Award winners saluted at OCBA?Annual Meeting


Photo 1: Jacob Cunningham (right), pictured with outgoing OCBA president Tom Howlett, was recognized at the June 4 Annual Meeting with the inaugural Bonnie Beutler Outstanding New Lawyer Award. A judicial staff attorney for the Oakland County Circuit Court, Cunningham joined the OCBA in 2010 and serves as a director of the New Lawyers Council. He is vice chair of the Professional Development Committee and is an associate member of the OCBA’s Inns of Court chapter.

Photo 2: Recipients of the Pro Bono Service Awards were Aaron Dorn (left) and Eric Polan. Dorn, a 2013 Cooley Law School grad, has served the needs of the Family Law Assistance Project during his law school years and after being admitted to the bar. Polan, through the Pro Bono Mentor Match Program, helped the Legal Aid and Defender office successfully handle five expungement cases, while also assisting clients with employment and collection issues.

Photo 3: Winners of the Distinguished Service Award were Karen Safran (left) and Victoria King. Safran was honored for her exceptional work on behalf of the Inns of Court chapter and the Circuit Court Committee, serving as co-chair of the Circuit-Probate Court Bench/Bar Conference. King was recognized for her outstanding efforts on behalf of the Diversity in the Legal Profession Committee, where she is vice chair, and as chair-elect of the New Lawyers Committee. She also is a member of the Membership, Circuit Court Case Evaluation, and Criminal Law committees.

Photo 4: Joel Serlin (center), a senior partner in the law firm of Seyburn Kahn, received the OCBA Professionalism Award at the Annual Meeting, recognizing his career-long commitment to the importance of civility and professionalism in the legal arena. Pictured with Tom Howlett (left) and Peter Alter, past presidents of the OCBA, Serlin has served as ombudsman for the Oakland County Circuit Court for the past three years.

Photo 5: Two Oakland County Circuit Court judges were in the spotlight at the Annual Meeting, each receiving a coveted award from the OCBA. Judge Michael Warren was presented with the Frances R. Avadenka Memorial Award, while Judge Mary Ellen Brennan was the recipient of the Distinguished Public Servant Award. Warren was saluted for his work in creating Patriot Week, an annual celebration of the American spirit and guiding governmental principles. Brennan was recognized for her work as a presiding judge in the Juvenile Drug Treatment Court program as well as her for her efforts as the judicial co-chair of the Circuit-Probate Court Bench/Bar Conference.

Photos by John Meiu


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