Service to the Community, Service to the Bar
The “Barristers” is the new lawyers section of the Detroit Bar. Historically, the Barristers have been the Association’s most active and service-oriented section, with a focus on service to the community and service to the Bar.
The Barristers provide new lawyers with the opportunity to expand their leadership skills, become involved in community service projects, attend educational seminars geared towards their practice area, and participate in fun networking activities designed with new lawyers in mind.
Congratulations to the 2023 Barristers award winners, presented at this year’s Summer Breeze event.
One to Watch Award, Drew Ruby
Pro Bono Award, Erika Giroux
Community Impact Award, Matthew Monahan
The Barrister’s President Award, Leanna Belcher
Who Can Become a Member of the Barristers Section?
Attorneys duly licensed to practice in the State of Michigan for ten years or less on the date of the Barristers’ Annual Meeting automatically become members of the Barristers section when they join the Detroit Bar Association. Membership in the Detroit Bar is free to all new attorneys for the first year following admission to the bar.
Also, students of accredited law schools who are members of the Detroit Bar are members of the Barristers section; however, law students are ineligible to hold office or vote.
September 28: Barristers September Meeting
October 26: Barristers October Meeting
November 29: Barristers Holiday Party
November 30: Financial Planning Basics for Lawyers Starting Their Law Careers
January 18: Navigating Student Loan Debt: A Practical Guide for Young Lawyers
- Community Service Programs
- Law School Committee
- New Lawyer Admission Ceremony
- School Partnership Program
- Social Committee
2023-2024 Barristers Section Board
President: Blake Padget, Butzel
Vice President: Jeffrey Turner, BSP Law
Secretary: Shanel Thomas, Kerr Russell & Webber
Treasurer: Patrick Masterson, Dickinson Wright
Past President: Essence Patterson, Honigman
Law Day Chair: Antonia Giles
Law Student Liaisons:
Asia Adieh, University of Detroit Mercy Law
Natasha Shlaimon, Wayne State University Law School
For additional information please contact Blake Padget, firstname.lastname@example.org