Detroit Bar Association Doubles in Size, Launches Member Rewards Program


The Detroit Bar Association in downtown Detroit, which was founded in 1836, has doubled its size to 940 members over the last 18 months, and recently launched a member rewards program at select restaurants and shops.

In addition, the bar association, which offers a forum for lawyers and judges to improve the administration and quality of justice in the region through education, dialogue, and community activities, will host through the Detroit Bar Association Foundation, the Dennis Archer Public Service Award Gala on Thursday, Nov. 16 at the Detroit Yacht Club (6 p.m. to 9 p.m.).

“The award will be presented to Mayor Mike Duggan for his service to the city of Detroit,” says Darlene Trudell, executive director of the Detroit Bar Association and the Detroit Bar Association Foundation. “The city is going through a renaissance, and our association is honored to present him with the 2017 Archer Award.”

The dinner is the major fundraiser for the foundation, and assists in supporting several causes, including:

  • Access to justice for those needing legal assistance and are unable to afford it such as the Detroit Legal Services Clinic, where programming was recently expanded.
  • Drawing from the example of the Nobel Foundation in Sweden, the Detroit Bar Legal Scholar Program recognizes each year original legal work product that advances the field of law and offers the application of new ideas that address the social, educational, economic and/or human advancement in Michigan.
  • Programs that encourage young people to become future lawyers, such as the Barristers School Partnership Program and Law Day, which allows more than 300 high school students to experience and test their skills with mock trials.
  • The Inn of Court strives to promote strong relationships between attorneys in different firms and practice areas, provide mentoring and training opportunities, and fosters regular and constructive contacts between the bench and bar.
  • The mentoring of young lawyers and law students through the Law Day Committee and social events such as Spring Bash and Summer Breeze that provides an informal backdrop to meet and engage with both the bench and bar.
  • Management of the 3rd Circuit Court Discovery Mediation every Friday in the Detroit Bar Lawyers Lounge located in the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center in downtown Detroit.
  • Identification and recognition of Detroit’s local corporate citizens.
  • Educational opportunities for lawyers and judges.

    In addition, the Detroit Bar Association will host its “Jingle Mingle” holiday party at the Hard Rock Café in downtown Detroit on Nov. 30 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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