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January 19, 2000

    1. The meeting held via telephone conference was called to order at 4:05 p.m. by Chairperson Benson Barr.

    Benson Barr
    Barry L. Brickner
    Gregory N. Veltima
    Konnie G. Kustron
    Joseph Shulman
    Austin G. Anderson
    Melissa Z. El
    Michael Langnas
    Miles J. Postema
    Reginald G. Dozier
    Sydney L. Frank
    Vincent A. Romano

    Alan C. Roeder
    Kevin J. O'Dowd
    Linda V. Parker
    Beverly M. Helm
    Alexander N. Luvall
    Donald P. Stone
    Marc J. Gazdecki
    Kathryn M. Schmid

    2. Nomination to Fill Council Vacancies

    Gregory N. Veltima, Konnie G. Kustron and Michael Langnas were introduced as prospective new members. The three were unanimously approved as new members of the Council.

    3. Approval of the Minutes of the November 13, 1999, meeting was adjourned to the next meeting to be scheduled in April. The proposed minutes will be posted on the Law Practice Management Section listserv.

    4. Treasurer's Report

    According to the report transmitted to Austin Anderson by the State Bar of Michigan, the Council has a balance of $35,211.82. This is the balance after deducting the expenses for the annual meeting and the expenditure of funds for the publication and distribution of the Section's last newsletter.

    5. Council Committee Reports

      A. Executive/Finance

      See Treasurer's Report

      B. Membership

      No report.

      C. Annual Meeting

      Vince Romano led a general discussion of the Section Meeting to be held in September, 2000. He indicated that the State Bar had indicated that they would not underwrite the cost of Dr. Stiffman's report on the economics law practice in Michigan. Vince further reported that another committee (Access to Justice) has offered, as they have done in the past, to support the study if the study will include data on law student loans. Vince indicated that he would have further discussions with Larkin Chenault and Dan Kim to continue to seek support from the State Bar for the project. Vince has obtained an estimate ($12,000 to $14,000) from Dr. Stiffman as to the cost of the report and will report further at the April meeting.

      D. Publications

      Konnie G. Kustron agreed to oversee the production and distribution of the next newsletter.

      E. Summer Committee

      Benson Barr led a general discussion concerning prospective ideas for a summer 2000 program.

    6. Old Business

      A. Recognition gift for Mark Filipp

      The Council unanimously approved a gift for Mark Filipp as a token of the Section's appreciation for his work as chair of the Council.

      B. Listserv

      Barry Brickner reported on the activity on the listserv.

    7. New Business

      A. ABA Law Office Techshow

    8. The Council unanimously approved assisting one member with tuition and expenses (up to $1,000) to attend the ABA Law Office Techshow in Chicago in March.

      A. Website Development

    9. Benson Barr reported on the status of the Law Practice Management website at the State Bar website and discussed the prospect of including links to the ABA Law Practice Management Section and the ABA Techshow. Further, Benson reported that he would like to obtain collaborative ventures with other providers of products and services that would be of interest to our members.

    10. Next Meeting Date

    The next meeting is scheduled for April 15, 2000, at 9:30 a.m. at a location to be announced.

    11. Adjournment

    The meeting was adjourned at 5:10 p.m.

    Respectfully submitted,

    Miles J. Postema



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