Dear RAM Members,

Mark your calendars for May 24—26, 2017. Our Annual Conference will be held at The Park Place Hotel in Traverse City, Michigan.

Attached please find the Agenda and Registration form.

This promises to be another exciting and informative conference and we look forward to seeing all of you.

If you are interested in being an active member of RAM, we WELCOME you. You may volunteer to serve on a committee even if you are not a board member.

Please note that the Park Place is holding our reduced rate of $106.95 per night, for our group through April 21, 2017. Please plan accordingly.

Feel free to contact Kate or Sahera directly and not through the listserv if you have any questions.

Sahera Housey at houseys@oakgov.com
Kate Weaver at weaverc@oakgov.com

See you all in May.

Sahera G. Housey
Referee
Oakland County Friend of the Court

To register, or for more information on how to make room reservations, download the Conference Registration form from the following link:    PDF







SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

33 rd ANNUAL RAM CONFERENCE

PARK PLACE HOTEL, TRAVERSE CITY, MI


MAY 24, 25, and 26, 2017


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

12:00 pm to 2:00 pm Conference Registration


2:00 pm to 4:15 pm Presentation: PANEL DISCUSSION including, Sarah King, PhD, Associate Professor, Grand Valley State University; Richard Wooten, PhD, FAME, Wayne County Circuit Court; Abhishek Ghosh, PhD, Assistant Professor, Grand Valley State University; and Brent Smith, PhD, Associate Professor, Grand Valley State University. Our respected panel will discuss cultural and ethnic awareness, differences and implicit bias that we are not aware of.

4:30 pm to 6:00 pm Hospitality Suite: Meet and greet fellow Referees.

6:00 pm to 8:30 pm Group Dinner

9:00 pm to ??? Hospitality Suite will be open . Come and enjoy some rest and relaxation!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

7:30 am to 9:00 am Breakfast Buffet

9:00 am to 10:30 am Presentation: David L. Manville, LMSW, ACSW, Eastern Michigan University. Mr. Manville will present an overview of human trafficking (sex and labor) including laws and identifiers. The learning objective is to understand human trafficking definitions and to identify signs of human trafficking. Mr. Manville will provide an understanding of a refereeā€™s role in working with trafficking victims/survivors in domestic and juvenile cases.

10:30 am to 10:45 am Break

10:45 am to 12:00 pm Presentation: David Bilson, Deputy Court Administrator, Oakland County Circuit Court. Mr. Bilson will present on the nuances and interplay between juvenile and domestic relations cases. He will explain how this impacts custody, parenting time, support, abuse, neglect and delinquency proceedings, including which court has jurisdiction.

12:00 pm to 2:00 pm Lunch (on your own)


2:00 pm to 3:30 pm Presentation: Diane Kwitowski, Esq. Ms. Kwitowski specializes in all things Social Security. She will explain what domestic and juvenile referees need to know about Social Security benefits, including SSI, SSD, eligibility, qualifications, special needs, dependency benefits for adults and minor/adult children.

3:30 pm to 5:00 pm Joint Roundtable Discussion: Topic to be announced

6:00 pm Dinner: On your own.

8:00 pm to ??? Hospitality Suite will be open.



Friday, May 26, 2017

7:00 am to 9:00 am Breakfast Buffet

9:00 am to 11:00 am Presentation: Edward Messing, Referee, St. Clair County.

Mr. Messing will provide his annual case law and court rules update on juvenile and domestic relations.

11:00 am to 12:00 pm Awards Ceremony and Conclusion of Conference.

(Please turn in your evaluation forms.)

To download this schedule in .PDF format, please select from the following link:   PDF

To register, or for more information on how to make room reservations, download the Conference Registration form from the following link:    PDF