Grand Rapids Historical Society Event
WLAM invites you to attend an upcoming talk given by WLAM member, Ruth Stevens, at the Grand Rapids Historical Society on Wednesday, March 13, 2014, at 7:00 P.M. The details of this talk are found below, or you can access more information at:http://www.grhistory.org/calendar/womenatthebarthefirstcenturyofwomenattorneysingrandrapids1870s1970s/5
Women at the Bar: The First Century of Women Attorneys in Grand Rapids, 1870s- 1970s
In the 1960s and 1970s , a new wave of women attorneys began joining the bar in Grand Rapids, paving the way for many who followed. Yet they were not the first female attorneys to practice law in Grand Rapids. In the late 1870s, Elizabeth Eaglesfield, one of the early female graduates of the University of Michigan Law School, hung out her shingle and began advertising for clients. She was followed by Ella Mae Backus, an attorney who became the backbone of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Michigan, and others, such as Gale Saunders, who are largely unknown today. Attorney and Grand Valley professor Ruth Stevens will trace the history of the first century of women attorneys in Grand Rapids, bringing to life the stories of these early women attorneys and linking them to the next wave of pioneers who helped shape the Grand Rapids legal community as it is today.
Those who are attending are also welcome to meet other WLAM members for happy hour beforehand at 5:30 P.M. at the Electric Cheetah! We will then head over to watch Just Lips as a group and show our support.
If you are interested in purchasing a ticket to the Just Lips event, please contact our WLAMPresident, Kim Large: KLarge@mmbjlaw.com. The cost for a ticket is $25, and checks should be made payable to the Justice Foundation of West Michigan.
WLAM Softball Committee
Would you like to get more involved in WLAM? Please consider joining our softball committee! Whether you like to play in the game or just want to lend a hand behind the scenes, we could use more help in planning the women lawyers v. judges game, an event held each year to raise money for the YWCA. Our first meeting is in February.
Contact Christy McDonald: CMcDonald@dickinsonwright.com if you are interested or would like more information.
Here is some information regarding our upcoming WLAM Western Region events. We hope to see you at one or all of these great events!
WLAM invites you to a membership luncheon which will take place on Thursday, February 27 from 12:00 - 1:00 PM at The University Club at 111 Lyon Street NW in Grand Rapids. At the event, EileenMcKeever from YWCA will describe the programs that our funds support and inspire us to host the Charity Softball Game in June. Please RSVP by Friday, February 21, to Kelly Brushaber email@example.com.
April Bring Your Child to Work Painting Event
Save the date for WLAM's Bring Your Child to Work event which will feature a change in program time and format this year. We will offer an evening painting event on Thursday, April 24 from 6:00 - 8:30 PM at Brush Studio in Grand Rapids. Judges, members, non-members, and their children can create some beautiful art pieces together, while reducing stress and spending quality time together in a fun environment.
Joy Fossel was recently recognized by Corp! Magazine with its Diversity Business Leader award and was named 2013 Super Lawyer in September.
Fossel was selected as a Diversity Business Leader based on her work with the Managing Partners Diversity Collaborative, a group of 13 Grand Rapids law firms in association with the Grand Rapids Bar Association, working to promote and achieve greater diversity and inclusion in the West Michigan legal community and for her efforts as Varnum’s Diversity and Inclusion Team leader.
A trial attorney, Fossel is well known for her pro bono efforts. She has been recognized by the American Bar Association for her ongoing commitment to social justice through pro bono work and was the 2011 recipient of the John W. Cummiskey Award, in recognition of outstanding pro bono contributions. In addition, she leads Varnum's Diversity and Inclusion Team, coordinating the firm's internal and external diversity and inclusion initiatives. She is a key committee member of the Managing Partners Diversity Collaborative and was recently awarded the 2013 Grand Rapids Bar Association President's award. Additionally, she has been a crucial player in developing and overseeing a legal internship program for University Prep Academy students interested in law.