Washtenaw Region Leadership
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|Patricia Reiser (2017-18)|
|Kym London (2016-17) View Bio
Kym London is a partner at Hamilton, Graziano & London, PLC in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the WMU Cooley Innocence Project at WMU Cooley Law School, Lansing Campus. Kym graduated from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, cum laude in January 2011. She received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan. Kym is a civil and domestic mediator and received her training as a domestic mediator from the Mediation Training & Consultation Center in Ann Arbor. In 2017, Kym received the ICLE Certificate in Family Law. She the Immediate-Past President of WLAM, Washtenaw Region
and is a member of the WLAM Statewide Legal Affairs Committee. Kym is also a member Washtenaw County Bar Association and serves on the WCBA Bias Awareness Committee and
served three years as Co-Chair of the WCBA Solo and Small Firm Section. Kym resides in Ann
Arbor, Michigan with her husband of thirty-three years and has four adult children of whom she
is very proud.
|Anna Frushour (2015-16)|
|Jennifer Lawrence (2014-15) View Bio
Jennifer currently works as a family law attorney and litigator at Kline Legal Group PLC in Ann Arbor. Prior to joining Kline in 2016, Jennifer worked as a general practitioner at a firm that specialized in Bankruptcy. Jennifer is past president of the Washtenaw County Region (2014-2015) and has been heavily involved in Women Lawyers and has served as a board member for the Washtenaw County Bar Association for many years. Jennifer lives in Ann Arbor with her husband and two children Karis (age 4) and Jonas (age 1). In addition to handling a busy law practice Jennifer enjoys networking with her colleagues and spending time with her family. Jennifer also handles general civil litigation, estate planning and some criminal defense.
|Katherine Sharkey (2013-14)|
|Elizabeth Kitchen-Troop (2012-13) View Bio
Elizabeth Kitchen-Troop graduated law school from the University of Toledo, College of Law in 2004. For undergrad, she attended the University of Michigan, and graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Psychology. She currently practices in Ann Arbor, Michigan with Kline Legal Group, PLC, where she handles family law litigation, mediation, arbitration and parenting coordination. Elizabeth is a past member of the State Bar of Michigan Family Law Council and is currently serving as an elected member of the State Bar of Michigan, Representative Assembly (2015-2017). She is very actively involved in her local bar association as well, currently serving as Past President for the Washtenaw County Bar Association (2016-2017) and Past President of Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, Washtenaw Region (2012-2013). In 2013, Elizabeth received the SBM Kimberly M. Cahill Bar Leadership Award in recognition of her role in developing the WCBA Modest Means Program. Elizabeth is an ICLE speaker in the area of family law and has been recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine as a Rising Star in Family Law each year for the years 2011-2017. She currently resides in Howell, Michigan with her husband Doug and two sons, Alex (7) and Jackson (3).
|Rosemary Frenza Chudnof (2011-12) View Bio
Rosemary Frenza Chudnof served as WLAM-Washtenaw Region in 2010-2011. Rosemary began her legal career as a solo family and estate law practitioner in 2008 before joining an Ann Arbor-area estate and elder law firm in 2010. In 2013, Rosemary left the practice of law to devote herself to full-time work with local non-profit organizations. After spending three years as the Development Director of Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County, Rosemary opened her own non-profit consulting firm, RFC Consulting, in January 2017. Rosemary works with grass-roots social justice organizations on issues such as fundraising and strategic planning, and is considering adding non-profit legal services to her professional offerings. A longtime community volunteer, Rosemary has served as a board member for The Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor, the Arbor Hospice Foundation, and the Washtenaw County Bar Association, among others. A native Ann Arbor "townie," Rosemary now lives in Northville with her husband and two sons.
|Angela Walker (2010-11) View Bio
Angela Walker is a founding partner of the employment litigation firm, Blanchard & Walker, PLLC. Ms. Walker provides advice to executives making job transitions, and handles complex severance negotiations for highly compensated employees. She also focuses on helping employees with disabilities enforce their rights with regard to ADA accommodations, FMLA leave, and employee benefits matters. She has litigated gender discrimination, Equal Pay Act, and lactation rights cases, and frequently represents women with cancer facing discriminatory conduct at work.
