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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.

The award will be presented to Akers at the Section's Annual Meeting to be held September 11 in Novi.

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Annual Meeting

Educational event, Annual Meeting, Council Meeting, presentation of Schulman Award, and reception.

Date: September 11, 2014
Time: 4:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: Sheraton Detroit Novi, 21111 Haggerty Rd, Novi

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Midwest Securities Law Institute

    A One-Day Course for Practicing Attorneys, Corporate Counsel, Arbitrators, and Financial Industry Professionals. Join your colleagues in examining current issues in securities regulation and more.

    Date: October 10, 2014
    Time: 8:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.
    Location: Michigan State University, Law College Building

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
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    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
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    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

      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



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