People’s Law School

A Lansing Educational Series About Michigan Laws

People’s Law School 2020: Dates, speaker lineup, and topics to be determined!

At People’s Law School, our goal is to educate Michigan residents about the law, help you know your rights, and gain a better understanding of the inner workings of the legal system. This seven-week program is open to the public and connects Lansing-area citizens with local judges, attorneys, professors, and legal experts.

People’s Law School is sponsored by Sinas Dramis Law Firm, Michigan Association for Justice, and Wayne State University. If you have questions, please email Terilynne at Sinas Dramis or call her at 517-394-7500.

People’s Law School 2019 – Learn About the Laws That Protect You

For the first time in event history, Sinas Dramis Law Firm decided to make this event completely FREE in 2019. Below are the topics and speaker lineup from our most recent series.

The 2019 speaker lineup, dates, and topics are as follows:

  • Person writing on notepad at a deskSeptember 10, 2019 – Negligence – Daniel Zick, attorney at Sinas Dramis Law Firm
  • September 17, 2019 – Criminal Law: Close Encounters of the 4th Kind – Takura Nyamfukudza, attorney at Chartier & Nyamfukudza PLC
  • September 24, 2019 – Auto No-Fault – Stephen Sinas and Thomas Sinas, attorneys at Sinas Dramis Law Firm
  • October 1, 2019 – Voting Rights – Barbara Byrum, Ingham County Clerk
  • October 8, 2019 – Nursing Home Liability – Brian Molde, attorney at Sinas Dramis Law Firm
  • October 15, 2019 – Bankruptcy – Andrew Gerdes, attorney at Capital Bankruptcy
  • October 22, 2019 – Specialty & Treatment Courts – Honorable Laura L. Baird, 30th Circuit Court, Honorable Michelle M. Rick, 29th Circuit Court, Honorable Donald L. Allen, Jr., 55th District Court

One of the most popular topics this year was Auto No-Faut Law. Stephen Sinas and Thomas Sinas co-presented, discussing how the law was radically changed with the reform legislation passed earlier in 2019. In anticipation of a high level of interest in this topic, the firm Facebook Livestreamed the discussion, which was incredibly successful, too. Below, you will find their presentation in two parts. They have also authored an extensive overview of the new no-fault law, which is referenced in this presentation and can be found here.


More About People’s Law School

More than 20 years ago, Sinas Dramis Law Firm began presenting People’s Law School in partnership with the Michigan Association for Justice and the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. The program, held for seven weeks each fall, has helped educate thousands of Michigan residents about their rights and the legal system.

The presenters at People’s Law School includes justices, judges, elected officials, seasoned attorneys, and law professors. The program allows students (the public) an opportunity to engage with and learn from some of the best and brightest minds in the legal profession. The weekly sessions feature speakers who are committed to excellence in their field. Discussion topics are far-ranging and rotated yearly to ensure there’s something for everyone.

Sinas Dramis Law Firm partnered with Wayne State University Law School in 2014 to bring People’s Law School to mid-Michigan residents.