Faith-ful: Director of Cass Community Services honored by FBA with Wade H. McCree Award


– Photos by John Meiu

The Rev. Faith Fowler, director of Cass Community Social Services in Detroit, was saluted February 27 as the 2018 recipient of the Wade H. McCree Award for the Advancement of Social Justice. The award, named in honor of the late U.S. Court of Appeals judge who later served as Solicitor General of the United States, was presented by the Eastern District of Michigan Chapter of the Federal Bar Association during a luncheon at the Westin Book Cadillac in Detroit. Fowler, who has served Cass Community Social Services since 1994, has most recently helped spearhead the development of a tiny home community in northwest Detroit in a long-range effort to aid the homeless. She has been a steady force in promoting economic and educational opportunities for the disadvantaged in Detroit, while also working to combat poverty and discrimination. An alumna of Albion College, Fowler holds master degrees from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and Boston University. 

PHOTO #1: The Rev. Faith Fowler (center), director of Cass Community Social Services in Detroit, presented with the award by the Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan Chapter, during a luncheon at the Westin Book Cadillac in Detroit. Happy to congratulate Fowler were (left to right) Butzel Long attorney Cynthia Haffey, co-chair of the FBA’s Social Justice Committee, and U.S. District Court Judge David Lawson.

PHOTO #2: The Rev. Faith Fowler is pictured with (left to right) Genet Barthwell; former Wayne County Circuit Judge Wade H. McCree, son of the award’s namesake; U.S. District Court Chief Judge Denise Page Hood, Eastern District of Michigan; James H. McCree; U.S. District Court Judge David Lawson; Cynthia Haffey of Butzel Long; FBA Program Chair Dan Sharkey of Brooks Wilkins Sharkey & Turco; and FBA President Jeffrey Appel of Office of Jeffrey S. Appel.

PHOTO #3: Joining U.S. District Judge Linda Parker (left) for a photo were (left to right) Debbie Auerbach-Clephane of the Murray Law Group, Naomi Oglesby of Ogletree Deakins, and Lauren Mandel, a member of the FBA Executive Board.

PHOTO #4: Among those on hand for the award luncheon were (left to right) U.S. District Court Judge Victoria Roberts, Eastern District of Michigan, and FBA Secretary-Treasurer Fred Herrmann of Kerr Russell in Detroit.

PHOTO #5: Sharing a smile at the event were (left to right) John Trentacosta of Foley & Lardner, Eric Nemeth of Varnum, and Mike Palizzi of Miller Canfield.

PHOTO #6: Former U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade (far left), a past president of the FBA, was ­pictured at the luncheon with Theresa Munaco of Dykema and Thomas Schehr of Dykema, a past president of the FBA.