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Circuit-Probate Court Bench/Bar Conference 2017

Friday, May 12, 2017
08:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Eastern Standard Time
Orchard Lake Country Club
5000 West Shore Drive
Orchard Lake, MI 48324

248-682-0100


A half-day conference with breakout sessions relating to practice in the Oakland County Circuit and Probate courts. Conference materials, continental breakfast and buffet lunch are included.


The 2017 conference, "The Times They are a-Changin'," is open to all OCBA members and Oakland County Circuit and Probate Court judges and administrators. Pre-registration is required.

Check-in begins at 8:00 a.m. and the conference begins at 9. The two sessions in the criminal track have been approved for CLE credit toward Oakland County criminal court appointments. Register for the conference and select your sessions online via the link below the program.

 

BENCH/BAR CONFERENCE PROGRAM
(Make your two selections - one from Session A and one from Session B - when you register online. Please note that the full list of Session B selections continues onto a second page.)
Check-In
8:00-9:00 a.m.

  CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST IN ORCHARD ROOM
Welcome and Plenary Session
 
9:00-9:45 a.m.
Orchard Room

WELCOME
  Hon. Karen D. McDonald and Sarah E. Kuchon, Conference Co-Chairs
  David Anderson, President, Oakland County Bar Association

PLENARY SESSION: The Times They Are a-Changin'
  Julie I. Fershtman, Past President, State Bar of Michigan; and Co-Chair, SBM 21st Century Practice Task Force

Session A
(choose one)
9:55-10:55 a.m.
CRIMINAL (1 hour CLE credit)
Immigration Consequences of Criminal Activity
(a.k.a. ICE, ICE, Baby)

  Joanna C. KloetSupervising Attorney, Michigan State University College of Law Immigration Clinic
  Hon. Cheryl A. MatthewsOakland County Circuit Court
  Emily E. LongLong Law PLLC
  Joseph A. LavigneLaw Offices of Joseph A. Lavigne
  Robert J. MoradLaw Offices of Robert J. Morad PLLC

BUSINESS COURT
Business Court - Policies, Procedures and Issues
An open discussion of certain procedures, potential practice alternatives, and needs of the bench and bar to better achieve the goals of the business court.
  Hon. Wendy L. Potts, Oakland County Business Court
  Hon. James M. Alexander, Oakland County Business Court
  Lauren A. Evers, Dykema Gossett PLLC
  Robert M. Carson, Carson Fischer PLC
 
CIVIL
Improving the Efficiency and Effectiveness of the Civil Justice System: Strategies for Promoting Earlier Resolution of Disputes in Litigation
Less than 2 percent of civil cases filed will actually go to trial. Despite this statistic, all civil filings are issued scheduling orders that require the parties to engage in all discovery necessary to prepare for a trial before engaging in meaningful discussions and procedures that could help achieve more timely, cost-effective and mutually satisfactory settlements earlier in the litigation life cycle. Procedures such as proportionate discovery, mandatory disclosures, expert hearings and the use of mediation prior to case evaluation have all been shown to be effective in reducing costs and expediting resolution. This workshop will discuss strategies that could improve the efficiency and effectiveness for the civil justice system by promoting earlier resolution of disputes in litigation.
  Hon. Phyllis C. McMillenOakland County Circuit Court
  Susan Leigh BrownSchwartz Law Firm
  Michael D. WeaverPlunkett Cooney
 
PROBATE
Greetings from the Probate Bench
  Introduction of the Hon. Jennifer S. Callaghan
Technology Tools for the Probate Practitioner

Technology surrounding the legal world advances at a rapid rate; however, technology within the legal world is not quite keeping pace. There is a balance between adopting technology tools to better serve our business and clients while at the same time delivering service that a machine simply cannot. Diane will illustrate how we can incorporate technology into our practice by showing us how to present wirelessly from a tablet in court, how to review documents with clients electronically, and share with us her top five "must-haves" from the road warriors briefcase.
  Diane EbersolePractice Management Advisor, State Bar of Michigan

 
FAMILY I
Sex, Drugs and Rock 'n Roll (minus the sex and rock 'n roll)
a.k.a. Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Treatment Courts but Were Afraid to Ask
  • Brief history on the emergence of drug treatment courts
  • How drug courts work (the team approach)
  • Are drug courts effective?
  • How do Oakland County Adult and Juvenile Drug Courts operate?
  Hon. Mary Ellen BrennanOakland County Circuit Court Family Division, and Presiding Judge, Juvenile Treatment Court
  Moneka L. SanfordLaw Offices of Moneka L. Sanford, PLLC
  Jackie Howes-Evanson, Drug Treatment Court Supervisor
  Jack H. Holmes Jr.Law Office of Jack H. Holmes Jr.
 
