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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Order your copy of A Lincoln Legacy today!

“A must-read for all lawyers and judges but also for any citizen seeking to understand our state’s history and the interworkings and interrelationships of the governments which serve us.” –Judge James Robert Redford, Michigan Court of Appeals Order your copy today and receive 30% off when you use code FW20 at checkout! (expires December 31, […]

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Power Act Event Reprise: Pro Bono In a Pandemic November 12, 2020 at 12 p.m.

Pro Bono in a Pandemic: 2020 POWER Act (Downloadable PDF) The Federal Bar Association will be hosting its first “lunch and learn” program of the season beginning at noon on Thursday, November 12, 2020. The Jury Assembly Room in the Gerald R. Ford Federal Building and Courthouse in Grand Rapids will be open and available […]

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SAVE THE DATE December Speaker Series Written/Oral Advocacy December 9, 12pm

SAVE THE DATE! December Speaker Series: Written/Oral Advocacy Wednesday, December 9, 202012:00pm (via Zoom) Distinguished speakers: U.S. District Judge Paul L. Maloney Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Thomas C. Cameron Kalamazoo County Assistant Prosecutor Heather S. Bergmann Zoom Link Meeting ID: 766 604 1963 Lawyers must do two things well: speak persuasively and write persuasively. […]

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West Michigan Chapter of the Federal Bar Association Board of Directors

  • Rebecca Strauss, PresidentMiller, Johnson, Snell & Cummiskey PLC

  • Chris O’Connor, President ElectUnited States Attorney’s Office

  • Britt Cobb, TreasurerWilley & Chamberlain

  • Jasna Tosic, VP of ProgramsFederal Defender Office

  • James Liggins, SecretaryWarner Norcross & Judd LLP

  • Andrew Brege, VP of OperationsRosati Schultz Joppich & Amtsbuechler

  • Brian Lennon, National DelegateWarner Norcross & Judd LLP


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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