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2018-2019 Dues Process Will Open Soon

State Bar members will soon be able to complete their 2018-2019 dues renewal online. There are some important changes this year.

Tips & Tools Seminar Set for November 1 in Lansing

The seminar features presentations on how to maintain client relationships, draft fee agreements, manage lawyer trust accounts, and more.

It’s Time to Review Your Marketing Plan

Clients come to law firms in many ways. Some through personal contacts, others find you on the internet, and some come to you through paid advertising.

Lawyer Trust Accounts Seminar October 23 in Lansing

This half-day ethics seminar on managing lawyer trust accounts includes using forms, checklists, and other recordkeeping resources. Registration deadline is October 19.

SBM Representative Assembly Will Honor Two

The SBM Representative Assembly will present its Michael Franck and Unsung Hero awards on Sept. 27 at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids.

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Federal Judge Dedicated to Helping Pro Se Litigants

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A Lawyer Helps

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan launched a two-year pilot program to help pro se litigants resolve their cases quickly and effectively. The program is called the Early Mediation Program for Pro Se Prisoner Civil Rights Cases, and it will give prisoners the opportunity to speak with a trained mediator and the defendants in an informal environment before jumping into costly litigation battles.

U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts was instrumental in the implementation of the program, and modeled it after an existing program in Nevada. She said, “pro se litigants are outnumbered and outgunned in the legal system,” and “we think many of these cases can be resolved if we can get everybody in the same room to come to a resolution satisfactory to everyone.” More


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