Ms. Monaco called the meeting to order at approximately 7:35 a.m., and the first item of discussion was a review of the February seminar with Mr. Epstein. Everyone agreed that it was quite successful, and Mr. Gorzalski noted that we not only had good attendance but that Mr. Epstein established a strong rapport with the audience. The possibility of repeating this seminar on the west side of the state and/or at the Annual Meeting was briefly addressed.
Ms. Schriner then provided the Treasurer's report. She stated that the account balance is at approximately $8,600.00.
The next item of discussion was our progress regarding the development of on-line courses. Ms. Mann reported that she had talked with Nancy Brown, the Executive Director of Communication for the State Bar, and she had been very positive about the concept. Her only recommendation was that we might want to talk with ICLE about developing courses. (Note: The Council decided that this is not necessary at this time because ICLE's focus is not on management courses but rather on practice area topics.) The question of payment to Eastern Michigan for development of the courses was explored, and it was agreed that we will request that EMU offer a method of handling this. It was also decided that the length of the courses should be 1-2 hours as opposed to 2-3 hours. Ms. Mann will revise the draft proposal and submit it to the Council members for approval. (Please see attachment.)
Ms. Monaco raised the possibility of a Partners' Dinner, and after a lengthy discussion of other options, it was agreed that a breakfast seminar prior to the Golf Outing with the ALA in June would be more advantageous to our members. Ms. Yee will talk with Laura Collins of the ALA about this, and in the meantime, Ms. Schriner will contact a potential speaker.
In conclusion, Ms. Monaco noted that she will be attending the Bench/Bar Meeting in Mt. Pleasant on May 24 and 25; Ms. Yee stated that the next newsletter will be sent out in April, and Mr. Gorzalski updated the Council on the recent changes to the website. It was agreed to move the date of the next meeting from Tuesday, April 10, to Tuesday, April 17. It will, however, be held at the usual time and place, i.e., 7:30 a.m. at Bakers Square in Birmingham. The meeting was adjourned at approximately 8:40 a.m.