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Mayfield named vice chair of Diversity Programs of IADC

Bonnie Mayfield, a Bloomfield Hills-based member in Dykema’s Litigation practice, was named Vice Chair of Diversity Programs for the Diversity Committee of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC).

Mayfield, who is the IADC’s immediate past Vice Chair of Diversity Initiatives, has continued to demonstrate her thought leadership when the IADC Board approved a new initiative she suggested—the organization’s banner page now displays different quotes each month to promote thinking about the benefits of diversity and inclusion.

Mayfield has been a longstanding member of the IADC, which is dedicated to actively increasing the participation and involvement of diverse attorneys in the organization through initiatives, membership strategies, and professional programming that identifies the assets that inclusion and diversity bring to the practice of law.

“I am excited about being Vice Chair of Diversity Programs,” said Mayfield. “I am looking forward to discussing the programs I have in mind with our Diversity Committee members.
At the IADC’s upcoming 2016 Midyear Meeting, Mayfield will moderate a program featuring Ida Abbott, who she interviewed for an article she co-authored with then General Counsel of DuPont, Thomas Sager. “I am looking forward to a lively discussion about how male leaders can take intentional, purposeful, and proactive action in sponsoring, mentoring, and fairly compensating women in the field of law,” said Mayfield. “As the National Association of Women’s Ninth Annual Survey on Retention and Promotion of Women in Law has documented, there still is much work to be done to advance the progress of women in law.”

 Mayfield, who is a well-known trial and appellate lawyer, has won an impressive series of victories for various clients. She represents clients in labor and employment, product liability, and commercial matters. Mayfield also is a member of Dykema’s National Trial Team, a group of experienced trial lawyers who have taken more than 650 cases, in all areas of legal practice, to verdict. She also organized a client/trial team that received recognition for its diversity and inclusiveness.

Mayfield received her B.A. from Dillard University and her J.D. from New York University School of Law.


Appeal denied; jobless pay OK for medical marijuana firings

DETROIT (AP) — People fired in Michigan for using medical marijuana can collect unemployment benefits after the state Supreme Court turned down appeals in two cases.
The court declined to hear appeals that could have overturned a 2014 state appeals court decision.

A brief order was released Thursday. The Michigan Chamber of Commerce and Attorney General Bill Schuette’s office had urged the state’s top court to intervene.
It’s a victory for a hospital employee and a furniture repairman who had medical marijuana cards but lost their jobs. The appeals court said there was no evidence they worked under the influence of pot or used marijuana at work.

Michigan employers still can fire workers who use marijuana, even if they have a card. That was settled by a federal court in 2011.


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