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.  More details to follow soon.

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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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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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