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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Scalia/Ginsburg Event

The Grand Rapids Opera is coming to the FBA! Scalia/Ginsburg is a nationally touring comic opera inspired by the opinions and unlikely friendship of Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The composer/librettist, Derrick Wang, and Peter Scott Drackley (Antonin Scalia) will join Artistic Director James Meena and our own John Bursch to […]

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Annual Supreme Court Review

The Western Michigan Chapter of the Federal Bar Association invites you to attend its Annual Supreme Court Review on Thursday, February 20, 2020, at noon in the Jury Assembly Room of the Grand Rapids Federal Courthouse. John Bursch of Bursch Law PLLC and Donald Davis of Springstead Bartish Borgula & Lynch PLLC will discuss the […]

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Pro Se Prisoner Early Mediation Program Opportunity

the application The deadline for applications has been extended to April 6th. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the May 15th training date may change. More information will follow. The Western District of Michigan’s (WDMI) Pro se Prisoner Early Mediation Program (PEM) uses early mediation conferences to assist the parties in settling pro se prisoner […]

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West Michigan Chapter of the Federal Bar Association Board of Directors

  • Brian Lennon, PresidentWarner Norcross & Judd LLP

  • 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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