Upcoming events

    • 01/27/2020
    • 5:30 PM
    • 04/13/2020
    • Miller Canfield, 150 W. Jefferson Ave., 25th Floor, Board Room, Detroit

    The IOC season will start with a special kickoff program on January 27, 2020 and will take place at Judge Kirsten Frank Kelly’s home.  The meetings are February 24, March 23, April 27 and May 18. The regular monthly meetings begin with a soft start social period at 5:30 p.m., the program at 6:00 p.m. and will last no more than ninety minutes.  The season ends with a party in June.

    If you have any questions, please contact Inn of Court Co-Chair Jason Conti jconti@foley.com, Bobby Murkowski murkowski@millercanfield.com or Julie Van Hove jvanhove@detroitlawyer.org.

    • Judges – free
    • Master - $75.00
    • Associate/Barrister - $50.00
    • Law Clerks - $25.00
    • 02/25/2020
    • 12/22/2020
    • 11 sessions
    • 645 Griswold 13th Floor, Detroit, MI 48226

    The Detroit Legal Services Clinic provides information and advice from volunteer attorneys in the areas of: Divorce, Child Support, Domestic Relations Issues, Expungements, Self-Representation, General Civil Law. 


    Penobscot Building
    13th Floor, Smart Detroit Conference Rooms
    645 Griswold
    Detroit, MI 48226


    Noon-3 p.m. on the Tuesday dates listed. 

    For more information, please contact Julie Van Hove at jvanhove@detroitlawyer.org or (313) 961-6120, ext. 206.


    • 02/25/2020
    • 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Fishbones

    2020 Mardi Gras in the D Member Mixer 

    February 25, 2019
    5-7:30 p.m. 
    Fishbones, Detroit
    Hors d'oeuvres
    Cash bar and prizes

    Sign up a new member and receive a drink ticket.

    $25 Members
    $35 Nonmembers
    $20 Students
    Judges free 

    Join for the first time and attend at no charge

    Partial funds raised at this event support Barristers Law Day School Partnership Program.

    • 03/09/2020
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

    Ernest Hemingway’s dedication to “full use of the English language” provoked a backlash culminating in the 1938 Detroit ban of To Have and Have Not. The legal battle over the ban of the controversial novel was mired by procedural irregularities, but the litigation catalyzed legal and artistic breakthroughs that ultimately furthered Hemingway’s objective of promoting realism in literature. 

    Monday, March 9, 2020
    5:30 -7:30pm
    Caucus Club
    150 West Congress
    Detroit, Michigan  48266

    5:30pm   Social
    6:15pm   Book Discussion
    7:30pm   Adjourn

    Hors d'oeuvres and Cash Bar

    Judges free
    $35 members
    $45 nonmembers
    $30 students


    • 03/26/2020
    • 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Fort Street Galley, 160 W. Fort Street, Detroit

    11th Annual Michael K. Lee "Celebrating Our Diverse Bar" Mixer 

    March 26, 2020
    5-7:30 p.m.
    Fort Street Galley
    160 W. Fort Street, Detroit

    Join your friends and colleagues from local and affinity bar associations throughout Metro Detroit for an evening celebrating the diversity of our legal community. This special event is a fun, relaxed opportunity for local attorneys to make new connections and strengthen their existing networks.

    This event is sponsored by over 20 bar associations.

    Admission is $20 for attorneys and judges, $10 for students. Advance registration is required for everyone. Hors d'oeuvres included. 