Ms. Walker received her law degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 2004. Throughout her career, she has been active in the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, including serving on the board of Washtenaw Region from 2006-2011. She returned in 2016 to serve as Washtenaw’s regional representative to the WLAM state board. Ms. Walker also currently sits on the board of the Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor. She frequently presents on ADA and FMLA issues, and is a co-author of the FMLA chapter of ICLE’s Employment Litigation in Michigan book.
|Suzanne Sukkar (2009-10)|
|Laura Sagolla (2008-09) View Bio
Laura Anne Sagolla is an assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Michigan, where she practices in the civil defensive unit and acts as tribal liaison to the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe. Ms. Sagolla received her J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Michigan law school and clerked for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s office, Ms. Sagolla practiced in the appellate practice group at Dykema and then a boutique Indian law firm, Kanji & Katzen, PLLC, representing Michigan and Washington tribes in environmental and treaty rights litigation. She has a special interest in attorney health and happiness and has organized workshops on this topic.
|Jen Salvatore (2007-08) View Bio
With exceptional judgment and compassionate, client-centered advocacy, Jennifer Salvatore is respected as both a formidable adversary and a skilled negotiator able to steer difficult matters towards successful resolution. An AV-rated lawyer (the highest Martindale Hubble peer review ranking for ethics and legal ability), Jennifer practices in the areas of employment, civil rights, and business litigation and represents a wide range of individuals in difficult employment transitions, including executives and other professionals in employment and contract disputes. Jennifer has a particular interest in sex discrimination cases, and has handled many high profile matters involving sex harassment and other gender issues. She also has a busy practice representing students, including in Title IX litigation and internal processes related to college sexual misconduct investigations.
Jennifer has a successful track record as a trial attorney, including achieving a $1.1 million verdict in the Western District of Michigan in a First Amendment retaliation case.
Prior to Salvatore Prescott & Porter, Jennifer was a Principal at Nacht, Roumel & Salvatore in Ann Arbor, where she handled employment and civil rights matters. She practiced for a number of years in the litigation department at Jenner & Block, LLP in Chicago, where her practice focused on complex commercial litigation in federal and state courts for Fortune 500 companies. And she was the first recipient of the Polikoff-Gautreaux fellowship at Business and Professional People for the Public Interest in Chicago, where she worked on public policy issues and impact litigation from 1999-2001.
Jennifer graduated with honors from Miami University (Ohio) with a B.A. in Political Science and Journalism. She received her J.D., cum laude, from The University of Michigan Law School.
|Amy Reiser (2006-07) View Bio
Earned J.D. from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in 1998. Worked for the Women’s Justice Center in Detroit from 1998-1999 and then began a career in prosecution. I joined the Kalamazoo County Prosecutor’s Office in July 1999, leaving in December 2002 to join the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office where I am currently employed as Assistant Prosecuting Attorney. I have devoted my career to public service, and I enjoy working with law enforcement agencies and helping victims of crime through the criminal justice system. I live in Dexter, Michigan with my husband and two children.
During my tenure at the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office, I served as the President of the WLAM Washtenaw Region from 2006-2007.
|Teresa Killeen (2005-06)|
|Marla Linderman (2004-05)|
|Elizabeth Donovan (2003-04)|
|Naomi Woloshin (2002-03)|
|Amy Iannone (2001-02) View Bio
Amy Iannone has practiced law for 24 years, and more than 19 of those years have been in the construction/design industry. Amy received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University - Bloomington, her law (JD) degree from Santa Clara University School of Law, and her Masters of Corporate and Finance Law (L.L.M.) from Wayne State University Law School. Upon graduation, she served as a law clerk in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, and subsequently went into private practice. Amy’s design/construction experience includes Hobbs + Black Associates, Inc. and Barton Malow Company.
In 2013, Amy joined DPR Construction where she leads the company’s insurance risk management. Amy handles contract review and negotiation, claims management and client counseling. She also participates in the review and procurement of numerous corporate and project-specific/controlled insurance programs, both owner-sponsored and contractor-sponsored.
Amy serves as Chair of Division 5, General Contractors, for the American Bar Association (ABA) Construction Law Forum. Amy is an active member and published author in the organization. She co-wrote the following: “Construction Checklists: A Guide to Frequently Encountered Construction Issues” for the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry in August 2008, “OCIPS, CCIPS, and Project Policies” for The Construction Lawyer in the Summer of 2009, and “Chapter 10: Controlled Insurance Programs for Construction Insurance,” A Guide for Attorneys and Other Professionals for the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry in 2011. Amy also participates in the Construction Risk Management Committee for the Associated General Contractors of America. Outside of work, Amy’s interests include rowing, cooking and theater.
|Connie Jones (2000-01)|
|Nora Wright (1999-00)|
|Kathy Babcock (1998-99) View Bio
Kathleen Babcock’s practice areas included commercial real estate, health care, education and
government. She worked at The University of Michigan in central administration, the law school, health
system and ICLE. Most of her career has focused on career services, initially working with attorneys
looking to use their legal background in new ways and branching into outplacement, expat spousal
assistance, career and small business planning, and career coaching via individual and group programs.
