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Bodman Attorneys Honored By Detroit Bar Association Barristers

By: Bodman PLC

07/21/17

Two Bodman PLC attorneys, Bridget M. Hathaway and Sarah L. Cylkowski, received Outstanding Young Lawyers Awards from the Detroit Bar Association Barristers at the annual Summer Breeze Gala held at the Detroit Yacht Club on July 19.

Hathaway received the Barrister of the Year Award, which recognizes a Barristers board member who has exhibited special commitment to service through his or her work as part of the Barristers. Hathaway has served as a member of the Barristers board of directors since 2014 and has chaired the organization’s School Partnership Committee. She was recently appointed to a second three-year term and will serve as board secretary for the coming year. Hathaway received her award from 2016-2017 Barristers President Kimberly Yourchock.

Cylkowski received the Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award, which recognizes an attorney who has made extraordinary accomplishments through participation in pro bono activities early in his or her career. Cylkowski is a frequent contributor to Bodman’s pro bono program, having devoted more than 367 hours to pro bono work since joining the firm as an associate in 2012. She has made a significant impact through her involvement in cases seeking resentencing of inmates who received mandatory life sentences as juveniles, becoming the firm's point person for those cases. She received her award from her nominator, Bodman attorney Jeffrey G. Raphelson.

Hathaway and Cylkowski are senior associates and members of Bodman’s Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Group. Both practice in Bodman’s Detroit office.

The Barristers is the young lawyers section of the Detroit Bar Association. The Barristers is active and service-oriented, with a focus on service to the community and service to the bar. The organization provides new lawyers with opportunities to expand their leadership skills, pursue community service projects, attend educational seminars, and network with other young lawyers.