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U.S. Courts Committee


Provide advice and recommendations concerning the State Bar of Michigan’s interaction with federal courts in Michigan and on practice of law in those courts by:

  • Reviewing and making recommendations on proposed federal court rule amendments
  • Proposing court rule, legislative, or policy changes to improve practice in federal courts in Michigan
  • Developing and collaborating on projects and events focused on federal practice and the relationship between state and federal courts

Committee Members

Adam B. Strauss, P53319, chair
Judge Sally Berens, P82670
Brett A. Border, P65534
Andrew J. Brege, P71474
Andrew J. Clopton, P80315
Amanda McSween Empey, P84594
Kinikia Essix, Clerk – EDMI
Ann Filkins, Clerk – WDMI

Judge David R. Grand, P57492
Judge Michael J. Hluchaniuk (retired), P15007
Stephon E. Johnson, P39546
Judge Shalina D. Kumar, P56595
Andrew James Lievense, P68925
Daniel Thomas McGraw, P83386
Mark W. McInerney, P29077

Thaddeus E. Morgan, P47394
Brittany D. Parling, P78870
Saura James Sahu, P69627
Armeen Mistry Shroff, P84354
Judge Noceeba Southern, P55229
Justin B. Weiner, P83594
Clay M. West, P80766


Committee Advisor

Dean M. Googasian, P53995


Federally Appointed Committee Advisors

Andrew J. Brege, WD FBA

Armeen Mistry Shroff, ED FBA


Committee Liaisons from the State Bar of Michigan

Nathan Triplett, P76683

Janna Sheppard


6th Circuit En Banc Opinions

Members of the U.S. Courts Committee publish annual summaries of notable en banc opinions made by the 6th Circuit Court in the Michigan Bar Journal.

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Summary of 2021
By Justin B. Weiner
Published February 2022

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Summary of 2019
By Michael R. Williams
Published July 2020

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Summary of 2018
By Michael R. Williams
Published May 2019

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Summary of 2017
By John A. Ferroli
Published June 2018


Federal Practice Survival Guide Available for Download

The Federal Bar Association’s Eastern District of Michigan Chapter is sharing its new “Handbook on Local Practice in the Eastern District of Michigan.” The handbook was created to give attorneys who are new to practicing in the Eastern District an introduction to common procedural issues they may encounter.

Read, download, or print the handbook here.

Annual Reports