NALS of West Michigan


Annual Gala 2017


Thursday, Arpil 13, 2017
5:45 pm
Hors d’oeuvres and Cash Bar
Thousand Oaks Golf Course
Oak Leaf Lounge
4100 Thousand Oaks Drive
Grand Rapids MI
Awards Presented to:
Newly Certified Members
Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
Legal Professional of the Year
Award of Excellence Recipient
$22 per person 
Hors D’oeuvres:
Fresh Sliced Fruit
Assorted Vegetables and House Made Dip
Spinach and Artichoke Dip with Tortilla Chips
Hummus with Pita Chips
BBQ Meatballs
Chicken Satays with Honey-Sriracha Glaze
Vegetable Spring Rolls
Please RSVP by
Monday, April 10, at 12pm to Annette Jeltema ( or 616.752.2272)





  • May 8, 2016–“Miranda, More Than Words,” Tonya Krause-Phelan, Esq., Cooley Law School
  • April 14, 2016–Awards Gala
  • March 10, 2016–Annual Business Meeting
  • February 11, 2016–“Update on Medical Marijuana and IP-Related Concerns,” by Robert A. Hendricks, Esq.
  • January 14, 2016–“Digital Health Care and the Terrifying World of Cyber Crime,” by Julie Janeway, Esq.
  • December 9, 2015–Holiday Luncheon
  • November 12, 2105–“Elder Law–The 51st Shade of Gray” by David E. Waterstradt, Esq.
  • September 12, 2015–“No Excuse for Peer Abuse,” by Sarah Riley Howard, Esq., Pinsky Smith Fayette & Kennedy LLC
  • August 13, 2015–“The End of Gay Marriage after the SCOTUS decision in Obergefell v Hodges, DeBoer v Snyder, et al., simply, Marriage is Marriage” by Richard A. Roane, Esq., Warner Norcross & Judd LLP
  • June 11, 2015–“Uber and Airbnb:  Who Is Sleeping On Your Couch/Giving you a Lift?” by Thomas G. Sinas, Esq., of the Sinas Dramis Law Firm
  • May 27, 2015–Judy Hissong, of Nesso Strategies, shared the concepts of administrative teams, the future of law firms and how these two are part of the same conversation.
  • April 23-25, 2015–NALS of Michigan 54th Annual Meeting and Education Conference, Midland, Michigan
  • April 15, 2015–NALS of West Michigan Gala (Awards/Installation of New Officers)
  • March 11, 2015–NALS of West Michigan Annual Business Meeting
  • February 19–Brown Bag Seminar, Where in the World on the Internet is That?, 12pm, Kent County Courthouse Jury Assembly Room
  • January 8, 2015–“Bad Judge!  Bad Judge!  Whatcha Gonna Do?”–by the Honorable Pablos Cortes, 62A District Court
  • December 11, 2014, Holiday Luncheon, No Speaker
  • November 13, 2014, “Judicial Deceit”–Chief Justice Elizabeth A. Weaver (retired) and David B. Schock, Ph.D.
  • October 9, 2014,  “The Extinction of Jury Trials” by Ronald G. DeWaard, Esq., of Varnum LLP
  • September 11, 2014,
  • August 14, 2014, “Hi-Lex Controls v. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan:  Whose Got the Blues Now?”–Perrin Ryders, Esq. of Varnum Law
  • June 12, 2014, “Robbing Peter to Pay Paul”–Attorney Hugh H. Makens will discus Ponzi schemes
  • May 8, 2014, “American Democracy and the Rule of Law:  Why Every Vote Matters”–Sharon Dolente, JD, MMPC, Director of the Michigan Election Coalition
  • April 16, 2014, Awards Night Gala
  • March 12, 2014, NALS of West Michigan Annual Business Meeting