Frances R. Avadenka Memorial Award

Sponsored by: Oakland County Bar Association

Established: April 8, 1987

Purpose: The award is named in memory of Frances R. Avadenka, the Oakland County Bar Association’s first female President. Ms. Avadenka died while in office, in January 1987. Ms. Avadenka was well known for her significant contributions to the community and her commitment to volunteerism.

Awarded: Annually at the OCBA Annual Meeting

Criteria: 

  • OCBA member
  • Individual has made great contributions to the community outside of the legal profession
  • Is a legal professional

How to Nominate: Letter of nomination inclusive of nominee’s activities

Selection Process: The family of Hon. Edward Avadenka selects the award recipient from the nominations submitted

Past Recipients:

1987
George A. Googasian

1988
Hon. Bernard A. Friedman

1989
Nina Dodge Abrams

1990
Hon. Hilda R. Gage

1991
No award given

1992
James M. Alexander

1992
Donald F. Tucker                

1993
Hon. Gene Schnelz

1994
Lawrence F. Schiller

1995
Robert J. Schwartz

1996
Steven A. Drakos

1997
Daniel H. Minkus

1998
No award given

1999
No award given

2000
No award given

2001
Hon. Lisa L. Asadoorian

2002
Julie A. Nelson-Klein

2003
Rebecca C. Opipari

2004
Beth N. Desmon

2005
Hon. Fred M. Mester

2006
Hon. Wendy L. Potts

2007
Michael J. Lavoie
Joan P. Vestrand

2008
Peter M. Alter

2009
Hon. Michelle Friedman Appel

2010
Michael S. Hohauser

2011
Lisa J. Hamameh

2012
No award given

2013
Hon. Dennis Drury

2014
Daniel D. Quick

2015
Hon. Michael Warren