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January 2019

Nominations Open for Major State Bar Awards
Nominations are now open for major State Bar of Michigan awards that will be presented in 2019. Awards include:

  • Roberts P. Hudson Award
  • Frank J. Kelley Distinguished Public Service Award
  • 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 except the Liberty Bell nominations are due by 5:00 p.m., Friday, February 15, 2019. The Liberty Bell Award deadline is Friday, May 10, 2019.

An awards committee co-chaired by SBM Vice President Robert J. Buchanan and Secretary Dana M. Warnez will review nominations for the Roberts P. Hudson, John W. Reed, Champion of Justice, Frank J. Kelley, Kimberly M. Cahill, and Liberty Bell awards. The SBM Pro Bono Initiative Committee will review nominations for the Cummiskey Pro Bono Award. These recommendations are voted on by the full Board of Commissioners at its April meeting.

Any SBM member can nominate candidates for awards. To apply online or download application forms visit the Events & Awards page. Cummiskey Award nominations can be directed to Robert Mathis at; all other nominations can be submitted to Anne Smith at

Representative Assembly Accepting Nominations for Annual 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.

Nominees for both awards must be State Bar members in good standing and their contributions may have been made either during the past year or through cumulative effort or service. Materials submitted should include complete details about the nominee's accomplishments. The Assembly's Nominating and Awards Committee will review the applications and make awards recommendations to the Representative Assembly. The Representative Assembly, chaired by Richard L. Cunningham, is the final policy-making body of the State Bar.

The nomination deadline is Saturday, March 2, 2019. Apply online. For more information about the Representative Assembly Awards, contact Carrie Sharlow at or (517) 346-6317.

On Balance Podcast: A National Movement for Cultural Change
On Balance Podcast from the State Bar of MichiganThe latest episode of the State Bar of Michigan’s On Balance podcast features Terry Harrell, executive director of the Indiana Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program. In this episode of On Balance, hosts JoAnn Hathaway and Tish Vincent talk to Terry Harrell about her work with the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being and what many see as a need for a complete cultural shift. They also discuss the task force’s “Well-Being Report,” a resource for encouraging wellness that lawyers and legal employers can use in their firms.

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.


Lawyer Trust Accounts Seminar: Management Principles & Recordkeeping Resources
Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2019
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
Register online or by mail/fax form before February 22. No "walk-in" registrations will be accepted.
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ABA Book Discounts

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ABA Retirement Funds Webinar

Join the ABA Retirement Funds Program for a live webinar called “New Year, New Markets?” at 1:00 p.m. on Jan. 29. The webinar will review 2018, discuss the recent market volatility, and look forward to what 2019 has in store. If you can't make the live webinar, register anyway and you will be sent the recorded version. Register online.

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