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October 2018

2018–2019 Dues Renewal Process Open Online
If you have not yet visited our website to pay your 2018–2019 dues, you may now complete your annual disclosures and pay dues online with a debit card, credit card, or e-check at You can also visit the State Bar website at and click on "Member Area Login."

Thank you for your patience while we resolve technical issues with our web portal. While the dues renewal process is working well for almost all of our members, a small percentage of the membership is encountering some difficulty that requires assistance from SBM staff. If you need help during any phase of the mandatory disclosure and dues payment process, please contact our dues processing team by phone at (517) 346-6377 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday or by email at anytime.

Dues payments must be paid online by 11:59 p.m. EST on November 30, or if mailed, postmarked by November 30, to avoid a late payment charge of $50.

Join Us for the Dedication of the 41st Michigan Legal Milestone
The State Bar of Michigan will dedicate our 41st Michigan Legal Milestone, commemorating the fact that Michigan's government was the first in the English-speaking world to outlaw capital punishment for murder and lesser crimes from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 6, at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center in Detroit. The event will start with a reception with hors d'oeuvres from 4:00-5:00 p.m., followed by a program featuring a panel of speakers.

Speakers include Jennifer M. Grieco, president of the State Bar of Michigan; Janet K. Welch, executive director of the State Bar of Michigan; Brian C. Summerfield, partner at Kostopoulos Rodriguez PLLC and president of the Detroit Bar Association; David G. Chardavoyne, lawyer, adjunct law professor, and author of A Hanging in Detroit; Eugene G. Wanger, lawyer, author, and delegate of the 1963 Michigan Constitutional Convention; and Robert A. Sedler, professor at Wayne State University Law School.

Please RSVP by filling out the online form by Tuesday, October 30.

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 you reminders as needed up to the November 30 deadline.

Make sure you keep your email address up to date in your member profile so you will also 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: The 2018 Legal Trends Report
On Balance Podcast from the State Bar of MichiganThe latest episode of the State Bar of Michigan’s On Balance podcast features Jack Newton, founder and CEO of Clio, one of the pioneers of cloud-based practice management. In this episode of On Balance, guest hosts Laurence Colletti, Robert Mathis, and Samantha Meinke talk to Jack Newton about the 2018 Legal Trends Report and what it reflects about the legal industry. They discuss the data that’s included in the report and how attorneys can use this information to improve the business side of their practice.

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.


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
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