Barristers' Ball


Photo 1: Among the attendees sporting some their finest formal wear were (l-r) Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Craig Strong, Tamira Chapman, Nikkiya Branch, Ball Committee Chair Diane Hutcherson, Daimeon Cotton, WBA President Jehan Crump-Gibson, WBA Secretary Fallon Booth, Ball Committee Chair Tiffany Boyd, WBA Immediate Past President Randal Brown, Kim Ward, and Chantez Pattman-Knowles.

Photo 2: Also during the evening, the WBA and Wolverine Bar Foundation presented scholarships to area law students. Among the recipients were (l-r) Emphani Aodridge, Phaedra Wainaina, Dhiren Patel, Nichole Lockhart, and Sharae Smiley.

Photo 3: Among the guests enjoying the Barristers’ Ball were (l-r) Wayne County 36th District Court Judge Demetria Brue (left) and Oakland County 46th District Court Judge Debra Nance.

Photo 4: During the ball, Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Craig Strong (right) and Midnight Golf Program founder and Executive Director Renee Fluker (left) were honored for their contributions to the community. 

Photos by John Meiu

The Wolverine Bar Foundation and the Wolverine Bar Asso­ciation (WBA) hosted the 56th Annual Barristers’ Ball, “Mardi Gras in Motown,” on Saturday, April 8, at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.

Every year, more than 1,500 leaders from the legal, business, civic and political communities attend the Barristers’ Ball to celebrate the best of the Southeastern Michigan community. This black-tie affair commemorates the WBA’s 90-plus years of commitment to diversity, excellence in the legal profession and improvement to the quality of life in the metropolitan Detroit area.

The Barristers’ Ball is the signature fundraiser for the Wolverine Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the WBA. Since its inception, the Foundation has served as a force of change in Michigan. The Foundation has awarded thousands of dollars in scholarships to area law students, fostered attorney participation in pro bono activities aimed at benefiting the public, and sponsored community outreach programs and seminars on legal issues designed to improve the quality of life in the communities where we practice. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit organization.