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Crockett appointed to Detroit Regional LGBT Chamber board

Miller Canfield Hiring Chair and Diversity and Professional Development Principal Michelle Crockett has been appointed to serve on the Detroit Regional LGBT Chamber of Commercem board of directors. 

Crockett is a litigator in Miller Canfield’s Employment and Labor Group, as well as leading the firm’s recruitment, diversity and inclusion initiatives, mentoring programs, professional development and continuing education initiatives.

Crockett was appointed in January 2020 to serve on the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Foundation Board of Directors. She is a graduate of Wayne State University Law School, and is a member of the American Bar Association, the Oakland County Bar Association, and is the chair of the State Bar of Michigan Labor and Employment Law Council. She is a graduate of Leadership Detroit. She is a graduate and former board member of Leadership Oakland and serves as chair of the Michigan Community Resources board of directors. Crockett is a former board member and chair of Alternatives for Girls and served as president of the Michigan Council of School Attorneys.

Crockett has earned multiple honors and recognitions, including the D. Augustus Straker Bar Association 2019 Trailblazer Award, Leadership Oakland 2018 Leader of Leaders, Crain’s Detroit Business’ 2017 Notable Women Lawyers in Michigan, Michigan Chronicle 2015 Women of Excellence, Best Lawyers in America and Michigan Super Lawyers.

In 2018, Miller Canfield became the first Detroit law firm to sponsor the Detroit Regional LGBT Chamber of Commerce, which partners with allied corporate and nonprofit members to promote workplace and corporate diversity and inclusion of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender business community.


Detroit Mercy Law to usher in Black History Month Jan. 30

On Thursday, Jan. 30, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law will usher in Black History Month with an evening that acknowledges and celebrates the School’s past, present and future.

The program titled “Bending the Arc Toward Justice” will include a portrait unveiling of Detroit Mercy Law’s first known African American graduate, Henry H. Tarrant, who graduated in 1922, just ten years after the Law School opened its doors. 

The school will also introduce the Henry H. Tarrant Award for Black Student Excellence.

Godfrey Dillard, a civil rights leader and the attorney, will deliver remarks.

Bending the Arc Toward Justice runs from 5 to 7 p.m. in the atrium of the School of Law’s Riverfront Campus, 651 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit. The event is free and open to all. Registration is required at https://tarrant20.eventbrite.com. Questions may be directed to April Ellison at ellisoal@udmercy.edu or 313-596-0202.


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