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July 2018

Sign Up for Mobile Text Alerts 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.

Podcast: Manage Your Firm Like a Champion
On Balance Podcast from the State Bar of MichiganThe latest episode of the State Bar of Michigan’s On Balance podcast features Andrew Elowitt, who has over 25 years of experience as both an executive and business lawyer with New Actions, a management consulting and coaching firm. In this episode of On Balance, hosts JoAnn Hathaway and Tish Vincent talk to Andrew Elowitt about the qualities a successful law firm manager should cultivate, such as handling employee frustration and communicating goals and expectations well. They also discuss the challenges involved in managing superstar employees and how this differs from other employees.

On Balance delivers useful and entertaining ideas on managing life as a lawyer. To subscribe 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 "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.

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July Bar Journal—Animal Law
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