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My Presidential Travels
Some of my upcoming meetings, visits, and presentations as State Bar president are:
2/2-8 - ABA Mid-Year Meeting and National Conference of Bar Presidents, New Orleans, LA
2/15 - D. Augustus Straker Bar Association, Southfield, MI
2/16 - Oakland County Bar Association "ABC's of Practice," Bloomfield Hills, MI
2/20 - Baker College Paralegal Program, Clinton Township, MI
2/28 - Genesee County Centennial Inns of Court, Flint, MI
3/9 -   Macomb County Bar Association Bench-Bar Conference, Clinton Twp., MI
3/15 - Grand Rapids Bar Association, Grand Rapids, MI
3/15 - "Celebrating Diversity" Event, Detroit, MI
3/16 - Criminal Defense Attorneys of Mich. Dinner and Awards Night, Novi, MI
3/17 - Wolverine Bar Association Barrister's Ball, Detroit, MI
3/19 - Berrien County Bar Association
3/22 - Ingham County Bar Association Barrister's Night, Lansing, MI
3/28 - MSU College of Law, East Lansing, MI
3/28 - Women Lawyers Assoc. of Michigan Foundation, Detroit, MI
3/29 - Calhoun and Cass County Bar Associations, Marshall, MI
4/4 - Oakland County Bar Association, Bloomfield Hills, MI
4/13 - MSU College of Law Symposium - "Gender and the Legal Profession Pipeline to Power," Detroit, MI
4/16 - Genesee County Bar Association, Flint, MI
4/18-19 - "ABA Days" on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC
4/20 - Oakland County Bar Foundation "Signature Event," Bl. Hills, MI
4/21 - State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly, Lansing, MI
4/22 - Wade H. McCree Awards for the Adv. of Justice, East Lansing, MI
4/25 - Portrait Unveiling of Justice Conrad L. Mallett, Jr., Hall of Justice, Lansing, MI
4/27 - Women Lawyers Assoc. of Mich. Annual Meeting, Grand Rapids, MI
4/27 - Davis-Dunnings Bar Assoc. Otis Smith Scholarship Banquet, E. Lansing, MI
4/28 - NALS of Michigan Annual Meeting, Detroit, MI
5/3 - Elder of Law of Michigan "Call to Justice" Dinner, Lansing, MI
5/4 - Cooley Law School Professionalism in Action Program, Lansing, MI 
5/7 - Ottawa County Bar Association, Holland, MI
5/10 - Oakland County Women's Bar Assoc. Annual Meeting, Birmingham, MI
5/11 - Michigan Defense Trial Counsel Annual Mtg. & Conf., Detroit, MI
5/11 - Washtenaw County Bar Assoc. Bench-Bar Conf., Ann Arbor, MI
5/15 - Grand Traverse Bar Association, Traverse City, MI
5/16 - Wexford Missaukee Bar Association Lunch, Cadillac, MI
5/17 - ICLE Annual Probate & Estate Planning Institute, Acme, MI
5/18 - Macomb County Bar Foundation Kimberly M. Cahill Reading Program Awards, Warren, MI
5/20 - Cooley Law School Commencement Speaker, East Lansing, MI
5/23 - Pro Bono Workshop, State Bar of Michigan, Lansing, MI
5/30 - Chaldean American Bar Association Awards Dinner, West Bloomfield, MI
5/31 - Detroit Metropolitan Bar Assoc. Annual Meeting, Detroit, MI
6/1 - Tuscola County Bar Association, Caro, MI 
6/1 - Incorporated Society of Irish American Lawyers - Michigan Chapter, Detroit, MI
6/5 - WLAM Bench-Bar Culinary Challenge, Grosse Pointe Park, MI
6/6 - Oakland County Bar Association Annual Meeting, West Bloomfield, MI
6/8-9 - Bar Leadership Forum/Upper Mich. Legal Institute, Mackinac Island, MI
6/13 - Mich. Academy of Court Reporting Final Graduation Ceremony, Troy, MI
6/16 - State Bar of Michigan Young Lawyers Section Summit, Detroit, MI
6/18 - State Bar of Michigan "Trial By iPad" Seminar (Remarks), Lansing, MI
6/21 - Bloomfield Hills Optimist Club, Bloomfield Hills, MI
6/21 - Federal Bar Assoc., Eastern Dist. of Michigan Annual Dinner, Detroit, MI
6/27 - Nat'l. Assoc. of Women Judges "MentorJet," Cooley Law School, Grand Rapids, MI
6/28 - Investiture of Mich. Ct. of Appeals Judge (and SBM Comm'r.) Mike Riordan, Detroit, MI
6/30 - Detroit Metropolitan Bar Foundation "In Seventh Heaven" Event, Detroit, MI
7/19 - Referee Assoc. of Michigan Meeting, Lansing, MI
7/26 - Legal Services Corp. Panel Discussions & Pro Bono Awards, Ann Arbor, MI
8/2-8/7 - ABA Ann. Meeting/Nat'l. Conf. of Bar Pres./House of Delegates, Chicago, IL
8/13 - Univ. of Detroit Law School Professionalism in Action Program, Detroit, MI
8/15 - Michigan Muslim Bar Association, Dearborn, MI
8/20 - State Bar of Michigan "iPad" Seminar (Remarks), Lansing, MI
8/25 - Prosecuting Attorneys Assoc. of Mich. Ann. Conf., Mackinac Island, MI
8/28 - State Bar Legal Milestone Dedication Ceremony, Lansing, MI
8/30 - Cooley Law School Professionalism in Action Program, Lansing, MI 
9/12 - Nat'l. Assoc. of Women Judges "MentorJet," Univ. of Detroit Law School, Detroit, MI
9/19-21 - State Bar of Michigan Annual Meeting, Grand Rapids, MI
Please help add to the list!  If you are interested in having me visit your bar association or law-related group, contact Anne Smith, Executive Assistant, at the State Bar of Michigan at 517-346-6374.

