Family Law Section: Annual Meeting & Program

When:  Sep 27, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 11:45 AM (ET)

This event is held in conjunction with the NEXT Conference.

9:00–10:00 a.m. Annual Business Meeting & Elections
10:00–11:45 a.m. Program

Register as part of the SBM NEXT Conference by selecting this section event. There is no charge to attend any section meetings, but registration is requested.

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Family Law Council elections will be held on Thursday, September 27, 2018 at the Section's Annual Meeting held during the SBM NEXT Conference in Grand Rapids. There are twenty-one members of the Family Law Council who serve three-year terms. Seven Council seats expire and are subject to election each year. Other positions may become available under other circumstances.

If interested, kindly e-mail our Treasurer, Elizabeth Bransdorfer.  All Family Law Section members are eligible for election to one of the twenty-one seats on the Family Law Council. The application is linked here.

Why become a member of the Family Law Section Council?

If you care about family law and molding the shape of the practice, Council membership will provide that opportunity. You will stay up to date on the latest legislation, proposed legislation, and court rules. The Council regularly files amicus briefs with the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals and has lively discussions on the issues before the court. You can bring fresh ideas to the Section and the practice of family law. You will meet smart and engaged colleagues from around the state. The privilege of membership requires a significant investment of time and energy, and includes at minimum the following commitments:

  1. Attendance and active participation at the monthly Council meetings. There are nine meetings usually held on the 1st Saturday of the month (schedule varies during winter months) at various locations throughout Michigan and at the Family Law Section's annual meeting, usually held in conjunction with the State Bar Annual Meeting in September of each year.

  2. Publication of at least one article for the Family Law Journal during a member's three-year term.

  3. Active participation in one or more committees established by the Council and regular participation in committee meetings in person or by telephone as necessary.

There are no regularly scheduled meetings during the summer months although issues may be raised occasionally through the listserv. Under current bylaws, Council members are permitted only two absences per year from the monthly meetings; the third absence will result in automatic removal from the Council. The Council looks forward to applications from members who have the time and energy to make these commitments. Prospective applications will also  wish to review the Family Law Section bylaws.

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