New members join ranks of OCBF Fellows for 2020

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Among those pictured at the Annual Fellows Reception  were (seated, left to right) David Plunkett, vice president of the OCBF; Secretary Victoria King; President Lynn Sirich; Trustee Elizabeth Luckenbach; and Trustee Patrick McCarthy; along with (standing, left to right) Jason Blevins, Andrew Perun, Trustee Lisa Hamameh, James Paterson, Amy Johnston, Sean Murphy, Emeritus Trustee Gerald Fisher, James Chryssikos, Trustee Sonja Lengnick, Michael Palizzi, Karen Seder, Clarence Dass; Nadine Hatter, and Emeritus Trustee Michael Sullivan.

– Photo by John Meiu

Nineteen new Fellows were welcomed into the fold at the Annual Fellows Reception for the Oakland County Bar Foundation on February 3.

The event took place at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham and served as the mid-winter gathering of those who support the charitable mission of the OCBF.

Fellows each pledge $1,000 to support the OCBF, funds that will be used for legal aid and legal education programs in the community, according to Lynn Capp Sirich, president of the Foundation.

The new Fellows for 2020: Mary C. Aretha, Collins Einhorn Farrell; Andrea Badalucco, Foster Swift Collins & Smith; Jason Blevins, Oakland County Circuit Court; James W. Chryssikos, James Chryssikos Law Firm; Kristin E. Crowley, Collins Einhorn Farrell; Clarence M. Dass, The Dass Law Firm; Nadine R. Hatten, Law Offices of Nadine R. Hatten; and Mark F. Johnson, Kotz Sangster Wysocki.
Also among the new Fellows: Amy Johnston, Miller Canfield; Jason D. Killips, Brooks Wilkins Sharkey & Turco; Sean P. Murphy, Hubbard Snitchler & Parzianello; Laura Nieusma, Hertz Schram; A. Michael Palizzi, Miller Canfield; James Paterson, Oakland County Circuit Court; Jesse M. Reiter, Reiter & Walsh; Karen E. Seder, Liss Seder & Andrews; Tova Shaban, Seyburn Kahn; Joseph G. Vernon, Miller Canfield; and Kimberly A. Ward, Terumo Cardiovascular Systems Corp.

The Foundation’s annual Signature Event is scheduled for Thursday, April 30. Last year the event raised more than $238,000 with the help of the sponsors and attendees. 

Proceeds allow the Foundation to fund programs of many worthy organizations such as Lakeshore Legal Aid, Beaumont Foundation, Michigan Civic Center for Education, Jewish Family Services, White Lake Police Foundation, and the Oakland County Bar Association, to name a few.

In the last five years alone, the Foundation has raised more than $1.7 million at this event because of the generous support of the many sponsors in Oakland and surrounding counties.

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