ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION SECTION
Upcoming section events include a webinar discussion of Michigan AFSCME Council 25 v. County of Wayne (leave of appeal pending) on Feb. 7 and the ADR Annual Conference on Sept. 29-30. Future events, past event materials, and the latest Michigan Dispute Resolution Journal can be found at connect.michbar.org/adr/home.
ANTITRUST, FRANCHISING, AND TRADE REGULATION SECTION
The Antitrust, Franchising, and Trade Regulation Section hosted a successful fall forum on Oct. 6, at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth. Speakers Cody Rockey from Dykema and Michael Cole from Fahey Schultz Burzych Rhodes discussed antitrust issues in mergers and acquisitions and in franchising, respectively. On Dec. 1, the section hosted a well-attended lunch-and-learn webinar on hot topics in franchise auditing with members of the franchise practice at Plante Moran. Please look for more events hosted by the section in 2023!
CANNABIS LAW SECTION
Through ballot proposals voted on in the 2022 election, 15 Michigan municipalities opted to allow adult-use commercial cannabis businesses, and Maryland and Missouri voted to allow adult-use commercial cannabis. President Biden pardoned all those convicted of simple possession of cannabis, and urged governors do the same while directing the U.S. attorney general and secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to initiate an administrative review to potentially remove cannabis from the list of scheduled substances. President Biden also signed into law a cannabis research bill.
ENVIRONMENTAL LAW SECTION
The annual joint conference with the Air and Waste Management Association was held on Nov. 9 at the Lansing Community College West Campus. Look for the save-the-date for the spring air conference with the Michigan Manufacturing Association sometime in April. Detailed event information and past event materials are available at connect.michbar.org/envlaw.
FAMILY LAW SECTION
The Family Law Section sponsored the 21st Annual ICLE Family Law Institute on Nov. 17-18 in Novi, where a number of current and former council members presented on timely topics. The next section council meeting is Jan. 7 at the Sheraton Detroit Novi Hotel. Breakfast and networking start at 9 a.m. with the meeting beginning at 9:30 a.m. All section members are welcome to attend.
GOVERNMENT LAW SECTION
The Government Law Section is planning its upcoming winter seminar, which will be held on Feb. 17 at Summit on the Park at 46000 Summit Parkway in Canton. The seminar will address election-related issues affecting local governments. Registration information should be available on the section website in mid-January. Please save the date; we hope to see you there!
HEALTH CARE LAW SECTION
The section’s publications committee recently completed a certificate of need white paper entitled “CON Basics in Michigan.” The paper is posted on the section website at connect.michbar.org/healthcare/publications/sectionpublications. The section’s Substantive Law Committee is planning a Jan. 18 webinar covering the 340B Discount Drug Program and another on Feb. 1 titled “Navigating Payor Audits.”
IMMIGRATION LAW SECTION
The Immigration Law Section invites all SBM members to participate in its monthly meetings at noon on the last Wednesday of every month.
INTERNATIONAL LAW SECTION
On Jan. 12, the International Law Section will present a program entitled “Managing a Responsible Supply Chain” which will discuss Uyghur forced labor and sanctions.
LAW PRACTICE MANAGEMENT SECTION
The Law Practice Management Section will host free webinars to help lawyers reach greater levels of personal and professional satisfaction by providing services which are ethical, fiscally sound, and economically rewarding. The noontime sessions include “Successful Practice Management Tips” on Feb. 16, “Ground-Up Social Media Marketing” on March 16, and “SBM Succession Planning Guidelines” on April 20. The section’s annual meeting and workshop is scheduled for Oct. 20 from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. See the section listserv and newsletter for details.
The Litigation Section is sponsoring a March 16 Masters in Litigation seminar presented by Sybil Dunlop titled “Persuading People on Page and Screen” and an “iLitigate Workshop” by Brett Burney on Jan. 18.
REAL PROPERTY LAW SECTION
Join the Real Property Law Section for its 2023 winter conference at The Don CeSar in St. Pete Beach, Florida. The program, “Surfing the Legal Landscape,” will take place from March 9-11. Register at na.eventscloud.com/ereg/index.php?eventid=720645&. Limited rooms are available at book.passkey.com/event/50399048/owner/50154506/home or by calling 1.800.282.1116. Use code RPL307 for a special rate.
SOCIAL SECURITY SECTION
The annual Dudley Award, named for former section chair Mike Dudley, is given to a section member who has provided outstanding representation to their clients and service to the section. This year’s recipient is J. Gregory Frye, who served on the council for many years and was a former section chair. Register for our Feb. 24 seminar at email@example.com. The seminar, which is free for section members, runs from 9 a.m.-noon on the section’s YouTube channel.