FBA presents annual seminar for new lawyers


– Photo by John Meiu

Helping to prepare for the Federal Bar Association’s upcoming New Lawyers Seminar are (left to right) Bryan Schneider, Lauren Mandel, Mark Aiello, Ellen Hoeppner, Linda Hylenski, Robert Agacinski, U.S. District Court Chief Judge Gerald Rosen, Tom Cranmer, Theresa Serra, U.S. District Court Judge Patrick Duggan, Sarah Resnick Cohen, U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Stephen Whalen, Brandy Robinson, Brad Defoe, Rob Berg, and Stan Bershad.

U.S. District Court Chief Judge Gerald Rosen, Eastern District of Michigan, has announced that the annual New Lawyers Seminar will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 6-7, at the Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse and Federal Building in Detroit.

The program is billed as a “nuts and bolts” how-to-do-it approach to practice in federal and state courts, designed to assist recent law graduates in understanding the fundamental procedures followed in those courts.

The event will be held in the first floor conference room, Room 115.  The address of the building is 231 W. Lafayette.

The seminar is co-sponsored by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Federal Bar Association, and State Bar of Michigan Young Lawyers Section.

Rosen emphasized that the seminar is not a prerequisite for an individual to be admitted to practice in the courts, but rather a voluntary educational program that law school graduates are encouraged to attend.

The seminar begins at 8:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6, with registration and presentations on federal courts. The program continues on Wednesday, Dec. 7, with state court practice and a luncheon. The faculty of the seminar is made up of practicing attorneys, court personnel and judges who are well-qualified to present the subjects.

Co-chairs for the seminar are attorneys Christine Dowhan-Bailey, Brian Figot, Grant Gilezan, Geneva Halliday, Theresa Serra and Cathrine Wenger.

The seminar costs $95.  Admission includes both days of the seminar, the luncheon on Dec. 7, and course materials on a CD-ROM containing form pleadings and memoranda expanding on the topics covered by the speakers.

A special price of $170 includes the seminar plus membership in the Federal Bar Association (limited to attendees who have been admitted less than five years — an $80 value).

Reservation checks should be made payable to the FBA Eastern District of Michigan Chapter, and mailed to: New Lawyers Seminar, c/o FBA Executive Director, PO  Box 20759, Ferndale, MI 48220.  Anyone with questions may call Brian D. Figot at (248) 547-3030 or e-mail: fbamich@fbamich.org.  On-line registration also is available at www.fbamich.org, under “Events and Activities.”

There will also be a ceremony admitting attorneys to practice in federal court coordinated with the program on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 4:15 p.m. in the U.S. Courthouse for all those who have been admitted to the state bar and meet requirements for admission to the bar of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. 

This is a separate ceremony with a separate admission fee of $200 payable to the Clerk, U.S. District District Court.

More information is available at www.mied.uscourts.gov.

Although the focus of the program is on recent graduates, those experienced attorneys wishing to attend the seminar are welcome.  Attendance satisfies the federal practice seminar requirement for admission to the District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

Space is limited to 125 participants and is expected to be sold out. It is suggested that reservations be mailed in early to assure a place. The Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan Chapter’s telephone  number is (248) 547-3030.