2014 - 2015 PRACTICE & SERVICE COMMITTEES
If you are interested in joining a committee, please read the following committee descriptions and then fill out a Practice & Service Committee Form.
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OCBA Practice and Service Committees Form
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) encourages the use of ADR by the legal profession, judiciary, government and public through education, training and strategic alliance. The ADR Committee meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 a.m. at the OCBA office.
Richard Hooker (Chair)
Richard Hurford (Vice Chair)
Continuing Legal Education (CLE) oversees CLE seminars offered by the OCBA. The CLE Committee meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 5:15 p.m. at the OCBA office.
To promote the educational and professional needs of the OCBA members through information and training to help them practice proficiently, competently, professionally and ethically throughout their careers.
Marc Jerabek (Chair) Jake Cunningham (Vice Chair)
Criminal Law is charged with the advancement of the criminal law system in both district and circuit courts and coordinates the Criminal Brown Bag seminar series. The Criminal Law Committee meets on the third Wednesday of each month at noon at the Oakland County Courthouse.
Deborah McKelvy (Chair)
Jason Pernick (Vice Chair)
Diversity in the Legal Profession creates networking, referral, employment and other opportunities for minority attorneys; works to ensure equal opportunity and promote collegiality among diverse groups of attorneys. The Diversity Committee meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 8:15 a.m. at the OCBA office.
The mission of the Diversity Committee is to increase awareness in the Oakland County legal community of the need to provide equal opportunity for all lawyers and support personnel through education and programs sponsored by the Oakland County Bar Association and in collaboration with other legal organizations, and to promote participation in the activities and governance of the Oakland County Bar Association of lawyers with all varieties of diverse backgrounds.
Lawrence Garcia (Chair)
Victoria King (Vice Chair)
Employee Benefits Law is concerned with all facets of employee benefits including substantive presentations each month. The Employee Benefits Committee meets on the second Monday of each month at 12:00 p.m. at the OCBA office.
Roberta Granadier (Chair)
Michael Shpiece (Vice Chair)
Employment & Labor Law is concerned with all facets of labor & employment law. The Labor and Employment Law Committee meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 8:00 a.m. at the OCBA office.
Michael Hamblin (Chair)
James Reid (Vice Chair)
Environmental Law facilitates the exchange of ideas among members of the Bar and is a resource for information on issues related to energy, sustainability and environmental law.
Brian Considine (Chair)
Kyle Jones (Vice Chair)
Family Court is concerned with the education of attorneys and the public with regard to operation and legislation in the field of family law. Studies existing statutes and proposed legislation in this area. Charged with improving the practice of domestic relations. The Family Court Committee meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 5:00 p.m. at the OCBA office.
Ryan O'Neil (Chair)
Amy Spilman (Vice Chair)
Forum for In-House Counsel is designed for in-house counsel, corporation counsel, and transactional attorneys to provide educational programs and a forum to discuss relevant topics. The committee meets on a quarterly basis at 8:00 a.m. at the OCBA office. Please refer to the online Calendar of Events for meeting dates.
Matthew Koziarz (Chair)
Jordan Bolton (Vice Chair)
Juvenile Law is concerned with all facets of the juvenile and family justice system including legislation, court proceedings and treatment. Coordinates Juvenile GAL training seminar and the Juvenile Brown Bag seminar series. The Juvenile Law Committee meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at 12:00p.m. at the Oakland County Courthouse.
Nichole Smithson (Chair)
Chip Farrar (Vice Chair)
Law Related Education Committee works with schools throughout Oakland County. Programs of the committee include the annual Youth Law Conference, a one-day conference for high school seniors that features a variety of legal issues as they pertain to the students, as well as educates them about the legal process and provides them with tools for better decision making. The committee also coordinates the Elementary Mock Trial Program with teachers who wish to engage their students in a mock trial preparation for a performance in either their local district court or Oakland County Circuit Court. The Law Related Education Committee meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the OCBA office.
Kristopher Hulliberger (Chair)
Mona Jabr (Vice Chair)
Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) works to increase the efficiency and service of the LRS program. They improve and provide the best possible way for the public to be connected with competent and appropriate legal counsel, in addition to providing OCBA attorneys with increased business while maximizing their available pool of cases and clients. The Lawyer Referral Service Committee meets quarterly on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 12:00 p.m. at the OCBA.
Eric Lumberg (Chair)
Peter Tochman (Vice Chair)
Lawyers of a Certain Age (LOCA) serves OCBA members ages 62 and over with the following priorities:
Social - Support/sponsor a variety of social activities that allow interaction with the larger bar association and targeted peer communities that address challenges such as isolation, family concerns and declining health;
Transitions in Practice - Develop and find partnerships for programs that support lawyers as they prepare or respond to transitions in their practice whether it is from reducing their practice (full-time to part-time), going from a large firm to solo, closing a practice, planning for retirement or unexpected practice transitions such as diminished capacity or sudden unexpected incapacity; and
Capture the Special Skills of LOCA - Great opportunities/partnerships for Lawyers of a Certain Age to contribute their talents as seasoned experienced lawyers through integration with OCBA programs and activities and also to serve the Oakland County Community at large
The group meets quarterly at 4:30 p.m. at the OCBA office. Check the online Calendar of Events for meeting dates and topics.
