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Hon. Charles W. Simon, Jr. passes away at the age of 87

On February 18, 2019, the Hon. Charles W. Simon, Jr., who served as a judge in Ionia and Montcalm Counties from 1971-1998, passed away at the age of 87 in Indian Wells, California.

Judge Simon began his career as a probate judge in 1971, appointed by Governor Milliken. In 1976, Judge Simon was elevated to the Circuit Court bench, also an appointment by Governor Milliken.

The Ionia Montcalm Bar Association extends condolences to Judge Simon’s family and friends. His presence in the local legal community will be greatly missed.

A more detailed description of Judge Simon’s life and career can be found here:

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IMBA launches website, facebook page

On February 1, 2019, the IMBA is for the first time launching a website and facebook page for IMBA members.

The website and facebook page will provide IMBA members with benefits such as “Find a Lawyer” listings, website links, and information on upcoming events.

The pages will also provide information on upcoming continuing education opportunities for IMBA members.

New IMBA Logo

Members are encouraged to submit information or articles for posting on the IMBA website or facebook page. Information may be submitted to the Secretary / Treasurer, Keeley Blanchard at

Law Day

Every year, Law Day is held on May 1st, in order to celebrate the role of the law in our society. It is also intended to help the public better understand the role of the legal profession.

This year, the American Bar Association’s theme for Law Day is Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society.

Stay tuned for more information on IMBA‘s planned Law Day activities.