APPELLATE PRACTICE SECTION
The 2021-2022 section election results are: Stephanie Morita, chair; Joseph Richotte, vice chair; Jonathan Koch and Ann Sherman, secretaries; and council members Kahla Crino, Beth Wittman, Barbara Goldman, Marcelyn Stepanksi, Elizabeth Sokol, and David Herskovic.
The section thanks panelists participating in the “Post-Pandemic: Surviving the New Normal” discussion in September: Michigan Supreme Court justices Elizabeth Clement and Megan Cavanagh; Court of Appeals Judge Amy Ronayne Krause; and appellate practitioners Jill Wheaton, Liisa Speaker, Ann Sherman, Kenneth Mogill, and Fawzeih Daher.
ENVIRONMENTAL LAW SECTION
The annual Joint Environmental Conference will be held virtually on November 3-5 and November 8. For a detailed agenda, registration information, and the latest issue of the Michigan Environmental Law Journal, visit connect.michbar.org/envlaw.
HEALTH CARE LAW SECTION
The Health Care Law Section hosted its annual meeting which included two seminars. “Cybersecurity & Incident Reports: The Nuts and Bolts of Detecting, Avoiding, and Responding to a Security Incident” was presented by Debra Geroux of Butzel Long and Scott Wrobel of N1 Discovery. It was followed by “Telehealth Enforcement: DME, Genetic Testing, and Other Telehealth Fraud Schemes,” a presentation by Raymond Beckering and Andrew Hull from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Michigan.
LABOR & EMPLOYMENT LAW SECTION
The Labor and Employment Law Section council cordially invites members to the following events: The LELS annual holiday party is Thursday, December 9, at 5 p.m. at Birmingham Country Club, and the section’s midwinter and annual meeting is scheduled for Friday, January 21, 2022, at the Detroit Athletic Club.
The LGBTQA section supported a proposal to amend Michigan Court Rule MCR 3.613 to provide for either a finding or a presumption of good cause to waive publication in cases of gender identity. Section members also gave a presentation titled “Becoming a Culturally Competent Court: Fairness and Access to Justice for LGBTQ+ Users” to the Michigan Judicial Institute. One case to watch is Rouch World LLC v. Department of Civil Rights, which is presently before the Michigan Supreme Court.
PARALEGAL/LEGAL ASSISTANT SECTION
Join the Paralegal/Legal Assistant Section for happy hour at Granite City Food & Brewery in Troy on November 4 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Virtual social events have been the norm lately, but we feel it’s time for an in-person opportunity to partake in an evening of networking with other paralegals over cocktails and great food! Open to members and non-members. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
RELIGIOUS LIBERTY LAW SECTION
The Religious Liberty Law Section held its annual meeting and educational event on September 25. The keynote speaker was Lori Windham, senior counsel at Becket, who presented oral arguments before the United States Supreme Court in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia.
WORKERS’ COMPENSATION LAW SECTION
Join us at Crowne Plaza Lansing West on December 10 for our winter meeting. We anticipate presentations from Michigan Workers’ Disability Compensation Agency director Jack Nolish and section chairperson Daryl Royal. Also expected is a presentation on orthopedic foot and ankle injuries and a special discussion on mindfulness.