Welcome to the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan (WLAM). We were founded in 1919 by five self-proclaimed “ardent Portias of Detroit.” Today, our organization has grown extensively in size and purpose. Our membership includes attorneys, judges and law students. We have become a statewide organization with seven regional chapters, providing wide-ranging networking and professional development opportunities for women lawyers. Our mission is to advance the interest of women members of the legal profession, promote improvements in the administration of justice, and promote equality and social justice for all people. Please take a look at our site, including our services, events, and member listings. We hope you like what you see and will join us. We look forward to meeting you!
Message from the President
As we just celebrated Thanksgiving and are approaching the holidays, I am reminded how very THANKFUL I am for the many women who donate their time as regional leaders for the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan. This organization would not survive without the amazing efforts (some of which last for 10 years or more) put forth by these women. Please join me in thanking this year’s regional presidents and learn more about each of them below…read more
Anca Pop – President, Great Lakes Bay Region: Anca Pop has been an Assistant United States Attorney with the United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Michigan, in the Bay City office, since 2012. She has served as the president of the Great Lakes Bay Region of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan since 2013, and is a member of several local organizations. Prior to 2012, Ms. Pop served as an Assistant United States Attorney, District of Arizona, in the Tucson office, where she was actively involved with the Federal Bar Association and the American Inns of Court. Before becoming a federal prosecutor, Ms. Pop has clerked for the Michigan Supreme Court Justice Stephen J. Markman and also worked as a pre-hearing attorney for the Michigan Court of Appeals. Ms. Pop graduated summa cum laude from the Michigan State University College of Law and has a prior, second law degree from Babeş-Bolyai University College of Law in Romania.
Laura Marji – President, Macomb Region: After graduating from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Laura Marji realized that she had a calling for family law. As an associate of Boyer, Dawson & St. Pierre, her practice includes matters related to divorce, custody, paternity, and support. Mrs. Marji practices in Macomb, Oakland, Wayne, St. Clair, and Lapeer Counties.
Mrs. Marji values community involvement and serves in several organizations. Currently Mrs. Marji serves as the president for the Macomb Region of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan. She also serves as a board member on the Representative Assembly for the State Bar, Macomb County Bar Association, National Thomas M. Cooley Law School Alumni Executive Committee, and Care House Board in Mt. Clemens. Mrs. Marji is currently the Secretary for the Young Lawyers Section of the Macomb County Bar Association.
Amanda Pileggi – President, Mid-Michigan Region: Amanda N. Pileggi joined Secrest Wardle’s Lansing office in November of 2015. Amanda is a member of the Firm’s Motor Vehicle Litigation Practice Group. Her practice focuses primarily on first- and third-party no-fault litigation and insurance coverage disputes. Ms. Pileggi completed her law degree at Michigan State University College of Law and was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in 2013. While attending Michigan State University College of Law, Amanda served as a Symposium Coordinator and Team Leader for the MSU College of Law International Law Review.
Channelle Kizy White – President, Oakland Region: Channelle Kizy-White is currently the President of the Women’s Bar Association, and has been serving on the Board of Directors for the past six years. She has served as WLAM Representative, Communications Secretary, Treasurer, Vice-President and President-Elect. She runs her own practice, Kizy Law, in Farmington Hills. Her practice focuses on all aspects of family law and criminal defense. Channelle gained admission to the State Bar of Michigan in November 2006. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and received a Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Channelle has been recognized as a Rising Star by Michigan Super Lawyers for the last six years (2010 – 2015). She was also recognized by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as an Up and Coming Lawyer in 2012 and a dbusiness Top Lawyer in 2012. When she is not working or giving back to the community through the WBA, Channelle loves reading and spending time with her three children, Samantha, Christopher, and Gabriel.
Anna Frushour – President, Washtenaw Region: Anna Frushour attended the University of Michigan for her undergraduate studies. She received her law degree from Wayne State Law School. While in law school, Anna was a member of the Mock Trial Team, Women’s Law Caucus and the Public Interest Law Association. She is currently a member of the Michigan State Bar, the Washtenaw Bar Association, and the Young Leaders Society for the United Way of Washtenaw County. She also serves on the Board of the Women’s Law Association as the Washtenaw County Regional Representative, on the Events Committee for Avalon Housing, and on the Public Service Committee for the Washtenaw County Bar Association.
Anna spent four years working with the Public Defender’s Office in Washtenaw County in addition to working at various small law firms in Ann Arbor. She also clerked for Honorable Chris Easthope at the 15th District Court. Anna started Frushour Law to focus on the types of cases she is most passionate about. Her experience and commitment to helping others guarantees compassionate professional service to her clients.
Deanne Bonner Simpson – President, Wayne Region: Deanne is a founding partner at Bonner Di Salvo, PLLC, a boutique law firm specializing in: Civil Litigation, Bankruptcy, Veterans Advocacy, International Business, Estates and Trusts, and Criminal Defense. In addition to assisting clients in Michigan, they represent clients throughout the United States and internationally. Deanne focuses her practice on Veterans Advocacy and Civil Litigation.
Amanda Narvaes – President, Western Region: Amanda P. Narvaes is an Associate Attorney who joined Drew, Cooper & Anding in 2011. Ms. Narvaes is a civil litigator in the areas of complex commercial litigation, lender liability, copyright litigation, and consumer protection. She graduated cum laude from Carleton College with a bachelor’s of arts in history. She earned her law degree at Thomas M. Cooley Law School, graduating magna cum laude, and received Cooley’s Distinguished Student Award.
Ms. Narvaes is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, as well as Michigan courts of all levels. She is active in the West Michigan community and is President of the Board of Directors of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, Western Region (2015-2016). Ms. Narvaes represents clients before Michigan trial courts across the state and in the Michigan Court of Appeals, and before the United States District Courts for the Western and Eastern District of Michigan.
WLAM is dedicated to securing the rights of women in society, advancing the interests of women members of the legal profession, promoting improvements in the administration of justice, and promoting equality and social justice for all people. As advocates, we recognize that there is strength in numbers. Whether we are in a court room or on the steps of the Michigan State Capitol, WLAM’s voice is louder when we join together. Click here for details on WLAM’s advocacy efforts.