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2021

August 2021:

  • We had another new team member join Speaker Law Firm - Mark Forsythe: Legal Administrator!
  • We added a new set of videos to our YouTube Channel: "Let's Talk Appeals"!

July 2021

  • The final 2 episodes of Season 2 of In The Name Of The Law aired! Season 3 is set to air this fall!
    • Watch every In The Name Of The Law episode here!
  • July 9, 2021: The Supreme Court denied leave for Bofysil v Bofysil, keeping our published COA victory in tact!
  • July 30, 2021: Liisa gave a Vaccination presentation at the Family Law Section's Mid-Summer Seminar. 

June 2021: 

  • A new team member joined the Firm - Caitlyn Viger: Paralegal!
  • June 10, 2021: Jordan won in a published opinion under mental health code in In the Matter of Ann Marie Moriconi!
  • June 16, 2021: Liisa gave a presentation on civil appellate case law updates to the Kalamazoo County Bar Association. 
  • June 17, 2021: Jordan won a cusotdy case in Brady v Heck, the COA vacated and remanded to the trial court for further proceedings.

May 2021

  • Jordan had a great victory in a custody case! The Court of Appeals ruled vacated an order dismissing our client's motion for joint legal custody and remanded the case to the trial court for consideration of defendant’s motion to modify legal custody.
  • We hired 4 new employees! 
    • Rebeca Thompson: Billing Specialist
    • Kelsey Conner: Intern
    • Maria Ausbury: Law Clerk
    • Olivia Kurajian: Law Clerk
  • Season 2 Episode 10 of In the Name of the Law features discussions on custody orders and parenting time, auto accident injury and insurance, and exoneration trials.
    • Watch episode 10 anytime on our YouTube channel!
  • May 27, 2021: The May 2021 webinar on School Change was hosted by Liisa Speaker and guest host Lisa Stern! These two great family law attorneys focused on:
    • Trial tips for pursuing or defending against school change.
    • How to move your school change case on the docket.
    • Burden of proof for school change cases.

April 2021:

  • Jordan Case Wins: 
    • Leaved granted on a custody and related child welfare case.
    • Won in a published custody case, Merecki v Merecki !
  • We are getting close to the end of season 2 of #InTheNameOfTheLaw! Episode 9 features discussions regarding the Derek Chauvin criminal trial, custody cases, and the controversial no-fault auto reform. Watch the full episode here!
  • April 2, 2021: We celebrated our 14th anniversary! Thank you to all our current and former staff members, each one of you have helped make this anniversary a reality. And thank you to our clients for putting your trust into our Firm, we are proud to be your appellate advocates!
  • April 29, 2021: Liisa and guest host Jeanne Hannah conducted the "Hague Convention" webinar and focused their discussion on the civil aspects of international child abduction, how to defend or prosecute your client’s case, and hot appeal issues in interstate and international custody cases.

March 2021:

  • March 11, 2021: Liisa and guest host Laura Nieusma held the "Vaccination" webinar.
  • Jennifer Case Victories:
    • An amazing victory in Wlodyka v Wlodyka ! The Court of Appeals peremptorily reversed (without us requesting it) and ordered that it take immediate effect!! And stated a court cannot enter a conciliator recommendation as an order just because the parties did not object.
    • Win in part on an auto appeal.
  • Jordan obtained a peremptory reversal in custody with remand to a different judge!

February 2021:

  • Jordan obtained a stay on a child welfare/guardianship case.
  • Jennifer had leave granted on a spousal support case!
  • Episodes 7 & 8 of season 2 of In The Name Of The Law aired! Topics include, abuse and neglect central registry, no-fault benefits from automobile accidents and criminal justice reform. You can watch both episodes or every episode on our YouTube Channel!
  • February 11, 2021: Liisa and guest host Kristen Wolfram held the "Guardianship" webinar.

