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Meeting Minutes

April 9, 2002

    Members Present:
    Kathy Batts
    Michelle Kimbro
    Dave Roback
    John Gorzalski
    Bill Parsons
    Jeanne Yee

    The meeting was called to order at approximately 7:45 a.m.

    March minutes approved.

    Treasurer's Report: our balance as of February 28 was $8,687. We received two invoices totaling $3,539 ($3,430 to Integrated Technologies for the speakers and $109 to Dickinson Wright for the breakfast) for the March 26 seminar).

    Annual report for our Section is due to the State Bar in May. Mr. Gorzalski will complete the report.

    Ms. Kimbro contacted the Labor & Employment Law Section and the Young Lawyers Section to inquire about their interest in partnering for the annual meeting. Both Sections do not expect enough participation to warrant the cost of sponsoring a speaker. Ms. Kimbro will contact the Computer Law Section to inquire whether they will be hosting a speaker.

    We received a response from Karen Williams at the State Bar concerning our feedback. One of the items she addressed was our concern regarding the mailing list. Ms. Williams said that we have 63 members (@$50 each) and 44 attorneys (@ $20 each). Ms. Yee will contact Twila Willard to obtain an updated list.

    We are looking for ideas for our next newsletter. Ms. Kimbro has contacted Tom Anderson but has not heard back from him. She will continue to follow up with him for an article.

    Our disaster response & recovery workshop went well. Feedback was favorable.

    Since we may not be sponsoring a speaker at the annual meeting, we may consider hosting another speaker this year. Possible topics include: employee assistance program (EAP) presentation from Worklife Benefits, diversity, retirement plan issues, and malpractice insurance. These topics may also be good articles for the newsletter. Mr. Parsons will see if he has any good articles. Ms. Kimbro will follow up with Worklife Benefits on a presentation. September may work well in terms of timing as firms will be planning and budgeting employee benefits for the following year.

    Ms Kimbro had a conference call with the ALA regarding the golf outing. This year, there will be 3 levels of sponsorships for vendors ($500 for 2 golfers, $250 for 1 golfer, $100 for dinner only). A flier under joint signature will be sent out to the vendors.

    Ms. Mann and Mr. Gorzalski met with Mark Ludorf, George Preisinger, Lori and Susan from Oakland University to discuss the potential fit, options and cost of partnering on a training program. They had some good ideas on topics that would benefit more than one section (i.e., ethics in the workplace). However, they never answered our questions regarding the cost of setting up and administering the program. We cannot proceed without this information because it may be too costly.

    We should continue to consider candidates for 2002-2003 Council Members.

    Ms Kimbro will not be to attend the Bar Leaders Retreat on May 3 and 4.

    Meeting adjourned at approximately 8:45 am.



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