I am a member of the Detroit Bar Association and Chair its Business and Litigation Section. As the Chair, I often put together presentations with judges and lawyers to help educate the legal community. On December 11, 2019, my section presented "Are You Ready for Civil Practice in Michigan in 2020?" The presentation outlined changes to Michigan's discovery court rules which go into effect January 1, 2020. The discovery rules govern how information is exchanged during the course of a court case and the changes are the first major revisions to the discovery rules in 35 years. The changes are substantial and designed to address changes in technology, increase parties' responsibility to provide information and reduce the cost of litigation, which increases access to the justice system for litigants. More than 250 people attended the presentation. Featured speakers were judges from the Kent County Circuit Court (the Honorable Christopher Yates), Wayne County Circuit Court (the Hon. Patricia Fresard) and area practitioners and vendors. For more information on the new discovery rules and how they may affect you, please contact me or visit the State Bar of Michigan's website at www.michbar.org.