Law student awarded Women Lawyers Association of Michigan scholarship


Wayne State University Law School student Samantha Mackereth recently received the General Motors Scholarship from the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan (WLAM) Foundation.  

The scholarships are awarded to law students who demonstrate leadership capabilities in advancing the position of women in society,  business, and the community.

“Working the past few years with juveniles in residential placement, who were almost always the victim of either physical or sexual abuse, I realized that the law leaves children incredibly vulnerable,” Mackereth said. “I hope to spend my career fighting for victims of sexual assault and child abuse and advocate for reform in this area of the law.”   

After graduating from Bemidji State University in her home state of Minnesota, Mackereth spent two years working for a juvenile treatment and correctional facility. Later she moved to Michigan to attend Wayne Law.  

Since May 2021, Mackereth has interned for the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office in the Child Protection Unit. She will be spending the summer as an intern for 16th Circuit Court Judge Matthew Switalski. Mackereth plans to continue her work prosecuting sex crimes and abuse against children after graduation.

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