This year's WLAM Foundation Reception for Education and Community Leadership was held on March 20th at Local Kitchen and Bar in Ferndale. Entertainment was provided by Z. Kay Fitzpatrick (WLAMF Trustee) and Dr. David Bauer.
We recognized our 2013 scholarship awardees. The competitive scholarships were awarded to students who demonstrated leadership on women's issues. Profiles of the women law students can be found here.
(From left: J. Olabisi Ogboye; Elise Elzinga; Jillian Ambrose; Ryanne Exposito; Suzanne Quinn; Klaudia Nikolli; Rachel Soren; Caitlin Howitt; LaToya McBean)
Our keynote speaker was Susie Schechter, Executive Director of READING WORKS, an organization dedicated to raising the level of adult literacy in metro Detroit. (www.readingworksdetroit.org)
(From left: Susie Schechter (Reading Works); Dawn Van Hoek (WLAMF President); Nancy Glen (WLAMF Trustee)
The 2013 WLAMF Community Honor recognized Just the Beginning Foundation, a group aimed at inspiring young students and increasing diversity in the legal profession. (www.jtbf.org)
Accepting the honor on behalf of Just the Beginning Foundation, was Honorable Victoria A. Roberts (US District Judge) and John Nussbaumer (Dean, Thomas M. Cooley Law School).
(Pictured below with WLAMF President Dawn Van Hoek)
The WLAM Foundation's scholarship program has awarded 195 law students with close to $440,000 to support their law school educations. Specially named awards exist for scholarships supported by large and ongoing donations from General Motors and Dickinson Wright Women's Network, and for a scholarship named for former WLAMF Treasurer Kimberly M. Cahill. More information on our Dean's List contributors and how you can donate, can be found here.
We would also like to thank our generous sponsors of the event: Kenneth M. Bernard, CFA, Bernard Wealth Management Corp.; Nancy Glen & Ralph McDowell; Hon. Michael & Meghan Riordan; and Talarico & Associates, PC
(Keynote speaker Susie Schechter with Reception Sponsor Nancy Glen)