MentorJet program offers speed networking


– Photo courtesy of WMU-Cooley

On Thursday, June 11, Western Michigan University Cooley Law School held its fourth annual MentorJet program at its Auburn Hills campus. The event brought together judges, lawyers and law students for a speed networking session. Taking part in the program were (front row, left to right)  Wayne County 36th District Court Judge Katherine Hansen; 29th Circuit Court Judge Michelle M. Rick; Oakland County 46th District Court Judge William Richards; and WMU-Cooley Associate Dean and Professor Joan P. Vestrand; along with (middle row, left to right)  Anisha Rutkowski of Rutkowski Law Firm; Samantha Jolene Orvis of Collins, Einhorn, Farrell PC; Kristina Bilowus, judicial law clerk to Oakland County Probate Court Judge Elizabeth Pezzetti; and Carolyn Noble of Kitch, Drutchas, Wagner, Valitutti, & Sherbrook; in addition to (back row, left to right) Shari F. Lesnick, Career and Professional Development coordinator, WMU-Cooley; Erin Moss Ferguson of The Mike Morse Law Firm; Richard Sulaka of Macomb County Public Works Commission; Jeffrey May, law clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Mona K. Majoub, Eastern District of Michigan; Lewis Langham, prof. emeritus, WMU-Cooley; Ali K. Hammoud of The At Law Group PLLC; and Choi Portis of Seikaly & Stewart. The program, developed by the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ), was hosted by NAWJ District 7 Director Judge Michelle M. Rick, and sponsored by the WMU-Cooley Law School Student Bar Association (Auburn Hills), Kizy Law PLLC, and the NAWJ. “It was very inspiring seeing so many successful practicing attorneys and judges willing to give their time and sage advice to the next generation of lawyers,” said Vestrand.


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