Association of Women Judges conducts program at law school


Taking part in the National Association of Women Judges 2019 Mentor Jet program were (front row, left to right) Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Tracey A. Yokich; Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Nanci I. Grant; 29th Circuit Court Judge Michelle M. Rick, Michigan chair of the National Association of Women Judges; Oakland County 46th District Court Judge Cynthia Meagher Arvant; and Oakland County 50th District Court Judge Cynthia Thomas Walker; along with (second row, left to right) Salam F. Elia, Elia Law PLLC; Sarah L. Rickard, Barton Malow; Ilana Ben-Ze’ev, ABZ Group; Samantha J. Orvis, Garan Lucow;  Zenell Brown, Wayne County Circuit Court; Ashley Turner, Oakland Mediation Center; Jordan Zuppke, Zupac Law; and Professor Linda Kisabeth, WMU-Cooley Law School; in additional to (back row, left to right) Eric Nordan, Foley, Baron, Metzger, & Juip; Melissa Wangler, Michigan Indigent Defense Commission; Michale Griffie, Butzel Long; Antwuan Hawkins, Levine Benjamin Law Firm; Amber Cervantez, Hewson & Van Hellmont PC; and Zackery Hugg, Little Caesar Enterprises Inc.

Photo courtesy of WMU-Cooley

The Auburn Hills campus of Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, the Career and Professional Development Department and the Organization of Women Law Students (Auburn Hills, chapter) recently hosted the 2019 Mentor Jet speed networking program for law students. The event is sponsored by the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ) and coordinated by 29th Circuit Court Judge Michelle Rick, Michigan chair for the NAWJ.

During the event, law students, recent graduates and newly admitted attorneys had the opportunity to meet judges and attorneys allowing for those in attendance to meet with a variety of legal professionals and gain knowledge about working in the field of law. Nearly 20 legal professionals spoke about their experiences as attorneys using the speed mentoring format.

Dean Joan P. Vestrand stated, “Every year we look forward to this signature event and thank Judge Rick and all the mentors for their dedication to mentoring our future lawyers.”


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