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
30445 Northwestern Hwy., Suite 250
Farmington Hills, MI 48334

Vice President: Sarah Barbantini
Meemic Insurance Company
1685 N. Opdyke Rd.
Auburn Hills, MI 48326-2656
800-231-5770 ext. 62933

Secretary: Bridget Hathaway, Bodman PLC

Treasurer: TBD

Katharine Brink, Dalton & Tomich
Kassem Dakhlallah, AT Law Group PLLC
Alex DeWitt, Butzel Long
Bridget Hathaway, Bodman
Dorothy Heebner, Miller Canfield
Chris Laenan, First American Title
Dawn Lee-Cotton, Wayne County
Robert E. Murkowski, Miller Canfield
Kevin Orlik

Daniel Phillips, Dickinson Wright
Bryce Rucker, Dykema Gossett
Melissa Stewart, Stewart Law
Abril Valdes, Clement & Hurst

Haley Jonna, Wayne Law Liaison
David Pisano, U of M Law School Liaison
Hannah Treppa, Detroit Mercy Law School Liaison

Darlene Trudell, Detroit Bar Executive Director