Associations toast honorees at annual event

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During the Annual Presidents’ Dinner, the Wolverine Bar Association, D. Augustus Straker Bar Association, and the Association of Black Judges of Michigan recognized honorees with 50 or more years of practicing law including (seated, left to right) Brenda Maxwell, Judge Vera Massey Jones, Sharon Bernard, Joseph Brown, and Judge Theresa Doss; along with (standing, eft to right) Saul Green, Judge Eric Clay, Judge Ray Reynolds Graves, Dennis Archer, Judge Joseph Baltimore, James Rucker, Eugene Terry, Judge Gershwin Drain, Elliott Hall, Judge Christopher Brown, and Cornelius Pitts.


The Wolverine Bar Association along with D. Augustus Straker Bar Association and the Association of Black Judges of Michigan hosted the Annual Presidents’ Dinner on July 13 at the Detroit Athletic Club featuring U.S. Attorney Dawn Ison as the keynote speaker. During the evening, a special celebration honored some of the most esteemed and iconic attorneys and judges for their 50 years of practicing law in Michigan.

“It was a wonderful occasion led by Wolverine Bar chairs attorney Elliott Hall and Sherrie Farrell along with Judge Cylenthia LaToye Miller,” said Wolverine Bar President Kim L. Ward. “We wanted to honor them and show our appreciation for paving the way and for seeking justice. This is a group of trailblazers who held high positions early on within their field and broke barriers and shattered ceilings for others.They are the building blocks and truly an inspiration to many in the profession.”

Many federal and state dignitaries provided warm remarks to the honorees for their many contributions, achievements and exemplary service to the legal profession, including Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Bridget McCormack, Wayne County Executive Warren Evans, and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.

“It meant a lot to us,” said Dennis Archer. “We all saw a classmate or two and briefly caught up and met spouses, children and grandchildren. It was a special evening for each of us.”

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