"Achieving Balance and Success" is the theme of this year's State Bar of Michigan Annual Meeting scheduled for September 13-15 at the Ypsilanti Marriott at Eagle Crest. In addition to the slate of business meetings, section conferences, and seminars, the 71st Annual Meeting includes a couple of new offerings.
Among this year's highlights:
- Eagle Crest Golf Club hosts the first-ever Annual Meeting Golf Outing on Wednesday, Sept. 13 beginning at noon. The registration fee for the four-person scramble includes 18 holes of golf, cart rental, and lunch, and participants are eligible to win awards and prizes.
- The SBM Awards Banquet starts at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 13. Winners of the five major State Bar awards will be recognized. The Michigan Defense Trial Counsel and the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association will also present their Respected Advocate Awards during this ceremony.
- The inaugural luncheon is set for noon on Thursday, Sept. 14. Michigan Supreme Court Justice Clifford W. Taylor will swear in the 72nd president of the State Bar, Kimberly M. Cahill, and other officers. The State Bar Representative Assembly and Michigan State Bar Foundation will honor its 2006 award winners.
- New this year is the Historic Law Walk. On the evening of Sept. 14, participants will attend a reception at the Michigan Firehouse Museum. Afterwards, they will tour landmark Ypsilanti homes that have been renovated and now house law firms. A variety of food and beverage selections will be available at each stop.
- John W. Reed makes a return appearance as keynote speaker at the luncheon on Friday, Sept. 15. Reed, an attorney and Thomas M. Cooley Professor of Law Emeritus at the University of Michigan Law School, is also former dean of law schools at the University of Colorado and Wayne State University and his visiting appointments include the University of Chicago, Harvard, New York University, and Yale.