Welcome to the Federal Bar Association, for the Western District of Michigan
The FBA is very pleased to welcome national speaker Rachel Godsil for a lunch and learn presentation starting at 12:30 on Thursday March 26 in the Jury Assembly Room. This is a unique opportunity to hear a fascinating speaker on race and implicit bias in courts, law enforcement, and the practice of law, generally. Professor Godsil, a Professor of Law at Seton Hall Law School and the research director of the Perception Institute, will discuss how unconscious associations and attitudes can affect the way we behave. She will also discuss what we can do to relieve the racial anxiety that may inadvertently perpetuate discrimination.
The Western District of Michigan chapter of the Federal Bar Association is a professional organization for private and government lawyers who practice in the United States 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 Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Western District of Michigan, the United States Attorney for the Western District of Michigan, the Federal Public Defender 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 lunch programs focused on specific aspects of federal practice. We offer an award winning newsletter, the Bar & Bench. We act as a liaison between the practicing lawyers and the judges in the district.
We invite you to explore this website to learn more about our organization and invite you to join our organization if you are not already a member.