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June 2018

SBM Announces 2018 Award Winners
The following individuals and organizations will receive 2018 State Bar of Michigan awards at a banquet on Sept. 26 at the SBM NEXT Conference in Grand Rapids.

    Roberts P. Hudson Award: Bruce A. Courtade and Julie I. Fershtman
    Frank J. Kelley Distinguished Public Service Award: Hon. Marilyn J. Kelly and Robert P. Young Jr.
    Champion of Justice Award: Miriam J. Aukerman and Robert J. Heimbuch
    John W. Reed Lawyer Legacy Award: Prof. Lawrence Dubin
    John W. Cummiskey Pro Bono Award: Charles “David” Jones
    Kimberly M. Cahill Bar Leadership Award: Women Lawyers Association of MI
    Liberty Bell Award: Grand Rapids Urban League

The following individuals will receive State Bar Representative Assembly awards at the Assembly’s Sept. 27 meeting in Grand Rapids.

    Michael Franck Award: Hon. Victoria A. Roberts
    Unsung Hero Award: Michele P. Fuller

On Balance Podcast: Check Out the Latest Episode
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 to 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.

Order 2018 April Alphabetical & Resource Directories
Order the April Resource Directory nowLooking for a member of the State Bar of Michigan? The SBM online Member Directory contains the most up-to-date contact information. In addition, a portable April Resource Directory containing comprehensive court, state, and local government and lawyer association contact information is available online and have been sent to you if you have opted in to receive a print edition of the Michigan Bar Journal April issue. You can order extra copies of the resource directory for $10.

If you prefer to receive a member 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. Place your order to purchase a printed copy of the April Resource Directory Plus Alphabetical Member Roster for $35.

Change Coming to Dues This September
We hope you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the changes we’re making to streamline the process you will use to complete your mandatory disclosures and pay your annual dues. This year, you will be able to complete your mandatory disclosures online and either pay your dues online or mail your check to our lockbox.

As a reminder, you will be receiving notification by email in mid-September to complete your mandatory disclosures and pay your dues. Make sure you keep your email address up to date with us, so you will receive that email notification. If you change jobs, Supreme Court rules require that you update your contact information. Providing and updating your email address will help ensure that you receive email dues notifications.


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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.

Member Benefits & Discounts

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Legal Research

Free Casemaker legal researchCasemaker, provided free to you as an SBM member, will save you hundreds of dollars every month on state and federal legal research. To access this member benefit, log in to the member area and select the Casemaker tab on the right. There are several helpful user guides published within the Casemaker system. In addition, you can click on Webinar at the top of the Casemaker site to sign up for online training.

Delivery Services

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