Making an Impact: Bar Foundation draws sellout crowd to 20th Signature Event


Group Photo: A group of current and emeritus trustees of the Oakland County Bar Foundation posed for a photo prior to the Signature Event. Pictured in the front row, l-r, are Past President Patrick McCarthy, Vice President Lynn Sirich, President Veronica Leonard, Treasurer David Plunkett, and Secretary David Jones; (back row, l-r) Emeritus Trustee Gerald Fisher, Sonja Lengnick, Emeritus Trustee Michael Schloff, Emeritus Trustee Thomas Tallerico, Kaveh Kashef, Victoria King, Cameron Hosner, Emeritus Trustee Cynthia Brazzil, Emeritus Trustee Michael Sullivan, Shirley Kaigler, Daniel Quick, Emeritus Trustee Patrick McCauley, Justin Cherfoli, Lisa Hamameh, Michael Turco, Emeritus Trustee Joseph Papelian, and Keefe Brooks.

Photos by John Meiu

The Oakland County Bar Foundation, a nonprofit organization serving the citizens of Oakland County and the legal profession, furthered its ability to award grants through its 20th Annual Signature Event, raising more than $238,000 to support local legal aid and education programs. More than 400 members of Oakland County’s legal community attended the event, held on April 25 at Oakland Hills Country Club.

“Each year, we are overwhelmed by the generosity of the individuals and companies in our law community and their commitment to providing equal access to justice and remaining educated on the issues that impact us all,” said Veronica Leonard, president of the Foundation. “As we reflect on the past 20 years of the Signature Event, we’re humbled to celebrate with our friends and colleagues who have helped make the past two decades so impactful and transformative. We look forward to working closely with our community partners to enact more positive change.”

With $182,300 raised from sponsorships and donations, and an additional $56,000 in ticket sales, the event’s revenue totaled $238,300, according to Leonard.

Since 2002, the Foundation has contributed more than $2.5 million to legal assistance and education programs. Proceeds from past events have assisted the important work of the CASA Program (Court-Appointed Special Advocates) through CARE House, the Family Law Assistance Project, Beaumont Patient Legal Support Program, Michigan Center for Civic Education Through Law, Southwest Detroit Immigrant and Refugee Center, Youth Law Conference and more. The final deadline for grant application submissions for the 2018-19 fiscal year is May 20. More information on the grant application process is available at

The Oakland County Bar Foundation focuses on providing access to justice by funding legal aid and education programs through the generous support of donors and volunteers. Founded in 1999, the Bar Foundation has grown to become a leader and trendsetter for law-based foundations nationally. Learn more at