March 2015
  1. March 26 Mark the Date

    Religious Freedom Workshop at Wayne
    March 28

    A Religious Freedom Workshop will be held at the Wayne State University Law School Building, 471 W. Palmer, Detroit  on March 25, from 1-5 p.m. in Lecture Hall 2242. The community is invited to attend this free event with presentations by law professors and lawyers on legal principles and current issues on freedom of religion. Registration is requested, but not required. Please email For more information about this event, please contact John R. Phillips at 248-332-4537 or

    Panel discussion on Voting Rights Act of 1965
    April 2

    Wayne Law Dean’s Office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan will host a special panel discussion on April 2 surrounding the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Opening remarks will be delivered by Barbara L. McQuade, U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of Michigan. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. in the Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium at the law school, 471 W. Palmer St. The panelists will include: Leah Aden, Assistant Council of the Political Participation Group, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund; Jocelyn Benson, Dean, Wayne Law; Representative John Conyers, Jr., ‘58, Congressman, U.S. House of Representatives; Dr. Kareem Crayton, Professor of Law, University of North Carolina School of Law; and Vanita Gupta, Deputy Legal Director, American Civil Liberties Union, Director, ACLU’s Center for Justice. The moderator for the event will be Bankole Thompson, Senior Editor, Michigan Chronicle. Lunch will be provided. For more information about this event, please contact Kaylee Place at 313-577-2731 or

    Barristers Night with the Detroit Derby Girls
    April 4

    Join the DMBA Barristers Section at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, at the Masonic Temple, 500 Temple St. in Detroit for a night with the Derby Girls. The bout for the evening will feature the D-Funk Allstars taking on the Grand Prix Madonnas. You’ll also have the chance to take part in a 50/50 raffle to support the Barristers School Partnership Program! Doors open at 4:45 p.m. and the bout starts at 6:00 p.m. Registration is $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Up to two children 12 and under are admitted free with each adult admission. Contact the Detroit Derby Girls via email at or on the web at 

    3rd Annual Gleaners Community Food Bank Volunteer Day
    April 11

    A joint event of the DMBA Barristers Section & Wayne Region of Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, our Gleaners Volunteer Day will be held on a Saturday, April 11 at Gleaners Community Food Bank, 2131 Beaufait St. in Detroit. Spend a few hours alongside your friends and colleagues to make a big difference in the lives of our hungry neighbors! If you’d like to help us fill boxes, stomachs and hearts in our communities (or if you have any questions), please contact Daniel Phillips at

    WSU to host Stephen Ross at question and answer session with Dean Benson
    April 9

    Stephen Ross, a world-class real estate developer, philanthropist and owner of the Miami Dolphins, will visit his alma mater, Wayne State University Law School, on Thursday, April 9. As part of the visit, Ross, Wayne Law class of 1965, will participate in a question-and-answer session with law school Dean Jocelyn Benson, discussing his career and accomplishments over the past 50 years.  The event, which is free and open to the public, will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium at the law school, 471 W. Palmer St. The evening will begin with a brief hors d’oeuvres reception. Register with Kaylee Place at 313-577-2731 or Parking will be available for $7 (credit or debit cards only) in Structure One across West Palmer Street from the law school.

    LAD to conduct free outreach clinic
    April 9

    Legal Aid and Defender Association Inc. (LAD) is providing legal assistance to the Capuchin Legal Clinic on the second Thursday of every month from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Capuchin Soup Kitchen on 1264 Meldrum St. in Detroit.  Assistance is available exclusively to clients of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen. The next session will be on April 9.  Anyone seeking legal services can call 877-964-4700 or visit

    LAD to conduct free outreach clinic
    April 15

    Legal Aid and Defender Association Inc. (LAD) will conduct a free outreach clinic on civil legal services for income-eligible residents of Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne counties, including the city of Detroit, on Wednesday, April 15, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Tumaini Center, 3430 Third Ave. in Detroit.  Attendees are asked to register before 10 a.m. as a LAD attorney will assist only those persons who have done so by that time.  Anyone seeking legal services can call 877-964-4700 or visit

    OCBA to host annual Signature Event
    May 1

    The Oakland County Bar Foundation will host its 16th Annual Signature Event from 7-10 p.m. at Oakland Hills Country Club. The event provides funding support for the OCBF’s legal aid and legal education work in the community. Tickets are $175. For more information, contact Katie Tillinger at

    Fund-raising benefit to be held For the Seventh Generation
    May 2

    The Detroit Metropolitan Bar Foundation, in cooperation with the Third Judicial Circuit Court and the Michigan Department of Human Services, will host a gala celebration at a luxurious private mansion in Franklin Village beginning at 7 p.m. The fund-raiser will benefit For the Seventh Generation, a program for children in foster care. For more information, visit:

    DMBA along with the Third Circuit will co-host Law Day 2015
    May 7

    The DMBA will be partnering with the Third Circuit Court to co-host Law Day for Detroit High School students. Volunteers will be needed between 9:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. for various parts of the program, including assistance with a Mock Trial based on this year’s State Bar of Michigan Law Day Theme, “Symbols of Freedom Under the Law.” If you are interested in participating, please contact Antoinette Porter ( or Jan Hiller (

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