Barristers Section

Service to the Community, Service to the Bar

The “Barristers” is the young 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 young lawyers in mind.

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.

Barristers Programs

  • Community Service Programs
  • Law School Committee
  • New Lawyer Admission Ceremony
  • School Partnership Program
  • Social Committee

2017-2018 Barristers Section Board

President: Tiffany Ellis, Seikaly Stewart & Bennett, PC

Vice President:
Sarah Barbantini, Segel McCambridge

Secretary: Bridget Hathaway, Bodman PLC

Treasurer: Katharine Brink Harrison, Dalton & Tomich PLC

Sal Amodeo, Abbott Nicholson, PC
Ashley Attisha, Saurbier Law Firm
Alicia Bianchi, Third Judicial Circuit Court
Christopher Burtley, Foley & Lardner, LLP
Kevin Callahan, Trowbridge Law Firm PC
Erin Danne, Kitch Drutchas Wagner Valitutti & Sherbrook
Alexander DeWitt, Butzel Long PC
Lena Gonzalez, Clark Hill PLC
Ian Gross, Joelson Rosenberg PLC
Chris Knight, Miller Canfield
Christopher Laenen
Dawn Lee-Cotton, Wayne County
Nicholas Marcus, Schafer & Weiner PLLC
Patrick O’Brien, Littler Mendelson PC
Nichole Pitchford, Wayne Law Liason
Bryce Rucker, Dykema Gossett PLLC
Adam Stefanick, Dickinson Wright PLLC
Parker Stinar, Sommers Schwartz
Abril Valdes, ACLU
Marina Vuljaj, Wayne Law Liason
Heather Washington, City of Detroit