Section Events


  • Family Law Section: Annual Meeting & Election

    Sep 27, 9:00 AM - 11:45 AM (ET)
    This event is held in conjunction with the NEXT Conference. 9:00–10:00 a.m. Annual Business Meeting 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. View the flyer for The Impact of Immigration Law and Practices in State Courts --What Every Family Law Practitioner Should Know About Immigration Law. 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: 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. Publication of at least one article for the Family Law Journal during a member's three-year term. 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 . #AnnualMeeting #Conference or Seminar #NEXTConference
    Grand Rapids, MI, United States

  • Family Law Section: Winter Conference

    Feb 2 - 10, (ET)
    Registration Deadline : July 23, 2018 Registration Form Hotel Punta Islita Hotel Punta Islita is like nothing else in Costa Rica! This eco-friendly beachfront property is the only hotel in the country to include an exciting menu of complimentary eco-adventures and cultural experiences to make your stay more engaging and fun. The resort also has an executive 9-hole golf course featuring hybrid turf and planet-friendly irrigation, a lovely spa, and two pools—both with swim-up bars. This is a stunning location on a lush hillside overlooking Costa Rica's Pacific coastline, with a curving black sand beach a few hundred feet below. Hotel Punta Islita is the winner of many travel related awards including Fodor's Choice and 2018 Trip Advisor Travelers Choice. ADDITIONAL FEATURES •Run-of-the-house accommodations for 8 nights •Daily breakfast •Complimentary collection of experiences on the resort property ◦Zip-lining ◦Horseback riding ◦Guided bird watching and nature hikes ◦Guided monkey safaris ◦Yoga◦Art classes ◦Cooking classes ◦Driving range and golf lessons ◦Pick-up soccer games •Complimentary wi-fi •Exercise room •Tennis SEMINAR The advanced level seminar is taught by some of Michigan's finest family law attorneys. The seminar fee of $250 includes one excursion. A companion excursion is $150. Seminar fee is waived for speakers. TRIP COST •$5,872 double occupancy: 8 nights lodging, round-trip airfare, and transfers •$4,830 single occupancy: 8 nights lodging, round-trip airfare, and transfers Package will be reserved for you upon receipt of a $2,500 non-refundable deposit on or before July 23, 2018 . Balance is due by October 15, 2018 . Since this is a package price, room and air will not be sold separately. TRAVEL INSURANCE is strongly recommended to cover trip cancellation and interruption. Travel insurance may be obtained through Travel Guard or Allianz . QUESTIONS? Contact Kristen Robinson · (248) 614-9005 · kristen@mellinrobinson.com This trip often sells out. Reservations will be accepted on first-come, first-served basis if reservations exceed accommodation limits.
    Guanacaste, Costa Rica