Public Corporation Law Section renamed Government Law Section
The Public Corporation Law Section (PCLS) has been renamed the Government Law Section (GLS). The GLS is made up of attorneys that represent local governmental entities including public authorities, cities, counties, townships, and villages. The name change was initiated by the section’s council following examination and input from a section committee formed to develop efforts to expand membership in the section.
Immediate Past Chair Mark Nettleton assisted in the section’s effort. Of the effort, Nettleton said: “PCLS, now GLS, is comprised of dedicated professionals that assist each other and the municipalities and public entities that they represent. We believe that changing the section name to the ‘Government Law Section’ more accurately reflects who we are and whom we represent and will hopefully increase the section’s visibility to reach within the State Bar and assist government law practitioners.” The primary purpose of the name change is to make the function and mission of the section more clear to potential new members and the public. The change was approved by the section at its annual meeting in June and by the State Bar Board of Commissioners at its meeting in July.
The GLS hosts two seminars during the year with speakers on current issues facing local governing bodies. These are the Winter Seminar in February, which is typically held in the Detroit area, and the Summer Seminar, a joint conference with the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys, and is typically held at a venue in Northern Michigan. Next year, the Summer Seminar will be held at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thomsonville in June 2018.
The Government Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan provides education, information and analysis about issues of concern through meetings, seminars, this site, public service programs, and publication of Briefly and the Public Corporation Law Quarterly. Membership in the Section is open to all members of the State Bar of Michigan and to law students.