2017 NEXT Conference

2017 NEXT Conference in the D!

Connect, learn, and share at the only statewide event focusing on the
future of law practice!

September 27-29, 2017

Cobo Center | 1 Washington Blvd | Detroit, MI 48226

Opening Keynote—Dan Abrams

Thursday, September 28, 9:00-9:50 a.m.

Dan Abrams Keynote Speaker

Don't miss this year's opening keynote featuring chief legal affairs anchor for ABC News, Dan Abrams!

Dan is best known for hosting the programs Verdict with Dan Abrams and The Abrams Report as well as his coverage of the Bush v. Gore Supreme Court battles (where he was one of the first reporters to correctly interpret the opinion). He was also the chief legal analyst for MSNBC before leaving to be an analyst for ABC News.

Sponsored by: MyCase Keynote Sponsor

What is the NEXT Conference? Formerly the Annual Meeting/Solo and Small Firm Institute, the NEXT Conference focuses on the future of law practice by bringing Michigan lawyers together in a whole new way to learn, share ideas, make connections, and more.

At the NEXT Conference, you can tailor the program to your needs by creating your own unique experience. Want to attend a section meeting, grab lunch, and catch an educational session or two—we've got you covered. Or maybe you would rather focus on education and networking—you can do that too with a new All-Member Luncheon and All-Member Networking Reception. With two-day, one-day, and a la carte pricing options, it's the conference that fits your schedule.

The NEXT Conference features new educational tracks like Judicial Perspectives, Trial Technology, and a track dedicated to attorney wellness, The Balanced Practice—there's something for everyone.

What's New This Year?

(registration not required)

The learning lounge will offer short, educational experiences that are designed to immerse the attendee into interactive discussions and exercises with the facilitator. Each session will be designed to help you practice law more efficiently. Here are just a few of the exciting sessions planned:

  • Barron Henley on Speech Recognition—Using Dragon Naturally Speaking in a Legal Practice—he'll do demos and tutorials!
  • Learn how to use Casemaker and save hundreds of dollars on legal research! Casemaker is free to members of the State Bar of Michigan.
  • Another way to save money with legal research is using the Michigan Law Library. See how this valuable resource can help you and learn how to find what you're looking for.
  • Maximize your potential by building a powerful professional network and brand on social media sites. Learn how to utilize free online tools, including blogs, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter, to boost your career and land your dream job.

NEW! All-Member Networking Luncheon

Catch up with friends and make new connections during this leisurely networking lunch.

NEW! All-Member Networking Reception

After a full day of education sessions and section meetings it's time to unwind. Relax and join section members, seminar faculty, exhibitors, fellow registrants, and guests for an early evening reception. Enjoy free drinks, tasty food, and maybe even a few surprises.

Benefits of Attending the NEXT Conference

  • National and local experts provide the tools you need to practice more efficiently and effectively
  • Stay current with critical updates in immigration, tax, health law, criminal law, and more
  • Understand the "must-know" Federal Court rules and learn tips for preserving your record at trial
  • Wind down your current practice or start a new one with practical advice from experts in the trenches
  • Learn appropriate uses of PDF files in your practice
  • Get step-by-step guidance on selling a small business
  • Practice meditation to improve concentration and alleviate stress in your practice
  • Work on your section's strategic plan, then relax and network over cocktails at one of the many receptions
  • Take control of your technology with distraction management techniques
  • Create a digital trial notebook with your iPad
  • Cultivate and manage your website including online reviews