The Paralegal/Legal Assistant 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 a newsletter. Membership in the Section is open to qualified legal assistants and to all members of the State Bar of Michigan.

NEW - Deadline EXTENDED - Apply by July 15, 2018

APPLY NOW  for the 2018 Paralegal/Legal Assistant scholarship! All entries must be submitted by June 1, 2018. Please return your Scholarship Application and Checklist along with all required attachments to:

Paralegal/Legal Assistant Section of the State Bar of Michigan
c/o Jean Mitchell-Walster, Chair—Scholarship Committee
P.O. Box 3359
Farmington Hills, MI 48333

2017-2018 Term Council Meeting Schedule

  • July 14, 2018—Conference Call, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • September 27, 2018—Grand Rapids area, location and time TBD

*Please note dates & locations of Council Meetings are subject to change.  All current Paralegal/Legal Assistant Section members may attend a Council Meeting at any time. If you would like to attend, please check the schedule and notify the Council prior to the meeting you are planning on attending at sbmparalegal@gmail.com


​The Lawyer-Paralegal Team: Effective Workflow to Maximize Efficiency Seminar sponsored by ICLE and co-sponsored by the Paralegal/ Legal Assistant Section hosted at St. John's Conference Center on May 3, 2018 was a successful event with a total of 67 attendees either in person or through the webcast.  Section Council Members Teresa Duddles (Chair), Renee Jent (Secretary), Linda Jevahirian and Denise Gau (Council Members) were in attendance. 

It was a very interesting seminar, with the Attorney/Paralegal teams explaining how they worked together in different aspects of the legal world (Litigation, Bankruptcy and Collections, Probate and Estate, Real Estate) with specific examples in each as to case flow, organization of documents, ways to search in documents, calendaring, etc.  It was great to see the attorneys clearly pointing out how hard their paralegals work and how valuable and important they are to the firm.  Thank you ICLE for the successful partnership.


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