Attorney James Spica's Prolificacy Noted in Celebration of ABA's Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Journal's 50th Volume

October 8, 2015
To commemorate its fiftieth year of publication, the first issue (Spring 2015) of Volume 50 of the American Bar Association’s Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Journal includes an editorial retrospective in which the scholarly output of Dickinson Wright Attorney James P. Spica (along with that of two other named practitioners) is jocularly credited with keeping the Journal on publication schedule.

“One of the things that never ceased to amaze me was the ability of a number of practitioners to provide important articles for the Journal on a regular basis,” writes the Journal’s Immediate Past Editor, Professor James R. Burkhard. “If it weren’t for folks like Jack Murray (who I believe has published at least one article a year), Jonathan Blattmachr (along with his friends who assisted on some pieces), and James Spica, I am not certain we would have been able to stay on schedule.”

To date, Mr. Spica has published five articles in the Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Journal:

• “A Practical Look at Springing the Delaware Tax Trap to Avert Generation Skipping Tax” (2006)
“A Trap for the Wary: Delaware’s Anti-Delaware-Tax-Trap Statute Is Too Clever by Half (of Infinity)” (2009)
• “Future Perfect: How Tense and Mood Will Have Declawed the 'Claw-Back'” (2012)
“Spilt to Last: Longevity Planning for Tax Advantaged Trusts under a New Statutory Decanting Regime in Michigan” (2013)
• “Onus Fiduciae Est Omnis Divisa in Partes Tres: A Statutory Proposal for Partitioning Trusteeship” (2014)

He has also lately published articles in The Wayne Law Review (2014) and (forthcoming 2015) The ACTEC Law Journal, the scholarly journal of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

Mr. Spica is an ACTEC fellow, a member of the ACTEC State Laws Committee, ABA Advisor to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws’ Drafting Committee on Divided Trusteeships, a member of the Council (governing body) of the Probate and Estate Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan, and a member of the Michigan Institute of Continuing Legal Education’s Probate and Estate Planning Advisory Board.
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