Welcome to the West Michigan Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

A professional organization for private and government lawyers who practice in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan.

Our goal is to improve the practice of law in our federal courts and foster a positive and collegial relationship among the attorneys and judges who practice law and dispense justice in this district.

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2022 Hillman Advocacy Program

The Hillman Advocacy Program is returning for its fortieth year in 2022.  It will take place in Grand Rapids, Michigan, from January 19 through 21, 2022.  For more information, visit http://hillmanadvocacy.com/. Please note: All participants in the 2022 Hillman Advocacy Program must be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination at registration on January 19, […]

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Press Release: Appointment of Jane M. Beckering as U.S. District Court Judge

The United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan is pleased to announce the appointment of the Honorable Jane M. Beckering as United States District Judge for the Western District of Michigan. Judge Beckering will occupy the seat formerly held by Janet T. Neff, who now serves as a Senior District Judge. President […]

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Supreme Court Review and Preview Program – January 28, 2022

The West Michigan Chapter of the Federal Bar Association invites you to attend its Supreme Court Review and Preview Program on Friday, January 28, 2022, at noon. The program will be held in the Jury Assembly room at the Grand Rapids federal courthouse with a Zoom option. John Bursch of Bursch Law PLLC and Jennifer […]

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West Michigan Chapter of the Federal Bar Association Board of Directors

  • Chris O'Connor, PresidentU.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Michigan

  • Britt Cobb, President-ElectWilley & Chamberlain

  • James Liggins, SecretaryWarner Norcross + Judd

  • Amy Murphy, TreasurerMiller Johnson

  • Sean Tilton, Vice President of ProgramsFederal Public Defender's Office

  • Andrew Brege, Vice President of OperationsRosati Schultz Joppich & Amtsbuechler

  • Rebecca Strauss, National DelegateMiller Johnson

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The district comprises the western half of the Lower Peninsula and the entire Upper Peninsula.

We offer continuing legal education opportunities, including the annual Hillman Advocacy Program and periodic lunch programs focused on specific aspects of federal practice. We offer an award winning newsletter, the Bar & Bench, and we act as a liaison between the practicing lawyers and the judges in the district.

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