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A Celebration of Women in the Law

On March 2, 2010, the Grand Rapids law student chapter of WLAM held a dinner event in celebration of Women’s History Month. Students, professors, attorneys, and members of the public met for networking before the program and then enjoyed a catered dinner. The theme of the program was “A Celebration of Women in the Law” and the speaker was Jo Ellyn Clarey, a local historian. Clarey treated the attendees to an engaging presentation on Elizabeth “Bessie” Eaglesfield, the first practicing female attorney in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The story of Elizabeth Eaglesfield reminded us that progress takes courage and perseverance.  Following Clarey’s presentation, Elizabeth Joliffe gave remarks about the history of WLAM and the present issues surrounding the gender pay inequality that affects women professionals. At the end of the dinner, Angelina Clarke (President) announced the incoming Grand Rapids student chapter board: Amanda Narvaes, President; Rachel Kinder, Vice-President; April Grandy, Treasurer; and Emily Biocchi, Secretary.

Guest Speaker: Historian JoEllyn Clarey

Guest Speaker: Historian JoEllyn Clarey

WLAM State Board Representative Elizabeth Joliffe networking with dinner attendees