Wayne Region Home Page

 Welcome to Wayne!  The Wayne County Region provides a source of professional development, support, and networking for lawyers and law students living, working, or just interested in Wayne County. Our membership includes women working in firms of all sizes and as solos, in corporations, nonprofits, academia, the judiciary and government, and outside the traditional practice of law as well.  As a member of the Wayne Region, you will get to meet and learn from impressive, experienced women lawyers and judges.     

Please view our event photos on our Facebook page, and like the page, "Women Lawyers Association of Michigan - Wayne Region".  If you are a WLAM member, be sure to join the WLAM Group on LinkedIn.

Please also view our "news & updates" page on this website (under the Regions tab - Wayne - news & updates), for possible posts on past events not referenced below.


April 22, 2014 - Book Discussion.  "Think:  Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed-down World" by Lisa Bloom.  Bloom also authored the popular Huffington Post article on how to talk to little girls....  @ Abbott Nicholson in Detroit.  Light dinner & beverages.  6:00 - 8:00 p.m.  Easy, free surface parking.  Stay tuned for registration details.  Co-chairs Sarah Harwood, slharwood@abbottnicholson and Raman Buttar, rkbuttar97@gmail.com

May 14, 2014 - Annual Lunch meeting.  Panel discussion "Cybersecurity, Data Breaches, Your Practice & You." Panelists:  Barbara McQuade, US Attorney in the ED MI; David Miller, Chief Security Officer at Covisint; and Susan Asam, cybersecurity lawyer at Dykema Gossett.  Fort Shelby-Doubletree Hotel, Detroit.  $30 all except $25 law student.  11:30 - 1:30 pm.  Register by May 8.  Email bariblakewood@gmail.com for registration form.  Email elizabeth@yourbenchmarkcoach.com for sponsorship opportunities.  

June 7, 2014 - WLAM Wayne in Race for the Cure.  We hope to keep growing the team in this third year!  Stay tuned for details.  For information now or to get involved early, contact Co-Chairs Deanne Bonner Simpson, dlb@bonnerdisalvo.com, and Jennifer Stallings, jstallings@dickinson-wright.com

June 12, 2014 - 7th Annual Bench Bar Culinary Challenge for charities.  The always popular outdoor live cook off between teams of judges and lawyers returns to the Grosse Pointe Park home of WLAM member and Court of Appeals Judge Kirsten Frank Kelly.  5:30 - 7:30 p.m.  Contact Lavinia Biasell for registration and sponsorship information.  lxb@maddinhauser.com  Although this event is independent of any bar association, the three charities it always benefits include the WLAM Foundation scholarship fund, Alternatives for Girls and Crossroads for Youth.  Tickets $50.


April 8, 2014 - "Behind the Bench" lunch discussion featuring Wayne Circuit Judge Lita Popke.  An exclusive members only joint event with the Detroit Bar Association.  We loved having 23 people there!  

March 22, 2014 - WLAM Wayne & DMBA Barristers Section @ Gleaners Community Food Bank, Detroit. Thank you to all 26 members and friends of the Barristers and WLAM Wayne who volunteered!  

March 6, 2014 - Celebrating Our Diverse Bar joint bar mixer @ Buffalo Wild Wings on edge of Greektown.

February 21, 2014 - Annual Winter Wine Down, at a member's home in Plymouth Twp. 

February 6, 2014 - MentorJet @ Wayne State Law School. 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. 

February 6, 2014 - Lunch & Learn "Mentors v Sponsors: how sponsors accelerate careers..." with speaker Elizabeth Jolliffe.

December 19, 2013 - WLAM Wayne Region's Holiday Skating Party in the D (No Skating Required!). The weather was perfect for holiday skating followed by dinner at Fountain Bistro. Our festive group photo was featured on the front page of the Detroit Legal News.

November 19, 2013 - Joint event "Painting With a Twist" with the Wayne, Oakland and Macomb regions. Everyone had a good time at Painting With a Twist in Ferndale. Attendees painted their own version of the same painting with tips from a pro and dinner & drinks.

 November 7, 2013 - WLAM Wayne Region's Membership Mixer @ Traffic Jam & Snug in Detroit.  42 lawyers, judges & law students, including several new lawyers celebrating their admission to the bar, enjoyed food and fellowship without a formal program.