Committees

 

The key to making the most of your WLAM membership is to get involved!  A great way to do so is to join one of our WLAM committees; use the WLAM Committee Preference Form. For more information, please contact the Committee Chair of the Committee you are interested in joining.  If a committee has yet to be assigned a chair, please contact the WLAM President, Roquia Draper.

 

STANDING COMMITTEES:

Leadership Identification & Development/Nominations & Awards Committee

Chair (Immediate Past-President): Alena Clark

Members: Alena Clark, Katie Hennessey, Alyia Hakim, Aysha Allos, Lori Bluhm

Regional Representatives: Maricella Rodriguez (Great Lakes), Tanya Grillo (Macomb), Erin Solaiman (Macomb), Susie Chalgian (Mid-Michigan), Nicole Gettler (Oakland), Shelley Kester (Tip of the Mitten), Kymberlie London (Wastenaw), Kathleen Stearns (Wayne), Melissa Kelleigh (Western)

The chair of this committee works with state and regional leadership to identify and develop interested members for leadership positions within the Association. This committee handles the annual nomination of state officers and submits a proposed slate to the Board of Directors for approval. This committee also evaluates members and/or regions nominated for Association awards. To become a member of this committee, you must be appointed by your Region or the State President of the Association.


Regional Development Committee

Chair: Angela Medley

Members: Angela Medley, Ashley Poindexter, Deanne L. Bonner Simpson, Shanna Kaminski, Amanda J. Skeel, Amber Libby, Jackie Culler

Regional Representatives: Maricella Rodriguez (Great Lakes), Tanya Grillo (Macomb), Erin Solaiman (Macomb), Susie Chalgian (Mid-Michigan), Nicole Gettler (Oakland), Shelley Kester (Tip of the Mitten), Kymberlie London (Wastenaw), Kathleen Stearns (Wayne), Melissa Kelleigh (Western)

This committee works with interested members to establish new regions and/or student chapters in the underrepresented areas of the State of Michigan. This committee also works with existing regions and/or student chapters to establish mentoring opportunities.


Annual Meeting Committee

Chair (Current President-Elect): Ryan Kelly

Members: Ryan Kelly, Alyia Hakim, Gretchen Schlaff Meisel, Amanda Ghannam, Elizabeth Erickson, Hon. Kameshia D. Gant, Roquia Draper, Alexandria Casperson,Tanya Grillo

This committee plans and manages the annual statewide meeting (including the content of the meeting program, obtaining sponsors and speakers, securing a location, promoting the meeting in the media, onsite facilitation at the meeting, and subsequent evaluation follow-up).


Membership Committee

Chair (Current Vice-President): Erin Klug

Members: Erin Klug, Kirsten J. Silwanowicz, Katie Stearns, Angela Medley, Andrea LeGendre, Amanda J. Skeel, Jacquelyn A. McClinton, Jackie Culler, Tanya Grillo

This committee works together to encourage new membership and helps WLAM retain current members. Establishes and maintains the Member Services Program (MSP). The MSP maintains and evaluates existing membership services, and creates programs to promote membership retention and growth.  Further, the MSP evaluates future potential member services and submits recommendations to the Board for implementation.


Finance Committee

Chair (Current Treasurer): Susan Chalgian

Members: Susie Chalgian, Marlene Zieah, Colleen Shovlin, Farrah Ramdayal

The chair of the Finance Committee submits the annual budget for adoption. This committee works together with the Director to maintain Association finances (including preparation of monthly financial statements, consolidated quarterly reports, and the Association’s annual tax return). This committee also ensures accuracy and compliance with the Association’s financial policies and procedures.  This committee generally consists of the State Treasurer and the treasurers of each active region and/or student chapter.


Technology & Communications Committee

Chair (Current Secretary): Nicole Smithson

Members: Nicole Smithson, Marla McCowan, Emily Thomas, Colleen Shovlin, Mais Moran

The chair of this committee oversees the maintenance of the Association’s website and other media sources (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, listserv, etc.), the distribution of the Association’s quarterly electronic newsletter (e-Focus), and the distribution of referral emails to members. This committee works to ensure that the Association’s media sources are current and up to date with accurate leadership contact information, past event content displayed, and timely information is provided regarding upcoming events.


Bylaws, Policies & Procedures Committee

Chair: Tanya Lundberg

Members: Tanya Lundberg, Lori Bluhm, Kristin D. Arnett, Jennifer Henderson

This committee reviews the Association’s bylaws, policies and procedures and makes recommendations for appropriate changes to the Board of Directors and the membership.


