Wolverine Bar Association

WBA Candidates' Forum

Election day is fast approaching! On November 2, 2016, the WBA will be hosting a “Meet the Candidates” forum. Candidates from the 36th District Court and 3rd Circuit Court have been invited to participate in the event, which is open to the public. Please click on the link below to see Save the Date flyer for event details and spread the word to the community!


The Association of Black Judges of Michigan has invited our membership to attend a panel forum on Monday, November 14, 2016 at the St. Regis Hotel, 3071 W. Grand Blvd, Detroit, at 6:00 p.m. The panel forum will be on:

Removing the Mystery from the Judicial Appointment Process for Judges and Attorneys:  How to seek and obtain the Application, the References, the Interview and ‘the Call’ of congratulations from Lansing


This is one of several new projects in which the ABJM, proudly, takes the lead in providing education to the legal community.  This forum is designed for all sitting judges interested in an appointment to another bench, and all active attorney members of Wolverine Bar Association and the D. Augustus Straker Bar Association who aspire towards the bench.


This forum will be a moderated discussion by noted  judges from the district, circuit, court of appeals and federal courts who have sought and obtained appointments to the bench. These esteemed judges will publicly share their insight, knowledge, experiences and suggestions regarding the appointment process in Michigan.


If you have ever wondered how to gather information for the 30-plus page application, how to obtain the proper judicial references, how to make the best impression at the appointment interview-and more, join us for this event. Of course, no discussion about the judicial appointment process is complete without exploring the pros and cons of applying for this non-partisan position in Michigan’s highly charged political climate.


This forum will be open to all 2016-2017 dues paid members. The current membership application, both on-line and paper, are now available!

Michigan’s Non-Partisan Voter Protection + Beyond Voting 2016 program

Attorney Volunteers needed! The Lawyers Committee on Civil Rights is gearing up for the November 8th election protection efforts. The organization will be training and placing volunteers to distribute materials, and spread the word about their hotline and other voting rights information. They will coordinate with other non-partisan groups to help make sure that every eligible voter who wants to cast a vote in Michigan is able to do so. Please use the following link to sign up if you would like to volunteer!!!



The Wolverine Bar Association's Judicial Qualifications committee aims to equip voters to make informed voting choices for judicial candidates. The Committee, led by Jenice Mitchell Ford and Diane Hutcherson, convened in June to interview 23 candidates for the August 2, 2016 Primary and November 8, 2016 Election and offer ratings. Please take a moment to learn more about the rating process and view the ratings by clicking the link below:

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Click the photo for a pdf version of the 2016 Ball Book

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Ten percent of Ball table sales through 2/29/2016 supported Flint residents and DPS students. Your generous support allowed Wolverine Bar Ambassadors to go house-to-house to provide much needed water and other supplies to Flint residents!

The Community Outreach Committee has so many exciting events that it now deserves its own page!  Sign up now!

Both the 2015-2016 Members Only Directory (updated April 28, 2016) and the 2014-2015 Membership Directories (Members Only and Public) are available under Member Resources tab.

The Judicial Externship Program is only funded by your generous donations to the Wolverine Bar Foundation. Please consider supporting the Program as it enters its 16th Year. You can do so by using the PayPal button on the Foundation's Page or by mailing a check, payable to the Wolverine Bar Foundation. In the memo line, please write JEP only.  

Please enjoy the rest of our site, including new editions to the Members on the Move!

JUST ADDED: Check out jobs that employers have specifically requested WBA members apply for, go to the Jobs and Opportunities tab. (The tab is password protected. If you don't know it, please e-mail us at wolverine.bar.assn@gmail.com)

If you have ideas for future events, please let us know at wolverine.bar.assn@gmail.com. In addition, the WBA Board thanks its members for supporting our events and events of other organizations with a similar mission of equal justice under the law and community service. If you are aware of other events, please send the event information to wolverine.bar.assn@gmail.com and we will share it with your fellow WBA members.

A word from our President...

Greetings Members, Friends and Supporters!

I am truly humbled to serve as the 2016-2017 President of the Wolverine Bar Association and Wolverine Bar Foundation. In considering the direction of the Wolverine Bar for this year, I reflected on our standing as the powerful force we have been not only in the legal community for over 80 years, but in the community as a whole. We stand proud today, not because of a few, but because of many working together to achieve equal opportunity, equal justice and equal access. The key here is “together”.

With this notion in mind, the theme for this Bar Year is “It takes a Village…” This age-old expression establishes a framework that is all-encompassing and crucial to improving our efforts concerning diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, a goal we should never lose sight of.

In striving to achieve this end, we will reach back farther with our pipeline programming. The sharp decline in recent law school enrollment has been alarming in general, but the rates for African Americans are abysmal and particularly appalling for African American males. We must start earlier. While we offer phenomenal resources and programming to law students of color, we must recalibrate and concentrate our efforts on reaching and cultivating our youth as early as possible. This must be done to guide them THROUGH the pipeline so that they get TO law school. To that end, we will be partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit to pilot the “AIM” Program: Advocating, Inspiring and Mentoring, a mentorship program that will allow us to interact one-on-one with youth in underserved areas, teaching them life skills, advocacy skills and offering them much-needed exposure.   

This year, the WBA will roll out our much anticipated mentorship program designed for younger attorneys to be mentored by more seasoned attorneys. We have so many members that are pioneers in our profession with a wealth of institutional knowledge. They will serve as invaluable resources for those just getting started in their careers.

We will also be ramping up our efforts to pull together the African American legal community for a couple of reasons: 1) we can pool our resources to have a greater impact regarding the unique and disconcerting issues that face our community as a whole and 2) to create more synergy amongst African American lawyers that are traditional practicing attorneys and those that are not. It is imperative that we are inclusive and provide diverse resources for lawyers of color in all different disciplines and fields.

As a village, WE have much to do. I look forward to galvanizing our Village so that we can continue our strong commitment to our profession and our community.

Yours in service,

Jehan Crump-Gibson, Esq.
2016-2017 WBA/ WBF President

About the Wolverine Bar Association

The Wolverine Bar Association was established by a number of African-American attorneys during the 1930's. It was organized to coordinate the energies and talents of the increasing number of African-Americans admitted to practice throughout Michigan. From its inception, the Wolverine Bar Association assumed a leadership role in community and political activities. The role continues to be paramount in its endeavors today. For more information, go to the About Us page.
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Thank you to those who supported the 55th Annual Barristers’ Ball.

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