At a Glance

 SBM section schedules  summer conference

The State Bar of Michigan Real Property Law Section (RPLS) will host its 2014 summer conference, “Rebuilding the Dream: Michigan Real Estate Revitalized,” from Wednesday to Saturday, July 16-19, at Grand Traverse Resort & Spa near Traverse City.  

The registration fee is $325 for RPLS members who are also first-time attendees, $385 for other RPLS members, and $430 for non-section members. 

Members of the Young Lawyers Section can register for $100. 

More information and registration forms can be found on the SBM website at  For additional information, contact Karen Schwartz at 

FBA sponsors annual summer get-together

The Eastern District of Michigan Chapter of the Federal Bar Association (FBA) invites 2014 summer associates and law clerks to the 12th Annual FBA Summer Associate Program on Tuesday, July 22 at Fountain Bistro, Campus Martius Park, 800 Woodward in Detroit.

The event is scheduled from 5-8 p.m.

Light appetizers will be served and a cash bar will be available. 

Cost is $25 per person; there is no cost for members of the judiciary.  

To register, visit and click on “events.”

Court halts denial of licenses for immigrants

PHOENIX (AP) — An appeals court blocked Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s policy of denying driver’s licenses to young immigrants who have gotten work permits and avoided deportation under an Obama administration policy.
The ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco marks a victory for immigrant rights advocates who argued the young immigrants were harmed by unequal treatment by the state.

The appeals court agreed on that issue and said the advocates also showed a likelihood that the immigrants would be harmed by the state’s denial.

The Obama administration took steps in June 2012 to shield thousands of young immigrants from deportation.

The state revised its driver’s license policy by halting licenses to all people who receive deportation deferrals from the federal government, not just young immigrants given protection under Obama’s policy.


Madoff trustee cannot sue major banks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court will not let the trustee working to recover money for Bernard Madoff’s investors sue major financial institutions for their role in Madoff’s massive fraud.

The court refused Monday to hear an appeal from trustee Irving Picard, who wants to pursue tens of billions of dollars from UBS AG, HSBC Bank PLC and other institutions.

Picard, as trustee for the Securities Investor Protection Corporation, has brought claims in bankruptcy court alleging that the institutions were complicit in Madoff’s vast pyramid scheme because they provided him with financial services while ignoring obvious signs he was a con artist. 

A federal appeals court ruled that Picard doesn’t have legal standing to make claims against the financial institutions that Madoff’s burned customers could make themselves.