"Raising the Bar" 2021 Annual Meeting

  • 06/23/2021
  • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Roostertail, 100 Marquette Drive, Detroit


  • Complimentary


June 23, 2021
Roostertail, 100 Marquette Drive, Detroit
5–8 p.m.

Don’t miss your chance to be a part of Raising the Bar 2021, the Detroit Bar Association's annual meeting—held at the iconic Roostertail in a new outdoor structure, observing all state safety measures and protocols.

Join us for an evening of celebration and recognition, including the installation of Detroit Bar officers and awarding those who have shown exceptional dedication to the outreach and growth of the law, within both the Detroit Bar and community.

Registration fee includes generous appetizers and a drink ticket; a cash bar will be available throughout the evening. Judicial officers may attend free of charge.

Help grow the Detroit Bar Association!  When you bring a guest (in practice at least one year) who turns in their membership application on site, you will each receive an additional drink ticket. 

Nonmembers are welcome. Tickets are $80.


  • Liberty Bell Award
    BENNY NAPOLEON, Wayne County Sheriff, posthumously 
  • Pro Bono Service Award
    FRANCES A. YTURRI, Third Judicial Circuit Court of Michigan
  • Frank Murphy Award
    VALERIE NEWMAN, Conviction Integrity Unit, Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office   
  • Detroit Bar President’s Award
    CHRISTOPHER J. WEBB, J.D., Law & ADR Offices of Christopher J. Webb, PLC

Committee of the Year Award:

  • KAITLYN ELIAS, Kitch Drutchas Wagner Valitutti & Sherbrook
  • CAROLINE BERMUDEZ JOMAA, Legal Aid and Defender Association
  • CARINA KRAATZ, Kitch Drutchas Wagner Valitutti & Sherbrook
  • MORGAN SCHUT, Fink Bressack
  • CARA SWINDLEHURST, Wilson Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani

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