2021 State Bar Election Results

2021 State Bar Election Results

June 29, 2021

SBM Board of Commissioners
Five attorneys, Aaron V. Burrell, Sherriee L. Detzler, Hon. Kameshia D. Gant, Lisa J. Hamameh, and Thomas H. Howlett won contested seats in this year’s Board of Commissioners elections. All will serve three-year terms expiring at the close of the September 2024 board meeting.

Sherriee L. Detzler was elected to serve District D, representing Macomb and St. Clair counties. Detzler is part of the Access Lex Institute team whose mission is to empower the next generation of lawyers.

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Sherriee L. Detzler


Aaron V. Burrell was elected to serve District H, representing Lenawee, Monroe, and Wayne counties. Burrell is a member at Dickinson Wright who focuses his practice in the areas of complex commercial litigation, appellate law, labor and employment law, and minority business enterprises.

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Aaron V. Burrell


Lisa J. Hamameh and Thomas H. Howlett were reelected, and the Hon. Kameshia D. Gant was elected to serve District I, representing Oakland county. Hamameh is a shareholder at Rosati, Schultz, Joppich & Amtsbuechler, in Farmington Hills, practicing municipal law, land use and zoning, and condominium and homeowners’ association law. Howlett is a partner at The Googasian Firm, in Bloomfield Hills, where he pursues legal malpractice, medical malpractice, wrongful death, catastrophic injury, and civil rights cases for individuals and families; and Gant serves as judge in the 6th Judicial Circuit Court in Pontiac.

Headshot of Lisa J. Hamameh Headshot of Thomas H. Howlett Headshot of Hon. Kameshia D. Gant
Lisa J. Hamameh Thomas H. Howlett Hon. Kameshia D. Gant


Two attorneys won uncontested elections for the State Bar Board of Commissioners. The Hon. Kristen D. Simmons, of Lansing, was elected to serve District E, representing Barry, Clinton, Eaton, Gratiot, Ingham, Ionia, Livingston, Montcalm, and Shiawassee counties. Simmons serves as judge in the 54A District Court in Lansing. The Hon. Erane C. Washington was reelected to serve District G, representing Jackson and Washtenaw counties. Washington serves as a judge in the 14A District Court in Ypsilanti.

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Hon. Kristen D. Simmons Hon. Erane C. Washington


The SBM Board of Commissioners provides oversight to the State Bar on finance, public policy, professional standards, and member services and communications.

Judicial Tenure Commission (JTC)
Hon. Brian R. Sullivan of Detroit won an uncontested election for a three-year term on the Judicial Tenure Commission that will commence Jan. 1, 2022 and expire on Dec. 31, 2024.

The JTC is a constitutionally created body that promotes the integrity of the judicial process and preserves public confidence in the courts.

SBM Representative Assembly
Fifty-two attorneys won uncontested races in the State Bar Representative Assembly.
These members are:
3rd Circuit—Wayne County
Deborah K. Blair, Detroit
Robin E. Dillard, Detroit
Jennifer C. Douglas, Detroit
Julia A. Gilbert, Detroit
Elizabeth M. Johnson, Plymouth
Daniel S. Korobkin, Detroit
Dawn Lee-Cotton, Detroit
Shanika A. Owens, Detroit
Richard M. Soranno, Detroit
Kimberley A. Ward, Detroit

4th Circuit—Jackson County
Andrew P. Kirkpatrick, Jackson

5th Circuit—Barry County
Steven G. Storrs, Hastings

6th Circuit—Oakland County
J. Matthew Catchick, Southfield
David J. Eagles, Farmington Hills
J. Scot Garrison, Pontiac
Dawn M. King, Southfield
Michael A. Knoblock, Royal Oak
Mathew Kobliska, Farmington Hills
Steven L. Rotenberg, Bingham Farms
Michael E. Sawicky, Farmington Hills
James T. Weiner, Bingham Farms

7th Circuit—Genesee County
Alena M. Clark, Flint

8th Circuit—Ionia and Montcalm Counties
Christopher R. Hekman, Stanton

9th Circuit—Kalamazoo County
Reh Starks-Harling, Kalamazoo

14th Circuit—Muskegon County
Elise M. Elzinga, Muskegon
Jennifer J. Roach, Muskegon

15th Circuit—Branch County
William D. Renner II, Coldwater

16th Circuit—Macomb County
Alyia M. Hakim, Roseville
Laura Polizzi, Mt. Clemens

17th Circuit—Kent County
Joshua Z. Kosmerick, Grand Rapids
Ashleigh K. Russett, Grand Rapids

21st Circuit—Isabella County
Anthony C. Putz, Mt. Pleasant

23rd Circuit—Alcona, Arenac, Iosco, and Oscoda Counties
Duane L. Hadley, Standish

25th Circuit—Marquette County
Karl A. Weber, Marquette

29th Circuit—Clinton and Gratiot Counties
Cassandra R. Green, St. Johns
Sarah E. Huyser, Ithaca

30th Circuit—Ingham County
Yolanda M. Bennett, Lansing
Mary A. Bowen, Lansing
Kara R. Hart-Negrich, Lansing
Jessica L. Zimbelman, Lansing

32nd Circuit—Gogebic and Ontonagon Counties
Rudolph F. Perhalla, Ironwood

33rd Circuit—Charlevoix County
Kevin G. Klevorn, Boyne City

34th Circuit—Ogemaw and Roscommon Counties
Troy B. Daniel, Roscommon

35th Circuit—Shiawassee County
Michael L. Herendeen, Ovid

37th Circuit—Calhoun County
Angela Easterday, Battle Creek

44th Circuit—Livingston County
Dennis L. Perkins, Howell

46th Circuit—Crawford, Kalkaska, and Otsego Counties
Courtney E. Cadotte, Gaylord

47th Circuit—Delta County
Lauren M. Wickman, Escanaba

50th Circuit—Chippewa County
Jason N. Rozencweig, Sault Ste. Marie

52nd Circuit—Huron County
Dallas Rooney, Bad Axe

53rd Circuit—Cheboygan and Presque Isle Counties
Melissa Goodrich, Cheboygan

55th Circuit—Clare and Gladwin Counties
Thomas R. Evans, Gladwin

The 150-member Representative Assembly was created in 1972 to increase the proportion of members who actively participate in State Bar policy.

SBM Young Lawyers Section Executive Council
Three attorneys—Jerome Crawford of Clinton Township, Kirstina R. Magyari of Detroit, and Colemon L. Potts of Detroit—won a contested election in District 1, representing Wayne and Macomb counties, for two-year terms expiring in 2023.

Two attorneys—Aysha F. Allos of Oak Park and Daniel. K. Keith of Troy—won uncontested elections in District 2, representing Oakland county, for two-year terms expiring in 2023.

Two attorneys—Jacob G. Eccleston of Portage and Amy S. Krieg of Ann Arbor—won uncontested elections in District 3, representing all Michigan counties except for Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb, for two-year terms expiring in 2023.

The Young Lawyers Executive Council governs the members of the Young Lawyers Section, one of the State Bar's largest sections. The section provides education, information, and analysis about issues of concern through meetings, seminars, public service programs, and newsletters. The section has won numerous awards for its public service and educational programs.