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August 2018

Your SBM Password Might Need a Reset
The SBM member area website has recently been updated to conform to new and improved security standards. The upgrade requires all passwords to meet minimum requirements that will help to protect your information. Your password must now contain at least seven characters with at least one number and at least one letter. If your password does not meet these requirements, go to the forgot username/password page to reset your password. If you need further assistance, please contact our member services team at (888) 726-3678 Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. EST, or email It is especially important that if you need to update your password please do so now, before you need to fill out your mandatory disclosures and pay your dues in mid-September. If you no longer have access to your email address on file, you can reset your password in three easy steps.

Limited Scope Alerts—New Discussion Group
In an effort to help the implementation of new limited scope practice rules, State Bar volunteers and staff have launched an online peer discussion and support group to encourage conversation among limited scope practitioners, judges, those who want to learn more about limited scope practice, or those who are thinking about trying it out. The discussion group is designed to encourage users to conduct open and respectful conversations, share experiences, ask questions, identify best and creative practices, collaborate with a community of like-minded professionals, and otherwise help in the successful implementation of the new rules in Michigan. Sign up for the discussion group in SBM Connect and join the conversation.

Sign Up for Mobile Text Alert Dues Reminders
You never need to worry about completing your mandatory disclosures and paying your annual dues on time again. Just sign up for mobile text alerts and we will send you reminders.

Simply text the message sbmdues to 74121. Once you’re signed up, we will send a text in mid-September letting you know it’s time to pay dues, and send you reminders as needed up to the November 30 deadline.

There are also some other helpful changes to the dues process. You can complete your mandatory disclosures online and either pay your dues online or mail your check to our lockbox. And, you will also receive notification by email in mid-September to complete your mandatory disclosures and pay your dues, even if you’ve signed up for mobile text alerts.

Make sure you keep your email address up to date in your member profile so you will receive the email notification. If you change jobs, the Rules Concerning the State Bar of Michigan require that you update your contact information. Providing and updating your email address will help ensure that you receive email dues notifications.

On Balance Podcast: Must-Do Business Development & Marketing Activities
On Balance Podcast from the State Bar of MichiganThe latest episode of the State Bar of Michigan’s On Balance podcast features John F. Reed, founder of Rain BDM, a consultancy firm that helps law firms of all sizes build outstanding client relationships. Lawyers often get marketing and business development confused. In this episode of On Balance, hosts JoAnn Hathaway and Tish Vincent talk to John F. Reed about essential marketing strategies for lawyers, how marketing differs from business development, and activities regarding both that are important, depending on practice area. They also discuss tips for using LinkedIn and building a blog, and whether or not TV commercials are a viable investment.

On Balance, on the Legal Talk Network, delivers useful and entertaining ideas on managing life as a lawyer. To subscribe to On Balance in iTunes, follow two easy steps: 1. Using your mobile device, click on this link, or enter this link in your browser: 2. Click the purple "Subscribe" button that shows up right under the name of the podcast. To access On Balance in Google Play, follow these three steps: 1. Using your mobile device, click this link, or enter this link in your browser: 2. Click the subscribe button (located just beneath the On Balance logo). 3. Click the subscribe button that appears in the pop-up.


NEXT Conference 2018

NEXT Conference 2018—Register Now!
September 26–28, 2018
DeVos Place, Grand Rapids

Have fun, make connections, and recharge your law practice at the 2018 NEXT Conference. In just a day and a half, you’ll engage with experts whose sole goal is to help you save time, save money, and increase your bottom line.

This year the popular Judicial Perspectives educational track will return, featuring Michigan Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Clement, Kent County Circuit Court Judge Christopher Yates, Ottawa County Circuit Court Judge Jon Hulsing, Muskegon County Circuit Court Judge Timothy Hicks, Genesee County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Farah, and Kalamazoo County Circuit Judge Pamela Lightvoet. Register for NEXT Conference.

Clio Cloud Conference

Clio Cloud Conference
State Bar of Michigan members are eligible for a 35% discount off passes to Clio Cloud Conference, taking place this year October 4–5 in New Orleans. Use the promo code SBMMEMBER when registering to take advantage of the discount. There is an additional 15% discount in place until August 31. Learn more about or register for Clio Cloud Conference.

Lawyer Trust Accounts Seminar
Date: Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Time: 1:15–4:45 p.m.
Cost: $50 for lawyers; $25 for non-lawyers, law students, & unlicensed graduates
Location: State Bar of Michigan, 306 Townsend St, Lansing
Registration: online or mail/fax form before October 19. No "walk-in" registrations will be accepted.
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Tips & Tools for a Successful Practice Seminar
Date: Thursday, November 1, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Cost: $100 (attorneys licensed to practice less than five years, including law students and unlicensed graduates); $125 (attorneys licensed to practice five years or more)
Location: State Bar of Michigan, 306 Townsend St, Lansing
Register online or by mail/fax form before October 30
View the Agenda

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August Bar Journal—Marijuana Law
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