WLAM invites female law students to apply to Leadership Class

The Women Lawyers Association of Michigan (WLAM) has launched the WLAM Leadership Class open to female law school students currently enrolled in an accredited Michigan Law School.

Students accepted into the program will participate in virtual leadership classes including mentoring and networking development with women lawyers and judges from a diverse background of law. In addition to the class participation, students will work on a community service project.

“There are many future qualified women in law school equipped to be strong students and we want ensure they are strong advocates when they leave law school,” said WLAM President Roquia Draper.

“We, as experienced professionals, have all stood in each young women’s shoes and not one of us has done it without a mentorship or sponsorship. The Leadership Class will enhance participants’ business contacts, professional development resources and training is not always accessible in law school.”

In 2020, the American Bar Association reports that women make up more than half of all law school enrollment at 54%. This is the fifth straight year women have outnumbered the male students in law schools.

Despite these gains, gender disparity runs rampant within law firms, courts and the classroom. Women make up 51% of the U.S. population but only represent 1/3 of the United States Supreme Court. Of the 115 Justices who have served throughout history, only six have been women.

“This program is a professional scholarship to provide the skills necessary to thrive in the legal profession”. Draper said.

“It will strengthen the foundation of the women’s shoulders we have all stood on to get to where we are today and continue to assist women in obtaining equity for the future of our profession.”

WLAM was founded in 1919 with a mission to secure the rights of women in society and advance the interests of women members of the legal profession. There are eight chapters throughout Michigan with a membership of lawyers, judges, and law students.

Any female law student can apply at https://www.womenlawyers.org/wlam-leadership-class/.

Any questions should be directed to the Leadership Class Co-Chairs Kirsten Silwanowicz and Tanya Grillo.

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