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The DMBA Barristers Section:  Service to the Community, Service to the Bar.

The "Barristers" is the young lawyers section of the DMBA.  Historically, the Barristers have been the Association's most active and service-oriented section, with a focus on service to the community and service to the Bar.


The Barristers provide new lawyers with the opportunity to expand their leadership skills, become involved in community service projects, attend educational seminars geared towards their practice area, and participate in fun networking activities designed with young lawyers in mind.


Who Can Become a Member of the Barristers Section?

Attorneys duly licensed to practice in the State of Michigan for ten years or less on the date of the Barristers’ Annual Meeting automatically become members of the Barristers section when they join the DMBA. Membership in the DMBA is free to all new attorneys for the first year following admission to the bar.


Also, students of accredited law schools who are members of the DMBA are members of the Barristers section; however, law students are ineligible to hold office or vote.

2016 - 2017 Barristers Section Board


Kimberly A. Yourchock, Honigman
Barristers President

Tiffany Ellis, 
Barristers Vice President

Sarah Barbantini, Meemic Insurance

Barristers Secretary-Treasurer

Katharine Brink, Dalton & Tomich
Kassem Dakhlallah, AT Law Group PLLC
Alex DeWitt, Butzel Long
Bridget Hathaway, Bodman
Dorothy Heebner, Miller Canfield
Chris Laenan, First American Title
Dawn Lee-Cotton, Wayne County
Robert E. Murkowski, Miller Canfield
Kevin Orlik

Daniel Phillips, Dickinson Wright
Bryce Rucker, Dykema Gossett
Melissa Stewart, Stewart Law
Abril Valdes, Clement & Hurst

Haley Jonna, Wayne Law Liaison
David Pisano, U of M Law School Liaison
Hannah Treppa, Detroit Mercy Law School Liaison

Darlene Trudell, DMBA Staff Liaison

Barristers Programs

  • Community Service Programs
  • Law School Committee
  • New Lawyer Admission Ceremony
  • School Partnership Program
  • Social Committee