January 2021:

  • Jordan was admitted into the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals!
  • Liisa presented at the New Judges Seminar on Adoption Law.
  • Nurmerours case victories!
    • Liisa won in a property division appeal, Stewart v Stewart.
    • Andrea won in a spousal support appeal, Woolever v Woolever.
    • Jordan obtained a reversal in an attorneys fees appeal.
    • Jennifer obtained a Court of Appeals reversals in a custody appeal. 
  • January 28, 2021: Liisa kicked off the new year with a new webinar! She hosted the "Child Support" webinar with guest host Erin Magley. 

2020

December 2020:

  • We held our 2nd Annual Diaper Drive (virtually of course)! With the help of our friends and colleagues, we were continue our Diaper Drive and donate over 30 packs of diapers to the Homeless Angels!
  • We welcomed a staff member, Chris Shanley! Chris has joined the firm as our second paralegal. 
  • Speaker Law Firm was ranked #109 on the 2020 Law Firm 500 Award List for the fastest-growing law firms in the United States!
  • December 1, 2020: Jordan had her first Court of Appeals oral argument, just one week after receiving her P number!
  • December 3, 2020: The webinar series continues! Liisa hosted the "Holiday Parenting Time" webinar with guest host Susan Lichterman. 
  • Jennifer obtained several COA reversals this month! Cases include:  
    • Child Support Appeal
    • Spousal Support Appeal

November 2020:

  • Liisa's new webinar series started! The previous pandemic related webinars featured a moderated panel and discussed topics related to practicing law during the shutdown. The new series is more substantive and will go deeper into one area of family law. Each month Liisa will be joined by one guest, who is an expert on the topic!
    • November 5, 2020: "Parental Alienation" with guest host, Ashish Joshi. 
  • November 11, 2020: Jordan was sworn in and admitted as a licensed attorney in Michigan!

October 2020:

  • The first 4 episodes of season 2 of In The Name Of The Law have aired!! The attorneys from Chartier & Nyamfukudza, PLC, Sinas Dramis Law Firm, and The Kronzek Firm PLC have created four great episodes, full of helpful legal information. You can watch them all on our YouTube page!
  • An article written by Liisa and one of our law clerks, Ben, titled "Zoom: Boldly Going Where No Lawyer Has Gone Before!" was published in the Fall 2020 MAJ Journal.
  • October 27, 2020: One of our law clerks Jordan Ahlers passed the bar! She will be coming on full-time as Speaker Law Firm’s newest associate attorney.
  • October 29, 2020: Speaker Law Firm convinced the Court of Appeals to reverse and remand a parenting-time modification and attorney fees order in Gafford v Gafford!
  • October 29, 2020: Andrea convinced the Court of Appeals to vacate portions of a Judgment of Divorce and remand for trial on contested issues in Kuiper v Kuiper.

September 2020:

August 2020:

  • Liisa was accepted into the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers!

July 2020:

  • July 22, 2020: Now that Zoom trials have become a staple in Michigan court, there are additional privacy concerns in child custody cases. After, a trial judge denied a motion to protect a witness’s privacy, Liisa with the help of our law clerk Ben, convinced the COA to vacate and remand the motion for the trial court to make further findings in Powell v Barahona-Flores.
  • The webinar series continued this month:
    • July 16, 2020: "COVID Provisions for your Client's JOD" with special guests, Natalie Alane, Philip Navarre, and Saraphoena Koffron. 
      • Watch the recording HERE!
    • July 24, 2020: "Family Law Depositions via Zoom" with special guests, Shelley Kester, Gerald Cavellier, and Shalini Nangia.
      • Watch the recording HERE!

June 2020

  • June 25, 2020: Jennifer convinced the COA to reverse and remand a judgment of divorce for further proceedings in Blight v Blight.
  • The webinar series continued this month:
    • June 11, 2020: "Technology Issues Resolved" with special guests, Scott Bassett,Melissa Kelleigh, and Don Wheaton. 
      • Get the recording HERE!
    • June 26, 2020: "Living With New Family Law Court Rules During A Pandemic" with special guests, Matt Catchick, Gail Towne, and Timothy Cole.
      • Get the recording HERE!

