Associations gather for 'Taste of Diversity' event, October 21 in Southfield

The Oakland County Bar Association (OCBA), along with partnering affinity bar associations, will gather with colleagues at the biennial Taste of Diversity cocktail reception on Thursday, October 21, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Great Lakes Culinary Center in Southfield, celebrating the diverse and multi-cultural legal profession.

The evening will feature delectable hors d’oeuvres as well as the presentation of the Leon Hubbard Community Service Award and the Michael K. Lee Memorial Award. The Taste of Diversity is sponsored by the OCBA Diversity and Inclusion Committee. It was established in 2015 to celebrate diversity and to work together with area affinity bars to promote an awareness of the need for increased diversity in the legal profession.

Partnering bar associations include:

  • Armenian-American Bar Association
  • Association of Black Judges of Michigan
  • Federal Bar Association - Eastern District of Michigan Chapter
  • Italian-American Bar Association
  • Jewish Bar Association
  • Macomb County Bar Association
  • Michigan Defense Trial Counsel
  • Michigan Employment Lawyers Association
  • Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Michigan Muslim Bar Association

Michigan Probate Judges Association

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Incorporated Society of Irish-American Lawyers
  • Women Lawyers Association of Michigan
  • Women Lawyers Association of Michigan - Oakland Region
  • Women Lawyers Association of Michigan - Wayne Region
  • Wolverine Bar Association

Participants are asked to follow the OCBA’s Off-Site Event Policy.  All visitors are required to wear a face mask at all times in the building except for when actively eating and drinking unless they meet one of the following exemptions: unable to medically tolerate a mask, or children under the age of 2. All visitors should review the screening questions listed in the off-site event policy within 24 hours of the event and should not attend if they answer “yes” to any of the screening questions. If the off-site venue has stricter policies, attendees and staff should adhere to the stricter policies.

Cost to attend is $45 or $35 for new lawyers (p80650+), students, and paralegals. Tickets for Taste of Diversity are available for purchase by visiting and clicking “events.” For additional information about the event, contact the OCBA at 248-334-3400.