WLAM Annual Meeting


The Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Annual Meeting features educational sessions, an awards program, and leadership elections. Educational sessions are open to members and non-members. View photos from past events here.

  • FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 2017 – LANSING
    GOING THE DISTANCE – 99 years

    The next WLAM annual meeting will be held on Friday, April 28, 2017 in Lansing at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. WLAM will be celebrating 99 years.
    The annual meeting will feature Judi Brown Clarke, Ph.D. as our Keynote speaker. She won a silver medal in the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles and is a five-time National Champion in the 400-Meter hurdles event. She is currently serving on the US Olympians and Paralympians Association. She also serves as the President of the Lansing City Council.  In addition, Dr. Brown is the Diversity Director for the BEACON Center at Michigan State University. Her husband sits as a Judge for the 54A District Court in Lansing. She will be speaking at the next annual meeting in Lansing on April 28.

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  • Friday, April 28, 2016
    Crowne Plaza Hotel, Lansing

    8:30 AM – 9:15 AM Registration and Networking

    9:30 AM Welcome Remarks – President Suzanne Sukkar

    9:45 AM – 10:45 AM Panel Discussion: Overcoming Hurdles in Every Decade

    Julie Fershtman, Foster Swift (Moderator)
    Dewnya A. Bazzi, At Law Group PLLC (2011)
    Kiffi Y. Ford, Sparrow’s Executive Director of Legal Services (1996)
    Kathleen L. Bogas, Bogas & Koncius (1975)

    10:45 AM-11:00 AM Break

    11:00 AM-12:00 PM Business Meeting & Luncheon

    Open Business Meeting
    Recognition – Officers, Past Presidents, Dignitaries
    Awards Presentation
    Swearing-In Ceremony
    Passing the Gavel

    12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Keynote Address Judi Brown Clarke, Ph.D.

    1:00 PM – 1:15 PM Networking Break

    1:15 PM –  2:15 PM Panel: Race to Equality

    Marla Linderman, Linderman Law (Moderator)
    Senator Rebekah Warren, Michigan Senator
    Alice Jennings, Edwards & Jennings, PC
    Jocelyn Benson – CEO of Ross Initiative for Sports Equality

    2:15 PM – 3:15 PM “Stand Out From the Crowd” Lynne Golodner

    3:15 PM – 3:30 PM Break

    3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Judge’s Panel: Winning with the Court

    Judges Kirsten Frank Kelly, Jane Beckering,
    Michelle Rick, and Andrea Larkin

    4:30 PM – 5:00 PM Networking/adjournment

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  • Located a  half-mile from Interstate 496, the Crowne Plaza Hotel is a modern, upscale hotel is 7 miles from both Capital Region International Airport and the Potter Park Zoo. It’s also 6 miles from Michigan State Capitol. Parking and an airport shuttle are complimentary. Additional amenities include a refined restaurant and bar, plus a 24-hour health club with a gym, a heated indoor pool, a basketball court and a game room. Pets are welcome for a surcharge.