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Macomb County Bar Foundation (MCBF)

The Macomb County Bar Foundation is the charitable affiliate of the Macomb County Bar Association and is a reflection of the Macomb County legal community’s 100 years of public service and civic involvement.
 

2012 Macomb County Bar Foundation Scholarships Recipients
Heather Smilde - Trustee Law School Scholarship

Heather is studying at Michigan State University College of Law and wishes to serve those in need of legal services once she completes her studies. She has dedicated her life to helping those in need in countries around the world including Tsunami victims in India, orphanages in Africa and teaching in Mongolia and Venezuela. Her passion for service has led her to work with the Macomb County Friend of the Court and she plans to work in Macomb County after graduation.
Trisha Tarjeft - Trustee Law School Scholarship

Trisha is a third year law student at Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Auburn Hills and will graduate May of 2012 in just 2 1/2 years of study. While at Cooley Trisha has been on the executive board of two student organizations, worked as a Lexis Nexis Representative, worked for a solo practitioner in Macomb County, completed two externships, volunteered at the State Appellate Defender’s office and served as a teacher’s assistant in contracts. Trisha plans to work in criminal, family and juvenile law in Macomb County after passing the Bar.
Angelina Sulaka - Philip F. Greco Memorial Scholarship

Angelina is studying at University of Detroit Mercy Law School where she serves as President of the Arab Chaldean Law Student Association and Vice-Chair for the SBA Public Interest committee. She is also a member of the Moot Court Board of Advocates and is currently preparing to compete in the Patrick Keenan Appellate Advocacy tournament. Angelina also mentors for Winning Futures, a goal based youth mentoring non-profit.
Amber Hay - Kimberly M. Cahill Memorial Scholarship

Amber is in her third year at the University of Michigan Law School. She plans to practice in community economic development and business law. During Amber’s law school career she has been a member of the Black Law Students Alliance, earned the Butch Carpenter Scholarship Memorial Award, coordinated the Butch Carpenter Memorial Banquet and several presentations for 1L students, was involved in Future Advocates in Training and served as a Michigan Access Program Leader. She plans on practicing business law in Detroit after graduation.

2011 Macomb County Bar Foundation Scholarships Recipients
Heather Harper - Trustee College Scholarship

?Heather is a single mother who recently relocated to Macomb County from Alaska. Although tne had elapsed since she last attended school, in the fall of 2010 Heather enrolled in the Legal Assistant Program at Macomb Community College. To date, she has attained a 4.0 grade point average while also working part-time and caring for her two daughters. Heather plans to obtain her Associates Degree in May of 2012. Thereafter, her goal is to further her education by obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in the Paralegal program, and ultimately to obtain a Juris Doctor Degree so that she may practice family law in Macomb County. Heather’s scholarship will be invaluable toward the cost of tuition for her summer courses.





Adam Wenner - Trustee Law School Scholarship

Adam is a lifelong Macomb County resident who is a full-time day student at the University of Detroit Mercy Law School. He has been a Dean’s Honor Society Member from 2009 through 2011, and he has received the Dean’s Scholar Award. His cumulative grade point average is 3.55, placing him in the top 5% of his class. Adam was also the recipient of the Book Award in his employment discrimination course. In January, Adam began a judicial internship with the Honorable Helene N. White, a judge of the federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. He has previously clerked for the Honorable Julian Abele Cook, Jr. (States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan), and he has worked for Dickinson Wright PLLC and Dykema Gossett PLLC. Adam has volunteered for the American Friends Service Committee, which is a prisoners’ advocate forum, and for the Macomb County Rotating Emergency Shelter Team. Adam has served as a tutor for the Detroit Youthville Foundation, a mentor for the Big Brother program, and a tee-ball coach. Upon completion of law school, Adam’s goal is to one day work in the U. S. Attorney’s Office and ultimately serve in government promoting social change across a much broader spectrum. In the meantime, he will be working for Dickinson Wright beginning again in September.











