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Deadline for the A. Kay Stansfield Spinks Law Student Scholarship Program is June 1

The D. Augustus Straker Bar Foundation, Inc., announced today that the deadline for applications for its A. Kay Stanfield Spinks Law Student Scholarship is Friday, June 1, 2018. The Straker Foundation awards scholarships for African American students seeking financial assistance in the pursuit of a degree in law. There will be one or more scholarships awarded at the D. Augustus Straker Bar Association’s Annual Trailblazers Award and Scholarship Dinner, on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at the Community House in Birmingham, Michigan. Our first scholarships were presented at the 1999 Trailblazer’s Dinner, and through the fundraising efforts of the Straker Bar Association, since that time we have awarded over $100,000 to law students.

The A. Kay Stanfield Spinks Law Student Scholarship encourages law students to excel in their legal studies, with the ultimate goal of increasing African American representation within the practice of law. The program is also a fitting way for us to honor the memory of D. Augustus Straker, who in 1890 became the first African American attorney to argue a case before the Michigan Supreme Court and A. Kay Stanfield Spinks, for the founding the Straker Foundation and the establishment of the scholarship award.

To qualify for the Straker Scholarship, applicants must be enrolled in an ABA certified law school program and entering their second or third year of law school in the fall of 2017. An application form should be completed and submitted to the email address of Mr. Aaron V. Burrell at Aburrell@dickinsonwright.com not later than Friday, June 1, 2018. Students may contact their respective Law School Deans of Student Services or go to the D. Augustus Straker Bar Association’s website at http://www.strakerlaw.org to download an application.

Successful applicants must demonstrate scholarly dedication, be involved in school and community activities and be able to clearly articulate a vision which indicates prospects for long-term success in the practice of law in the State of Michigan, especially as it re1ates to representing people of color within the legal system.


DBA ‘Raising the Bar’ 2018 Annual Meeting  to take place June 20

Don’t miss your chance to be a part of Raising the Bar 2018, the Detroit Bar Association’s annual meeting — held at the newly renovated Detroit Club, 712 Cass Ave. in Detroit from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 20. Join your peers for an evening of celebration and recognition, including installation of Detroit Bar officers and awarding those who have shown exceptional dedication to the outreach and growth of the law, within both the Detroit Bar and community. Registration includes appetizers and a drink ticket; a cash bar will be available throughout the evening. The cost for this event is $75 per person. Judicial officers may attend free of charge. Register to attend (and find sponsorship information) at www.detroitlawyer.org.

If you bring a guest (in practice at least one year) who turns in a Detroit Bar Association membership application on site, you each receive an additional drink ticket.