Senior Shareholder Kenneth T. Watkins will be hosting the Black History Month, D. Augustus Straker Bar Association meeting on February 27, 2014.  Mr. Watkins will host the meeting in the Sommers Schwartz conference facilities at One Towne Square, Southfield, Michigan from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. The D. Augustus Straker Bar Association will welcome local elected officials, including State Representative Rudy Hobbs and the Honorable Leo Bowman, who will discuss “How to Run a Successful Campaign.”

Formed in 1990, the D. Augustus Straker Bar Association is named after D. Augustus Straker, who was the first African-American to argue in front of the Michigan Supreme Court and the first elected African-American jurist in Michigan. The goal of the D. Augustus Straker Bar Association is to promote the role of minorities in the legal profession in Oakland County and to increase the career opportunities of minorities working in the legal field. The membership of the organization is reflective of the D. Augustus Straker Bar Association’s goals, and consists primarily of lawyers of ethnic minority descent and female lawyers. For more information, visit

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Kenneth T. Watkins

Kenneth T. Watkins is an accomplished trial attorney and Senior Shareholder with Sommers Schwartz. Over the course of his career, he has obtained numerous multimillion-dollar settlements. His achievements include one of the largest seven-digit medical malpractice cases in Macomb County in 2008, and his election to membership in the exclusive Million Dollar Verdict Club.