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December 2017

Now Accepting Orders for the April 2018 Alphabetical & Resource Print Directories
The State Bar of Michigan online member directory contains the most up-to-date information and serves as the primary method for locating SBM members. The online member directory receives over 12,000 hits daily as more than 16,000 members have already opted out of receiving any printed directory information. Members are moving swiftly to online resources to meet a wide variety of their practice needs, including directory information. One reason among many, printed directories quickly become obsolete. The last time the State Bar printed member directory information, more than 19,000 member records (e.g., name, membership status, contact information) had changed as of the publication date. By contrast, online directories are constantly refreshed with up-to-date information.

For those members who still prefer to receive things in print, however, we have two options.

The newly-formatted April Resource Directory is a sleek, portable, highly practical guide to information not easily found in other printed materials. Examples include contact information for circuit, district, probate, appeals, municipal, tribal, federal, and problem-solving courts; local, state, and federal agencies; law schools; lawyer associations; State Bar sections; fields of practice listings; and lawyer discipline summaries. The Resource Directory is sent to members who currently opt in to receive a print edition of the Michigan Bar Journal. Extra copies of the resource directory can be ordered for $10.

For those who wish to receive a membership list in print, we offer the April Resource Directory Plus Alphabetical Member Roster, which includes all the information found in the April Resource Directory plus a complete listing of all members of the State Bar of Michigan as of February 15—active, emeritus, inactive, and affiliate. Printed copies of the April Resource Directory Plus Alphabetical Member Roster may be purchased by members for $35, and by non-members for $60. Copies can be ordered online. A full PDF version of the printed Alphabetical Roster will be available for no charge in our member area following its publication in April.

Anyone interested in purchasing a printed April Resource Directory Plus Alphabetical Member Roster, or an extra copy of the April Resource Directory, must place an order by March 15, 2018.

Now Accepting Nominations for 2018 State Bar of Michigan Awards
Nominations are now open for major State Bar of Michigan awards that will be presented at the September 2018 NEXT Conference in Detroit. Awards include:

  • Roberts P. Hudson Award
  • Frank J. Kelley Distinguished Public Service
  • Champion of Justice Award
  • Kimberly M. Cahill Bar Leadership Award
  • John W. Cummiskey Pro Bono Award
  • John W. Reed Michigan Lawyer Legacy Award
  • Liberty Bell Award

All award nominations but the Liberty Bell nominations are due by 5 p.m. Friday, February 16, 2018. The Liberty Bell Award deadline is Friday, May 11, 2018.

Any SBM member can nominate candidates for awards. Apply Online

Representative Assembly Accepting Nominations for Awards
Nominations are being accepted for two State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly awards. The Michael Franck Award is given annually to an attorney who has made an outstanding contribution to the improvement of the legal profession. The Unsung Hero Award is presented to a lawyer who has exhibited the highest standards of practice and commitment for the benefit of others.

The nomination deadline is Saturday, March 10, 2018. Apply Online

Discount on ABA TECHSHOW
As a member of the State Bar of Michigan, you get a special $150 discount if you register for 2018 ABA TECHSHOW. Register online using the discount code EP1812. ABA TECHSHOW has brought lawyers and technology together for over 30 years. Network with legal and technology experts from around the world March 7-10 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. More Information


Upper Michigan Legal Institute—Save The Date
June 8–9, 2018 • Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island
You won't want to miss this opportunity to get the latest developments in case law, invaluable technology, and practice management tips, all while enjoying the ambiance of the historic Grand Hotel on beautiful Mackinac Island. Make sure to mark your calendar!

NEXT Conference 2018—Save The Date
September 26–28, 2018
DeVos Place, Grand Rapids

The 2018 NEXT Conference, formerly known as the Annual Meeting/Solo & Small Firm Institute, will be held September 26–28 at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids. The NEXT Conference will be focused on the future of the practice of law, giving you the opportunity to share ideas and more opportunities to network and tailor your programing schedule to meet your needs and interests.

Member Benefits

Learn more about Casemaker
The State Bar of Michigan has partnered with Casemaker to bring premium state and federal research materials to you for free, to save you hundreds of dollars every month on legal research. Here are some valuable tips on how to use Casemaker.

Emailing Documents
Have you ever viewed a document in Casemaker and wanted to email it to your client or colleague? You can do that! To email a document, click on the envelope icon in the upper right-hand corner of the document in the dark gray bar. A pop-up window will appear, then select the document format (PDF, Word, or WordPerfect). Choose dual or single column format, and decide if you want to include your notes, any highlighted terms, or if you want to attach the list of citing references and any negative treatment found. Next, enter the recipient's email address (or addresses), a subject for the email, and a short message. Finally, hit the blue email button and Casemaker will email the document for you.

Make a Note of it!
You can add notes to any document you find in Casemaker. The note is unique to your account and cannot be seen by anyone else. To do so, view a document, click the “Notes” drop-down in the light gray bar, select “Add Note,” type your note in the new window that opens, then click save. Your note will be stored at the top of the document. You can use the same notes menu to determine if notes are visible or hidden. To edit the note, click the pencil icon and to delete it permanently click the “x” icon.

Statutes & Administrative Code by Citation
Below the search bar, you will find small buttons labeled Keyword, Citation, Party, Section, and Docket. If you click on the button for Section, you can then enter the citation for statutes or administrative codes and Casemaker will pull up the code section you are seeking. You can also browse administrative codes, statutes, and other materials by clicking the appropriate link under the state or federal library of your choosing.

ABA Web Store

Did you know State Bar of Michigan members save 15% on ABA books? The discount applies to all regularly-priced book purchases at the ABA web store. To get your discount, visit or call (800) 285-2221 (8:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m.) and use the special discount code MICHBAR.

Learn more about FedEx Advantage
Beat the winter weather and holiday rush with help from FedEx. Save money on your shipping and earn free rewards for your loyalty with FedEx. As an SBM member, you're invited to enroll in the FedEx Advantage® program and enjoy discounts of up to 26% on FedEx® services. After enrolling for discounts, you'll have the opportunity to join My FedEx Rewards and earn gift cards and brand-name merchandise when you ship. Enrollment for both programs is free.

To enjoy discounts, enroll now in the FedEx Advantage program or call (800) 475 6708. Use passcode RWF36R. Then sign up for My FedEx Rewards with the same account number.

Ship it in Time
Make sure you don’t miss a beat with shipping deadlines this holiday season. See the holiday last-day-to-ship calendar and other helpful holiday shipping information at the Holiday Help Hub.

State Bar Building Closed
The State Bar of Michigan will be closed December 22, 2017, through January 1, 2018. The building will reopen on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

Free e-Publications
The State Bar offers six electronic publications delivered to your email inbox at no cost.

e-Journal provides daily summaries of opinions released from the Michigan Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court, and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Subscribe Online

NewsLinks provides a daily summary of law-related news articles, editorials, and columns carried in major local, state, and national media. Subscribe Online

Public Policy Update is a weekly journal highlighting public policy issues of interest to the profession. Subscribe Online

Disability News is a quarterly newsletter addressing issues faced by people with disabilities in the courthouse setting. Subscribe Online

Receive Practice Management updates sent directly to your inbox with tips and tools from the Practice Management Resource Center. Subscribe Online

December Bar Journal—Diversity in the Law
October Bar JournalDigital Version (ideal for tablets, smartphones, and e-readers)

Online Version (PDFs)