She performs these services through outplacement companies and a global expat service provider as
well as on an individual basis. Kathleen continues to serve as a career coach and consultant today.
|Karen Sidney (1997-98)|
|Sharon Kelly (1996-97) View Bio
Sharon retired from her law practice in 2017. Prior to retirement, she was Of Counsel to Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge and a member of the firm’s Ann Arbor office. She received an undergraduate degree in History from Nazareth College in Kalamazoo and a Masters degree in Russian History from the University of Michigan. Sharon obtained her law degree from the University of Detroit in 1983, graduating summa cum laude and first in her class. Following graduation, she clerked for Justice Patricia J. Boyle of the Michigan Supreme Court.
Prior to joining Smith Haughey, Sharon was a full equity partner at Dykema Gossett. She has extensive litigation experience, previously specializing in personal injury matters. The last 20 or so years of her practice were solely divorce matters.
Sharon is a former President of the Washtenaw Region of the Women Lawyers of Michigan and was instrumental in establishing the annual Women Lawyers v Judges Softball Challenge. She also previously served as a Board Member of the Washtenaw County Bar Association. From 2010 to her retirement, she somehow found a way to live in Saugatuck and commute to her practice in Ann Arbor. She now lives full time in the Saugatuck-Douglas community on the shores of Lake Michigan.
|Katharine Soper (1995-96)|
|Ann Routt (1994-95)|
|Rebecca Sweet (1993-94) View Bio
Being President of the Washtenaw County Chapter of WLAM was an important and memorable part of my legal career. I appreciated the opportunity. One of my favorite memories is beginning the Women Lawyers vs. the Judges baseball tournament.
I left the practice at an early age when my husband took a job in Grand Rapids at the end of 2000. Soon after, though, we returned to Ann Arbor and I returned to Nichols, Sacks, Slank, Sweet, Sendelbach, and Buiteweg (don't remember when the "Sweet" was eliminated but I like it in the firm title!) in 2004-5 to start the Brighton branch of the firm. Subsequently, I left the practice of law to volunteer and play golf.
Since 2010, I have commuted to and then moved to Columbus OH to care for my beautiful granddaughters now aged 3 and 7.
|Val Twanmoh (1992-93)|
|Nancy Keppelman (1991-92) View Bio
Nancy Keppelman is Of Counsel based in Butzel Long’s Ann Arbor office practicing in the areas of employee benefits and executive compensation law.
Ms. Keppelman became a fellow in American College of Employee Benefits Counsel ("ACEBC") in 2002. Nancy is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for employee benefits expertise, and is among a handful of Michigan lawyers given the highest rating in employee benefits law by Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business. She is also a past member of the Tax Council of the Michigan State Bar and past president of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan – Washtenaw Region.
In addition to being a frequent speaker and author on pensions and employee benefit matters, Nancy is a contributing author to the first edition of "Michigan Business Formbook" (ICLE), and is the editor and an author of "QDROs, EDROs & Division of Employee Benefits on Divorce, a Guide for Michigan Practitioners" (ICLE 2d ed). Nancy also annually updates the ICLE Michigan Family Law Benchbook chapter on the division of pensions and employee benefits in divorce.
|Molly Reno (1990-91)|
|Sandy Sorini (1989-90)|
|Rita Thomas (1988-89) View Bio
I was a member of the second class at Thomas Cooley Law School. My second child, a daughter, was born during my first law school finals week in August, 1974. At the time I was also working for the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and was Vice-President of the Detroit Local American Postal Workers (APWU).
Because of my pregnancy and the birth of my daughter I became aware that the Postal Service and my union, treated pregnant women differently than temporarily disabled men. With the help of Ann Arbor attorney, Jean King, I filed a lawsuit against both the U.S.P.S and the APWU. The lawsuit had a national impact on how employers handled pregnancy disability and also maternity for breast feeding mothers.
