizations
      Mark R. Lezotte—Butzel Long PC

      Select M & A—Negotiated Acquisitions (Part One)
      Timothy R. Damschroder—Bodman PLC
      David Foltyn—Honigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn

    Day Two

      Intellectual Property
      Susan Kornfield—Bodman PLC

      Understanding Financial Statements
      William P. Kingsley—UHY LLP

      Real Estate
      Melissa N. Collar—Warner, Norcross & Judd LLP

      Environmental
      Scott D. Hubbard—Warner, Norcross & Judd LLP

      Select M & A—Negotiated Acquisitions (Part Two)
      Eric I. Lark—Kerr, Russell & Weber PLC
      Daniel H. Minkus—Clark Hill PLC

A (Habeas) Chorus Line

    Date: Saturday, November 8, 2014
    Time: 5:00-7:00 p.m.: Drinks, Pizza and Appetizers at Clark Hill PLC, 151 South Old Woodward Avenue, Suite 200, Birmingham
    7:30 p.m.: A (Habeas) Chorus Line, Berkley High School, 2325 Catalpa Drive, Berkley

    The Business Law Section invites you to a fun social and networking event involving—A (Habeas) Chorus Line. The event will include cocktails and appetizers at the Birmingham office of Clark Hill followed by a performance by A (Habeas) Chorus Line, a musical parody troupe whose members are almost all lawyers, at Berkley High School. Tickets are $10 per person. Please see attached for more information and registration.

Governmental & Internal Investigations: What In-House & Outside Counsel Need to Know

    Date: November 20, 2014
    Time: 5:00–7:30 p.m.
    Location: Columbia Center, 101 W Big Beaver Rd, Troy, MI 48084
    Register: online or by mail/fax form PDF

    Your corporate client is worried: "The government is investigating us. What should we do?" Or you get a panicked call from an employee: "My company is doing an internal investigation. What's going to happen to me?" Whether you're in-house counsel, a transactional attorney, outside litigation counsel, or the attorney for the employee, these kinds of investigations pose unique concerns. Who is my client? Will the DOJ keep this confidential? How can I be assured my notes are privileged? An All Star panel will explain. Join us for fun, food, networking, and learning.

   
 

 

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