Welcome to the Federal Bar Association for the Western District of Michigan.

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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State of the Court Luncheon

This was held on Friday, October 4, 2019, in the International Ballroom of the JW Marriott Hotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Judge Dales and Court Clerk Wilson made remarks about the present state of our bankruptcy practice. We presented the Judge James D. Gregg Education Award to Chapter 13 Trustee Barbara Foley in recognition for […]

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Retirement of Clerk Dan LaVille and installation of new Clerk Michelle Wilson

After many years of excellent work running our court, Dan LaVille retired as Clerk the United States Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Michigan. We honored him with a party at the University Club in Grand Rapids on July 24, 2019. Thank you, Dan for your excellent work. Then, we welcomed Michele Wilson as our new […]

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31st Annual Bankruptcy Section Seminar

We held our annual Summer Seminar from July 26 – 28, 2019 at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville, Michigan. As always, the educational offerings were excellent. For the second year in a row, we held the Trial Advocacy Skills Workshop, led by 5 judges and new Clerk of the court, Michelle Wilson. We also honored […]

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West Michigan Chapter of the Federal Bar Association Board of Directors

  • Matt Borgula, PresidentSpringstead Bartish Borgula & Lynch PLLC

  • Rebecca Strauss, President ElectMiller, Johnson, Snell & Cummiskey PLC

  • Britt Cobb, TreasurerWilley & Chamberlain

  • Christopher O’Connor, VP of ProgramsUnited States Attorney’s Office

  • Jasna Tosic, SecretaryFederal Defender Office Western Michigan

  • Gary Mouw, VP of OperationsVarnum, Riddering, Schmidt & Howlett

  • Sharon Turek, National DelegateFederal Defender Office Western Michigan


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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