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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2023 Hillman Program Applications Now Open

The Hillman Advocacy Program is returning for its forty-first year in 2023. It will take place in Grand Rapids, Michigan, from January 18 through 20, 2023. For background information on Hillman, please visit its website at http://hillmanadvocacy.com. Click here to access an electronic application form payable via PayPal.  If you prefer to pay via a […]

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Bar & Bench Fall 2022 Issue Now Available

We are pleased to distribute the Fall 2022 issue of Bar & Bench, our chapter’s quarterly newsletter. This year, we’ve decided to move to a PDF newsletter rather than the email format we’ve used the past couple of years. You can access the Fall 2022 issue HERE. We hope you enjoy it. If you have […]

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West Michigan Chapter of the Federal Bar Association Board of Directors

  • Britt Cobb, PresidentWilley & Chamberlain

  • James Liggins, President-ElectWarner Norcross + Judd

  • Rachel Frank, SecretarySpringstead Bartish Borgula & Lynch

  • Amy Murphy, TreasurerMiller Johnson

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

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

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

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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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