Corporate Counsel Breakfast

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.

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The D. Augustus Straker Bar Association is an active affiliate of the National Bar Association

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