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62nd Annual Barristers’ Ball

It’s time for Detroit’s most highly anticipated party with a purpose! The Wolverine Bar Association and Wolverine Bar Foundation will host its annual signature black-tie charity fundraising gala, the 62nd Annual Barristers’ Ball, Saturday, April 20, 2024 at the Marriott Renaissance Center. Every year, more than 1,500 leaders from the legal, business, education, civic and political communities attend the Barristers’ Ball to celebrate the best of the Southeastern Michigan Community.

In partnership with Motown Museum, this year’s theme is “Motown, Back Down Memory Lane” which celebrates and restores, for one night, that fabled entertainment and business district of old Detroit. The 62nd Annual Barristers’ Ball will begin with a Motown style paparazzi red carpet experience, followed by the President’s Reception while showcasing a silent auction display.

The Barristers’ Ball features live musical entertainment from special guest powered by Hennessy and Moet, networking, flavorful hors d’oeuvres, and signature cocktails. Proceeds from the annual Barristers’ Ball support the Wolverine Bar Associations’ and Wolverine Bar Foundation student externships, internships, scholarships, education courses, and mentoring; as well as, legal information, and representation for the underrepresented.

Tickets are $150 for members ($175 after March 1st) and $175 for non-members ($200 after March 1st). No reservations will be held at the door, no tickets will be mailed. Tickets are nonrefundable.

Saturday, April 20th, 2024
Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
9pm – 1am — Afterglow from 1am To 3am

For Tickets and Sponsorship Opportunities Visit:

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Purchase Ticket(s) / Table(s)
Sponsorship Opportunities

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Holiday Party – December 20, 2023

The D. Augustus Straker Bar Association, Wolverine Bar Association, and Black Women Lawyers Association warmly invite you to this year’s Holiday Party! Please join us for this joint event and partake in the year-end celebrations!

Entry is $25 for Members, $35 for Non-Members, and $15 for Students. Tickets can be purchased at our Eventbrite here:

In addition, tables for Barristers’ Ball 2024 will be on sale and available for purchase. We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, December 20, 2023
Petty Cash
20050 Livernois Avenue
Detroit, MI 48221

2023 Law Student Reception for SOCIAL MEDIA

Law Student Reception – October 8, 2023

The Wolverine Bar Association, D. Augustus Straker Bar Association, and Black Women Lawyers Association of Michigan are hosting the Annual Law School Reception. Our annual law school reception is open to all diverse law students. The Association of Black Judges of Michigan also supports this event. This event will create networking, fellowshipping, mentorship, and employment opportunities for law students. The event also provides students with information regarding each organization’s scholarships and summer programs.

Guest speakers this year include jurists, law school deans, law firm partners, and various attorneys from the public and private sectors from Metro Detroit.

Hors d’oeuvres, food, and cash bar to be available.

Please RSVP via Eventbrite here:

Sunday, October 8, 2023
Wayne State University- Partrich Auditorium
471 W Palmer Ave

Detroit, MI 48202
2:00PM to 5:00PM


61st Annual Barristers’ Ball

The Wolverine Bar Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, and The Wolverine Bar Association are excited to invite you to attend and sponsor the 61th Annual Barristers’ Ball on Saturday, April 29, 2023, at the Detroit Marriott Hotel at the Renaissance Center located on the banks of the majestic Detroit River.

The Barristers’ Ball is our signature black-tie charity fundraising gala. It includes a strolling dinner buffet and musical entertainment, and is attended by over 1500 supporters each year. This year’s theme is “Paradise Valley,” which celebrates and restores, for one night, that fabled entertainment and business district of old Detroit.

Your attendance and sponsorship of the Barristers’ Ball funds our programs and services, which include our student externships, internships, scholarships, education courses, and mentoring; as well as, legal information, education, and representation for the underrepresented. In other words, enjoying a night of fun and excitement at the Barrister’s Ball will help us create a lasting impact on the careers and success of the students we assist, and the African American community as a whole.

