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Practice Sections keep GRBA members abreast of developments in substantive areas of the law. Section membership is open to all general members of the GRBA. Each Section elects its own officers; has its own bylaws, which define its purpose and structure; and funds its own activities through the collection of individual Section dues. All Sections maintain a degree of autonomy, but their activities must be conducted in accordance of Article V of the Association's bylaws and with the approval of the Board of Trustees. 

Section Policies 

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If you would like to join a Section, please contact Debbie Kurtz at 616-454-5550 or debbie@grbar.org.


ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION (ADR)
Christine Gilman, Chair

Dispute Resolution Center
678 Front Ave. NW Ste. 250
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Phone: 616-774-0121

Email: cgilman@drcwm.org


What do they do?

Benefit GRBA members and the general public by facilitating communication and cooperation among practitioners, the courts, and the public on alternative dispute resolution methods. Develop, sponsor, and carry out continuing legal education programs; collaborate with other organizations and individuals involved with ADR; promote social interaction among GRBA members; and work to improve the quality of ADR services and practices available to the community. Click here to view the Section's September 2010 Executive Committee Meeting Minutes.


BUSINESS AND TAX
Maxwell N. Barnes, Chair
Miller Johnson
250 Monroe Ave NW, Suite 800
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Phone: 616-831-1725

Email: barnesm@millerjohnson.com


What do they do?

Review those laws and regulations dealing with the governance, operation and taxation of businesses. The Section shall endeavor to accomplish these purposes by examining proposed legislation and regulations concerning business and taxation law, promoting the education of members of the local Bar and the general public in those areas pertaining to business and taxation law, and by sponsoring meetings and seminars devoted to those issues.


CORPORATE COUNSEL
Sangeeta Ghosh, Chair

County of Kent
300 Monroe Ave NW Fl 3
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-2291

Phone: 616-632-7574

Email: sangeeta.ghosh@kentcountymi.gov


What do they do?

Provide a forum and mechanism to exchange information, including laws and regulations, helpful to lawyers acting as in-house attorneys. The Section shall endeavor to accomplish these purposes by examining proposed legislation and regulations concerning business, corporate employment, contracts, environmental, and other areas of the law; they promote the education of members of the local Bar and the general public in those areas pertaining to the same; they sponsor meetings and seminars devoted to those issues.


CRIMINAL LAW
Richard E. Zambon, Chair
Richard E. Zambon, PLLC
161 Ottawa Ave. NW Ste 202
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Phone: 616-456-7831
Email: 
rick@zambonlaw.com


What do they do?

The Criminal Law Section exists to educate our members about changes in the criminal law, as well as to give practice pointers to those who are new to the practice of criminal law. The Criminal Law Section was created in July 2007 and its first meeting was in September 2007, when a 2007 Criminal Law Review was given by Timothy McMorrow of the Kent County Prosecutor's Office. As of July 2008, the Criminal Law Section has also had speakers from the Kent County Correctional Facility, Prison Legal Services, and U.S. Immigration. All seminars are held in the Cassard Room in the centrally-located Waters Building, one block from the downtown courthouse. If you have suggestions for future topics for this section, please e-mail the Section chair at the e-mail address listed above
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ENVIRONMENTAL LAW 
James P. Enright, Chair

Enright Law Firm, PLLC

2522 Woodmeadow Dr. SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Phone:616-957-2984
Email: enrightj@me.com


What do they do?

Review laws and regulations dealing with the conservation, protection and development of the natural resources of this State and its environment and to promote the fair and just administration of those laws and regulations which implement the mandate of Article IV, Section 52, of the 1963 Constitution of Michigan. The Section accomplishes these purposes by examining proposed legislation and regulations concerning natural resources and environmental law; by promoting the education of members of the local Bar and the general public in those areas pertaining to natural resources and environmental law; and by sponsoring meetings and seminars including the publication of legal writing devoted to these issues.

Kyle Quinn, Chair 
Rizzo Bryan PC
220 Lyon St NW Ste 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Phone: 616-451-8111
Email: kquinn@rizzobryan.com


What do they do?

