January 23, 2015

Program - Geoffrey Fieger, Attorney - Fieger on Everything

Geoffrey Fieger is one of the most successful trial lawyers in the country. He has published scholarly articles on the law and is constantly in demand as an expert for high-profile media trials. 


Geoffrey has two degrees in speech from the University of Michigan (B.A., 1974; M.A., 1976) and received his law degree from the Detroit College of Law-Michigan State University (J.D., 1979). He is a member of the Michigan, Florida and Arizona Bar Associations.


Described by those closest to him as a caring and intensely loyal friend. His passions beyond law include art, exercise, and time with his family. He has been married for over 30 years to his wife, Keenie. They have two sons and a daughter.

Discussion - Rev. Joanne Blair, First Presbyterian Church Birmingham
                               Better Together: Affirming Persons of All Abilities

Rev. Joanne Blair is the Assistant Pastor of Inclusion at First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham (FPCB).  Joanne received her Master of Divinity from Detroit’s Ecumenical Theological Seminary in 2010.  She served as a chaplain at Children’s Hospital for three years before joining the staff at FPCB.


Aside from her work at the church seeking to affirm the gifts of persons of all abilities, Joanne also consults with other churches that wish to develop an Inclusion Ministry.  She is one of only a few ordained pastors in the country whose primary role is dedicated to inclusion.


As Pastor of Inclusion, Joanne works closely with people of all abilities.  In her discussion, Joanne will describe how the entire community has benefited and grown from a focused program of inclusion.

January 30, 2015


Ike McKinnon, Deputy Mayor, Detroit, About Detroit


Alison Miller, Special Olympics Michigan, Why Special Olympics Are So Special