Full of cheer: OCBA rings in holiday season with annual party Dec. 7th


– Photos by John Meiu

It was a spirited occasion Thursday, Dec. 7 when the Oakland County Bar Association hosted its annual holiday party at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham. Hundreds of members of the bench and bar turned out for the event, which served as the kickoff for the holiday season in the local legal community.

PHOTO #1: Among the celebrants were members of the OCBA Board of Directors, most of whom gathered for the photo. Pictured: (seated, l-r) Victoria King, Sarah Kuchon, and Karen Safran; (standing, l-r) Keefe Brooks, retired Judge Edward Sosnick, Melinda Deel, Dan Quick, OCBA President Gerald Gleeson II, Kari Melkonian, Jim Parks, and Kaveh Kashef.

PHOTO #2: Retired state Court of Appeals Judge Pat Donofrio (left) shared a photo op with Peter Alter, a past president of the OCBA.

PHOTO #3: Posing for a photo at the December 7 party were (l-r) Grace Dersa, Kari Melkonian, and Ryan Bannack.

PHOTO #4: All smiles at the holiday gala were (l-r) Jake Cunningham, Kate Ryan, Kimberly Matis, and Oakland Circuit Judge Jeffery Matis.

PHOTO #5: Donations to help support the Operation Afghan-Iraq PAC program, a project of the OCBA Veterans Committee, served as a by-product of the holiday gala. Those who helped encourage fund-raising efforts were (l-r) George Googasian, Marine Sgt. Ramon, OCBA Executive Director Jennifer Roosenberg, Bill Booth, and retired Oakland Circuit Judge Fred Mester.

PHOTO #6: The holiday gala served as a reunion of sorts for past and present members of the Oakland County Circuit Court bench. Pictured (l-r) are Joan Young, retired Circuit Court judge; Colleen O’Brien, now a judge with the Michigan Court of Appeals; and Circuit Judge Lisa Gorcyca.