Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar Association

Upcoming events

    • 17 Aug 2017
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Historic Courthouse, Courtroom 3

    You're Invited to

    Judge Rodgers

    Portrait Unveiling

    Thursday, August 17, 2017

    4-5 p.m.

    Historic Courthouse

    Courtroom 3

    Traverse City

    Hors D'oeuvres will be provided

    Join us at Brady's at 401 Union St,

    immediately following

    • 23 Aug 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Webinar

    Child Custody Evaluations & ADR Teleseminar

    Date: Wednesday, August 23, 2017

    Time: Noon–1:30 p.m.

    Register: online or by mail form   August 2017 ADR webinar Reg Form.pdf

    Registration deadline: Friday, August 18

    Cost: $10.00 for State Bar of Michigan Family Law or ADR Section members; $40.00 for non-State Bar of Michigan Family Law or ADR Section members.

    Dial-in instructions can be found on your registration confirmation

    The ADR Section invites members of the Family Law Section to attend this teleseminar at the ADR Section rate.

    Child custody disputes frequently end up before a judge. Courts are increasingly referring these disputes to child custody evaluators. This 90-minute interactive seminar will prepare you to incorporate these evaluations into your custody mediation, either as a mediator or a litigator.

    Learn what makes a good comprehensive child custody evaluation, when is a CCE appropriate and how it can be incorporated into the ADR process, and common issues in custody disputes including:

    • Domestic Violence
    • Move Aways
    • Child Abuse
    • Child Sexual Abuse
    • Parental Alienation

    Panel: Ben Burgess, MA, LLP, Fountain Hill Center, Grand Rapids, and Connie Thacker, JD, Thacker Sleight PC, Grand Rapids

    Moderator: Robert E. L. Wright, The Peace Talks PLC, Grand Rapids

    About the Panel

    Ben Burgess is a psychologist with a practice focusing primarily on high-conflict divorce and parental separation, as well as high-conflict child custody and parenting time evaluations. Mr. Burgess received a master's degree in counseling psychology from Western Michigan University in 2006. Since 2006, he has worked in various private practices and is currently at the Fountain Hill Center in Grand Rapids. In addition to private practice, Mr. Burgess worked as office psychologist for the Ottawa County Friend of the Court, where he routinely examined complex cases involving child alienation, intimate partner violence, and other complex custody and parenting time issues. Mr. Burgess' practice has expanded to include parent-child reunification and parent coordination.

    Connie Thacker is a shareholder with Thacker Sleight PC. She concentrates her practice in family law, including complex divorce litigation with issues involving business and professional valuations, child custody, and parenting time. Connie is a fellow in the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML). She has been trained in various forms of alternative dispute resolution, is a trained mediator, and has earned certification from the AAML Matrimonial Arbitration Training Institute and the Collaborative Practice Institute of Michigan. Best Lawyers named Connie Grand Rapids' Family Lawyer of the Year for 2017, 2015, and 2011. In 2017, Leading Lawyers recognized her for her work in family law and ranked her in Michigan's Top 100 Women Lawyers for 2017.
    • 27 Aug 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    WLA will be participating in the annual Vineyard to Bay 5K. More details about the event can be found:

    To participate with the WLA, please contact WLA chair Mardi Black at 231-271-3402.

    • 05 Sep 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • City Opera House

    TC New Tech's will highlight the new tech products or ventures in legal services. Learn more about the organization at

    • 22 Sep 2017
    • 11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
    • The Crown Golf Club

    2017 GTLA Bar Association GOLF OUTING !!

    Friday, September 22, 2017 at The Crown

    11:30 a.m. Registration / Box Lunch

    12:00 p.m. Shotgun Start

    5:00 p.m. BBQ Cook-Out Dinner and Cocktails on the Deck

    $65.00 for golf, dinner, and prizes

    $20.00 for dinner, only

    To register please email the registration form to Jeffrey Noorman at



    • 04 Oct 2017
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Chamber of Commerce

    WLA will be presenting a seminar on technology in the modern law practice. Speakers and more details will be provided as we get closer to the event date. But please SAVE THE DATE!

    • 14 Oct 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Hotel Indigo

    The Family Law council for the State Bar of Michigan will be holding a council meeting in TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN on October 14, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. at Hotel Indigo.

    Please mark your calendar as the council is hoping to see a large contingency of section members from northern Michigan in attendance.

    This is a great opportunity to see first hand the work of the council and to be the first to hear of relevant developments in family law in our state.  Please pass it on to the family law attorneys you know who practice in northern Michigan.

     Please notify Shelley Kester at <> if you are planning to attend. 

    • 02 Nov 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • TBD

    Please join the GTLA for the annual Fall Dinner and member meeting. Enjoy a free drink, dinner and the company of your fellow members, judges and referees. Location and more details will be provided as we get closer but please SAVE THE DATE!

    • 18 Nov 2017
    • 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Conflict Resolution Services, 521 S. Union St
    Legal Services of Northern Michigan hosts a “Clean Record Clinic,” a free expungement clinic to clear old criminal convictions. The clinic will be Saturday November 18, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at Conflict Resolution Services, 521 S. Union Street, Traverse City. It is a partnership between LSNM, Conflict Resolution Services, the Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar Association and Women Lawyers Association.

    The clinic is designed to remove barriers to employment and housing for people with old felony and misdemeanor convictions. Individuals will meet one-on-one with volunteer attorneys to complete forms. Michigan law allows individuals to set aside some, but not all, types of convictions when more than five years have passed since the sentence has been served and probation completed. Some fees are required to complete the process, but legal assistance at the clinic is free.

    Legal Services of Northern Michigan is a nonprofit, public interest law firm committed to promoting equal access to justice by providing free civil legal services to people living at or below the federal poverty line or who are 60 years or older. LSNM serves Michigan’s 36 northernmost counties. It provides a full range of legal services in most areas of civil law, including renter’s rights, consumer rights, and family law.

    Conflict Resolution Services is a local nonprofit that provides free and low-cost mediation services using volunteer mediators to resolve all types of conflicts. Its mission is to facilitate the resolution of disputes in the community. CRS gives people in the region a voice in resolving disputes and the tools they need to pursue resolutions, whether the outcome is in their favor or not. CRS also provides facilitation services and mediation trainings. It serves Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Missaukee, and Wexford Counties.

    For more information or to volunteer please contact:

    Heather Abraham

    Attorney, Legal Services of Northern Michigan

    Equal Justice Works Fellow (“Text-to-Give” Fellow)

    (231) 941-0771 x 205

    • 20 Dec 2017
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • TBD

    Please join your colleagues, Referees and Judges for an informal Happy Hour get together on Wednesday December 20, 2017 starting at 5:00pm until 8:00 p.m. and enjoy appetizers courtesy of GTLA Bar Association.

    • 03 May 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • TBD

    Please join the GTLA for the annual Spring Dinner and member meeting. Enjoy a free drink, dinner and the company of your fellow members, judges and referees. Location and more details will be provided as we get closer but please SAVE THE DATE!

    • 15 Jun 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • TBD

    Please join the NLA for a membership kick off event.  Location and details will be posted as we get closer to the event. But please SAVE THE DATE!

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