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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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
Date: January 22-23, 2015
Time: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Location: Inn at St. John's, 44045 Five Mile Rd, Plymouth
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
Mark R. Lezotte—Butzel Long PC
Select M & A—Negotiated Acquisitions (Part One)
Timothy R. Damschroder—Bodman PLC
David Foltyn—Honigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn
Susan Kornfield—Bodman PLC
Understanding Financial Statements
William P. Kingsley—UHY LLP
Melissa N. Collar—Warner, Norcross & Judd LLP
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
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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.