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  • Wednesday, February 13, 2019 2:53 PM | Ieisha Humphrey (Administrator)

    The D. Augustus Straker Bar Association and the Wolverine Bar Association co-hosted a Holiday Party on Thursday, Dec. 20, at the Atheneum Hotel in Detroit.  To read more, visit Oakland County Legal News here.

  • Monday, June 18, 2018 10:59 AM | Ieisha Humphrey (Administrator)

    Honoring award recipients Martha Moore, Rasul Raheem, and Khalilah Spencer. Visit Macomb Legal News for more.

  • Thursday, April 26, 2018 8:30 AM | Anonymous

    The D. Augustus Straker Bar Association announces that its annual Corporate Counsel Breakfast will be held on April 26, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., at the Skyline Club, 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075.  The theme is: “Lessons from a Diversity Doer” featuring Donald Prohpete.  

    Mr. Prophete is the named partner at the national law firm of Constangy, Brooks, Smith and Prophete, LLP.  His commitment to diversity has gained the firm national recognition for its commitment to diversity.  Among its numerous awards, on 2017 and 2018, the ranked the firm as #1 in its commitment to diversity for women and minorities.   In addition to the Keynote Address, the breakfast will include round table discussions on how we can work together to actually achieve the diversity goal led by committed senior in-house counsel and law firm partners.

    Harry Pearce, former general counsel of General Motors, authored a letter to GM’s outside counsel over twenty years ago requesting that diverse lawyers be utilized on GM’s legal matters.  The letter had a “butterfly effect.” Harry Pearce attended last year’s Corporate Counsel Breakfast and presented a substantial gift to the Straker Bar Association.  The gift has endowed the Harry L. Pearce Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship.  The first recipient of the scholarship will be announced at this year’s breakfast program.

    Corporate Counsel Breakfast's Chairpersons Kymberly Kinchen, Kimberly Ward, 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.  Vassal Johnson, II, 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.  

  • Wednesday, April 18, 2018 5:02 PM | Ieisha Humphrey (Administrator)

    On Friday, April 6, “From Expungement to Entrepreneurship: the Pipeline to Possibilities” was presented at the Southfield Public Library. This program not only provided free expungement advice by Lakeshore Legal Aid and the D. Augustus Straker Bar Association, but professors and business law student from the University of Michigan Law School Entrepreneurship Clinic also offered free workshops to expungement attendees interested in starting their own small business.  Full post can be found here.

  • 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//

  • 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.

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