About Me

Thank you for visiting my presidential blog.  Although my one-year presidential term ended on September 20, 2012, during the State Bar of Michigan Annual Meeting, I am keeping this blog alive to allow visitors like you develop a better understanding of the role of a State Bar President.  I also hope to encourage others, especially women, to follow me and become leaders within bar associations.

My name is Julie Fershtman, and from September 2011 to September 2012, I was the 77th president of the 42,000 member  State Bar of MichiganA member of the State Bar for over 26 years, I practice with the law firm Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC, in its Farmington Hills office, where I'm a Shareholder.  My areas of practice include commercial litigation, insurance defense and coverage, sporting and recreational liability, agribusiness law and liability, and equine law.  As a lawyer, I enjoy trial work.  I've tried cases before juries in 4 states (Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, and Connecticut) and have been admitted as pro hac vice counsel in 12 jurisdictions across the country.  Business continued during my State Bar presidency, with assistance of lawyers in my firm and with the cooperation of fellow counsel and judges.  

Aside from my law practice, I enjoy speaking and lecturing on liability, insurance, and risk management at seminars, conventions, CLE programs, and conferences across the country, including the Insurance Skills Center.  In 2011, I spoke on a panel at the ABA Annual Meeting.  I also spoke in ABA webinars that took place in October 2011 and January 2012.  Writing is another interest.  I have written 2 books and contributed to or co-authored 4 ABA books, most recently in 2011, as well as 5 law journal articles for the ABA Tort, Trial & Insurance Practice Section.  My writings include over 200 articles on legal subjects.

I grew up in the Detroit area and graduated from Emory College in 1983 and Emory Law School in 1986.  On a personal level, my father (the late Sidney Fershtman) was a Michigan lawyer, and my husband is a lawyer.  Although work, family, and bar activities leave little time for hobbies, my favorite hobby is horses.  With an empty horse barn on our property in the Detroit suburbs, chances are good that I'll be riding some time after my service as State Bar President concludes.

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Please visit this blog frequently.  You'll join me in my travels across Michigan, and sometimes nationally, as President of the State Bar of Michigan.  You'll meet bar leaders and people who are helping to make a difference in our profession.  I'll share news, views, experiences, and photos with you on a regular basis.  And, of course, your comments and suggestions are always welcome.

Julie I. Fershtman, Esq.• Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC • 28411 Northwestern Hwy. • Ste. 500 • Southfield, MI 48034
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