Study the laws, court rules and procedures pertaining to the family. Further, the Section involves local practitioners in efforts to encourage efficient, predictable and civil practice of family law in local courts. 

 

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW
Matthew Stark, Chair

Price Heneveld, LLP

695 Kenmoor SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49501

Phone: 616-949-9610

Email: mstark@pricehenveld.com


What do they do? 

Provide insight into the often mystifying world of patent law as well as bringing together well-versed patent practitioners with other attorneys having a general interest in IP Law. The Section will provide forums for discussion on current legal topics as well as provide seminars that seek to educate Bar members on the basics of IP practice. The Section will also look to sponsor social events for networking with other members of the Bar. Meetings will be scheduled on a quarterly basis.

LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT LAW
Nikole Canute, Chair
Mika, Meyers, Beckett & Jones

900 Monroe Ave. NW

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Phone: 616-632-8000

Email: ncanute@mmbjlaw.com


What do they do?

Provide both educational and collegial opportunities. The Section accomplishes these purposes by conducting educational programs on Labor/Employment law, especially new legislation and regulations; by promoting the education of members of the local Bar and the general public in those areas pertaining to Labor/Employment law; and by sponsoring meetings and seminars and the publication of legal writing devoted to those issues. Meetings occur quarterly.


LEGAL ASSISTANT 
Karen Kinyon, Chair
Steelcase, Inc.
901 44th Street SE GH-4C
Grand Rapids, MI 49508
Phone: 616-698-4018
Fax: 616-698-4661
Email: kkinyon@steelcase.com


What do they do?

Encourage a high order of ethical and professional attainment, including but not limited to continuing the educational needs of Legal Assistants; promotion of the profession; the exchange of ideas among members; and support of pro bono work within the legal community. To connect with the Legal Assistant Section, please visit our Facebook page. By liking the Facebook page, you will get updates on upcoming events and meetings.


LITIGATION
Sara G. Lachman, Chair
Miller Johnson
250 Monroe Ave NW Ste 800
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Phone: 616-831-1789
Email: lachmans@millerjohnson.com


What do they do?

Take actions to benefit the Section's members and the general public, including but not limited to the following: develop, sponsor and carry out continuing legal education programs; review and analyze legislative developments in areas of substantive law; publish articles on litigation; promote social interaction among GRBA members; and advance the level of local court practice.


PARENTS & CHILDREN
Mark T. VanSlooten, Chair
P.O. Box 151487
Grand Rapids, MI 49515
Phone: 616-742-8970
Fax: 616-742-8971
Email: mtv61@sbcglobal.net


What do they do? 

The purpose of this section is to enhance, educate, and improve the practice and administration of law pertaining to juvenile neglect, abuse and delinquency.


PROBATE AND ESTATE PLANNING
Kathleen Aguilar, Chair

Miller Johnson

250 Monroe Ave. NW Ste. 800

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Phone: 616-831-1700

Email: aguilark@millerjohnson.com


What do they do?

Provide a cooperative and collegial forum for members of the Grand Rapids Bar Association interested in or engaged in the practice of Trusts and Estates law, in all of its forms. Communicate with one another on matters affecting the practice of Trusts and Estates law including, but not limited to: the effect of existing and pending legislation and case law; changes in procedures involving the administration of governmental programs (such as Medicaid); and changes in Internal Revenue Service and Kent County Probate Court procedures. The Section promotes the continuing legal education of its members and the general public by sponsoring meetings, seminars, and legal writings pertaining to the practice of Trusts and Estates law. The Section will at times collaborate with other organizations, including the Western Michigan Estate Planning Council, and other GRBA Sections, to promote such continuing legal education. The Section promotes social interaction among Section members and works to improve the overall quality of practice of Trusts and Estate law among Section members.

Grand Rapids Bar Association
161 Ottawa Ave. NW Ste. 203-B
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Tel: (616) 454-5550
Fax: (616) 454-7707 



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