Wayne Law Alumni Panel: Navigating the Field

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Date: October 20, 2020
Time: 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Location: Virtual - Zoom
Category: Other

The field of law is ever changing. Hear from a panel of experienced alumni as they discuss what it is like to practice law during COVID-19, how their areas of practice have changed and share tips for navigating the field as well as the job market. The panel will be moderated by Wayne Law alumna Kelley Donnelly, a graduate of the Class of 2020 and past President of the Student Board of Governors. 

Join fellow Wayne Law alumni from across the country and current students for a digital discussion on Tuesday, October 20 from 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. and register today! 

Panelists include: 

Shahad Atiya, '16 

Shahad Atiya has been a practicing attorney since graduating from Wayne Law in 2016. First, she was a part of the Flint Water Investigator Task Force as a Special Assistant Attorney General. When Trump was elected into office, she opened an immigration, family and criminal defense solo practice where she takes on complex litigation in those areas and any areas where one or more areas of law intersect. Because she practices in various courts across the state, she has had the unique opportunity to witness first hand how immigration, family and criminal courts are dealing with the Covid-19 crisis. She is an advocate of efficiency in the justice system and is working to promote access to justice given the reality we deal with daily as we advocate for clients during a global pandemic. The challenges she is presented with are novel given the types of clients and cases she takes. She hopes to create a path for new attorneys entering the field in a time of uncertainty.  

Cecil Roberson, '16

Cecil Roberson is a born and raised Detroiter and the owner of Roberson Law, PLLC. A Cass Technical High School graduate, Mr. Roberson has experience in contract law, entertainment law, civil litigation, civil and criminal defense, personal injury, family law, and landlord tenant. Mr. Roberson is a former senior associate at Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney’s Detroit office. Prior to joining Segal McCambridge, Mr. Roberson worked as an associate attorney at the Detroit Land Bank Authority where he focused in corporate governance, compliance, property disposition and civil litigation defense. He also served as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Oakland County, Michigan, Kent County, Michigan, and a former volunteer assistant prosecuting attorney for Wayne County, Michigan. Mr. Roberson has extensive experience in negotiating entertainment contracts, creating privacy and user terms and conditions for e-commerce and tech startups, creating and managing trial strategy timelines, leading trial strategy meetings, drafting all relevant pleadings, litigating civil and criminal matters and holding jury trials to verdict. 

Hon. Christopher M. Blount, '06 

Christopher Michael Blount was born and raised on the Westside of Detroit by his parents, Michael (a retired Detroit Police Sergeant) and Sandra (a retired Detroit Public School teacher). Christopher attended and graduated from Detroit Mumford High School and Wayne State University where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts, a Master of Urban Planning and, a Juris Doctorate. Wayne State University is where Christopher developed a particular sensitivity to issues dealing with the urban environment. He was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in 2007, and managed a law practice that consisted of criminal and probate law from 2007 until 2017.

Prior to and during his years as a lawyer, Christopher heard the many stories and experienced first-hand some of the crime that occurs in Detroit. As a criminal attorney and a personal victim of armed robbery, Christopher saw this hardship as a way to serve his community and make change. This only strengthened his desire to call Detroit home. This desire for change is what led him to pursue a judgeship in the City of Detroit. Christopher was appointed Judge of 36th District Court by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder in March of 2017 and elected to that same office in 2018. Christopher is a lifelong Detroiter and believes in being involved with organizations that seek to empower and uplift the community. 


Kelley Donnelly, '20 

Kelley Donnelly is a 2020 graduate of Wayne State University Law School having previously received her undergraduate degree in Public Affairs through WSU as well. While a law student she participated in both the moot court and mock trial programs as well as served on the Student Board of Governors. She will be starting at the law firm of Jaffe, Raitt, Heuer, and Weiss in their litigation practice group and is eagerly looking forward to putting her new degree to work!


Please note: timing of this event is Eastern Standard Time. 


Haley Briggs


October 2020