Barristers Section

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.

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

2022-2023 Barristers Section Board

President: Essence Patterson, Honigman
Vice President: Blake Padget, Butzel
Treasurer: Jeffrey Turner, BSP Law
Secretary: William Predhomme, Michigan Department of Attorney General
Past President: Morgan Schut, Rocket Central

Jaclyn Culler, Ogletree Deakin
Kaitlyn Elias, Kitch
Kevin McQuillan, Kerr Russell
Eric J. Minch, The Miller Law Firm
Blake Padget, Butzel Long
Lauren Parrottino, Secrest Wardle
William Predhomme, Michigan Department of Attorney General
Rachel Selina, Berry Moorman
Cara Swindlehurst, Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani
Alexandra Welke, Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani
Luke Wolf, Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani

Law Student Liaisons:
Asia Adieh, University of Detroit Mercy Law
Natasha Shlaimon, Wayne State University Law School
Emma Callihan, University of Toledo College of Law

For additional information please contact Essence Patterson,