The Women Lawyers Association of Michigan is committed to ensuring the safety and health of the community.  Governor Whitmer recently declared a state of emergency in Michigan due to the coronavirus, and has further shut down all schools through April 6. 

    Out of an abundance of caution and in doing our part to ensure the safe and well-being of everyone, WLAM has made the decision to cancel and reschedule the 102nd Annual Meeting (presently scheduled for April 18, 2020).  We will keep you updated about the new date for the 102nd Annual Meeting as soon as possible.

    For those who have already registered for the April 18th meeting, we will honor your registration for the new date of the meeting. If you have any issues, please contact Hillary Walilko at [email protected].

    If you booked a room in the WLAM block it will be canceled automatically in the coming weeks. If you booked outside of our block you will need to call the hotel (1-877-901-6632) and cancel to ensure you are not charged.

    For those who have already submitted sponsorships, we will honor your sponsorship for the new date of the meeting.  We sincerely appreciate your continued support in our mission and organization.  We will also continue to take any new sponsorships for the new date to be posted shortly.

    Thank you for your understanding during this difficult time in our state, and we thank you for your support. 

    Roquia K. Draper
    President Elect
    Women Lawyers Association of Michigan

    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!









    Debra N. Ribitwer & Associates, P.C.  


  • Venue:  Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, 187 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Schedule of Events **subject to change**

    Friday, September 11th – 9:00 – 3:00 – Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
    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

    Friday, September 11th – 3:30 – 6:30 – Grand Rapids Brewery Tour

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  • Venue

    The 2020 meeting will be held at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in downtown Grand Rapids.


    A block of rooms is available at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel until August 11th. Call 1-800-253-3590 and mention Women Lawyers Association of MI when booking.