May 2020:

  • The May edition of the Family Law Journal came out and it includes Liisa's article on privacy issues! Titled: Protecting Our Clients' Privacy During The "Zoom Era" - check it out on page 20!
  • Liisa's recorded a webcast with Carolyn Elefant from myshingle.com. They discussed problems attorneys in Michigan are facing during the pandemic and what our firm is doing to help! You can watch it here!
  • May 14, 2020: Speaker Law Firm obtained a victory in an unplished opinion in Lang v Lang
  • The webinar series continued in May: 
    • May 7, 2020: "How the Pandemic Favorably Impacts Your Client's Appeal Options", featuring two guest panelists - Scott Bassett & Trish Haas. 
      • Watch the recording HERE!
    • May 14, 2020: "Family Law Privacy Issues During the Zoom Era" featuring special guests, ​​​​​Hon. Kathleen M. McCarthy, David Mendelson, and Ryan Kelly.
    • May 21, 2020: "Exploring Virtual Parenting Time" with special guests, James Chryssikos, ​​​​Rachel Gruetzner, and Rebecca Shiemke. 
      • Get the recording HERE!

April 2020

  • Four Victories for Speaker Law Firm:
    • April 16, 2020: Andrea convinced the Court of Appeals to vacate a trial court’s child support decision in Romain v Romain. 
    • April 16, 2020: Jennifer convinced the COA to vacate the property division in a judgment of divorce and remand for further proceedings in Richards v Richards
    • April 22, 2020: Liisa consulted on a Michigan Supreme Court appeal that was remanded back to the Court of Appeals. Read the order here.  
    • April 23, 2020: We won a custody appeal in a published opinion! The court of appeals in Bofysil v Bofysil vacated the custody award and remanded to the trial court. We are crediting this victory to our law clerk, Jordan Ahlers as she helped tremendously with the appeal! 
  • Liisa has hosted a series of webinars this month for family law attorneys!
    • April 2, 2020: "Creative Parenting Time Solutions Amid a Global Pandemic", featuring special guests, Elizabeth Bransdorfer, Randall Pitler, and Shelley Wine. 
      • Download the webinar recording HERE!
    • April 9, 2020: "Child Support Modifications During the Shutdown" featuring special guests, Erin Magley, Kent Weichmann, and Paul Gehm. 
      • Download the webinar recording HERE!
    • April 16, 2020: "Navigating Family Law Mediations" featuring special guests, Kristen Robinson, Melissa Leckie, and Shon Cook. 
      • Download the webinar recording HERE!
    • April 23, 2020: "What is an Emergency" featuring special guests, Judge Jacob Cunningham, Donna Media and Tara Pearson. 
      • Download the webinar recording HERE!
    • April 30, 2020: "Tips for Conducting Evidentiary Hearings on Zoom" featuring special guests Hon. Tina Yost Johnson, Peter Kulas-Dominguez, and Michelle Younger. 
      • Download the webinar recording HERE!

March 2020

  • March 26, 2020: Liisa hosted a webinar for family law attorneys titled "Advising Family Law Clients While We "Shelter In Place" and featured special guests: Judge Janice Cunningham, Connie Thacker and Mathew Kobliska.
    • Download the webinar recording HERE!
  • We are at it again – we convinced the Court of Appeals to vacate a trial court’s custody decision in Roat v Roat. So many legal errors in this case, but the COA just picked one to vacate. Read the opinion here!

February 2020

  • Andrea Muroto Bilabaye has rejoined our Firm as of counsel. We are very happy to have her back on our team!
  • February 20, 2020: Liisa help organize and execute the FOC ADR Town Hall Meeting in Lansing, MI.
  • February 20, 2020: Jennifer obtained another appellate victory today – this time in an uncommon case for the firm (a PPO appeal)!  ​​​

January 2020

  • January 10, 2020: Liisa and Cody conviced the Court of Appeals to grant a Motion to Remand in a child custody case!

