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Month: July 2019

Dobrusin Law Firm Is Gearing Up for the 2019 Phoenix Derby Races!

In a race day that is as much about inspiring future science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) students as they are about which gravity cars cross the finish line first, The Dobrusin Law Firm is proud to serve as Presenting Sponsor for the 2nd Annual Phoenix Derby Races organized by Main Street Pontiac.

During the August 2 event, we’ll also be cheering for “Team Dobrusin” as they race their derby cars to celebrate the firm’s 20th-anniversary during the evening’s adult bracket. We are excited to see our teams race toward the checkered flag against our downtown neighbors with a little friendly competition!  Shareholder, Daniela Walters, and Community Outreach Coordinator, Marijayne Renny are driving forces behind the event, both as representatives of the firm and board members of Main Street Pontiac.

The Phoenix Derby Races are designed to cultivate fun and encourage mentoring relationships between STEAM professionals and middle and high school-aged kids who are curious about future careers in STEAM fields. The day-long event pairs teams of three to four students with two adults who work as engineers, tradesmen, or other STEAM-focused professionals, with each team creating a wooden gravity-powered car to race down Wayne and West Lawrence Streets (closed to traffic throughout the day).  After the student races in the afternoon, the evening provides an opportunity for local downtown businesses to race against each other in their own custom derby cars, providing an evening of networking and comradery for local professionals.

The race is made possible through significant involvement from our community neighbors and partners.  In addition to The Dobrusin Law Firm, sponsors and partners include General Motors Pontiac Engineering Center, DASI Solutions, M1 Concourse, Genisys Credit Union,  Alley Cat Café, Marriott of Auburn Hills and Pontiac, the City of Pontiac, Pontiac Regional Chamber, Harmony Healing, STAR EMS, Honor Community Health, and LocalHop.

To end the student races, Main Street Pontiac, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works with the City of Pontiac government, Oakland County Economic Development, and the Pontiac Downtown Business Association, will award three $1,000 scholarships to students intent on pursuing post-secondary educations in STEAM fields.

Join us for our highly anticipated watch party, where in addition to supporting Team Dobrusin, we’ll also be celebrating the firm’s 20th anniversary! To learn more about the event or to serve as a volunteer, click here.

Katherine Pacynski Graduates from Leadership Oakland’s Cornerstone Program

We congratulate Dobrusin Law Firm shareholder Katherine Pacynski on graduating from Leadership Oakland’s select leadership development program, Cornerstone. Through a series of monthly day-long sessions led by subject matter experts and a day of service to end the term, Cornerstone focuses on informing and preparing southeast Michigan’s emerging leaders, a nine-month program Katie recently completed.

As a member of Leadership Oakland’s Class XXIX, Katie gained insight into topics impacting neighboring cities and counties. From government and the justice system to healthcare and education, the program offered perspectives about Southeast Michigan’s interconnected economic, civic, and municipal communities.

“I have enjoyed watching Katie blossom professionally, from a timid law clerk to her role as a community leader, full-time working parent, and shareholder of our Firm,” said Dobrusin Law Firm Founding Shareholder Eric Dobrusin. “The Leadership Oakland Cornerstone program has proven a successful training ground for law firm shareholders Kristen Pursley and Dan Aleksynas, and it will be fun to see how Katie puts her skills to new use.”

The Dobrusin Law Firm was also proud to sponsor the Leadership Oakland Day of Service for Class XXIX.  Throughout the year, the class raised funds for and coordinated the purchase of two swing sets, a playscape, and a chicken coop and chicken run for the House of Providence Holly campus.  In May, the members of the class worked together to build the playground and chicken run, giving the boys at House of Providence, many of whom have suffered unimaginable abuse, a place to play and learn.

Originating in 1990, the Leadership Oakland Cornerstone Program’s goal is to identify leaders and provide them with a network of colleagues, a deep understanding of the region’s challenges, and an opportunity to bring value to their own organizations, creating new levels of leadership. For information about Leadership Oakland or to apply to the Cornerstone program, please visit

Eric Dobrusin Concludes His Term as MIPAIC President Following an Impressive Year

Established in 2012, the Michigan Intellectual Property American Inn of Court (MIPAIC) is a society of judges, lawyers, legal educators, law students, and others who seek to promote excellence in the advocacy of intellectual property. Consistent with other members of the Linn Inn Alliance, MIPAIC is committed to education, collegiality, and the highest ethical values.

After sitting on the executive committee for the previous four years, Dobrusin Law Firm founder Eric Dobrusin served as MIPAIC’s president for the 2018-2019 term, spearheading noteworthy accomplishments during his time in office.

Although a relatively young organization compared to other Inns of Court in the United States, with Eric’s guidance, MIPAIC maintained Platinum Level Recognition, the highest honor in the American Inns of Court Achieving Excellence Program, in recognition of superior administration, communications, programs, mentoring, and outreach.

During his presidency, Eric placed great emphasis on mentorship and networking among members of the MIPAIC. Through his direction and encouragement, the members participated in events such as “Speed Mentoring” and a Quiz Bowl evening to allow pupillage teams to learn more about each other. Under his leadership, pupillage teams were also inspired to participate in community service activities, such as volunteering at Gleaners Community Food Bank. Additionally, as part of its community service outreach efforts, MIPAIC proudly supported the Arthritis Foundation, placing sixth among fundraising teams for the 2018 Detroit Jingle Bell Run last December. In the educational area, the Inn hosted the Register of Copyrights and Director of the U.S. Copyright Office at a well-attended Copyright Legal Forum at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in February 2019.

We congratulate Eric on his successful leadership of MIPAIC over the past year and thank him and his fellow board members, including Dobrusin Law Firm managing shareholder Kristen Pursley, for stewarding the organization to national recognition.

Katherine Pacynski Sworn in as President-Elect of the Women’s Bar Association

We are delighted to announce that shareholder Katherine Pacynski is the new President-Elect of the Women’s Bar Association (the Oakland Region of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan)! Katie, who previously served as Vice President, and her fellow incoming officers (pictured above) were sworn in during the organization’s recent annual dinner celebrating a year of accomplishments by the 2018-2019 board.

In conjunction with her new role, Katie represented the WBA at the State Bar of Michigan’s annual Bar Leadership Forum. The two-day program offered networking and educational opportunities to leaders of local and special-purpose bar associations across the state as well as State Bar section leaders.

Katie’s involvement in the WBA is another example of her dedication to the legal professional and the local business community. She is also active in the Michigan Intellectual Property Inn of Court and is a graduate of Leadership Oakland. In 2018, Katie was named to the Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 Under 40.

The firm is proud of Katie’s accomplishments, and we look forward to supporting her and the WBA in its mission to secure the rights of women in society, advance the interests of women in the law, and promote equality and social justice for all people.

Please join us in congratulating Katie!

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