While serving as the first women officer of the Detroit Local of the APWU I became the Michigan representative and a founding member of the National Coalition of Labor Union Women.
After law school I took a job with the Michigan School Boards Association and worked as a labor relations representative for several years negotiating and administering labor contracts.
I practiced primarily employment law in two Michigan law firms, as an associate with Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone and as a partner with Schlussel, Lifton, Simon, Rands, Galvin & Jackier, P.C.
While practicing in Michigan I served as a member of the State Bar’s Attorney Discipline Board and was active in the WLAM as a board member and then President (1989-90) for the Washtenaw County Region. While serving as President of the local region we instituted a Mary Foster annual award. Mary was the first women graduate of the University of Michigan Law School.
In 1992 I was offered a job working for the State of Oregon as their Labor Relations Director. I served in that position for 2 years as the Chief Negotiator for the State and Director of the Division. I was hired by the 1995 Oregon Legislative Session to serve as Committee Counsel for the Senate Labor Committee where I helped draft and successfully pass changes to a number of state employment and labor laws. From 1992 to 1997 I also contracted with a Michigan company to teach 3 day Wage and Hour law seminars in a number of different States. In Oregon I became active in the Oregon Women’s Political Caucus and took on a leadership role in 1995.
In a change for my career path, 1997 brought a Governor’s appointment to serve as an Administrative Law Judge on the 3 member Oregon Employment Relations Board and in 2003 I became Chair of the Board. After serving on the Board for eight and a half years, I retired in October, 2005.
Prior to retirement I founded an Oregon 501 (3)(c) non-profit Foundation which offers support and assistance to prison inmates and their families and has included numerous projects which support people in other short term needs. Our longest project was to arrange for extensive medical support for a young girl I met in India and to provide for her education and training to become a medical worker. Through the Foundation I have continued to provide legal support in Immigration law matters.
My husband and I bought an Oregon homestead in 1994 which we have developed into a small vineyard called Point of View (POV). We grow grapes that produce our small batch private estate pinot noir POV wine. We also return to Michigan each summer to live on my husband’s family farm near Caseville where we help with the farming of 450 acres of wheat, soy beans and corn. We travel to visit with our 5 children who have become physicians, computer engineers and an actress. Our 14 grandchildren are our hope for the future and in that regard I remain very politically active speaking, writing and supporting causes for the advancement and protection of women and children.
|Kay Dawson (1987-88) View Bio
I was born and raised in western Pennsylvania where I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh (B.S. degree in 1967 and master’s degree in education in 1969). My work experience after college included teaching middle school in Pittsburgh and college admissions work, first in Pittsburgh and then at Yale, where my husband, David, did his post-doctoral training and where our older daughter, Katie, was born. I was also a founding member of the New Haven Chapter of NOW. We moved to Iowa City in 1973 for David’s first academic job. Our second daughter, Elizabeth, was born there. The experience of sexual harassment (undefined at the time) and gender discrimination in the workplace motivated me to consider a legal career and I began law school at the University of Iowa in 1978. Our daughters were two and five at the time, and my being a full-time law student was a challenge for all of us. One of our daughters’ favorite games was playing “going to law school” which largely consisted of walking around our house wearing my backpack and pretending to “read” my law books to each other.
Following a summer clerkship in New York with Dewey, Ballantine after my second year, we moved to Ann Arbor when David was recruited to the University of Michigan. I finished law school at Michigan and received my degree from Iowa, with distinction, in 1982. My first legal position was at Dickinson, Wright in Detroit where I had the good fortune to be mentored by Julia Darlow. After two years of commuting, I joined a small Ann Arbor firm which became the Ann Arbor office of Miller, Canfield six months later. I practiced there for five years, in the areas of commercial transactions, bonds, and intellectual property. I was then privileged to join the University of Michigan administration as Special Assistant to the Provost and Director of Academic Human Resources, a position I held for seven years. In that role, I staffed the dean’s council, represented the Provost on various committees and drafted a number of university policies, including the Sexual Harassment Policy and other policies affecting women faculty.
We lived in Ann Arbor for 20 years. While in Michigan I was active in WLAM, serving on the State Board of Directors (1985-1987), on the Washtenaw Region Board of Directors (1987-1989) and as President of Washtenaw Region (1987-1988). I co-chaired the Judicial Candidate Endorsement Committee from 1984 to 1989. I was a member of the State Bar’s Professional Development Task Force (1985-1988) and a panelist for the Bar’s Attorney Discipline Board (1989-1996). I also served on the WLAM Foundation’s Board in the late 1980s.