  • January 28, 2020: Speaker Law firm obtained a victory in a Published Opinion in Martin v Martin. Andrea wrote the Brief and Liisa argued the case.


2019

December 2019:

  • Liisa wrapped up filming the final episode of season one of In The Name Of The Law ! Check out every episode on our In The Name Of The Law page or on the WLNS website.

  • Andrea got a peremptory reversal in a custody case!

November 2019:

  • Liisa's article titled "Extraordinary Fees in Court-Appointed Appeals" was published in the November issue of the Michigan Bar Journal. 
  • Steve garnered a victory for our client in a very lengthy custody appeal. Ruth E Ploski v David L Wisz, Docket No. 348792. Read the Opinion here.

September 2019:

  • Liisa co-authored and article with Scott Bassett, Anne Argiroff, Judith Curtis, Kevin Gentry and Trish Haas titled "The New Domestic Relations Final Order Rule", the team article has been published in The Michigan Bar Journal. 
  • Liisa Speaker was named one of Michigan Top 100 attorneys by Super Lawyers.
  • Steve obtained a motion for stay in a criminal forfeiture case. 
  • Three Great Victories
    • September 10, 2019: Our former associate Andrea Muroto Bilabaye obtained a reversal of the trial court's adverse possession decision. 
    • September 12, 2019: We had a great victory today in the Court of Appeals. In the published opinion in Jackson v Pennington, the Court of Appeals vacated the trial court order modifying custody and reinstated the prior custody order, granting our client full physical custody! 
    • September 19, 2019: Liisa and Jennifer won another custody appeal for a client who had been denied a chance to present evidence before the trial court changed custody. The Court of Appeals remanded for a de novo hearing AND retained jurisdiction!
  • September 18, 2019: The first episode of In The Name of The Law aired on WLAJ ABC 53. The legal talkshow is hosted by Liisa and features Mary Chartier, Steve Sinas and Amy Bailey! 
  • September 21, 2019: Liisa was re-elected to the council of the State Bar of Michigan’s Family Law Section.
  • September 21, 2019: Liisa presented at the Family Law Section’s program on the 20-year review of the family court system, about problems with trial court decisions.
  • September 25, 2019: Liisa presented to GRBA-FLS on Making Your Best Record (preserving issues in family law cases).
  • September 25, 2019: Speaker Law Firm obtained a victory from the Michigan Supreme Court in a child custody appeal (Grooms v Huntzinger) – remanded to the Court of Appeals as on leave granted after the trial court imposed an improper parenting time schedule for an infant.

June 2019:

  • June 11, 2019: Jennifer does it again! The Court of Appeals granted a stay and granted an application, on a post judgment issue involving the interpretation of a judgment of divorce. 

May 2019: 

  • May 7, 2019: Liisa and fellow attorney Trish Oleska Haas filmed an Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) webcast on Family Law Appeals!

  • May 28, 2019: Jennifer obtained a peremptory reversal from COA on enforcing JOD when there were concealed assets. Our client can return to trial court to modify the support award.

  • May 28, 2019: Speaker Law Firm obtained a reverse and remand in a custody and domicile case. 

April 2019: 

  • April 2, 2019: The Speaker Law Firm's 12th Anniversary!
  • April 10, 2019: Liisa argued two adoption cases in the Michigan Supreme Court.
  • April 18, 2019: Jennifer received a victory in an unpublished opinion in Rainwater v Rainwater
  • April 18, 2019: Steve received a victory in an unpublished opinion in Hyman v Hyman
  • Liisa's updated Appellate Procedure chapter in the Lexis Nexis MI Family Law treatise has been released.

March 2019: 

  • March 14, 2019: Published opinion came out in In re AGD Minor, argued by Liisa.
  • March 26, 2019: Steve received a victory in an unpublished opinion in Palmer v Anaya
  • March 28, 2019: Liisa moderated a child welfare session at the 2019 Appellate Bench Bar Conference.