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 on the Lansing City Council and is the Immediate Past Council President. Recently Dr. Brown has announced her candidacy for Mayor of the City of Lansing. 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.



    Thank you to our Meeting Sponsors!

    Dickinson Wright PLLC
    The Dobrusin Law Firm, PC
    Varnum LLP
    Blanchard & Walker, PLLC
    Johnson Law, PLC
    Warner Norcross & Judd LLP
    Cole Family Law
    Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC
    Gafkay Law, PLC
    Garan Lucow Miller, P.C.
    Nichols Sacks Slack Sendelbach & Buiteweg PC
    Olsman MacKenzie & Wallace, PC
    Talarico Law
    Bienenstock – A U.S. Legal Support Company
    Black Women Lawyers Association of Michigan
    Hanson/Renaissance Court Reporting & Video
    Kelly & Kelly, PC
    Linderman Law PLLC
    Pospiech Family Law & Mediation, PLLC
    Shadow Investigations
    Sinas Dramis Law Firm
    WLAM Washtenaw Region

    Sponsorship Opportunities

  • Thursday, April 27, 2017
    Crowne Plaza Hotel-Barossa Room, Lansing

    6:30 – 9:00 PM Membership Drive and Reception

    Friday, April 28, 2017
    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 Adjournment/Closing  Paulette Brown, Immediate Past-President American Bar Association

  • Please use the dropdown menu below to purchase tickets to the annual meeting. Prices will change if you register after April 14th, so register today! You can also download our registration form here.

  • 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.

    Rooms are blocked at the Crowne Plaze for Thursday, April 27th at $139 per night plus tax. Rooms will be held until March 28, 2017 (rooms and rates subject to availability after this date).

    Reserve your room by calling 517.323.7100 and mention Group Code WL7. Or register online here.