Rachel Culley - Philip F. Greco Memorial Scholarship

Rachel grew up in a rural town in Maine, witnessing firsthand the effects of poverty. Her passion for civil rights let her to Harvard University, where she graduated magna cum laude in 2007, and to the University of Michigan Law School, with her graduation scheduled for May. Rachel plans to use her legal education to help others. She is a mentor and tutor for fellow law students, and she is also serving as the Mentorship Chair for the Michigan Law Organization. Rachel has represented clients in the Michigan Department of Human Services, and she has worked with HIV/AIDS patients to assist them in obtaining social security benefits. She has also spent many hours assisting counsel in litigation to obtain favorable verdicts for individuals who were victims of fair housing discrimination. However, her most rewarding experience has been her work with the Michigan Law Pediatric Advocacy Clinic, where she helped low-income families and children cut through the red tape in order to obtain food, shelter, insurance, and utility services.







Aisa Villarosa - Kimberly M. Cahill Memorial Scholarship

Aisa was born in Detroit to parents who emigrated from the Philippines. She earned her Bachelor's Degree at the University of Michigan and now attends Wayned State Law School, where she is the president of the Wayne State Law Student Bar Association Board of Governors and associate editor of the Wayne Law Review. Aisa is also a co-founder of the 313 Project, which is a collaboration of Wayne State student groups for the purpose of performing volunteer work in support of urban renewal initiatives, voter protection, and domestic violence victims in the City of Detroit. Aisa is also passionate about mentoring children, which she demonstrated during her time as a clerk for the Michigan Children’s Law Center, a nonprofit representing more than 2,000 children in abuse and neglect cases in juvenile court or in custody disputes in family court. Aisa also uses her Spanish and Filipino language skills when she volunteers for the Detroit Public Schools reading program, which focuses on helping bilingual children learn to read. Aisa is the first law student from Wayne State to win a prestigious Skadden Public Interest Fellowship, which will allow her to remain in Detroit after her graduation in May so that she can continue her work on behalf of children in the juvenile justice system with a goal of developing mentoring programs that will stop repeat offenders.












2010 Macomb County Bar Foundation Scholarships Recipients
Stacy Buffa - Trustee College Scholarship

The $2,500.00 Macomb County Bar Foundation Trustee College Scholarship recipient is Stacy Buffa of Chesterfield. Stacy is enrolled in the Law Enforcement program at Macomb Community College and hopes to become a police officer in Macomb County.
Brandon Phillips - Trustee College Scholarship

The $2,500.00 Macomb County Bar Foundation Trustee College Scholarship recipient is Brandon Phillips of Chesterfield. Brandon is enrolled at Macomb Community College and plans on attending the Police Academy in Janauary.
Jeffrey Bruss - Trustee Law School Scholarship

The 3,000.00 Macomb County Bar Foundation Trustee Law School Scholarship is awarded to Jeffrey Bruss. Jeffrey is attending Thomas Cooley Law School. At law school Jeffrey is the Associate Editor of the Thomas M. Cooley Journal of Practical and Clinical Law. Currently Jeffrey is working as the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office Extern. Jeffrey is interested in having a career in litigation in Macomb County.
Anthony June - Philip F. Greco Memorial Scholarship

The 3,000.00 Macomb County Bar Foundation Philip F. Greco Memorial Scholarship recipient is Anthony June of Eastpointe. Anthony is in his fourth year at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. He works at the Macomb Couny Clerks Office while attending night classes. Anthony is a Macomb County resident and plans to practice in the area upon graduation.
Erika Monfette - Kimberly M. Cahill Memorial Scholarship

The $3,000.00 Macomb County Bar Foundation Kimberly M. Cahill Memorial Scholarship recipient is Erika Monfetta. Erika is in her last year at Wayne State University Law School. She is currently working at the Wayne State University Law School. In the past Erika has worked for Lakeshore Legal Aid and is committeed to helping those in need.

