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The Hon. Sara J. Smolenski will receive the 2014 Impact Award from Catholic Charities West Michigan on November 20!

Congratulations to WLAM Western Region member, Hon. Sara J. Smolenski, as she receives the 2014 Impact Award from Catholic Charities West Michigan (CCWM) on November 20, 2014.  The Impact Award will be given in recognition of her commitment as a dedicated advocate of CCWM and its work. Judge Smolenski has not only earned a reputation among her peers as a distinguished judge, but also is a proven strong community leader spending countless hours outside of the courtroom as a legal advocate and contributor to our community. Most notably, she has partnered with CCWM for the past 27 years as its spirited umpire for its annual Let's Go to Bat for Kids! event.  
Join CCWM for an evening of impact.  Please check the CCWM website at http://www.ccwestmi.org/events/raising-hope for additional event information or contact Bethany Stowe at bstowe@ccwestmi.org or 616.551.5663 for reservations.
For more information see http://www.ccwestmi.org/events/raising-hope

Community Event: Celebrate Equality Day 2014!


Equality Day 2014

Your Story Matters! Celebrate It!



The Greater Grand Rapids Women's History Council invites women to celebrate Equality Day this year by telling their Title IX stories. On Tuesday, August 26, members of the GGRWHC will be on the terrace of the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. They will be asking women how Title IX changed their educational and/or career experience and benefited them. They will also be recording their answers for inclusion in the GGRWHC archives at the Grand Rapids Public Library. 

Equality Day commemorates the passage, on August 26, 1920, of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, granting women the right to vote on an equal basis with men.

Equality Day 
August 26, 2014

This year the GGRWHC will focus on the 1972 federal legislation known as Title IX of the Educational Amendments and how Grand Rapids area women have benefited from it. The movement to end discrimination in education began when three women who had personally experienced discrimination came together to help create and defend the first legislation that would prohibit gender discrimination in education. 

These women dreamed of being doctors, engineers, and tenured professors, but they were denied jobs and admittance to schools because of their gender. Title IX of the Educational Amendments states that "....no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance." 

While "sports" is the area most often associated with Title IX, athletics is only one of 10 key areas addressed by the law. The others include higher education, career education, education for pregnant/parenting students, employment, learning environment, math and science, sexual harassment, standardized testing, and technology. 

All women are invited to join the Greater Grand Rapids Women's History Council on August 26, Equality Day, a day celebrating a milestone in the struggle for parity with men. Look for the GGRWHC banner on the terrace outside the Grand Rapids Art Museum, next to Rosa Parks Circle, from 11a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, please see their website at:  http://www.ggrwhc.org

Congratulations to Susan Wilson Keener - 2014 WLAM Western Region Annual Award Recipient!

Congratulations to Susan Wilson Keener of Keener Law Offices, PLC! She is receipient of the 2014 WLAM Western Region Annual Award! This award will be presented at the Western Region's Annual Meeting and Reception which will take place on Monday, May 12 from 5:30 – 7:30 PM at Bistro Bella Vita in Grand Rapids. 

Learn more about Susan and her accomplishments at: http://www.keener-law.com/profile.html


Job Opportunities: Experienced Attorneys, U.S. Trustee Program

OPENINGS: Experienced Attorneys, U.S. Trustee Program
The United States Trustee Program (USTP) is seeking one experienced attorney in each of the following nine locations (Seattle, WA; Fresno, CA; Madison, WI; Chattanooga, TN; Louisville, KY; Grand Rapids, MI; Roanoke, VA; Wichita, KS and Las Vegas, NV) to serve as an Assistant United States Trustee (AUST). The incumbent is responsible for the administrative and legal management of the United States Trustee's office.
The USTP is a litigating component of the Department of Justice and has the legal authority in every bankruptcy case filed in the United States, from Title 28 Chapter 7 liquidations to major Chapter 11 business reorganizations.
Justice seeks to attract, retain, and promote individuals of exceptional ability and talent from all walks of life. The work environment and atmosphere is open, diverse, collegial, and inclusive. There are active affinity groups for African-American; Asian-American; Hispanic; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT); and Native American employees, which are open to all DOJ employees regardless of background. Justice fosters a work environment where people of all backgrounds and experiences may reach their full potential.
This and other attorney vacancy announcements can be found at: http://www.justice.gov/careers/legal/attvacancies.html
OPEN: 03/06/14      CLOSE: 03/20/14

Annual WLAM Meeting information

Annual WLAM Meeting information
Friday, April 25 from 7-9 German Beer and Wine Tasting
Saturday, April 26 Annual Meeting
Theme:  Building Bridges for Advancement of Women
Location:  Bavarian Inn, Frankenmuth, MI
A block of rooms is held until March 25 at Bavarian Inn.  Nightly rate is $119.