Got improv skills? Know the EEOC? Two events can help

Two State Bar sections are hosting upcoming seminars that emphasize audience participation.

First is the Young Lawyers Section’s “Think Fast! Boot Camp for New Lawyers” workshop, which takes place 3:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12 at Go Comedy! Improv Theatre in Ferndale.

Here, new lawyers will work on their improvisational skills, with improv actors teaching participants “Trust and Learning to Fail” (how to respond to an unexpected or unwanted ruling in court) and a “Yes, and …” exercise, which involves working with answers, or rulings, that seem impossible or unexpected There also will be a small informal dinner after the workshop, as well as an optional 8 p.m. show by the troupe.

Cost is $10 for the workshop and $5 extra for the following show. Space is limited to 25 participants. Register by May 5 at the SBM Young Lawyers Home Page at http://www.michbar.org/younglawyers. For more information, contact Syeda Davidson at (313) 207-4229 or sfhdavidson@gmail.com.

Then, at 4 p.m. June 7, the Labor & Employment Law Section hosts its annual Spring-Board series of roundtable discussions at The Reserve, next to Big Rock Chop House in Birmingham.

This year’s seminar will focus on the “ABCs” of agency practice, with agency representatives, investigators, administrative law judges, and experienced practitioners discussing how to effectively represent clients before the EEOC, Michigan Department of Civil Rights, NLRB, MERC, and Unemployment Insurance Agency.

It’s all followed by a networking session along with complimentary beer, wine, and hors d’oeuvres.

Cost is $50 in advance and $60 at the door.  For more information, contact Susan Hiser at (248) 540-4987 or shiser@vmclaw.com.

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