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Events Planning

events calendar
Both M Law Live and the Law School calendar are good sources of information for what's happening in the Law School on a given day. Referring to these sources will help avoid unfortunate conflicts with other Law School events. Student groups are strongly encouraged to submit their upcoming events for inclusion on M Law Live and the calendar. The calendar is accessed online. Student groups should review the Posting Policy for information on how to add event advertising flyers to M Law Live (the online student portal).

events planning assistance
The Law School's Meeting/Special Events planner is Jenny Rickard, within the Office of Finance and Planning. Ms. Rickard is available to consult with student organizations regarding program planning and implementation.

If you would like to promote your event to Law School alumni, please submit the Firm Solicitation/Alumni Contact Request form, which will be received and reviewed by the Office of Development and Alumni Relations.

conferences and symposia
The Law School allows a limited number of conferences and symposia to take place at the Law School during each academic year. Permission to conduct a conference or symposium at the Law School must be obtained from the Curricular, Co-curricular, and Pedagogic Issues Committee, pursuant to the guidelines set forth by that committee.

catering ideas
Ali Baba's, 601 Packard, 48104, 734-998-0131 (Middle Eastern)
Big Ten Burrito, 810 S. State, 48104, 734-222-4822 (Mexican)
China Gate, 1201 S. University, 48104, 734-741-0778 (Chinese)
Cottage Inn, 546 Packard, 48104, 734-769-5555 (Pizza)
Papa John's, 401 E. Huron, 48104, 734-623-7272 (Pizza)
Pizza House, 618 Church, 48104, 734-449-2044 (Pizza, Calzones, Salads, Pasta)
Potbelly's, 300 S. State, 48104, 734-205-7000 (Sandwiches)
Zingerman's Deli, 422 Detroit, 48104, 734-663-3354 (Gourmet Sandwiches)

tax exemption
The University's tax-exempt status and taxpayer ID number is available only to Sponsored Student Organizations. Other student organizations may, independently, seek tax-exempt status via application to the IRS (for income tax exemption) or the State of Michigan (for sales tax exemption).

When planning events, keep the following holidays in mind:

jewish holidayS *  

islamic holidays *  

christian & other
religious holidays

Rosh Hashanah Ashura Feast of the Epiphany
Yom Kippur Milad un Nabi Eastern Orthodox Christmas
Sukkot al Isra wal Miraj Sankranit 
Shemini Atzeret Ramadan Chinese New Year & Tet
Simchat Torah Lailat al Qadr Ash Wednesday
Hanukkah Eid ul Fitr Eastern Orthodox start of Lent
Purim Eid ul Adha Good Friday
Pesach (Passover) Easter
Shavuot Ascension Day
All Saints Day

* Jewish and Islamic holidays begin at sundown the day prior to the "official" holiday.

publicizing events
Student organizations may publicize events via M Law Live or with postings within the Law School. Please review the Posting Policy for guideline regarding posting flyers.

Alcohol-related events may not be publicized within the Law School without permission of the Alcohol Oversight Committee (see the Law School Alcohol Policy). Events involving alcohol are regulated by Law School and University guidelines, in addition to state and local laws. Student organizations considering sponsoring an event where alcohol will be served should review the Law School alcohol policy. Questions regarding the policy may be directed to Director of Student Services, Darren Nealy.

speakers and honoraria
Student organizations often invite speakers to the Law School. When extending invitations to speakers keep in mind that, although an organization may agree (when feasible) to cover a speaker's reasonable travel expenses, it is the Law School's policy to not pay honoraria.

Before inviting a speaker, organizations should be sure to check for potential conflicting events at the Law School which might result in a poor turnout. In addition, it is highly recommended that invitations to potential speakers not be extended on a "back-up" or "Plan B" basis. Invitations to another speaker should be extended only after the prior invited speaker has declined.

In order to maximize resources and build community, student organizations are encouraged to co-sponsor events whenever possible.