NEXT Conference 2018

Networking & Meal Events

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Awards Banquet*
6:30–9:00 p.m. | Tickets $75/79
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel Ambassador Ballroom (2nd Fl Conf Level)

Join us as we pay tribute to our members who have achieved the highest honors in areas of leadership, professional integrity, and community service. Sponsored by:
  • Roberts P. Hudson Award: Bruce A. Courtade and
    Julie I. Fershtman
  • Frank J. Kelley Distinguished Public Service Award:
    Hon. Marilyn J. Kelly and Robert P. Young Jr.
  • Champion of Justice Award: Miriam J. Aukerman and Robert J. Heimbuch
  • John W. Reed Lawyer Legacy Award: Professor Lawrence Dubin
  • John W. Cummiskey Pro Bono Award: Charles "David" Jones
  • Kimberly M. Cahill Bar Leadership Award: Women Lawyers Association of Michigan
  • Liberty Bell Award: Urban League of West Michigan
The following individuals will receive State Bar Representative Assembly awards at the Assembly's Sept. 27 meeting:
  • Michael Franck Award: Hon. Victoria A. Roberts
  • Unsung Hero Award: Michele P. Fuller

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Inaugural Luncheon Event*
Noon–2:00 p.m. | Tickets $45/49
DeVos Place—Ballroom B
Share in the celebration of the swearing in of the State Bar President Jennifer M. Grieco and other State Bar officers.

Sponsored by:  
Donald G. Rockwell
SBM President

Jennifer M. Grieco
SBM President

All-Member Networking Luncheon Event*
Noon–2:00 p.m. | Tickets $45/49
DeVos Place—Grand Gallery EF

Catch up with friends and make new connections during this networking and educational luncheon! While enjoying your lunch, gain some insight into life balancing techniques from Elizabeth C. Jolliffe as she speaks on how to Maximize Your Career by Maximizing Your Strengths.

All-Member Networking Reception
4:00-5:00 p.m. | FREE to attend
DeVos Place—Ballroom CD (Vendor Hall)

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.

Celebrating Diversity Reception*
6:30–8:30 p.m. | Tickets $10/15
Atwater Brewery | 201 Michigan St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

The reception will acknowledge the work accomplished over the year in support of achieving greater diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. Wrap up the day in a relaxing, up-tempo venue to catch up with friends and meet new ones over appetizers and beverages.          Sponsored by: 


Friday, September 28, 2018

50-Year Golden Celebration Luncheon Event*
Noon–2:00 p.m. | Tickets $55/59
DeVos Place—Ballroom B

Celebrate and honor fellow colleagues being recognized for fifty years of membership in the State Bar of Michigan. This is a great opportunity to network with your peers and mentors.

*Ticket purchase required to attend. Early Bird pricing expires on August 22.