New Attorney Orientation

Thursday, February 21, 2013 - Friday, March 08, 2013

A Guided Tour of the Grand Rapids Legal Community

The GRBA's New Attorney Orientation program is designed to give attorneys in practice for a year or less, and attorneys new to the Grand Rapids area, a guided tour of the city’s proud, closely-knit, legal community.

The program is broken into three sessions. You may choose to register for all three sessions, or only those you feel are relevant to you.

Session One: The Unwritten Rules: What You Didn’t Learn in Law School

This session focuses on ethics and civility from both a judge’s and a lawyer’s point of view; do’s and don’ts in the courtroom, and a tour of the Federal Courthouse. Also featured: The best ways to be sure you'll get sued for malpractice.
Thursday, February 21
Federal Courthouse - Jury Assembly Room (110 Michigan Ave NW, Grand Rapids)

Session Two: Who’s Who and What’s What at the Courthouse
This session will give you a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of the Kent County Courthouse from the perspective of the staff. This session will also have a guided tour of the courthouse, and a chance to talk one-on-one with Federal and State Judges.
Thursday, February 28
Kent County Courthouse (180 Ottawa Ave NW, Grand Rapids)

Session Three: Building a Successful Law Career
This session will provide sage advice from seasoned professionals and an introduction to resources that can help you build your career. This session will also include a “speed mentoring” activity, which allows attorneys an opportunity to seek advice through timed conversations with multiple experienced counterparts. Attendees should bring copies of their resume and business cards.
Friday, March 8
2:00-5:00pm (With cocktail reception to follow)
McFadden's Restaurant & Saloon (58 Ionia SW, Grand Rapids)



Grand Rapids Bar Association
161 Ottawa Ave. NW Ste. 203-B
Grand Rapids, MI  49503
Phone: 616.454.5550
Fax: 616.454.7707
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