Welcome to the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan
We were founded in 1919 by five self-proclaimed “ardent Portias of Detroit.” Today, our organization has grown extensively in size and purpose. Our membership includes attorneys, judges and law students. We have become a statewide organization with seven regional chapters, providing wide-ranging networking and professional development opportunities for women lawyers. Our mission is to secure the rights of women in society and advance the interests of women members of the legal profession, to promote improvements in the administration of justice, to promote equality and social justice for all people, to improve relations between the legal profession and the public, and to encourage the continued legal education of lawyers. Please take a look at our site, including our services, events, and member listings. We hope you like what you see and will join us. We look forward to meeting you!
Message from the President
Welcome to the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan!
My name is Alena M Clark, and I am proud to serve as the President of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan (WLAM). In its 101st year, WLAM is one of the oldest women’s bar associations in the United States. It has also served as my legal family for my entire professional career.
As the first person in my family to become a lawyer, entering the profession was daunting—to say the least. WLAM opened doors for me by providing mentors, countless professional connections, and life-long friendships. It is my hope that WLAM will offer you the same opportunities and more.
WLAM welcomes anyone—lawyer, juris doctorate, or law student—who shares its mission. As a member of the LGBTQ community, I feel blessed to lead an organization that recognizes the importance of diversity and inclusion and strives to promote these values in law and society. Read More
Five “ardent Portias of Detroit” founded WLAM a century ago. These remarkable women completed law school and became attorneys at a time when very few Michigan women became attorneys and no Michigan woman could vote. Although the number of men and women entering the profession in modern times is roughly equal, women tend to leave the profession in their later years at a much higher rate. WLAM sees this as an epidemic and is committed to advancing the interests of women members of the legal profession and promoting improvements in the practice of law.
In the coming year, we have a full agenda of goals that will be accomplished through the hard work of our 13 standing committees. Membership on these committees, like the Legal Affairs & Legislative Committee, the Gender Equity Committee, and the Domestic Violence Committee, is open to all members. I am encouraged by the amazing Board of Directors and Regional Leadership that our members have elected, and I know that we will continue to make a difference in our Michigan community. I look forward to furthering our mission together.
WLAM is dedicated to securing the rights of women in society, advancing the interests of women members of the legal profession, promoting improvements in the administration of justice, and promoting equality and social justice for all people. As advocates, we recognize that there is strength in numbers. Whether we are in a court room or on the steps of the Michigan State Capitol, WLAM’s voice is louder when we join together. Click here for details on WLAM’s advocacy efforts.