Each year, the Grand Rapids Bar Association (GRBA) presents the 3 in 10 Award to three attorneys in their first 10 years of practice who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement, exceptional public service and significant contributions to the legal profession. Honored on May 16, this year’s three award winners, Christine Cameron, Kellen Dotson, and Katie Johnson, are each graduates of WMU-Cooley Law School.
Cameron has been an active member of the Grand Rapids Bar Association since 2015 and is a member of the Law School Liaison Committee, West Michigan Justice Foundation Committee, and a member of the Young Lawyers section. She volunteers with the bar’s 3Rs program, an outreach program at Grand Rapids Public Schools’ Preparatory High School that teaches civics to ninth grade students.
She practices real estate transactions, contracts, business planning, and landlord-tenant disputes for PTJ Properties, a property management and property development company. She previously ran a partnership that focused on family law and criminal defense. In addition to practicing law, Cameron holds Michigan property, casualty, life, health, and accident insurance producer licenses; and a Michigan real estate license.
Pictured (left-right): WMU-Cooley graduates Christine Cameron, Kellen Dotson, and Katie Johnson
Dotson has practiced criminal defense through the Kent County Office of the Defender, a position where he represents a wide range of cases. As a resident of Kent County, he has volunteered with the United Way Schools of Hope program, the GRBA’s 3R’s program, and as a mentor for Alger Heights Middle School, Grand Rapids Prep, and River City Scholars.
Recently, as a member of Gideon’s Promise, a national public defender group, Dotson spoke with law students at Yale University.
Johnson, a staff attorney at Legal Aid of Western Michigan since 2014, where she has practice law since 2014, handles impact litigation related to preserving low-income housing in west Michigan, landlord-tenant cases, divorce involving domestic violence, and other consumer cases. Before joining Legal Aid, Johnson clerked for the 17th Circuit Court’s specialized business docket. She has been a volunteer for the GRBA’s 3Rs program for five years.