Bloomfield Hills law firm Dawda Mann celebrated the night of Friday, November 13th, its 20th anniversary, and in order to extend their gratitude to their clients, friends, and colleagues, the firm publicly honored and presented with a special gift local charity organization Oakland Family Services.
The event took place at the Rivera Court of the Detroit Institute of Arts. Over 400 people attended the event, representing some of the largest law, financial, and automotive corporations around Metro Detroit including Merrill Lynch, Ford Motor Company, Stout Risius Ross, and the Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce,
Keeping up with the times, Dawda Mann includes lawyers who can speak Spanish, German, and French to cater to the increasingly diverse community in Metro Detroit,”As globalization makes the business world a smaller place, we strive to meet the national and global needs of our clients…”, states the firm’s website.
One of best examples of Dawda Mann’s diversity is Alfredo Casab, former president of the Michigan Hispanic Bar Association. Lawyer Casab is trilingual in Spanish, English, and French, and is a member of the Chaldean-American Association, the Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the National Society of Hispanic MBAs Detroit Chapter, and of the Oakland University Economics Department Board of Advisors, among others.
As a private non-profit human services agency, Oakland Family Services has been serving families — and in particular — children in Southeastern Michigan, since it opened its doors in 1921. It has expanded its reach to offer bilingual and confidential assistance in areas such as behavioral health and early childhood programs to the large Hispanic population in Pontiac and nearby cities. Their Spanish-speaking teachers and therapists help anyone who needs it, and every year, Oakland Family Services provide assistance to more than 43,000 children, teens, and adults.
According to childtrends.org, one in four children in the U.S. today is Hispanic, and in Michigan 4.6% of these families lives in poverty. Just in Detroit, Warren, and Livonia there are over 105,000 Spanish speaking children, aged 5+, and over 9% of Michigan’s population speak a language other than English, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Therefore, the ability to provide services in other languages is vital today.
“We at Oakland Family Services are so thankful for our partnership with Dawda Mann, and are especially grateful for the firm’s support over this last year. The generous donation with which we were presented will assist those who need it most by supporting the agency’s prevention, education and treatment services.”, said Jaimie Clayton, president and CEO of Oakland Family Services.
Kathleen Lynde, VP of planning and communications, and Kathryn Ribant Paye, director of marketing and communications for Oakland Family Services were also present at the event. Other attendees to the Dawda Mann celebration represented some of the largest law, financial, and automotive corporations in Metro Detroit, such as Merrill Lynch, Ford Motor Company, Stout Risius Ross, and the Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Collaboration between non-profit human services agencies such as Oakland Family Services and successful corporations like Dawda Mann should produce excellent results to benefit numerous children and adults in Michigan in the years to come.