In my administrative role at Michigan I oversaw a variety of searches for positions reporting to the provost, an experience which led to my final career as an executive search consultant with a national firm, where I facilitated presidential searches in higher education. After three years with the firm, my husband was recruited to Portland, Oregon where we moved in 1999 and still live. Here in Portland I established my own business and continued my career as an independent search consultant serving higher education and medical centers/hospitals for 15 years. I feel very fortunate that although our moves during our 50-year marriage were prompted by David’s career, they provided wonderful opportunities to advance my career as well.
My husband and I retired in 2014. We now spend six months a year at our second home in Bar Harbor, Maine and part of the winter in Maui. In addition to various volunteer activities here in Portland and in Bar Harbor, we enjoy spending time with our daughter Katie and her family in Denver where she, a University of Michigan Law School alumna, is a partner at Sherman & Howard, and her husband, also a Michigan Law graduate, is a federal magistrate judge. We also enjoy frequent contact with our daughter Elizabeth, a dermatologist, and her family here in Portland.
Although I only practiced law officially for seven years, my law school education and legal experience were invaluable in both my university position and my work as an executive search consultant. I very much enjoyed my involvement with WLAM. And, I extend my very best wishes to WLAM on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of this very special organization which continues to support women in their legal careers in Michigan.
|Pat Steele (1985-87)|
|Alisande Cutler (1984-85)|
|Zena Zumeta (1983-84) View Bio
Internationally known as both a mediator and trainer of mediators, Zena D. Zumeta is president of the Mediation Training & Consultation Institute, Zena Zumeta Mediation Services, and The Collaborative Workplace in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
She received her Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School. Ms. Zumeta is a former board member and president of the Academy of Family Mediators (now merged into the Association for Conflict Resolution), past president of the Michigan Council for Family and Divorce Mediation, and past Regional Vice President of the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution. She is a past member of the Editorial Board of the American Bar Association's Dispute Resolution Magazine. She is a past president of the WLAM-Washtenaw Region.
Ms. Zumeta has extensive experience as a trainer, mediator, facilitator and consultant. She has been providing mediation services since 1981.
She is an approved civil and family mediator in Michigan, and an approved mediation trainer for Michigan and many other states. She has taught at Hamline University School of Law, and is an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University School of Law's Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, and Cooley Law School.
Ms. Zumeta is the recipient of the Family Mediation Council-Michigan Lifetime Achievement in Mediation Award; the National Education Association/Saturn Corporation Award for Union-Management Collaboration; the John Haynes Distinguished Mediator Award from the Association for Conflict Resolution; and the Kumba Award from the National Conference on Minorities in ADR.
|Sally Rutzky (1982-83)|
|Sally Fink (1979-80, 1981-82) View Bio
Sally C. Fink has been a member of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan (WLAM) since she began Law School in 1971 at Wayne State University. While a student member, she established the divorce referral service. Previously she attended the University of Michigan, graduating with Honors in Philosophy, LSA.
Sally is a founding member of WLAM-Washtenaw Region. Its first meeting took place on September 24, 1979. Its primary focus was to support the Domestic Violence Project/SAFE House and to implement injunctive relief for survivors of domestic violence, as well as to provide networking opportunities. Sally served as President of the Region in 1981-1982. She was a Director-at-Large following her term. She received the Mary E. Foster award from WLAM-Washtenaw Region in 1996.
Sally was a member of the Board of Directors of the Domestic Violence Project/ SAFE House following its inception, from 1979 to 1986. She served as its President in 1981.
Sally drafted the Washtenaw County Administrative Order on the issuance of domestic violence restraining orders in 1979, following the enactment of the Michigan statute. She also helped draft the domestic violence ordinance for the City of Ann Arbor. She received the Susan B. Anthony Award from N.O.W. in 1979.
When Sally began practicing law in 1974, at the Washtenaw County Public Defender’s Office, one could count the number of women attorneys on one hand. She practiced primarily family law and mediation at Josephson and Fink, LLP, and Fink Family Law, PLC, for 37 years until her retirement in 2014. She is grateful to her many colleagues and those who followed in her path.
She is happily retired and currently teaches English as a Second Language to refugees and immigrants at Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County.
|Barbara Kessler (1978-79, 1980-81)|