District Court Bench Bar Conference - April 2018

Friday, April 13, 2018
08:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Eastern Standard Time
Orchard Lake Country Club
5000 West Shore Drive
Orchard Lake, MI 48324


A half-day conference with breakout sessions relating to practice in the Oakland County district courts (continental breakfast and buffet lunch included).


The 2018 District Court Bench/Bar Conference is open to all OCBA members and Oakland County judges. This biennial tradition is a great opportunity for local attorneys and judges to interact outside the courtroom in a casual, discussion-oriented environmental. CLE credits may be available for attorneys on the criminal and juvenile appointment lists.

Pre-registration is required.
If you were registered for the February 9 event, there is no need to re-register. However, if the new date is not convenient for you, please let us know and we will issue a refund. 

When registering, members must log in to the OCBA website.

Check-in begins at 8:00 a.m. and the conference begins at 9 a.m. 

(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.
(choose one)
Search and Seizure: A Constitutional Update*

A survey of United States Supreme Court law and Fourth Amendment search and seizure issues, including an overview of cases to be decided in the coming months. 

Benton Martin, Federal Defender Office,
Eastern District of Michigan
Covenant Cases: Where are we now?
A look at the current status of Michigan's No-Fault Act since the Michigan Supreme Court's decision in Covenant Medical Center, Inc. v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company.
Christopher P. Desmond, Johnson Law PLC
Session II
10:30-11:20 a.m.
Avoiding Disciplinary Issues*
Hear some straight talk on practice do's and don'ts and what gets lawyers in trouble with their clients and colleagues. 
  Alan M. Gershel, Administrator,
  Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission 
Session III
11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.

Michigan Supreme Court Justices Panel:  A View from the Bench*
The OCBA is pleased to present this rare opportunity to hear from current Supreme Court Justices.   

  Justice Elizabeth T. Clement, Justice Kurtis T. Wilder, and
  Justice Brian K. Zahra, 
Michigan Supreme Court
12:30 p.m.

Buffet and Keynote Address in Ballroom

Connected Vehicles Solutions: Implications for District Courts in the 21st Century

  Karl Mozurkewich, Program Director & Enterprise Architect,
Covisint Corporation


*CLE credits are available for attorneys on the criminal defense appointment list.

     $75.00 OCBA Members
     $45.00 OCBA New Lawyers (P75866 )
Pre-registration is encouraged since seating is limited. 
Pre-registration for this conference ends February 2, 2018.
When registering, members must log in to the OCBA website.



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