District Court Bench/Bar Conference - REGISTRATION CLOSED


Do you need continuing education credits for criminal defense court appointments? Want to brush up your skills on collecting consumer debt? Need to find out the latest in the law on medical marijuana?

The 2016 District Court Bench/Bar Conference is open to all OCBA members and Oakland County District Court judges. The cost to attend is $75 and includes a continental breakfast, buffet lunch and all conference materials. Pre-registration is required.

Check-in begins at 8:00 a.m. and the conference begins at 9. The sessions on the criminal track have been approved for CLE credit toward Oakland County criminal court appointments.

Registration has closed, but if you like you may be added to the wait list. We will contact you if there are any openings.


(For informational purposes only. Actual selections will be accomplished during online registration.)
8:00-9:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast in Ballroom
9:00-9:20 a.m.

Session I
9:30-10:20 a.m.
CRIMINAL (1 hour CLE credit)
Alternative Sentencing
Various programs offered through the Oakland County Sheriff's Office Program Services Unit and the Community Corrections Division, with an emphasis on those available for offenders charged with misdemeanor offenses.
  Barbara HankeyManager, Oakland County Community Corrections
  Sgt. Anthony BrownDistrict Court Sergeant, Oakland County Sheriff's Dept.
  Matthew CostelloMSW, Supervisor, Oakland County Sheriff's Office Program Services Unit
  Marcus MerrellMSA, Supervisor, Oakland County Sheriff's Office Program Services Unit
Collection of Consumer Debt
Effective, Ethical and Compliant Collection of Consumer Debt, Including 'Do's and Don'ts' for General Practitioners
  Hon. Joseph G. Fabrizio52-2 District Court, Clarkston
  Michael H.R. BucklesBuckles & Buckles, P.L.C.
Session II
10:30-11:20 a.m.
CRIMINAL (1 hour CLE credit)
Search and Seizure
  Magistrate Sheldon G. Larky52-4 District Court, Troy
  Michael J. KemnitzMichael J. Kemnitz, P.C.
New Issues and Procedures in Landlord/Tenant Law
  Hon. Michelle Friedman Appel45th District Court, Oak Park
  Richard A. HermanRichard A. Herman, P.C.
Session III
11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
CRIMINAL (1 hour CLE credit)
Medical Marijuana
Update on Medical Marijuana Issues Including Case Law, Legislative Action, and a Preview of Upcoming Attractions in the Area
  William J. Vailliencourt Jr.Livingston County Prosecutor
Practice Tips - Know Your Judge
  Hon. Kirsten Nielsen-Hartig52-4 District Court, Troy
12:30 p.m.

Buffet in Ballroom


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