Diversity strengthens the bench and bar of the Eastern District of Michigan. The Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan Chapter firmly believes this and defines diversity as broadly as possible.  Diversity includes race, gender, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, physical stature, type and size of practice, and all of the many other qualities that are part of our community. Ensuring diversity is a key goal of our Chapter, and our executive board members, co-chairs, and committee members work cooperatively to ensure and promote diversity.  With the assistance of the Diversity Committee, our entire chapter strives to take diversity matters into account, especially in planning our chapter’s programming.

While promoting diversity and inclusion is an objective of all in our chapter, the chapter’s Diversity Committee is specifically tasked with spearheading this effort.  The committee works to organize events annually aimed at introducing youth from historically underrepresented backgrounds to the legal profession and practice of law. The Diversity Committee hosts events aimed at making all practitioners feel comfortable practicing in federal court. To achieve the chapter’s diversity objectives, our Diversity Committee also partners with other diversity-focused organizations, including various law-student associations, the Diversity & Inclusion Committee of the Federal Court, and other diversity committees of the state and county bar associations.

If you are interested in joining the Diversity Committee or otherwise helping the Chapter increase diversity in the legal profession, please contact committee co-chair David Mellem, whose contact information is listed below.


Judicial Liaison
Hon. Elizabeth A. Stafford
United States Magistrate Judge
231 W Lafayette Blvd Rm 619
Detroit, MI  48226
(313) 234-5105


Dawn Ison
Assistant U.S. Attorney
United States Attorney’s Office
211 W. Fort St., Ste. 2001
Detroit, MI 48226




Nathan Cole
Law Clerk for Magistrate Judge Elizabeth A. Stafford, 231 West Lafayette Blvd, Room 657
Detroit, MI 48226

David Mellem
Career Law Clerk for Magistrate Magistrate Judge Kimberly Altman
United States Magistrate Judge
231 W Lafayette Blvd, room 605
Detroit, MI  48226
(313) 234-5207