Attorneys from around the state gathered for the 26th annual MAMA Advanced Institute at the Lansing Center in Lansing during the preconference sessions of the Michigan Municipal League Capital Conference 2012.

Among the full day's agenda were a wide variety of topics of interest to municipal attorneys, including how to avoid or resolve construction claims, dealing with mergers and consolidations, digital case management and administrative support systems, municipal law enforcement, FOIA vs discovery, and an update on the Michigan Court of Appeals.

The Honorable Elizabeth Gleicher, Michigan Court of Appeals, was a featured speaker, offering insights from a judge's perspective on how to create better briefs using the principles of brevity to create reader-friendly text that incorporates short sentences, paragraph breaks, clear concepts, active language and other simple common-sense writing tools and strategies.

Holland City Attorney Andy Mulder, who gave the Michigan Court of Appeals Update, was also honored with a Years of Service Award.

To see more photos from the event, go to the League's flickr page and search MAMA Advanced Institute within the Capital Conference 2012 set.

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