Hon. Edward Sosnick, ret. (Chair)
Judy Cunningham (Vice Chair)
Membership is responsible for maximizing the membership, reviewing and recommending various types of services available to the OCBA that benefit current members and encouraging new membership. The Membership Committee meets the third Wednesday of each month at 5:15 p.m. at the OCBA office.
Liz Luckenbach (Chair)
Lisa Hamameh (Vice Chair)
Municipal Law consists of lawyers with specialized interest in municipal law and represent clients who are dealing with municipalities. The Municipal Law Committee meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at 12:00 p.m. at the OCBA office.
David Asmar (Chair)
Nicole Tabin (Vice Chair)
New Lawyers Committee plans networking events and socials for members with less than ten years’ experience. They also organize fundraising and volunteer events for civic groups and charities. The New Lawyers Committee meets the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the OCBA office.
Syeda Davidson (Chair)
Victoria King (Vice Chair)
PALS (Providing Access to Legal Services) is charged with implementing programs that provide an understanding of the legal system within the community and with effectuating the positive presence of lawyers in society. The Public Service Committee meets the third Monday of each month at 4:30 p.m. at the OCBA office.
Amanda Page (Chair)
Kathy Fox (Vice Chair)
Paralegal is responsible for improving legal assistants’ position in the legal profession through networking and public service. The Paralegal Committee meets on a quarterly basis -- watch the online Calendar of Events for meeting details.
Leisanne Smeadala (Chair)
Kim Casteel (Vice Chair)
Probate, Estate and Trust works with the Probate Court to advance programs and services in all aspects including mental health and elder law. The committee coordinates the biennial adult GAL seminar. The Probate Committee meets the fourth Monday of each month at 5:00 p.m. at the OCBA office.
George Gregory (Chair)
Sandy Glazier (Vice Chair)
Real Estate provides members and guest speakers an opportunity to discuss current decisions and laws affecting the practice of real estate. The Real Estate Committee meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at 8:00 a.m. at the OCBA office.
John Bommarito (Chair)
David Michael (Vice Chair)
Solo/Small Firm Listserv was established in 2011 as a resource to our solo members. The listserv provides participants a means of circulating questions, suggestions and ideas pertaining to their law practices with other members via email. To join the OCBA listserv simply click the link http://listserv.ocba.org/SCRIPTS/WA-OCBA.EXE?A0=OCBA-SOLO_SMALL_FIRM and follow the directions to subscribe. If you have any problems, contact Katie Tillinger at email@example.com or (248) 334-3400.
Student provides students with opportunities for professional growth and development through association with the Oakland County legal community in programs and events focusing on law. The Student Committee meets every other month -- watch the online Calendar of Events for details.
Ronald Tolbert (Chair)
Tax is concerned with the substantive and procedural law of federal, state and local taxation. The Tax Committee meets the third Tuesday of each month at an offsite location at 8:30 a.m.
Evan Kaploe (Chair)
Alex Domenicucci (Vice Chair)
Veterans Committee focuses on veterans issues including recruitment of OCBA members to take pro bono cases related to veterans' matters, heightened awareness and increased observation of Veterans Day in Oakland County, support to deployed military men and women through provision of care packages, sponsorship of a Veterans' Speakers Bureau, and support of Veterans Courts.
Kristina Derro (Chair)
Jay Cunningham(Vice Chair)
Circuit Court is a liaison between the OCBA and the Circuit Court and its judges in matters of mutual concern relating to the operation of court. The Circuit Court Committee meets the second Monday of the month at 5:00 p.m. at the OCBA Office.
Jonathan Frank (Chair)
Nick Andrews (Vice Chair)
Circuit Court Case Evaluation oversees the selection of Circuit Court Case Evaluators. The Circuit Court Case Evaluation Committee meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 a.m. at the OCBA Office.
Ronald Weiner (Chair)
Robert Sosin (Vice Chair)
District Court examines various areas of concerns and works to resolve problem areas that might arise involving the District Court operation and the OCBA. The committee oversees the selection of District Court mediators and the operation of the case evaluation systems. The District Court Committee meets the third Monday of the month at 12:00 p.m. at the OCBA office.
Margaret Scott (Chair)
Johnnie Rambus (Vice Chair)
Legislative works with the Board of Directors and our lobbyist to promote the OCBA’s position on current and pending legislation that affects the practice of law and the administration of justice. The Legislative Committee meets the fourth Monday of the month at 4:00 p.m. at the OCBA office.
Richard Poling, Jr. (Co-Chair)
Sheldon Larky (Co-Chair)
Medical/Legal is composed of physicians and attorneys who deal with inter-professional relationships and matters of concern to both professional groups. The Medical/Legal Committee meets the first Thursday of each month at 7:45 a.m. at the OCBA office.
Geoff Brown (Chair)
Emily Thomas (Vice Chair)
SPECIAL EVENT COMMITTEES
Celeste Dunn (Chair)
Wayne Kauffman (Chair)
Tim Martin (Vice Chair)