News & Notices

Section Briefs April 2023


Michigan Bar Journal



The Antitrust, Franchising, and Trade Regulation Section is hosting a Lunch and Learn on May 4 at noon on Zoom. The event’s focus is “Gift Card Use in Franchising” with speakers from the Plante Moran consumer goods practice and the Fahey Schultz Burzych Rhodes business franchise group. Look for signup information in a coming section eblast.


Did you know the Cannabis Law Section monthly council meetings begin with an informational Q&A session with Michigan Cannabis Regulatory Agency Director Brian Hanna and members of his staff? You can join these meetings via Zoom; visit connect. for login information. Also, we will hold a training for all section members at the Kensington Hotel in Ann Arbor on April 20. More details and registration information are coming soon.


The 23rd annual Government Law Section/ Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys Summer Joint Educational Conference is scheduled for June 23-24 at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville. The conference will focus on issues related to housing and homelessness, and feature updates on Supreme Court decisions and appellate briefs filed in recent impactful cases. Attendees are also invited to participate in the 10th Annual John Beras Memorial Cup Bocce Tournament on June 24.


The Litigation Section is pleased to announce that it will partner with the Criminal Law Section and several other sections on a joint annual meeting up north in September of this year. The section also announced that it will again sponsor the awards dinner for the National Trial Advocacy Competition law school mock trial tournament at the Detroit Athletic Club in October. Finally, the section has agreed to make a significant investment in the Michigan High School Mock Trial Tournament sponsored by the Michigan Center for Civic Education. Questions, inquiries, or concerns about the section can be directed to chair Edward Perdue at


Register now for the Real Property Law Academy II on May 10-11 at the Michigan State University Management Education Center in Troy. The academy is being taught by some of Michigan’s most respected and experienced Michigan real estate attorneys; it will provide a basic understanding of the fundamental aspects of a real estate practice. It is intended for real estate attorneys and attorneys who encounter real estate issues. To register and learn more about the academy, go to