Committees

Diversity

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. Diversity is a key goal of the entire Chapter, including all board members, co-chairs, and committee members.  All are tasked with working to increase Diversity whenever possible and to take Diversity into account in our chapter’s programming.

While inclusion and increasing diversity is everyone’s responsibility, the chapter’s Diversity Committee is tasked with spearheading the  effort.  Each year, the committee works to organize events 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
elizabeth_stafford@mied.uscourts.gov

Co-Chairs

Dawn Ison
Assistant U.S. Attorney
United States Attorney’s Office
211 W. Fort St., Ste. 2001
Detroit, MI 48226
313.226.9567
dawn.ison@usdoj.gov

 

 

Co-Chairs

Nathan Cole
Law Clerk for Magistrate Judge Elizabeth A. Stafford, 231 West Lafayette Blvd, Room 657
Detroit, MI 48226
313.234.5095
nathan_cole@mied.uscourts.gov

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
david_mellem@mied.uscourts.gov