Awardees

The WLAM Foundation’s primary educational project is to fund scholarships for outstanding women law students at each of Michigan’s law schools.

Each spring, the Foundation makes financial awards to women law students on the basis of their demonstrated leadership capabilities, community service in such areas as family law, child advocacy or domestic violence, commitment to diversity, and potential for advancing the position of women in society. Candidates for the award may be full or part-time students at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Michigan State University Detroit College of Law, Wayne State University Law School, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, or University of Michigan Law School.   The amount awarded annually has grown substantially from $500 given to each of five students in 1998; in 2002, the WLAM Foundation awarded $1,500 to each of nine students, and $2,500 to a tenth student. The tenth student, attending the University of Detroit Mercy Law School, received a special awarded funded entirely by the Howard & Howard Community Reinvestment Fund.   In 2004, the WLAM Foundation awarded to 15 law students a record total of $42,500. The substantial increase in award money available was due to generous contributions by the Ford Motor Company Fund, Howard & Howard Community Reinvestment Fund, General Motors Legal Staff, and individuals like Elizabeth Gleicher. Several regional chapters of the WLAM also support the WLAM Foundation, particularly the Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Regions.

2020 Awardees

The Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 WLAM Foundation Awards for Outstanding Women Law Students. Besides their superior academic performance at Michigan law schools, these individuals lead efforts to advance the position of women in important areas of the law, including STEM, social justice, equality, child advocacy, and domestic violence.

Since 1997, the WLAM Foundation has awarded over $650,000 to more than 260 female law students. The recipients and sponsors for each of the $3,500 scholarships for 2020 are:

Anna Belkin, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
Kim Cahill Scholar, sponsored by the Women Lawyers of Michigan Foundation

Veronica Beltran, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
John Dalton and Marcy Lou Peacock Scholarship, sponsored by Peacock Law Firm

Lanita Carter, Western Michigan University Cooley School of Law
WLAM Foundation Scholarship, sponsored by Women Lawyers of Michigan Foundation

Lauren Collins, University of Michigan Law School
General Motors Scholarship, sponsored by General Motors Corporation

Chandler Dorris, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
Masco Scholarship, sponsored by Masco Corporation

Jordan Ewald, Wayne State University Law School
WLAM Foundation Scholarship, sponsored by Women Lawyers of Michigan Foundation

Erin Gianopoulos, Wayne State University Law School
General Motors Scholarship, sponsored by General Motors Corporation

Elizabeth Helpling, University of Michigan Law School
Miller Canfield Scholar, sponsored by Miller Canfield

Michelle Mayfield, Wayne State University Law School
Dawn Van Hoek Scholar, sponsored by Women Lawyers of Michigan Foundation

Samantha Rothman, Michigan State University College of Law
Dobrusin Law Scholarship, sponsored by the Dobrusin Law Firm

Daria Solomon, Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
WLAM Foundation Scholarship, sponsored by Women Lawyers of Michigan Foundation

Emily Sosolik, Michigan State University College of Law
Florence King Patent Law Scholarship,  sponsored by Women Patent Lawyers

Rebecca Zarras, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
Dickinson Wright Scholar, sponsored by the Dickinson Wright Women’s Network

“We are grateful for our partners that continue to support the advancement of women in the legal profession through the ‘Outstanding Women in Law’ scholarships,” said Kristen L. Pursley, WLAM Foundation president and managing partner with the Dobrusin Law Firm in Pontiac, Michigan. “Each of our 13 recipients has demonstrated a commitment to excellence in their legal studies and community involvement and has shown strong convictions to social causes. We look forward with great anticipation to their contributions to the profession.”


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