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2014-2015 Committee Assignments

Budget Committee
Mission: To develop the annual budget and to alert the Council to revenue and spending trends

    Marlaine C. Teahan, Chair
    Marguerite Munson Lentz
    James B. Steward

Bylaws Committee
Mission: To review the Section bylaws and recommend changes to ensure compliance with State Bar requirements, best practices for similar organizations and assure conformity of the bylaws to current practices and procedures of the Section and the Council

    Nancy H. Welber, Chair
    Christopher A. Ballard
    David P. Lucas

Planning Committee
Mission: To periodically review and update the Section's Strategic Plan and to annually prepare and update the Council's Biennial Plan of Work

    Shaheen I. Imami, Chair

Nominating Committee
Mission: To annually nominate candidates to stand for election as the officers of the Section and members of the Council

    George W. Gregory, Chair
    Mark K. Harder
    Thomas F. Sweeney

Annual Meeting
Mission: To arrange the annual meeting at a time and place and with an agenda to accomplish all necessary and proper annual business of the Section

    Shaheen I. Imami

Awards Committee
Mission: To periodically award the Michael Irish Award to a deserving recipient and to consult with ICLE concerning periodic induction of members in the George A. Cooney Society

    Douglas A. Mielock, Chair
    Robert D. Brower Jr.
    George W. Gregory
    Phillip E. Harter
    Nancy L. Little
    Amy N. Morrissey

Committee on Special Projects
Mission: The Committee on Special Projects is a working committee of the whole of the Section that considers and studies in depth a limited number of topics and makes recommendations to the Council of the Section with respect to those matters considered by the Committee. The duties of the Chair include setting the agenda for each Committee Meeting, and in conjunction with the Chair of the Section, to coordinate with substantive Committee chairs the efficient use of time by the Committee

    Christopher A. Ballard, Chair

Legislation Committee
Mission: In cooperation with the Section's lobbyist, to bring to the attention of the Council recent developments in the Michigan legislature and to further achievement of the Section's legislative priorities, as well as to study legislation and recommend a course of action on legislation not otherwise assigned to a substantive committee of the Section

    William J. Ard, Chair
    Christopher A. Ballard
    Mark E. Kellogg
    Sharri L. Rolland Phillips
    Harold G. Schuitmaker

Amicus Curiae Committee
Mission: To review requests made to the Section to file, and to identify cases in which the Section should file, amicus briefs in pending appeals and to engage and oversee the work of legal counsel retained by the Section to prepare and file its amicus briefs

    David L. Skidmore, Chair
    Kurt A. Olson
    Patricia M. Ouellette
    Nazneen H. Syed
    Nancy H. Welber

Probate Institute
Mission: To consult with ICLE in the planning and execution of the Annual Probate and Estate Planning Institute

    James B. Steward

State Bar and Section Journals Committee
Mission: To oversee the publication of the Section's Journal and periodic theme issues of the State Bar Journal that are dedicated to probate, estate planning, and trust administration

    Richard C. Mills, Chair
    Nancy L. Little, Managing Editor
    Melisa M. W. Mysliwiec, Assoc. Editor

Citizens Outreach Committee
Mission: To provide for education of the public on matters related to probate, estate planning, and trust administration, including the publication of pamphlets and online guidance to the public, and coordinating the Section's efforts to educate the public with the efforts of other organizations affiliated with the State Bar of Michigan

    Constance L. Brigman, Chair
    Michael P. Dean
    Kathleen M. Goetsch
    Phillip E. Harter
    Michael J. McClory
    Neal Nusholtz
    Michael L. Rutkowski
    Rebecca A. Schnelz, (Liaison to Solutions on Self-help Task Force)
    Melinda V. Sheets
    James B. Steward
    Ellen Sugrue Hyman
    Nancy H. Welber
    Melisa M. W. Mysliwiec

Electronic Communications Committee
Mission: To oversee all forms of electronic communication with and among members of the Section, including communication via the Section's web site, the Section listserve, and the ICLE Online Community site, to identify emerging technological trends of importance to the Section and its members, and to recommend to the Council best practices to take advantage of technology in carrying out the Section's and Council's mission and work

