Committees

Diversity

Diversity strengthens the bench and bar of the Eastern District of Michigan and our chapter 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 our diversity is a goal of our Chapter, and to that end our executive board members, co-chairs, and committee members work cooperatively to achieve it.  With the assistance of the Diversity Committee, our entire chapter strives to take diversity matters into account, especially in planning our chapter’s programming by partnering with 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.

While promoting diversity and inclusion is an objective for all in our chapter, the chapter’s Diversity Committee is specifically tasked with spearheading this 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 also hosts various events which aim to make all practitioners feel comfortable practicing in federal court.

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