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WLAM Commemorates the Life of Hon. Patricia J. Boyle

PATRICIA J. BOYLE, of White Lake, retired Justice of the
Michigan Supreme Court and former U.S. District Judge, Judge of the Recorders
Court of the City of Detroit and Chief of Research, Training and Appeals for
the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office; passed away in Ft. Myers, Florida on
January 13, 2014 at the age of 76. She was preceded in death by her husband,
Terrance and grandson, Nathan Pernick. She is survived by her sons, Jeffery
(Mary) Pernick, Jason (Kimberly) Pernick, Kurt Pernick, and David Pernick; her daughter,
Katty (Stefan) Kerst; grandchildren, Brian, Sarah, Riley and Kerry; sister,
Linda Gillespie and many dear extended family members, friends and a special
canine companion, Mandy.

Visitation will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home,
404 E. Liberty, Milford on Saturday, January 18, 2014 from 2 to 8 p.m. The
Funeral Service will be held at Milford Presbyterian Church, 238 N Main St,
Milford, Michigan on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 1:00 p.m., with gathering
beginning at 12 Noon.

WLAM Urges Governor Snyder to Veto SB652

The Women Lawyers Association of Michigan strongly opposes
the proposed law revamping the Court of Claims and urges the Governor to veto
it. (Read the letter
to the Governor
.)

View SB652

WLAM President's Letter, October 2013

The
September/October period is always a time of reflection for me. Fall is all
about changes and preparing for new growth come the Spring. Kids start school
again, a fresh chance to learn new things and make new friends. Organizations,
semi-dormant over the summer, become active and vibrant. It’s a chance for new
beginnings and fresh starts.

This time also marks a change for WLAM. We have started our 5-year Planning
Process and just held a general meeting to discuss our goals and aspirations as
we approach our 100th Anniversary. Our future is full of promise and
hope. And there has never been a better opportunity to be part of our future.

In the coming months, as we formulate our plan, we want to hear from our
members to better understand what you want your
organization to be in the future. Each individual member makes us
the great organization that we are and can be. And WLAM is lucky to have the
best of the best as our members.

There are about 10,000 female attorneys in Michigan. Nearly 700 of those attorneys
are WLAM members While those numbers show that we have a huge pool of potential
members that we are working to reach out to, those numbers also show how
wonderful our membership is. Of the 25 Women in the Law Michigan Lawyer Award
Winners this year, 10 are members of WLAM. So, of the approximately 9,300 women
lawyers who are not WLAM members, 15 received this honor or 1.6%. Of our 700
members, 10 received this honor or over 14%.

Women lawyers who belong to WLAM are more likely to be successful, to be
supported by the legal community and to be recognized for their achievements.
This WLAM community support translates to more referrals, more networking
opportunities and chances to grow and succeed. So joining We believe that being
a member of WLAM just makes smart business sense.

Joining WLAM is now more important than ever. With legal deregulation occurring
overseas, where lawyers are able to create firms with CPAs, mortgage brokers,
doctors, and other business professionals, the practice of law stands on the
cusp of a revolution. As women have become more prominent in the legal
profession, we have had to conform our practice to norms that were established
many years ago when women were not involved in the creation of the practice. As
such, we have had to struggle with perpetual work-life balance issues which
were simply not contemplated when only men were lawyers. However, this
potential legal revolution, combined with significant advances in
technology, presents an opportunity to influence the practice of law in ways we
never imagined. Imagine a legal practice where it is routine to skype in for a
motion hearing, allowing you to stay home with your sick child or parent, without
having to choose between your career and your family. Imagine running an
international law firm from your home. These types of changes to the practice
of law can happen and they are happening now.

To affect change, WLAM will need a voice. To have a voice, we need you. We need
your membership, your input, your innovations, and your heart. We have the
opportunity to be the change we want in the world. WLAM is stepping up and
preparing to meet this change head-on, positively and affirmatively. More
importantly, WLAM is excited to take this journey with you.

With affection and dedication to all WLAM members,
Marla A. Linderman, President of Women Lawyers Association of Michigan

2013 WLAM Annual Meeting: FUTHERING HERSTORY TOGETHER

Please Save the Date! 2013 WLAM Annual Meeting, April 12, 2013 at the beautiful Book Cadillac

FURTHERING HERSTORY TOGETHER

More information to follow ...

Book Cadillac

WLAM Endorses, Rates Judicial Candidates

Press Release

Contact: Marla Linderman, WLAM Candidate Rating and Endorsement
Committee Chair
Phone:   810.220.0600 (office) or 734.368.1209 (cell)

Women Lawyers Association of Michigan is proud to announce its ratings and endorsements of judicial candidates for office.

