Great Lakes Legal Conference returns with four legal education tracks

Great Lakes Legal Conference returns with four legal education tracks

Now is your chance to attend the Great Lakes Legal Conference, the State Bar of Michigan’s premier continuing education and leadership development event. Join us June 14-15 at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island to learn, connect, and advance your practice. 

Combining the best of the former Bar Leadership Forum and the Upper Michigan Legal Institute, the 2024 Great Lakes Legal Conference is open to all State Bar of Michigan members and will be packed with information in four learning tracks: Leadership, Legal Updates, Litigation, and Practice Management & Technology. Presented in conjunction with the Institute of Continuing Legal Education, the conference offers multiple sessions within each track that you can mix and match to personalize your conference experience. 

“I look forward to attending this seminar every year. The speakers are incredibly informative, and the setting is absolutely wonderful,” Courtney E.S. Fisk, a Grand Rapids attorney, said after the 2023 conference. 

Register today at to take advantage of our $225 early-bird registration price, available through May 14. Check out the website for additional information on scholarships and special room rates at the Grand Hotel. 

AI takes centerstage this year with John W. Allen of Varnum LLP in Kalamazoo and Dennis M. Kennedy of Dennis Kennedy Advisory Services LLC in Ann Arbor providing the keynote presentation, “Balancing Act: Ethics, Efficiency, and AI in Legal Practice.” 

Filled with opportunities to strategically network and interact with Michigan’s top legal experts, attendees also will hear from Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Elizabeth Clement and State Bar of Michigan Executive Director Peter Cunningham.  

“From the engaging panel discussions to the networking opportunities with top legal professionals, every moment was a testament to the immense value this conference brings,” Tanya N. Cripps-Serra, a Detroit attorney, said after attending last year’s Great Lakes Legal Conference. “I left feeling empowered, inspired, and armed with practical insights. Would definitely recommend!”

Other session topics include “The Big Picture and What’s Happening in Lansing,” “Preparing for Productive Mediations,” “Practical Advice from the Bench,” “Strategic Planning in Your Organization,” and many more. 

Registration is open through June 14. The cost to attend is $275 after the early-bird pricing expires.

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Posted March 6, 2024