2009 Macomb County Bar Foundation Scholarships Recipients
Carl L. Kniseley - Trustee College Scholarship

The $2,500.00 Macomb County Bar Foundation Trustee College Scholarship recipient is Carl L. Kniseley of Sterling Heights. Carl is enrolled in the Law Enforcement program at Macomb Community College and hopes to join the Warren, Michigan Police Department and eventually become a homicide detective.
Brian Longman - Trustee Law School Scholarship

The $3,000.00 Macomb County Bar Foundation Trustee Law School Scholarship is awarded to Brian Longman. Brian is attending Thomas Cooley Law School. While at law school Brian has interned with Federal District Judge David Lawson, received a Certificate of Merit in Constitutional Law, served as a Grade Appeals Magistrate and volunteers for the Service for Soldiers program. Brian plans to practice real estate law and construction litigation in Macomb County after law school.
Amy E. Lancaster - Philip F. Greco Memorial Scholarship

The $3,000.00 Macomb County Bar Foundation Philip F. Greco Memorial Scholarship recipient is Amy Lancaster of St. Clair Shores. Amy is in her third year at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. She works full time at Comerica Bank while attending night classes. Amy is a Macomb County resident and plans to practice in the area of property rights.
Lindsay B. Willett - Kimberly M. Cahill Memorial Law School Scholarship

?The $3,000.00 Macomb County Bar Foundation Kimberly M. Cahill Memorial Scholarship recipient is Lindsay Willett. Lindsay is in her last year at Michigan State University College of Law. She is currently working for Senator Michael Switalski as a Legislative Aide. Lindsay is also Editor-in-Chief of the Michigan State University journal of Medicine and Law. After graduation Lindsay plans on practicing intellectual property law and fighting for the copyright, trademark, and patent rights of others.
2008 Macomb County Bar Foundation Scholarships Recipients
Christopher R. Mykytiak - Trustee Law School Scholarship

The $3,000.00 Macomb County Bar Foundation Trustee Law School Scholarship was awarded to life long "Macomber" Christopher R. Mykytiak of Shelby Township. Christopher is in his second year at the University of Michigan Law School. This summer he will be working at Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone in Detroit.
Sandra S. Jalaba - Philip F. Greco Memorial Scholarship

The $3,000.00 Philip F. Greco Memorial Scholarship recipient is Sandra S. Jalaba of Sterling Heights. Sandra is currently enrolled at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. Sandra also works full time as an Immigration Application Specialist. This scholarship originates from the contribution of Foundation Trustee Emil E. Cardamone and honors the memory of the late Philip F. Greco, Esq.
Michelle R. Schimelfening - Trustees College Scholarship

One of the Macomb County Bar Foundation Trustees College Scholarship recipients is Michelle R. Schimelfening of Sterling Heights. Michelle is enrolled in Macomb Community College¡¦s Paralegal Associate¡¦s Degree program. Michelle¡¦s husband and children are also enrolled in college studies. She is looking forward to working in the child protection arena.
Tiffany D. Graves - Trustees College Scholarship

Macomb County Bar Foundation Trustees College Scholarship recipient is Tiffany D. Graves of Clinton Township. Tiffany is enrolled in Macomb Community College¡¦s Law Enforcement program. She is a single mother and is looking forward to becoming a police officer and eventually United States Air Marshal.

2007 Macomb County Bar Foundation Scholarships Recipients

Jason Smalarz - Law School Scholarship Recipient

The $3,000 Macomb County Bar Foundation Trustee Law School Scholarship was awarded to Jason Smalarz of Fraser. Jason is currently finishing his J.D. at the University of Detroit Mercy Law and looks forward to a career practicing law. Mr. Smalarzs professional goals are to practice law in Macomb County in order to make a positive impact on the legal community and help those in need.

Mary Hare - College Scholarship Recipient

The 2,500 Macomb County Bar Foundation Trustees College Scholarship recipient was Mary Hale of Sterling Heights. Mary is enrolled in Macomb Community College's Crime Law program. She is a dedicated mother of four and is enthusiastic about finishing her degree to give back to the community. Her goal is to work at a crime lab is Macomb County.

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