March 1, 2011

State & Local Bar News: State Bar of Michigan Master Lawyers Section

By Miles C. Gerberding

As of 2007, more than 50% of Michigan’s active resident lawyer population was 50 years or older and more than 20% was 60 or older. Of those 60 and older, more than half remained in private practice. In recognition of a need to address the burgeoning number of lawyers approaching and surpassing traditional retirement age, the State Bar of Michigan undertook an examination of issues relevant to its aging lawyer population in the 2007–08 bar year with the appointment of an ad hoc planning group, comprising of Bar leaders, lawyers in the targeted age group, and members of the existing, voluntary Senior Lawyers Section (SLS).

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