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7th Annual Young Lawyers Summit

    Date: Friday & Saturday, May 30–31, 2014
    Location: Radisson Hotel, Lansing
    Register: online or by mail/fax form
    Cost: $45 for Section members and $30 for guests through May 9; $60 for Section members and $45 for guests after May 9
    Hotel Reservations: Radisson reservations at (800) 333-3333 or online. Mention promotional code YLS514 to obtain the Summit rate ($124.95/night).

    The Young Lawyers Summit is the annual section-wide gathering of the members of the YLS, which is the second largest section of the State Bar with approximately 8,000 members. The Summit has been held at numerous venues across the State of Michigan and we are pleased to bring the Summit to Lansing in 2014. The event is designed to provide a networking opportunity for the State Bar's newer lawyers, as well as a wide array of educational programming.


    • Tours of the Capitol building (tickets for tours available on a first come, first served basis).
    • Lansing Lugnuts baseball game (limited tickets available). Separate registration required, see below.


    • Full day of networking & educational sessions at the Lansing Radisson Hotel, including presentations prepared in partnership with several other sections of the State Bar, including the Criminal Law, Negligence Law, Family Law, Health Care Law, and International Law Sections.
      • Negligence Law Section: Your Client's Clock Is Ticking, Don't Blow It
        Chad D. Engelhardt (Goethel Engelhardt PLLC) and Steve Galbraith (Galbraith Delie & James PC)

      • Winning Direct & Cross Examination Strategies
        Steve Fishman (Steve Fishman Attorney-at-Law) and Norman Lippitt (Lippitt O'Keefe Gornbein, PLLC)

      • Criminal Law Section: Sentencing, Pre-sentence reports, and the Use of the COMPAS Risk Assessment
        Katherine Marcuz (State Appellate Defender Office)

      • The Art of Effective Billing
        Victor T. Van Camp (Martin Bacon & Martin PC)

      • Family Law Section: What You Need to Know When Starting Your Family Law Practice
        Hon. Janice K. Cunningham (Eaton County Circuit Court)

      • Alternative Dispute Resolution Section: Preparing Yourself & Your Client for Winning at Mediation
        Robert E. Lee Wright (The Peace Talks PLC)

      • International Law Section: Perspectives on International Legal Practice from In-House & Outside Counsel
        Daphne A. Short (Con-Way Inc.) and Bruce C. Thelen (Dickinson Wright PLLC)

      • Spotting Arguments in the Language: Tips for Litigators and Drafters
        Mark Cooney (Thomas M. Cooley Law School)

      • Health Care Law Section: HIPAA: What Every Attorney Should Know
        Timothy C. Gutwald (Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, PC) and P. Pete VanLaan (Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, PC)

      • The Art of Rainmaking & Client Development: It's Not as Difficult as You Might Think
        Speaker: Thomas C. Rombach (Law Offices of Thomas C. Rombach)

    • Luncheon, with keynote speaker Michigan Supreme Court Justice David Viviano; and presentation of the 2014 Regeana Myrick Outstanding Young Lawyer Award.
    • Evening reception (with live entertainment!) at Troppo, 120 N Washington Square.

    Watch the Lansing Lugnuts from the Clubhouse at Cooley Law School Stadium

      Date: Friday, May 30, 2014
      Time: 7:05 p.m.
      Cost: $20 (nonrefundable)
      Register Online

      The number of available tickets are limited. Tickets will be distributed at 6 p.m. on May 30 in the Radisson Hotel lobby. The YLS group will depart for the ballpark at 6:30 p.m. Please contact Hope Shovein at for more information.

    Gold Sponsors
    SBM Family Law Section
    SBM Information Technology Law Section
    SBM Real Property Law Section
    Brooks Kushman
    SBM Criminal Law Section
    Silver Sponsor
    Judeh & Associates
    SBM Children's Law Section

New Member Orientation

    For recent bar exam passers!

    Date: Friday, May 30, 2014; 1:30–5:00 p.m.
    Cost: FREE Location: Radisson Hotel, 111 N Grand Ave, Lansing MI 48933

    Register Before May 26
    This is a free event but registration is required. Space is limited.

    The New Member Orientation is designed to assist you with your transition into the practice of law. The orientation will introduce you to a network of professionals and resources that will benefit you now and into the future. Come learn about the research, technology, educational, and other professional resources and benefits available through the State Bar of Michigan and its sections. The orientation will address the common pitfalls that new lawyers should avoid, answer frequently asked questions, and offer tips that every new lawyer should know.

    Questions? Contact Alana Glass at or (248) 751-7800 ext. 7789.



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