Casemaker 2.1—Your Newest Legal Research Service
The State Bar of Michigan has partnered with Casemaker to bring premium state and federal research materials to its membership. The new service provides case law, constitution, and statutes for all 50 states, including the District of Columbia. In addition the service provides Michigan primary law, administrative code, state court rules, federal court rules, attorney general opinions, and the model civil jury instructions. The entire 50-state collection is available until September of 2010 to the entire State Bar membership.
Members also have access to several advanced legal research tools, including a case citation tool that simultaneously runs a search for secondary and/or third part treatises and publications, and a tool capable of searching all customized books within any state and/or federal library in a single query.
In order to help members become familiar with Casemaker and their search engine, a community educational outreach program has been created that will include live city tours, continuing webinars, online tutorials, and live support.
To access this new member benefit simply log in to our member area and select the Casemaker tab on the left. There are several helpful user guides published within the Casemaker system. In addition, you can click on Live Training at the top of the Casemaker site and then Event Center to sign up for specially designed Michigan Casemaker webinars training.
Tips & Tools for a Successful Practice
Date: Tuesday, November 17
This one-day seminar is designed to assist lawyers in managing and strengthening their legal practices. Featuring presentations on maintaining mutually beneficial client relationships, drafting effective fee agreements, managing trust and business accounts, using innovative techniques and technology for law office management, and analyzing ethical issues. Participants will receive a course book containing seminar materials prepared by presenters representing the public and private sector.
For more information on the seminar, contact Karen Spohn from the Professional Standards Division at (517) 346-6309 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Equal Access Initiative Wins Corp! Magazine’s Diversity Champion Award
Corp! magazine has announced that the State Bar of Michigan Equal Access Initiative (EAI) is among the winners of its Diversity Champion Awards.
The EAI develops policies and programs for underserved populations as well as groups with special needs or people who face barriers to access to justice.
“The effective functioning of the legal system requires the respect of those it represents, and it must reflect society as a whole in order to truly engender that respect from all quarters,” said Gregory Conyers, who formerly headed the SBM’s Justice Initiatives division, and was recently named Director of Diversity.
Visit Corp! magazine’s diversity awards for a full report on all award recipients.
Michigan Supreme Court Video
Video from the Michigan Supreme Court October oral arguments and Public Administrative Conference has been posted on the State Bar of Michigan Virtual Court web page.
October is Pro Bono Month
Pro Bono Month is underway, and it is not too late to get involved. October was designated pro bono month in Michigan to honor attorneys who provide volunteer legal services to those in need and to facilitate activities that encourage continued pro bono efforts by lawyers. The effort is in conjunction with the American Bar Association’s national recognition of Pro Bono Week.
Governor Granholm signed a proclamation naming October 2009, as Pro Bono Month to build "support for pro bono work and swell the ranks of those involved … so that all people may receive adequate appropriate representation and protection in the legal system regardless of their economic standing." The Pro Bono Initiative of the State Bar of Michigan is encouraging everyone in the legal profession to identify volunteer opportunities, make connections to volunteer services, and donate funds for legal aid organizations in Michigan.
In addition the month is also being used as an opportunity to facilitate trainings and other events to expand pro bono legal services. The month will end in a capstone event at the Hall of Justice on October 29, 2009.
To ensure that your local pro bono efforts are recognized and publicized by the State Bar, contact Dionnie Wynter at email@example.com or (517) 346-6412. For more information on local pro bono efforts please visit www.michbar.org/probono.cfm and to learn about the national pro bono effort, visit www.celebrateprobono.org. To find out how to obtain a referral for a pro bono case, contact your local legal aid program. To make a financial donation through the Access to Justice Fund to support civil legal aid, visit www.atjfund.org. You can view the Circle of Excellence of law firms that meet the State Bar's Voluntary Pro Bono Standard and the top ATJ Fund donors.
Do You Have a Story?
Do you have a story of pro bono or community service? Submit it today to be included in the A Lawyer Helps story bank. A Lawyer Helps is a State Bar of Michigan program with two goals: to recognize how lawyers make a difference every day to individuals and communities, and to provide tools for lawyers to continue doing so. Shining a light on lawyers who provide free legal help to the poor, donate for nonprofit legal aid programs, and give back to their communities provides examples that other lawyers can look to in continuing the public service traditions of the legal profession and lets others know of the positive role that lawyers have in the community. Share Your Story
Today's Practice Management Tip
Each Tuesday a new Tip of the Week is posted at the Practice Management Resource Center.
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The October 2009 Environmental Law issue of the Michigan Bar Journal is now available online at www.michbar.org/journal. This month's issue introduces the State Bar's 75th president, Charles R. Toy, and provides a comprehensive look at new and changing areas of environmental law, including new renewable and clean energy legislation and "green" contracts. Highlights include: