Serving Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Huron, Isabella, Mecosta,
Midland, Saginaw, Sanilac and Tuscola Counties
Message from the President
Greetings from the Great Lakes Bay Region!
This year WLAM celebrated its centennial year as an association, and the GLBR celebrated its 10th year as a region! While we are a very large region geographically,11 counties to be exact, we consider ourselves a close knit community devoted to helping each other succeed in our respective practice areas. We continue to celebrate our growing membership every year, and in the past four years alone our membership has nearly quadrupled. Some of our signature events have included our Annual Meeting wherein our distinguished members of the bench are presented with WLAM banners to display in their courtrooms, a specially chartered sunset sail on the Appledore Tall Ships through the Saginaw Bay, various networking cocktail hours at local establishments in our region, and our Holiday Party at the Frankenmuth Farmers Market. We are also proud to participate in Law Day and various other speaking engagements at our local schools to encourage the practice of law as an option for young women. Further, we actively raise money to help charities such as Underground Railroad and Emmaus House. Read More
In 2018, we created our first regional award in honor of the first known female attorney to practice in this region, Margaret Louise Rorke (Curry). Attorney Rorke was sworn into the practice on November 9, 1942, in Saginaw County, and joined her father to form the law firm of Curry & Curry. She was a major presence in the GLBR community through not only her practice of law, but also by her avid involvement in the community by volunteering at the Saginaw Public Library and through her membership with the Zonta Club. On May 31, 2018, Barb Klimaszewki was honored as the first recipient of this award, who was not only a more than deserving recipient given her amazing legal work within our community, as well as being a trailblazer in her own right, but also happened to know Attorney Rorke. We hope to carry on the spirit of professionalism and dedication exuded by Margaret Louise Rorke and honor her accomplishments with the presentment of this annual award.
The Great Lakes Bay Region invites you to join us at any of our gatherings which are listed on the calendar of the WLAM website as well as on our regional Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Women-Lawyers-Association-of-Michigan-Great-Lakes-Bay-Region. We look forward to welcoming any attorney to join us who believes in the furtherance of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan mission.