Monthly Newsletter - April 2018

Free CLE & Lunch:  "A Modern Practice"

A Modern Practice: Practical Advice for Improving Your Practice
  • Friday April 20 - 11:30 to 1:00 p.m.
  • Traverse Area District Library - Woodmere Branch, 1st Floor
  • Speakers: Roberta Gubbins, Michael Naughton & Lori Schmeltzer
  • Hosted by WLA & GTLA
  • Click here to register by email or call 668-7022

"What local attorney and GTLA Bar Association member has played in the Final Four?" 

-Judge Thomas J. Phillips

Click here to answer or email First correct answer gets $20 Brew gift certificate!
Upcoming Events
  • FREE CLE & Lunch: Fri. 4/20 11:30-1 @ TADL Main Branch, A Modern Practice (register above)
  • Retirement Party for the Hon. Michael Talbot, Michigan Court of Appeals, Fri. 4/13 - 5:30 p.m. @ Detroit Mercy College of Law.  Click here to RSVP.
  • Save the Date! Spring Dinner, Thurs. 5/3 - 6 p.m.

Attorney Profile: Cortney Danbrook 

Practice Areas: Estate Planning and Administration; Liquor Licensing and Regulation

Hometown: Okemos, Michigan. Go Chiefs!

Family: My husband, Chris; our two sons, Brogan and Hudson; and our black lab, Kubota.

If You Weren't an Attorney, What Job Would You Do? A professional beach volleyball player (if I was 20 years younger!), or a custom woodworker. 

Why Did You Pick Traverse City?  I spent a lot of time here growing up.  I knew one day I wanted to live and raise my family here.  There is not a day that goes by that I don’t feel incredibly lucky to be able to live and work here.

Who's Inspired or Mentored You in Your Career? I have been fortunate to have tremendous mentors throughout my career.  Tom Dudley gave me my first opportunity to work in investments; Lou Nigg introduced me to the world of estate planning; Mary Kavanaugh-Gahn taught me the importance of public service; Perry Adams gave me my big break in Traverse City; Cindy Anderson afforded me the opportunity to focus solely on the practice of law;  George Bearup and all of my colleagues at Smith Haughey made me a better attorney; and my current law partners Janis Adams and Lindsay Raymond showed me that together, women are truly unstoppable.    

Read more about Cortney here.
Watch Online!

Have you missed a recent GTLA event?  Videos of CLEs like the LinkedIn Lunch & Learn and WLA Lean-In Lunch discussion are available on our Facebook page here.
This is the Year to Write That Book

by Roberta Gubbins, Clear & Convincing Blog Series

In this article, learn about the main reasons for writing a book and how to begin the process.  
Read more here.


  • Wilson Kester Firm is Growing!  Wilson Kester, a family law and estate planning firm, is expanding its legal team and seeks an associate attorney with 4-6 years of family law, litigation, or estate planning experience.  For more information and to apply, contact
  • Office Space for Rent: Near 8th & Garfield.  Upstairs 210 Sqft $575/mo. Downstairs 650 sqft. $750/mo. with 11x11 Executive Office and separate bath/kitchenette. Contact Lori Schmeltzer at

Family Law Section Pins Now Available!

Family Law Section lapel pins are now available.

They are $5.00 each and may be obtained through Shelley Kester.  Click here to email Shelley or for more information.


GTLA Member Discounts

For coupons, click here to email our administrator.

West End Tavern
Get 10% off menu items (excluding alcoholic drinks); one coupon per customer. Expires 5/1/18.  

Apache Trout Grill
Get $10 off dinner menu or $5 off lunch menu; one coupon per customer.  Expires 5/1/18. Website.

There are More!  Taproot, Votruba, The Cheese Lady, etc.  Click here for more.


Membership Benefits:  Did You Know?

The GTLA is advertising our Attorney Directory in the Northern Express, Grand Traverse Women Magazine, and TC Business News?  And Attorney Directory business cards are now located in all local courthouses and other public locations?  Read more about membership benefits here!

Click here to update your profile.


Seeking New Board Members

There are two openings for GTLA Governors and one for President-elect beginning in July 2018.  Please join our board! 
Renew GTLA Membership
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