Butzel Long attorney and co-chair of Detroit Bar Association’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee to receive award on August 13 during virtual “Raising the Bar” Annual Meeting


DETROIT, Mich. –  Butzel Long attorney and shareholder James S. Rosenfeld and Zenell Brown, Executive Court Administrator of Wayne County’s 3rd Circuit Court in Detroit, have been chosen to receive the Detroit Bar Association’s 2020 “Committee of the Year Awards.”

Rosenfeld and Brown co-chair the Detroit Bar’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee. They and their committee will be honored during the Association’s “Raising the Bar” (virtual) Annual Meeting and Awards presentation on August 13, 2020. They are being recognized for their exceptional leadership in helping initiate the Association’s D&I committee and working with others on the committee to strive to use the Detroit Bar’s influence to create a welcoming profession with practitioners and leaders that represent the communities it serves.

The Detroit Bar Association’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee focus includes providing programming for the entire legal community in conjunction with attracting, educating, training, retaining, mentoring, and promoting diverse attorneys to leadership positions within Michigan bar associations, firms, agencies, organizations, and the judiciary.

“Advancing diversity, equity and inclusion raises the bar for the entire profession,” Rosenfeld said. “It is an honor for the Detroit Bar’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee to receive this important recognition, in particular as we continue to offer programming dealing with the serious, current issues of racial and social justice that are in the forefront of public consciousness.” 

About James S. Rosenfeld

Rosenfeld is the previous manager of Butzel Long's Labor and Employment Practice Group and practices in the area of labor and employment law. He has extensive experience in litigating a wide variety of labor and employment cases, including trial and appellate work in both state and federal court, as well as negotiating collective bargaining agreements, and handling labor arbitrations.

He frequently lectures and conducts training for employers and supervisors on various employment issues, including on harassment avoidance, diversity and inclusion and supervisor skills.  Rosenfeld is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 1986) and Harvard College (A.B., 1981, magna cum laude). He is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in Labor and Employment and is ranked by Chambers USA.

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