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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Bench Bar Conference 2021

The Western Michigan Chapter of the Federal Bar Association Bench Bar Conference will be held September 30 through October 2, 2021, at Mission Point Resort, on beautiful Mackinac Island. We are honored that the District and Magistrate Judges of the Western District of Michigan are committed to attend the Conference. We are very excited about […]

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Effective Advocacy at Mediation/Settlement Conferences

Please join us on June 9, 2021, from noon to 1:30 p.m. for a panel discussion on effective advocacy in mediation and settlement conferences. We will have a panel of experienced mediators and magistrate judges who will discuss how attorneys can more effectively represent their clients in voluntary facilitative mediation and settlement conferences. This discussion will provide […]

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Mining the Golden Nuggets: Hot New “Must-Know” Cases and Developments in Federal Practice

Presented by Jim Wagstaffe.  Details forthcoming.

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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


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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