• The theme of this year’s Annual Meeting will be Lifting Women Up, recognizing the importance of mentoring and sponsoring women within leadership development. This theme follows up on last year’s phenomenal Annual Meeting program about shattering the glass ceiling. The next step after shattering the glass ceiling is reaching back and lifting other women up. Our organization has a sustained commitment to the advancement of women lawyers in addition to promoting equality and social justice for all people.  

    The conference will include:

    • Philomena V. Mantella, President of GVSU as our Keynote Speaker
    • A prominent panel of members of the judiciary;
    • An inspiring panel of bar and a representative from the Michigan House of Representatives;
    • Legislative update by a member of Michigan State Senate, on what has changed in 2019 and what to look for in the year to come;
    • Mentoring activities
    • The swearing in of the new board by Justice Megan Cavanaugh; and
    • Awards that highlight prominent members of the organization that further its mission.

    2020 Sponsorship Form or Sign-up Online

    Thank you to our Sponsors!









  • Venue:  JW Marriott, 235 Louis Street NW, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503 USA

    Schedule of Events **subject to change**

    Friday, April 17th – 6:30 to 9:00 – Varnum
    Reception honoring the 2020 WLAM Foundation Scholarship Recipients

    Saturday, April 18th – 9:00 – 3:00 – JW Marriott
    Keynote Address, Panel Discussions with members of the judiciary and bar, Legislative Update by a member of the Michigan House, Mentor/Mentee Activity, Awards and Swearing-in Ceremony

    Saturday, April 18th – 3:30 – 6:30 – Grand Rapids Brewery Tour

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  • Venue

    The 2019 meeting will be held at the JW Marriott in downtown Grand Rapids.

    From their website, “The JW Marriott Grand Rapids is everything you would expect and nothing you could have imagined. Situated in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, the JW Marriott Grand Rapids is meticulously designed for both business and pleasure. As the first JW Marriott hotel in the Midwest, the hotel offers 337 well-appointed, smoke-free rooms and suites on 23 posh floors. Each of which is outfitted with atypical amenities like a 42″ LCD TV, as well as numerous other uncommon personal luxuries. From shareholder’s meetings to lavish wedding receptions to intimate weekend getaways to The Spa, the JW raises the bar. In luxury. In service. In dining. In everything.”


    A block of rooms is available at the JW Marriott until March 17th. Call 1-877-901-6632 and mention Women Lawyers Association of MI when booking.