Laurin Thomas is the professional standards assistant counsel at the State Bar of Michigan. During her 13 years at the UAW-GM Legal Services Plan, she worked in a wide variety of Civil practice areas, specializing in estate and disability planning, Social Security and Medicaid, and Probate. She was also primarily responsible for 1st party no fault cases and handled a great deal of Probate and general consumer matters. She maintained a high caseload in a very demanding practice. For the last 41/2 years Laurin has served on the Michigan Parole/Parole & Commutation Board which gives her unique insight into the Parole, pardon, lifer and Commutation processes. She is also the only (former or sitting) one in Michigan trained by the National Institute of Corrections to train Parole Board Members in decision-making. Since leaving the Parole Board, Laurin practiced in the area of Social Security Disability Appeals. She has now returned to private practice. Her primary client is the State Bar of Michigan for whom she has contracted to litigate Unauthorized Practice of Law claims.
Chris Anderson talks about the four sessions he presented at the NEXT Conference that all centered around law firm owner freedom.
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Judge Wendy Baxter and Graham Ward talk about the benefits of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and how this form of practice is still evolving.
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