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October MentorJet @ UDM School of Law

WLAM Wayne co-sponsored MentorJet on October 2 at University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. MentorJet is a national speed mentoring event started by the National Association of Women Judges. MentorJet events take place at the law schools in Michigan throughout the year. Judges and lawyers from all practice areas, work environments and career paths are encouraged to participate and talk with students in 6 minute intervals in a speed dating type format. It's easy, fun and no preparation is necessary. The next MentorJet WLAM Wayne is February 6, 2014 at Wayne State University Law School.

2013 Annual End of Summer Wine & Garden Party!

We held the annual End of Summer Wine & Garden Party on August 27, 2013.  Wayne Circuit Judge, and former Wayne Region president, Lynne Pierce hosted this year's party in Grosse Pointe Woods and the rain held off until cleanup time!   Thank you, Judge Pierce, and thank you to your family!  Please See our Facebook page for photos from this and other events.

2013 Bench Bar Culinary Challenge

Many Wayne members again attended and/or volunteered at the Sixth Annual Bench Bar Culinary Challenge for charities.  This unique charitable event is held every June mixing judges, lawyers, fresh food, fresh air and some friendly competition. With a live grill-off between teams Grilled by the Bench and Grilled by the Hour, and competitions in the best desserts (judges) and best appetizers (lawyers) categories, everyone can vote on the best chefs in town. The 6th Annual event, held this year at the home of Nancy Glen and Ralph McDowell in Huntington Woods, was attended by at least 150 people and again raised over $20,000. All proceeds benefit Alternatives for Girls, Crossroads for Youth and the WLAM Foundation scholarship fund. The Bench Bar Culinary Challenge is an independent group of lawyers and judges, and is not affiliated with any specific bar association. The event is usually hosted outside at a judge's home. Like the Bench Bar Culinary Challenge on Facebook! The event is always from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.   Contact Lavinia Biasell for tickets, sponsorship and program ad information for the 2014 Culinary Challenge. lbiasell@maddinhauser.com

May 2013 Annual Lunch Meeting w/ Panel on Human Trafficking

The 2013 annual lunch was held on May 16 to excellent reviews.  In addition to swearing in our new officers, the lunch featured an excellent panel discussion "Combatting Human Trafficking In Our Own Backyard".  The panelists were US. Attorney Barbara McQuade, Elizabeth Campbell of the University of Michigan Law School's Human Trafficking Clinic, the first of its kind in the country, and Nakisha Chaney, a former clerk for Justice Robert Young, who, as part of Nacht Law, a private practice employment law firm, is also focusing on labor trafficking. Location:  Doubletree Suites by Hilton - Fort Shelby, 525 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit MI. Cost to attend: $30, except $25/students.  About 80 people attended including numerous representatives from community groups involved in the fight against human trafficking and in supporting the victims of H.T.  Event chair:  Ellen Hoeppner. 

Member Mixer a Huge Success!

On November 1, 2012, the Wayne Region held its Member Mixer at Wah-hoo in Detroit. In addition to the traditional socializing, the attendees were invited to join the Wayne Region’s 2013 Team for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.  Thanks to all who came out for this great event!