FAMILY II
How Client Expectations are Changing
  • A la carte legal services
  • Google/marketing
  • AVVO
  • Client billing/attorney fees
  • Technology
  • Judges' perspective
  Scott G. BassettAppellate Family Law Attorney
  Nicklaus SuinoMichigan SEO Group

  Hon. Lisa A. LangtonOakland County Circuit Court Family Division
  Ruth A. GoldnerGoldner Deeg PLLC

  Ronald W. Tolbert II, The Gucciardo Law Firm

Session B
(choose one)
11:05 a.m.-12:05 p.m.
 
CRIMINAL (1 hour CLE credit)
Minimum Standards for Indigent Defense
  Jonathan SacksExecutive Director, Michigan Indigent Defense Commission

  Hon. Cheryl A. MatthewsOakland County Circuit Court
  Emily E. LongLong Law PLLC
  Joseph A. LavigneLaw Offices of Joseph A. Lavigne
  Robert J. MoradLaw Offices of Robert J. Morad PLLC

BUSINESS COURT
Business Court - Policies, Procedures and Issues
An open discussion of certain procedures, potential practice alternatives, and needs of the bench and bar to better achieve the goals of the business court.
  Hon. Wendy L. PottsOakland County Business Court
  Hon. James M. AlexanderOakland County Business Court
  Lauren A. EversDykema Gossett PLLC
  Robert M. CarsonCarson Fischer PLC
 
CIVIL
Improving the Efficiency and Effectiveness of the Civil Justice System: Strategies for Promoting Earlier Resolution of Disputes in Litigation
Less than 2 percent of civil cases filed will actually go to trial. Despite this statistic, all civil filings are issued scheduling orders that require the parties to engage in all discovery necessary to prepare for a trial before engaging in meaningful discussions and procedures that could help achieve more timely, cost-effective and mutually satisfactory settlements earlier in the litigation life cycle. Procedures such as proportionate discovery, mandatory disclosures, expert hearings and the use of mediation prior to case evaluation have all been shown to be effective in reducing costs and expediting resolution. This workshop will discuss strategies that could improve the efficiency and effectiveness for the civil justice system by promoting earlier resolution of disputes in litigation.
  Hon. Phyllis C. McMillenOakland County Circuit Court
  Susan Leigh BrownSchwartz Law Firm
  Michael D. WeaverPlunkett Cooney
 
PROBATE
Generational Impact on Communication

Lawyers are in the business of communicating. Probate lawyers are in the business of communicating with clients of all generations. From the elderly widow to the young trust beneficiary, communication must be clear across the gap, but are we doing a good job of making sure our message is understood? Don Tanner will share his insights on effective communication with the various generations (Greatest Generation/Boomers, Generation X, Generation Y{Millennial], and Generation Z [1996-2010]). He will explore the similarities and differences in the way these groups process information, along with the impact of communication through social media, and share his thoughts on the common communication thread that runs through all these groups.
  Don Tanner, Principal, Tanner Friedman public relations
  Hon. Linda S. HallmarkChief Judge, Oakland County Probate Court
  Jane B. Eaton, John Yun PC
  Mark M. Snitchler, Hubbard Snitchler & Parzianello PLC

 
FAMILY I
Sex, Drugs and Rock 'n Roll (minus the sex and rock 'n roll)
a.k.a. Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Treatment Courts but Were Afraid to Ask
  • Brief history on the emergence of drug treatment courts
  • How drug courts work (the team approach)
  • Are drug courts effective?
  • How do Oakland County Adult and Juvenile Drug Courts operate?
  Hon. Mary Ellen Brennan, Oakland County Circuit Court Family Division, and Presiding Judge, Juvenile Treatment Court
  Moneka L. Sanford, Law Offices of Moneka L. Sanford, PLLC
  Jackie Howes-Evanson, Drug Treatment Court Supervisor
  Jack H. Holmes Jr., Law Office of Jack H. Holmes Jr.
 
FAMILY II
How Client Expectations are Changing
  • A la carte legal services
  • Google/marketing
  • AVVO
  • Client billing/attorney fees
  • Technology
  • Judges' perspective
  Scott G. BassettAppellate Family Law Attorney
  Nicklaus SuinoMichigan SEO Group

  Hon. Lisa A. LangtonOakland County Circuit Court Family Division
  Ruth A. GoldnerGoldner Deeg PLLC

  Ronald W. Tolbert II, The Gucciardo Law Firm

Luncheon
12:15 p.m.
  BUFFET IN ORCHARD ROOM

 

 
 
 
 
 

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