WLAM Leaders Elected to NCWBA Board

In July, WLAM Director at Large Nicolette Zachary became President of the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations and WLAM Director at Large Tanya Grillo joined the NCWBA board as a director.


As President, Nicolette looks forward to furthering the NCWBA’s ongoing mission of advancing women in the profession and society through providing programming and resources for its women’s bar organization members; continuing the NCWBA’s monthly webinar series on a variety of subjects affecting women in the profession, especially in the area of diversity, equity, and inclusion; strengthening the NCWBA’s ties with other organizations; and expanding the GOOD Guys Program (a signature program designed to bring men into the conversation about gender equity and DEI). Nicolette practices insurance defense litigation and is a partner at Ward, Anderson, Porritt, Bryant, Lord & Zachary in Bloomfield Hills.


Tanya decided to join the NCWBA board because she wanted to bring the knowledge and resources that she would acquire as a NCWBA board member to WLAM. She is also grateful for the opportunity to work with women lawyers from around the country on service projects. Tanya is the managing attorney at Grillo Law, P.L.L.C.—a law firm specializing in criminal defense—and the manage assigned counsel coordinator for the Southfield District Court.

UDM Women’s Law Caucus Lauded at NCWBA Annual Meeting

The National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations awarded its inaugural award for a women’s law student association to the University of Detroit Mercy Women’s Law Caucus. The Caucus was selected for this honor because of its academic year 2019/2020 service project wherein its members collected feminine hygiene supplies and monetary donations for distribution to women’s shelters in Detroit.

Women’s Law Caucus President Maya Younis accepted this award on behalf of the Caucus during the NCWBA’s 2020 Women’s Bar Leadership Virtual Summit: Owning the ‘Change’ Reaction in July. In addition to the awards ceremony, the summit featured a GOOD Guys Program event; speakers on diversity and inclusion, the 19th Amendment, mindfulness and meditation, tech tips, and the attrition of senior women attorneys; as well as a panel discussion with female founders of multiple women’s bar organizations. The summit also had opportunities for attendees to share the organization’s best practices and network.

Save the Date
November 12th and 13th
The NCWBA will have special programming and networking opportunities open to all WLAM members.
More details to follow!