Past events

12/11/2019 Bench-Bar Luncheon: Are You Ready for Civil Practice in Michigan in 2020?
12/04/2019 2019 Jingle Mingle Holiday Celebration
11/14/2019 15th Annual Dennis W. Archer Public Service Award Gala
10/23/2019 26th Annual Mass for Commerce
10/10/2019 2019 Night Out with Bench & Bar
09/26/2019 Bench-Bar Conference: Words of Wisdom for the Bench and the Bar
09/10/2019 (copy) MIP/BM Autolex: Autonomous Vehicle Legal Forum
08/15/2019 Private Tour of "I'm with the Band"
08/06/2019 Receiverships Racing Forward – What’s Around the Next Curve?
07/24/2019 2019 Summer Breeze and Law Clerk Party
06/20/2019 "Raising the Bar" 2019 Annual Meeting
05/15/2019 Legal Scholars Call for Submissions
05/08/2019 Auto IP USA 2019
04/25/2019 Barristers Spring Bash 2019
03/28/2019 Celebrating Our Diverse Bar
03/18/2019 Book Club
03/12/2019 Eviction Summit
03/05/2019 2019 Mardi Gras in the "D" Membership Mixer
02/25/2019 Bench-Bar Conference: New Civil Discovery Rules and Resources
01/22/2019 2019 Inn of Court
01/15/2019 Joint Debtor and Creditor Rights Mixer at the Jolly Pumpkin in Royal Oak
11/29/2018 2018 Jingle Mingle Holiday Celebration
11/27/2018 Detroit Legal Services Clinic
11/08/2018 14th Annual Dennis W. Archer Public Service Award Gala
10/26/2018 2018 Business Court Bench Bar Conference
10/25/2018 Civil Rights Section Event
10/17/2018 25th Annual Mass for Commerce
10/10/2018 Membership Composite Unveiling
10/03/2018 2018 Night Out with Bench & Bar
09/25/2018 106th Annual Red Mass
09/25/2018 MIP/BM Autolex: Autonomous Vehicle Legal Forum
07/18/2018 2018 Summer Breeze and Law Clerk Party
06/20/2018 "Raising the Bar" 2018 Annual Meeting
06/08/2018 3rd Circuit Court/Detroit Bar Association Bench-Bar Luncheon
06/04/2018 Barristers Board Meeting
05/28/2018 Admission Ceremony - May 2018
05/16/2018 Debtor-Creditor Rights Section Inaugural Happy Hour Event: Alternatives for Distressed Companies
05/15/2018 Legal Scholar Submissions Due
05/07/2018 Barristers Bar Review
05/02/2018 Law Day
04/25/2018 Fish & Game Section Caucus Club Meeting
04/19/2018 Barristers Spring Bash 2018
04/12/2018 Detroit Bar Board of Directors Meeting
04/12/2018 Detroit Bar Foundation Board of Trustees Meeting
04/05/2018 Hunting & Fishing Section Meeting
03/22/2018 Celebrating Our Diverse Bar
03/21/2018 Spring Law School Membership Mixer
03/19/2018 Inn of Court Meeting
03/15/2018 Third Circuit Lunch
02/13/2018 2018 Mardi Gras in the "D" Membership Mixer
01/24/2018 3rd Circuit Court/Detroit Bar Association Bench-Bar Luncheon
11/30/2017 2017 Jingle Mingle Holiday Celebration
11/16/2017 13th Annual Dennis W. Archer Public Service Award Gala
11/09/2017 Business/Commercial Litigation Section Formational Meeting
11/02/2017 Debtor and Creditor Rights Section Organizational Meeting
10/27/2017 3rd Circuit Court/Detroit Bar Bench/Bar Discussion Focusing on No-Fault/Auto Neg
10/25/2017 The Fighting Irish of Detroit Book Signing & Networking Event
10/20/2017 Business Court Bench Bar Conference
10/05/2017 Night Out with Bench & Bar
10/04/2017 Estate Planning Section Informational Meeting
07/21/2017 3rd Circuit Court Luncheon and Post-Covenant Bench/Bar Conference
07/19/2017 2017 Summer Breeze and Law Clerk Party
06/21/2017 "Raising the Bar" Annual Meeting
06/15/2017 No Fault Section Meeting
05/24/2017 May 2017 Admission Ceremony