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 on June 20, 2024, from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm at the Grand Rapids federal courthouse. The event will feature tips, insights, and demonstrations of four trial components; opening, direct exam, cross exam and closing, by ACTL and FBA attorneys and Western District of Michigan judges. There is no preparation required for registrants who are invited to come for the day to learn from the judges and the trial pros.

The registration fee is $50 and can be paid using the form below. A box lunch and light refreshments throughout the day are included in the registration fee. If you are in need of a scholarship to cover the registration fee, please email Melissa Rabidoux at melissa_rabidoux@fd.org.

Note that immediately following the event, the Young Lawyers Division of the FBA will be hosting its summer mixer. Details to follow.

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Please mark your calendars for the 2024 Bench-Bar Conference. We are excited to report the 2024 Bench-Bar Conference will be held at Crystal Mountain Resort from Wednesday, September 18th – Friday, September 20th, 2024! A formal invitation will be sent out soon with registration details.

This year’s Bankruptcy Summer Seminar will occur at Boyne Highlands July 26, 2024 through July 28, 2024. Registration and hotel information will be available in April 2024. If you have any questions, please contact Liz Von Eitzen at evoneitzen@wnj.com or 269.276.8118.

We are pleased to distribute the Fall 2023 issue of Bar & Bench, our chapter’s quarterly newsletter. You can access the Fall 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).

2023 JUDICIAL CONFERENCE OF THE SIXTH CIRCUIT
September 6 – 8, 2023
Cleveland, Ohio
Hilton Cleveland Downtown Hotel
Hotel reservation and other conference-related information is available on the registration site.

You may register for the Conference here: https://6thcircuit.swoogo.com/2023

Please register for the Conference as soon as possible, but not later than August 18.
Also note the cutoff date to secure overnight accommodations at the Hilton is July 28.

Question may be directed to the Office of the Circuit Executive
via telephone 513-564-7270 or via email at CA06-Conf@ca6.uscourts.gov

In June 2023, the District Court for the Western District of Michigan proposed amendments to the Local Civil Rules and the Local Criminal Rules that affect attempts to obtain motion concurrence.  The proposed amendments to Local Criminal Rule 12.4 and Local Civil Rule 7.1(d) add requirements to the efforts to obtain concurrence and add requirements to the certificate to be filed if concurrence is not obtained. For those who practice regularly in the Court, please consider taking a look and providing any input by July 31, 2023. The proposed amendments are here and the process for comment can be found here.

 

We are pleased to distribute the Summer 2023 issue of Bar & Bench, our chapter’s quarterly newsletter. You can access the Summer 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).

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, Judge Paul Maloney, Magistrate Judge Phil Green, and Magistrate Judge Sally Berens, along with ACTL and FBA trial lawyers who will provide tips, insights and demonstrations of four trial components; opening, direct exam, cross exam and closing. There is no preparation required for registrants who are invited to come for the day to learn from the judges and the trial pros.

6/19/23 UPDATE – This program is now full and registration is closed.  Thanks for your interest!

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).

The Western District of Michigan’s (WDMI) Pro se Prisoner Civil Rights Early Mediation Program (PEM) provides early mediation conferences to assist the parties in settling pro se prisoner civil rights cases, brought under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, without the need for further court action. The WDMI is currently using its Voluntary Facilitative Mediation (VFM) panel mediators, as well as additional mediators selected and trained to handle mediations in prisoner civil rights cases. The program has been very successful, resolving more than 50% of the cases that have gone to mediation. The Court is in need of additional trained mediators to maximize the benefits of the PEM. Accordingly, the Court has asked the FBA’s assistance in identifying and training additional PEM mediators. These additional mediators would be used solely for the Prisoner Early Mediation Program.

PEM mediations are conducted in half-day sessions by zoom on Wednesdays and Fridays. Mediators are free to conduct the mediation from the location of their choice. Through the use of “virtual rooms,” the mediator meets jointly with all parties and/or separately and confidentially with each party and counsel to discuss the issues, with the goal of achieving settlement. As in other mediations, the documents exchanged between the parties and their discussions and negotiations during the mediation conference are strictly confidential. The parties to the litigation are required to make a good faith effort to settle the case based on a fair and reasonable view of the facts and the law.

Our FBA Chapter has a long history of stepping up when the Court needs assistance. Please consider whether, as part of your pro bono commitment, you would be willing to serve the Court and litigants through this important program. If so, please complete the application and return it by April 21, 2023.