Duly Noted

Women Lawyers to award scholarships

The Women Lawyers Asso-ciation of Michigan Foundation took a step forward this year, expanding its focus on education and community leadership involvement. Highlighting this year’s reception are remarks by Susie Schechter, Executive Director for Reading Works, a collaborative initiative dedicated to raising the level of adult literacy in metro Detroit, who will speak on finding your community passion. In addition, Just the Beginning Foundation, dedicated to educational programs aimed at minority and underrepresented students in middle and high school who demonstrate an interest in pursuing careers in the legal field, will be recognized as a Community Honoree.

Attendees may bring a self-help or children's books to donate to Reading Works.

At the March 20 event, the WLAM Foundation will introduce the 2013 Outstanding Women Law Students chosen to receive a total of $30,000 in scholarships to support their education. The awardees were selected on the basis of demonstrated leadership on women’s issues, through a competitive process. This year, the awardees will receive a 20% increase in scholarship awards from the Foundation from last year. Now in its 17th year, 195 awardees have received close to $440,000 in financial support of their law school educations. Based on a recent survey of past awardees, nearly 75% of those who responded live and work in Michigan.

The Foundation’s many corporate, law firm and individual donors have given generously to support the WLAM Foundation’s educational mission, and many will also attend the March 20th event. The Reception offers many reasons to celebrate our future lawyers and community leaders.

The Reception takes place at the recently-opened Local Kitchen and Bar, 344 W. 9 Mile Rd., Ferndale, from 5:30 to 7:30, at a suggested donation of $25 per attendee. Parking is available behind the restaurant or valet is available. Register for the event by March 13: contact Barb at 248-740-7003 to charge by telephone, or charge online at www.wlamfoundation.org.

The WLAM Foundation’s web site also offers opportunities to support the scholarship fund as a member of the Dean’s List, supporters at levels above $125. Virtually all donations go directly to scholarships, and they are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.