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Kerr Russell Members serve in State Bar of Michigan leadership roles; plus, news about 9/27-29 State Bar NEXT Conference

September 18, 2017

[Pictured: Kevin, Fred’s wife Mindy, Fred, and Joanne at the State Bar Leadership Forum, June 2017, Mackinac Island]The State Bar NEXT Conference (previously known as the State Bar Annual Meeting) will be held at Cobo next week September 27 – 29. More info here.

Congratulations to Kerr Russell Member Fred Herrmann who will be acknowledged for his service. Fred will be introducing keynote speaker Dan Abrams, ABC News Chief Legal Affairs Anchor on Thursday, September 28 at 9:00 am before Abrams’ presentation.

Later that morning, Fred will complete his service as Chair of the Representative Assembly as he passes the baton to Chair Joe McGill of Foley Baron Metzger Juip. This will also mark the end of Fred’s term in the Representative Assembly as he will be term-limited after ten years of service. He will also leave the Board of Commissioners, following three years of service.

That afternoon, Kerr Russell Member Joanne Geha Swanson, the current Chair-Elect of the Appellate Practice Section, will assume leadership as Chair at the Section’s Annual Meeting. She will moderate the Annual Meeting program that is being sponsored by the Appellate Practice Section. The session will run from 1:00-4:00 pm. The panel discussion is entitled “Rethinking Appellate Briefing in the Digital Age” and will introduce, address, and debate the recommendations of the Section's Readability Subcommittee, including best practices standards and proposed rule changes for the preparation of appellate briefs in this era of e-filing. Panelists include Scott G. Bassett, Scott Bassett Esq, Portage; Joseph E. Richotte, Butzel Long PC, Bloomfield Hills; Stuart G. Friedman, Southfield; Lauren D. Donofrio, Michigan Department of Attorney General, Lansing; Hon. Elizabeth L. Gleicher, Michigan Court of Appeals, Detroit; John Hiemstra, Michigan Court of Appeals, Detroit; and Daniel C. Brubaker, Michigan Supreme Court, Lansing. The Section’s business meeting begins at 1 p.m.  The program runs from 2-4 p.m.  There is no charge to attend.

On October 6, the Business Law Section will hold its annual meeting (separate from the SBM Annual Meeting). Kerr Russell Member Kevin Block will be assuming the role of Vice-Chair of the Business Law Section at that time, after completing his service as Treasurer.

At the Health Care Law Section’s annual meeting on September 12, 2017, Kerr Russell Member Patrick Haddad was recognized for completing six years of service as a Council member and for service as Council Secretary, Chair of the Legislative Committee, and as a member of the Substantive Law Committee’s Medical-Legal Subcommittee.

At the same meeting, Member Patricia Schabath was recognized for completing six years of service as a Council member and for service as Pro Bono Committee Chair, Pro Bono Committee Member, and as a member of the Substantive Law Committee’s Medical-Legal Subcommittee.

Learn more about Fred, Joanne, Kevin, Patrick, Patricia and their practices.

[Pictured: Kevin, Fred’s wife Mindy, Fred, and Joanne at the State Bar Leadership Forum, June 2017, Mackinac Island]

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