• Monday, January 15, 2018 7:56 PM | Ieisha Humphrey (Administrator)

    The D. Augustus Straker Bar Association, in partnership with Lakeshore Legal Aid and Southfield Human Services, hosted an expungement clinic on January 8, 2018. Approximately 240 people attended the clinic, which was held in Southfield and open to residents of Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne counties. Attorneys from Straker Bar Association, Lakeshore Legal Aid and local law firms provided pro bono legal services. Over 40 volunteers, including law students, attorneys and staff from each organization, worked throughout the day to bring services to the community, and to make the expungement clinic a tremendous success. 



    About the D. Augustus Straker Bar Association


    The D. Augustus Straker Bar Association is named after David Augustus Straker, who was the first African American to appear before the Michigan Supreme Court.  The bar association was formed on October 4, 1990, as a special purpose bar association recognized by the State Bar of Michigan.  It is also an affiliate of the National Bar Association.  The mission of the D. Augustus Straker Bar Association is to increase minority representation in the legal profession, support and encourage legal practice opportunities for minorities, and facilitate equal justice for all citizens.  Membership includes a racially diverse coalition of lawyers, judges, in-house counsel and other legal professionals from Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Washtenaw counties.  For more information visit: http//

  • Wednesday, April 12, 2017 10:40 AM | Anonymous

    The D. Augustus Straker Bar Association announces that its annual Corporate Counsel Breakfast will be held on April 28, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., at the Skyline Club, 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075.  The theme is: “The Importance of Diversity and the Butterfly Effect”.  

    The Butterfly Effect is the concept that a small action can have a large impact.  It is based on a theory that a butterfly can cause a tornado simply by flapping its wings.  Thus, for example, on May 16, 1989, when Harry Pearce, former General Counsel of General Motors, wrote a letter to GM’s local counsel to discuss the issue of diversity in the profession, he could not have known the continuing impact of his letter decades later. 

    Mr. Pearce will be honored at this year’s breakfast because of his impact.  Additionally, a panel will discuss Mr. Pearce’s continued legacy in the legal community.

    The Corporate Counsel Breakfast's Chairpersons Courtney Shipp, Tiffany Buckley-Norwood and Mylika Johnson state that the program is truly in line with Straker's mission of increasing minority representation in the legal profession, supporting and encouraging legal practice opportunities for minorities, and facilitating equal justice for underserved members of the Oakland County community.  Kymberly Kinchen, President of the D. Augustus Straker Bar Association, encourages in-house and outside counsel to attend the program and participate in its two-fold purpose of (1) promoting opportunities for in-house counsel to network with diverse attorneys who practice at law firms; and (2) promoting the principle that it is important for law firms to maintain their commitment to diversity and for in-house counsel to maintain their commitment to retain diverse outside counsel.

    The program is free to members of the D. Augustus Straker Bar Association and $25.00 for non-members.  To RSVP, please visit:

    Also this year, as a pre-event to the breakfast, the Straker Bar Association will hold a reception on Thursday, April 27, 2017, in honor of Metro Detroit’s African American Managing Partners:

    • Sherrie Farrell of Dykema Gossett
    • Marlo Johnson Roebuck of Jackson Lewis
    • Phil Phillips of Foley & Lardner

    The pre-reception will be at Beans & Cornbread located at 29508 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield, Michigan in the Red Velvet Room from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  The event is free, but to ensure an accurate headcount, please RSVP HERE.

  • Thursday, November 10, 2016 1:32 PM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to Straker board member Austin W. Garrett on his successful campaign and becoming Judge-Elect of the 36th District Court!  Your hard work, dedication and passion for serving the community will be a great asset to the City of Detroit.

  • Monday, June 13, 2016 3:08 PM | Anonymous

    Please join us in congratulating our very own President-Elect Kymberly Kinchen for being awarded Crain's In-House Rising Star Award!

  • Monday, June 13, 2016 3:02 PM | Anonymous

    Winning Futures is an award winning nonprofit organization that makes a difference in the lives of young people. This organizations offers school-based mentoring programs and workshops for middle school and high school students in Southeast Michigan. All of the programs focus on the life skills of character value identification, goal setting, career preparation, and strategic planning.

    Straker Bar Association is encouraging our members to become a summer volunteer or mentor for Winning Futures. 

    For more information, please click the here for the flyer.

  • Thursday, June 09, 2016 5:00 PM | Kymberly Kinchen (Administrator)

    The D. Augustus Straker Bar will hold its 23rd Annual Trailblazers Award and Scholarship Dinner on Thursday June 9, 2016 at 5 p.m. at the Westin Hotel in Southfield, MI.  This year we will honor Lois E. Bingham - Yazaki Automotive, N. Cornell Boggs - Dow Chemical and Sherrie L. Farrell - Dykema.  Click for additional information.

  • Wednesday, January 06, 2016 9:24 AM | Anonymous

    Rasul Raheem (and wife, Antoinette), Carlton Watson, and Aaron Burrell volunteered at Grace Centers of Hope in Pontiac on Saturday, December 19, 2015.

  • Monday, November 16, 2015 2:02 PM | Anonymous

    INDIANA TECH LAW SCHOOL invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track clinical assistant professor to design, manage, and teach a live-client clinic in the Law School's innovative and growing clinical program.

    In the fall 2016 semester, the Law School will implement a live-client clinic in an area consistent with the successful candidate's expertise and the community's needs. 

    The Law School is trying to recruit a diverse and inclusive faculty by identifying candidates of color.

    If you are interested, please click here for more information.  Please contact John Nussbaumer, Indiana Tech Associate Dean for ABA Accreditation and Bar Preparation with any questions at / 260.422.5561 x 3445 / 248.520.4772.

  • Sunday, November 01, 2015 1:58 PM | Anonymous

    The D. Augustus Straker Bar Association would like to thank Judge Deborah G. Bledsoe Ford and Jerome Watson for opening their home for this years Law Student Reception.

    Also, Northwestern Mutual, Western Michigan University, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and Wayne State University Law School for sponsoring this event.

    This event would not have been possible without the hosting committee: Jihan Williams, Kymberly Kinchen, Apollo Upshaw, Jerome Crawford and Alex Simpson.  

    On behalf of Straker Bar Association and Wolverine Bar Association, we extend a special thank you to the students who took advantage of this excellent opportunity to meet the future leaders of our legal community, learn about mentorship opportunities, and enjoy good food, music, and company.

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