Pamela is the Executive Director of California LAW Pathways, an equity impact program in California. Cal LAW provides pathways through high school, community college, four-year universities and law school throughout the state of California for at-risk and diverse students. The goal of Cal LAW is a diverse legal system in California that is reflective of the state’s diverse population.
Prior to joining Cal LAW in March of 2022, Pamela was a mediator, arbitrator, counselor and litigator with extensive experience in business, higher education, employment, civil rights, and commercial matters. She was an equity partner with Warner Norcross & Judd, where she chaired the firm’s Higher Education Practice Group. Pamela is also a former federal public defender. She is active in the American Bar Association, where she has served as Chair of the Section of Dispute Resolution, and on the Executive Committee of the Board of Governors. Pamela in 2013 traveled to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba as the ABA’s official observer of trial proceedings for the alleged organizers of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, DC.
She has received numerous awards, including the Nanci S. Klein Award from the Michigan State Bar, the YWCA’s Lifetime Woman of Achievement Award, and the Woman of Courage and Achievement Award from Michigan Women’s Foundation. She has also twice been selected as a Leader in the Law for the State of Michigan. In addition to practicing law, Pamela is the author of a book and numerous articles on dispute resolution, and has taught mediation and negotiation in law school. Prior to attending law school, Pamela was a professional musician.