Thirty-eight judicial candidates voluntarily consented to WLAM's rigorous process which includes an extensive written questionnaire and a background check. The background check required sitting judges to provide the contact information for 3 attorneys they had ruled against on major issues as well as references; attorneys had to provide contact information for 3 opposing attorneys. Supreme Court candidates also had oral interviews.

WLAM is an organization proud to be a conglomeration of Republicans, Independents, and Democrats, men and women, and our members have diverse views. As such, WLAM has taken no position regarding abortion and wishes to make it clear that a candidate's position, whether pro-life or pro-choice, was not considered in rating any candidate.

WLAM hereby endorses the following individuals who are running for judicial office:

Connie Marie Kelley

Bridget Mary McCormack

WLAM hereby rates the following individuals who are running for judicial office
as indicated by rating in alphabetical order:

1

Gregory

Bill

Outstanding

2

Timothy

Connors

Outstanding

3

Jodi

Debbrecht

Outstanding

4

Edward

Ewell

Outstanding

5

James

Fink

Outstanding

6

Dana

Hathaway

Outstanding

7

Connie

Kelley

Outstanding

8

Carol

Kuhnke

Outstanding

9

Denise

Langford-Morris

Outstanding

10

Jane

Markey

Outstanding

11

Bridget

McCormack

Outstanding

12

Derek

Meinecke

Outstanding

13

Kathleen

Brickley

Well-Qualified

14

Craig

Bunce

Well-Qualified

15

Patrick

Hillary

Well-Qualified

16

Sheila

Johnson

Well-Qualified

17

Kirsten

Keilitz

Well-Qualified

18

Marcy

Klaus

Well-Qualified

19

Andrea

Larkin

Well-Qualified

20

Jill

LaVoy

Well-Qualified

21

Karen

McDonald

Well-Qualified

22

Patricia

McMillen

Well-Qualified

23

Brian

Morrow

Well-Qualified

24

Wendy

Potts

Well-Qualified

25

Kelly Ann

Ramsey

Well-Qualified

26

Bill

Seikaly

Well-Qualified

27

Matthew

Van Epps

Well-Qualified

28

Michael

West

Well-Qualified

29

Vernon

Dee Helder

Qualified

30

Patricia

Gardner

Qualified

31

Richard

Halloran

Qualified

32

Sandra

Harrison

Qualified

33

Carl

Marlinga

Qualified

34

Colleen

O'Brien

Qualified

35

Ken

Ross

Qualified

36

Leo

Bowman

No Rating

37

Joseph

Brennan

No Rating

38

Nancy

Gallagher

No Rating

40

Michael

Woodyard

No Rating

The ratings were based on the following criteria:
Each candidate, for either elected or appointed office, will be given one of the following ratings: Outstanding, Well-qualified, Qualified, or No Rating. These ratings are defined as follows:

Outstanding:

to be rated "outstanding" the candidate must exhibit exceptional qualities for judicial service. The candidate must have excellent legal ability, wide experience, wisdom, intellect, insight, impartiality and judicial temperament. The candidate should have generally participated in numerous civic, charitable, and political activities in the community and professional bar organizations. The candidate should be acclaimed in the legal community as affirmatively supporting and/or promoting the position of all women in society and a demonstrated record of advancing women in the legal profession.

Well-qualified:

to be rated "well-qualified" the candidate must exhibit superior qualities for judicial service. The candidate must have very good legal ability, wide experience, wisdom, intellect, insight, and impartiality. The candidate should have generally participated in civil, charitable, or political activities in the community and professional bar organizations. The candidate should be acknowledged in the legal community as affirmatively supporting and/or promoting the position of all women in society and a demonstrated record of advancing women in the legal profession.

Qualified:

to be rated "qualified" the candidate must exhibit the essential qualities of, and a fitness for judicial service. The candidate must have good legal ability, experience, wisdom, intellect, insight, and impartiality. The candidate should have participated in civil, charitable, or political activities in the community or professional bar organizations. The candidate should be seen in the legal community as affirmatively supporting and/or promoting the position of all women in society and a demonstrated record of advancing women in the legal profession.

No rating:

a candidate will not be rated if there is insufficient information available to the CREC regarding the candidate's fitness for judicial office, a candidate requests that no rating be given, or the Committee finds that the candidate does not meet the standards of qualifications set by the Committee as set forth above.