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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Register for the Anatomy of Trial Program on June 21, 2023

The Western District of Michigan Chapter of the FBA is pleased to partner with the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) to present a trial skills program, which will take place in the Grand Rapids Federal Courthouse on June 21, 2023, from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm. The event will feature Chief Judge Hala Jarbou, […]

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Bar & Bench Spring 2023 Issue Now Available

We are pleased to distribute the Spring 2023 issue of Bar & Bench, our chapter’s quarterly newsletter. You can access the Spring 2023 issue HERE. We hope you enjoy it. If you have any questions or feedback, or are interested in submitting an article, please contact our newsletter editor, Charlie Quigg (cquigg@wnj.com).

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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, Secretary

  • 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

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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