State Bar section presents scholarships, seminar

The State Bar of Michigan Paralegal/Legal Assistant Section will present scholarships to three students and offer a seminar to help paralegals and legal assistants update their trial skills from on Friday, Sept. 21 at the SBM Annual Meeting in DeVos Place in Grand Rapids.

In a ceremony during its 9 a.m. business meeting, the section will present scholarships totaling $2,250.

This will be followed by the swearing of the following officers: Piper Smith, chair-elect; Cheryl Nodarse, ex-officio, Renee Jent, secretary; Marianne Delaney, treasurer; and council members Denise Gau, Teri Rhadigan, Doreen Defauw and Kelly Preuss.

Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge Attorney Kristen E. Ray will teach a seminar at 10 a.m. on how paralegals should update their jury trial tools under revised rules, MCR 2.512 and 2.513.

She will cover how to deal with preliminary instructions, trial notebooks, deposition summaries, scheduling of expert testimony, juror questions to witnesses, juror discussion of evidence, jury view, summaries of evidence, final instructions and deliberation.

The SBM Paralegal/Legal Assistant Section provides education to its members through publications, seminars, and professional networking.