Message from the President

The Western District of Michigan Chapter of the Federal Bar Association is a professional organization for private and government lawyers who practice in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan. The district comprises the western half of the Lower Peninsula and the entire Upper Peninsula.

Our chapter is proud to include among its members judges from the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals and the Western District of Michigan, the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Michigan and many esteemed private practice and public agency attorneys.

Our goals are to improve the practice of law in our federal courts and to foster a positive and collegial relationship among the attorneys and judges who practice law and dispense justice in this district. We offer continuing legal education opportunities, including the annual Hillman Trial Skills Workshop and periodic luncheon programs focused on specific aspects of federal practice. We offer an award winning quarterly newsletter, Bar & Bench. We act as a liaison between the practicing lawyers and the judges in the district.

Membership in the Western District of Michigan Chapter is comprised of any active member of the Federal Bar Association who resides or has his or her employment or office in the following counties which make up the Western District of Michigan:

Alger, Allegan, Antrim, Baraga, Barry, Benzie, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Charlevoix, Chippewa, Clinton, Delta, Dickinson, Eaton, Emmet, Gogebic, Grand Traverse, Hillsdale, Houghton, Ingham, Ionia, Iron, Isle Royale, Kalamazoo, Kalkaska, Kent, Keweenaw, Lake, Leelanau, Luce, Mackinac, Manistee, Marquette, Mason, Mecosta, Menominee, Missaukee, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Ontonagon, Osceola, Schoolcraft, St. Joseph, Van Buren, Wexford