Bonnie Mayfield Appointed Chair of NAWL’S Legislative Committee; Arlene Switzer Steinfield Elected to College of Labor and Employment Lawyers' Board of Governors

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 18:33

Dykema has announced that Bonnie Mayfield, Bloomfield Hills-based member of Dykema’s Litigation and Labor & Employment practices, has been appointed chair of the Legislative Committee of the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL).

The NAWL is a leading national voluntary organization devoted to the interests of women lawyers and women’s rights.  Founded more than 115 years ago, NAWL has a long history of serving as an educational forum and an active voice for the concerns of women in the legal profession.

The NAWL Legislative Committee monitors federal legislation that has the potential to impact women’s rights and the ability of women to practice law. Any such significant legislation is reported to the NAWL members and its executive board.

Earlier this year, Ms. Mayfield was also named vice chair of Diversity Initiatives for the Diversity Committee of the International Association of Defense Counsel, co-authored a very well regarded article – “Tangible Results Speak Louder Than Well-Intentioned Inclusion Word” – with Thomas Sager, the former general counsel of DuPont Co. The article was published by the Defense Research Institute and discusses research revealing that women and women of color still have uphill challenges in the field of law. While progress in this area has been incremental at best, the article points out that there is still reason for optimism and shares strategies to help include women and women of color through sustained and positive outcomes.

Ms. Mayfield is a well-known trial and appellate lawyer and has won an impressive series of victories for various clients. She represents clients in labor and employment, product liability and commercial matters. Mayfield also is a member of Dykema’s National Trial Team, a group of experienced trial lawyers who have taken over 650 cases, in all areas of legal practice, to verdict. 


The firm announces that Arlene Switzer Steinfield, a Dallas-based senior counsel in the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice, was elected to The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers’ Board of Governors. She will serve two three-year terms beginning January 1, 2015.

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers is a national nonprofit professional association headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland, whose members are considered the leading lawyers in the practice of labor and employment law. Its peer-nominated membership consists of approximately 1,300 Fellows from 45 states and Canada who have demonstrated exceptional professional service to clients and to the profession, bench and the public, as well as maintaining superlative professional qualifications and ethical standards, accompanied by the highest levels of character, integrity, professional expertise and leadership.