Candidate Rating & Endorsement (CREC) Committee

Chair: Amanda Narvaes and Nicole Smithson

This committee performs the following activities:

  • CREC (Candidate Rating & Endorsement Committee) – Reviews, rates or endorses, and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding candidates and/or potential appointees for judicial, quasi-judicial, and in some cases non-partisan appointive positions.

Legal Affairs, Legislative 

Coalition for Impartial Justice (Ad Hoc)

Co-Chairs: Alena Clark

Members: Alena Clark, Donna Mackenzie, Jacqueline Yee, Kym London

This committee performs the following activities:

  • Legal Affairs/Amicus – Identifies cases in which the Association can participate as amicus curiae, brings such cases to the Board of the Association for consideration, and, when necessary, coordinates such participation. This committee also addresses any other response to existing law.
  • Legislative – Reviews and recommends support or opposition to legislation of interest to the membership.

Program Committee

Chair: Erin Klug

Members: Erin Klug, Shanna Kaminski, Elyse Culberson, Kristin Crowley, Narisa Bandali, Lisa Kirsch Satawa, Mary Pickard, Ashley McAlpine, Lexi Woods, Susanna Brennan, Shannon L.H. Phillips, Tanya Grillo

This committee works at the state and regional level to perform the following activities:

  • Career Development – Develops and establishes workshops and seminars that educate members regarding developing laws, technology and provides tools for career development.
  • Networking – Develops and establishes networking activities at the regional and state level for Association members. This committee also coordinates networking activities with other organizations/associations.
  • Charitable – Develops and establishes charitable activities at the regional and state level for Association members. This committee also coordinates charitable activities with other organizations/associations.

Historical Preservation Committee

Co-Chairs: Nicole Smithson and Farrah Ramdayal

Members: Nicole M. Smithson, Farrah Ramdayal, Erin Gianopoulos, Lauren Kissel, Kristina Bilowus

This committee will work to preserve, archive and present the history of WLAM.


Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Co-Chairs: Zenell Brown, Alena Clark and Roquia Draper 

Members: Chelsea Austin, Alethia Battles, (Hon.) Zainab Baydoun, Kristina Bilowus, Susanna Brennan, Alexandria Casperson, Robin Dillard, Nicole Evans, (Hon.) Kameshia D. Gant, Amanda Ghannam, Parisa Ghazaeri, Shamari Hamlet, Noraline Issak, (Hon.) Denise Langford-Morris, Mais Moran, Alisa Peskin-Shepherd, Mary Pickard, (Hon.) Amy Ronayne-Krause, Lillian Saba, Kirsten Silwanowicz, (Hon.) Kristen Simmons

Educate, coordinate activities, and facilitate internal and external outreach with WLAM committees, other bar associations and members of the legal community to further D&I initiatives.

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee will develop educational tools and programming, in conjunction with other WLAM committees and collaboration with external organizations to (1) raise awareness of the importance of diversity and inclusion to the structure and action of the organization, (2) assist members in facilitating and encouraging D&I discussion, engagement and initiatives through the organization’s internal and external communications, (3) assist the profession and the general public with D&I initiatives that are in line with the WLAM mission statement.


SPECIAL COMMITTEES (Ad Hoc)

Gender Equity Committee

Co-Chairs: Kristina Bilowus

Members: Kristina Bilowus, Lauren Cojei, Melissa Kelleigh, Katie Brown, Angela Walker, Rachael Kohl, Erin Klug

This committee develops programs and services to: (1) assist members in dealing with gender bias; (2) raise awareness among the bench, bar, law schools, law enforcement, state government and/or general public of the continuing problem of gender bias; and (3) attempt to reduce the frequency and severity of the incidents and effects of gender bias on individual lawyers and members of society.


Domestic Violence Committee

Co-Chairs: Abril Valdes Siewert

Members: Abril Valdes Siewert, Amber Libby, Rachael Williamson-Becker, Zenell Brown, Amber Soler, Rebecca Zarras, Maura Battersby Murphy, Julianne Pastula, Angel C Rodriguez, Miriam Saffo, Alexandria Casperson, Frances Hollander, John Reiser, Janet Boes

This committee will work with the State Bar of Michigan as part of a taskforce to establish a domestic violence assistance program.