Rachel C. Johnson named 2008 Women's Network Scholar

Rachel C. Johnson named 2008 Women's Network Scholar

4/26/2008
The Dickinson Wright Women's Network has named Rachel C. Johnson as the recipient of the 2008 Dickinson Wright Women's Network Scholarship. Johnson, a student at University of Michigan Law School, received the award at the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Foundation Awards Reception on March 18, 2008. Each year, the Dickinson Wright Women's Network gives one scholarship to an outstanding woman law student attending one of Michigan's five accredited law schools (University of Michigan Law School, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Michigan State University College of Law, Wayne State University Law School, and University of Detroit Mercy School of Law). Prior to attending law school, Johnson worked as a Foster Care Case Manager in inner-city Chicago, and then moved to Colorado where she developed and ran a seminal program for homeless families at the Colorado House and Resource Center. During law school, she continued to work on behalf of women and minorities by representing indigent defendants throughout the Michigan Clinical Law Program, and serving as an executive board member of the Michigan Journal of Race & Law. When she graduates in May, Rachel will clerk for Chief Judge Robert G. Coats of the Alaska Court of Appeals, and she later hopes to pursue a career as a public defender. "The Dickinson Wright Women's Network was originally designed as a mechanism to advance women in our Firm, our profession and our community," said Kathleen A. Lang, a member in Dickinson Wright's Detroit office. "The women at Dickinson Wright view the scholarship as one method to advance that mission, by providing financial assistance to a woman law student who has also shown an interest in assisting other women. We are committed to the proposition that by supporting each other, we become stronger and more empowered to achieve new heights in our profession and community." Johnson's scholarship was one of the scholarships awarded through the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Foundation. This year, Dickinson Wright joined Ford Motor Company, General Motors Corporation and the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Foundation in underwriting the scholarships, which provided $50,000 in awards to 20 outstanding women law students. For more information on the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Foundation, please visit www.lamfoundation.com. For more information about Dickinson Wright PLLC, please visit www.dickinsonwright.com.
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