    William J. Ard, Chair
    Stephen J. Dunn
    Phillip E. Harter
    Nancy L. Little
    Amy N. Morrissey
    Jeanne Murphy (Liaison to ICLE)
    Neal Nusholtz
    Michael L. Rutkowski
    Serene K. Zeni

Ethics Committee
Mission: To consider and recommend to the Council action with respect to the Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct and their interpretation, application, and amendment

    David P. Lucas, Chair
    William J. Ard
    J. David Kerr
    Robert M. Taylor

Unauthorized Practice of Law and Multidisciplinary Practice Committee
Mission: To help identify the unauthorized practices of law, to report such practices to the appropriate authorities and to educate the public regarding the inherent problems relying on non-lawyers

    Patricia M. Ouellette, Chair
    William J. Ard
    J. David Kerr
    Robert M. Taylor
    Amy Rombyer Tripp

Court Rules, Procedures and Forms Committee
Mission: To consider and recommend to the Council action with respect to the Michigan Court Rules and published court forms, and the interpretation, use, and amendment of them

    Michele C. Marquardt, Chair (Liaison to SCAO for Estates & Trusts Workgroup)
    James F. (JV) Anderton
    Constance L. Brigman (Liaison to SCAO for Guardianship, Conservatorship, and Protective Proceedings Workgroup)
    Rhonda M. Clark-Kreuer
    Phillip E. Harter
    Shaheen I. Imami
    Hon. Michael L. Jaconette
    Hon. David M. Murkowski
    Rebecca A. Schnelz (Liaison to SCAO for Mental Health/Commitment Workgroup)
    David L. Skidmore

Updating Michigan Law Committee
Mission: To review, revise, communicate and recommend Michigan's trusts and estates law with the goal of achieving and maintaining leadership in promulgating probate laws in changing times.

    Geoffrey R. Vernon, Chair
    Robert P. Tiplady II, Vice Chair
    Susan M. Allan
    Howard H. Collens
    Mark K. Harder
    Shaheen I. Imami
    Henry P. Lee
    Marguerite Munson Lentz
    Michael G. Lichterman
    Christine M. Savage
    James P. Spica

Insurance Ad Hoc Committee
Mission: To recommend new legislation related to insurability and the administration of irrevocable life insurance trusts

    Geoffrey R. Vernon, Chair
    Stephen L. Elkins
    Mark K. Harder
    James P. Spica
    Joseph D. Weiler Jr.

Membership Committee
Mission: To strengthen relations with Section members, encourage new membership, and promote awareness of and participation in Section activities

    Raj A. Malviya, Chair
    Christopher J. Caldwell
    Nicholas R. Dekker
    Daniel A. Kosmowski
    Katie Lynwood
    Julie A. Paquette
    Nicholas A. Reister
    Marlaine C. Teahan
    Joseph J. Viviano

Artificial Reproductive Technology Ad Hoc Committee
Mission: To review the 2008 Uniform Probate Code Amendments for possible incorporation into EPIC with emphasis on protecting the rights of children conceived through assisted reproduction.

    Nancy H. Welber, Chair
    Christopher A. Ballard
    Keven DuComb
    Robert M. O'Reilly
    Lawrence W.Waggoner

Real Estate Committee
Mission: To recommend new legislation related to real estate matters of interest and concern to the Section and its members

    George F. Bearup, Chair
    Jeffrey S. Ammon
    William J. Ard
    Stephen J. Dunn
    David S. Fry
    Mark E. Kellogg
    J. David Kerr
    Michael G. Lichterman
    David P. Lucas
    Katie Lynwood
    Douglas A. Mielock
    Melisa M. W. Mysliwiec
    James T. Ramer
    James B. Steward

Transfer Tax Committee
Mission: To monitor developments concerning Federal and State transfer taxes and to recommend appropriate actions by the Section in response to developments or needs

    Lorraine F. New, Chair
    Marguerite Munson Lentz
    Geoffrey R. Vernon
    Nancy H. Welber

Guardianship, Conservatorship, & End of Life Committee
Mission: To monitor the need for and make recommendations with respect to statutory and court rule changes in Michigan related to the areas of legally incapacitated individuals, guardianships, and conservatorships