Sponsorship also provides an opportunity to share your support for diversity and inclusion, in addition to information about your products and services, with event attendees and our network of businesses, entrepreneurs, attorneys, politicians, judges, professors, and community leaders. If you would like to sponsor, please view our sponsorship book here or if you have questions, please reach out to us via or phone at (313) 962-0250.

To purchase tickets, CLICK HERE!

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2023 Presidents’ Dinner – June 22, 2023

The Wolverine Bar Association cordially invites you attend to the 2023 President’s Dinner. Join us as we celebrate a successful bar year led by President Allen W. Venable, our transition of leadership from outgoing president to incoming president, and the induction of our 2022-2023 Board of Directors. This year’s Keynote Speaker is Michigan Supreme Court Justice Kyra Harris Bolden, the first African American woman on the Michigan Supreme Court. We will also be joined by James W. Heath, President of the State Bar of Michigan, with remarks on the State Bar of Michigan’s efforts on diversity and inclusion.

The evening includes a reception starting at 5:30pm and a dinner program starting 6:00pm, inclusive of a strolling buffet and sponsored open bar (with cash bar available). This event is $60 for members and $65 for non-members. We look forward to your attendance!

Thursday, June 22, 2023
5:30pm – 8:00pm
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
315 East Warren Avenue Detroit, MI 48201

For more information and to purchase your tickets, please click the link here!

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Holiday Party – December 14, 2022

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The Wolverine Bar Association & The D. Augustus Straker Bar Association Cordially Invites You To Attend The 2022 Holiday Party!

Wednesday, December 14, 2022
5:30 pm – 8:30pm

The Atheneum Hotel
French Quarter Room
1000 Brush St., Detroit, Michigan

$15 Law Students | $25 Members | $35 Non-Members
Net Proceeds To Benefit BUF of Michigan


Law Student Reception 2022 – November 20, 2022

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The Wolverine Bar Association is excited to invite you to attend our 2022 Law Student Reception on November 20, 2022 at the Garden Theater, located at 3929 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48201. The reception presents African-American and other minority law students with an opportunity to network for access to the resources, internships, externships, employment opportunities, scholarships, and mentoring available through our members, and the memberships of our co-sponsors, the D. Augustus Straker Bar Association and the Association of Black Judges of Michigan.

The reception also provides a unique opportunity for you to support and directly facilitate the professional growth and development of a law student by connecting with students and/or through financial sponsorship of the event. There is no cost for attendance. Please RSVP by November 17, 2022 through the link below. If you would like to sponsor or donate to the event, please contact Jasmine Moore at

Michigan Legal Diversity Summit

Michigan Legal Diversity Summit: Moving Beyond Intent: DE&I in Action – October 18, 2022

For over 100 years, the Wolverine Bar Association has worked to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion of African American attorneys in the business, system, and practice of law.  Given those goals and history, we are proud to co-sponsor the Michigan Legal Diversity Summit: Moving Beyond Intent: DE&I in Action on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 with the Michigan Diversity Council.

The summit features retired jurist Judge Cynthia D. Stephens (Court of Appeals) and Elizabeth M. Welch (Associate Justice Michigan Supreme Court) as keynote speakers, along with several panels designed to explore best practices to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the legal profession. We invite you to attend by registering through the link below:

Register for the Michigan Legal Diversity Summit here!

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Membership Roundup – September 21, 2022

It’s Time To Join or Renew Your Membership In The Wolverine Bar Association at the 2022 Membership Roundup.

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

501 Monroe St. | Detroit, MI 48226
5pm – 8pm

It’s Free For All Dues Paid & Renewing WBA Members.  It’s $20 For Non-Members.  All WBA Dues Paid Members Will Receive One Free Drink, And Karaoke Starts at 8pm. Come Out and Enjoy the Fun & Fellowship!

Complete the WBA Application today!
Complete the Straker Application today!
Join ABJM today!