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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Bar & Bench Spring 2022 Issue Now Available

We are pleased to distribute the Spring 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 Spring 2022 issue here. The Spring 2022 issue contains a number of […]

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Young Lawyers Section Summer Mixer on July 6

Please join the Young Lawyers Division of the Federal Bar Association for an in-person summer mixer! Come to mingle with fellow attorneys and learn more about the federal bar. The date for this event is Wednesday, July 6, 5:00-7:00pm at the lawn at Paddock Place. We look forward to seeing familiar faces again and meeting […]

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Press Release: Appointment of Jane M. Beckering as U.S. District Court Judge

The United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan is pleased to announce the appointment of the Honorable Jane M. Beckering as United States District Judge for the Western District of Michigan. Judge Beckering will occupy the seat formerly held by Janet T. Neff, who now serves as a Senior District Judge. President […]

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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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