They might not be able to sing, but can they lip-sync?

If Madonna can lip-sync to an audience of millions, so can Grand Rapids-based judges and attorneys.

OK, maybe to a smaller audience.

Taking a nod from the long-missed “Puttin’ on the Hits” TV competition, more 60 members of the Grand Rapids legal community will take to the stage Thursday, Feb. 9 for the fifth biennial Just Lips Celebrity Lip Sync.

The event, presented by the Justice Foundation of West Michigan and the Grand Rapids Bar Association, will be emceed by 63rd District Court Judge Sara Smolenski, and takes place 7 p.m. at the Wealthy Theatre in Grand Rapids.

The contestants, who will lip-sync popular songs while decked out in costumes and cutting whatever rug they can find, include Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Jane Markey; 17th Circuit Court Judge Christopher Yates; attorneys from Barnes & Thornburg, Varnum, Rhoades McKee, Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge, and Miller Johnson; and attorneys and staff from both Legal Aid of Western Michigan and the Kent County Office of the Defender.

Proceeds benefit the Justice Foundation of West Michigan.

Tickets are $25. For more information, call (616) 454-5550 or visit


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