    Rhonda M. Clark-Kreuer, Chair
    Katie Lynwood, Vice Chair
    William J. Ard
    Michael W. Bartnik
    Raymond A. Harris
    Phillip E. Harter
    Michael J. McClory
    Richard C. Mills
    Kurt A. Olson
    James B. Steward

Specialization and Certification Ad Hoc Committee
Mission: To make recommendations to the Section with respect to the creation and implementation of a program that recognizes specialization and certification of specialization in the fields of probate, estate planning, and trust administration

    James B. Steward, Chair
    William J. Ard
    Wendy Parr Holtvluwer
    Patricia M. Ouellette
    Sharri L. Rolland Phillips
    Daniel D. Simjanovski
    Richard J. Siriani
    Serene K. Zeni

Charitable and Exempt Organization Committee
Mission: To educate the Section about charitable giving and exempt organizations and to make recommendations to the Section concerning Federal and State legislative developments and initiatives in the fields of charitable giving and exempt organizations

    Lorraine F. New, Chair
    Christopher A. Ballard
    Michael W. Bartnik
    William R. Bloomfield
    Robin D. Ferriby
    Richard C. Mills

Fiduciary Exception to Attorney Client Privilege Ad Hoc Committee
Mission: To review the statutes, case law, and court rules of Michigan and other jurisdictions concerning the scope of the Attorney Client Privilege for communications between trustees and their counsel and if necessary or appropriate, to recommend changes to Michigan law in this area

    George F. Bearup, Chair
    Kalman G. Goren
    Shaheen I. Imami
    David G. Kovac
    Michael J. McClory
    David L. Skidmore
    Serene K. Zeni

Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Liaison

    Vacant

Business Law Section Liaison
Mission: The liaison to the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan is responsible for developing and maintaining bilateral communication between the Section and the Business Law Section on matters of mutual interest and concern

    John R. Dresser

Elder Law Section Liaison
Mission: The liaison to the Elder Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan is responsible for developing and maintaining bilateral communication between the Section and the Elder Law Section on matters of mutual interest and concern

    Amy Rombyer Tripp

Family Law Section Liaison
Mission: The liaison to the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan is responsible for developing and maintaining bilateral communication between the Section and the Family Law Section on matters of mutual interest and concern

    Patricia M. Ouellette

ICLE Liaison
Mission: The liaison to ICLE is responsible for developing and maintaining bilateral communication between the Section and the Institute for Continuing Legal Education

    Jeanne Murphy

Law Schools Liaison
Mission: The Law Schools Liaison is responsible for developing and maintaining bilateral communication between the Section and the law schools located in the State of Michigan on matters of mutual interest and concern

    William J. Ard

Michigan Bankers Association Liaison
Mission: The liaison to the Michigan Bankers Association is responsible for developing and maintaining bilateral communication between the Section andthe Michigan Bankers Association on matters of mutual interest and concern

    Susan M. Allan

Probate Judges Association Liaisons
Mission: The liaisons to the MPJA are responsible for developing and maintaining bilateral communication between the Section and the MPJA on matters of mutual interest and concern

    Hon. David M. Murkowski
    Hon. Michael L. Jaconette

Probate Registers Liaisons
Mission: The liaison to the Michigan Probate and Juvenile Registers Association is responsible for developing and maintaining bilateral communication between the Section and the Probate and Juvenile Registers Association on matters of mutual interest and concern

    Rebecca A. Schnelz

SCAO Liaisons
Mission: The liaisons to SCAO are responsible for developing and maintaining communications between the Section and SCAO on matters of mutual interest and concern

    Constance L. Brigman
    Michele C. Marquardt
    Rebecca A. Schnelz

Solutions on Self-help Task Force Liaison
Mission: The liaison to the Solutions on Self-help (SOS) Task force is responsible for maintaining bilaterals communications between the Section and the Task Force

    Rebecca A. Schnelz

State Bar Liaison
Mission: The liaison to the State Bar is responsible for maintaining bilateral communication between the Section and the larger State Bar of Michigan, including the Board of Commissioners and staff of the State Bar

    Richard J. Siriani

Tax Section Liaison
Mission: The liaison to the Taxation Section of the State Bar of Michigan is responsible for developing and maintaining bilateral communication between the Section and the Taxation Section on matters of mutual interest and concern

    George W. Gregory

     

 

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