The Wolverine Bar Association, Association of Black Judges of Michigan, and D. Augustus Straker Bar Association will host gatherings in September for both current members and those interested in joining these organizations.
The Wolverine Bar Association and Association of Black Judges of Michigan will gather at the Premium Resto Lounge in downtown Detroit from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 8. Wolverine Bar President Michelle Carter, and Association of Black Judges President, the Hon. Judy Hartsfield, will welcome guests to socialize, and commit to the mission of their organizations. Both associations work to coordinate the energies and talents of the increasing number of African-Americans practicing law throughout Michigan. There is no charge for the event, which will include a cash bar.
The D. Augustus Straker Bar Association will host a membership round-up from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24 at Via Nove Restaurant in Ferndale. D. Augustus Straker President Solon Philips will welcome guests and discuss the association's mission, which is to increase minority representation in the legal profession, support and encourage legal practice opportunities for minorities, and facilitate equal justice for underserved members of the Oakland County community. There is no charge for the event.
The three bar associations are Michigan affiliates of the National Bar Association, the oldest and largest national bar of predominantly African American lawyers and judges. Membership in the Wolverine and Straker bars is open to all members of the State Bar of Michigan; the Association of Black Judges of Michigan is open to all members of the State Bar who are present or past holders of an elective or appointive judicial or quasi-judicial position.