Born and raised in Harper Woods, Pamela Sossi has been a resident of District 1 for 33 years. Her family first moved to Detroit in 1911, when they immigrated from Northern Italy. Over 100 years later, Pamela is the fourth generation of her family to live in the District.
Pamela began her education in Harper Woods Public Schools, where she attended Beacon Elementary and Tyrone Elementary. A 2002 graduate of Harper Woods High School, Pamela continued her education at the University of Michigan, where she graduated with High Distinction Honors. In 2007, Pamela began working on her Master’s Degree in Secondary Education and Teaching, also at the University of Michigan. In 2011, Pamela received her Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law; graduating in the top 5% of her class.
During her studies, Pamela clerked for Bodman Law, where she worked in the Banking and Real Estate section for five years. While in law school, she had the honor to serve as the judicial law clerk for U.S. District Court Judge Patrick Duggan, father of Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.
Pamela passed the Michigan Bar Exam in October 2011 and shortly thereafter, started her own business. Pamela’s practice focuses on civil rights litigation, with a focus on employment discrimination and police brutality. She has recovered over a million dollars in verdicts and settlements for her clients. Pamela also practices criminal defense and serves as a Public Defender throughout Wayne County. Pamela has been named a “Top 10 Under 40” Attorney and listed as one of the “10 Best Female Attorneys” for both criminal law and personal injury law. In both 2016 and 2017, she has been named a “Michigan Rising Star” by Super Lawyers.
She is an active supporter of the legal community and is a member of the American Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan, Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, the Wayne County Criminal Defense Bar Association, and participates in the American Inns of Court program; where she mentors law students with fellow area attorneys and judges.
Pamela also supports a variety of causes in her community as a member of the Michigan Democratic Party (MDP), the 14th Congressional District Democrats 100 Club, Grosse Pointe Democrats, National Association of Professional Women (2012/2013 Woman of the Year), Sierra Club, Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce and the Grosse Pointe League of Women Voters.
A registered Democrat since age 18, Pamela currently serves as the MDP Precinct Delegate for Precinct 4 in Harper Woods. In 2016, Pamela ran for office for the first time, against a two-time incumbent. Although her opponent raised the most money of any candidate running for state house, Pamela’s race was “the most competitive in Wayne County” (Detroit Free Press, 8/2/16). A mere 6 points separated the two candidates, despite her opponent’s considerable war chest.
26 days into his new term, the incumbent had to resign from the Michigan House of Representatives, leaving District 1 with no voice in Lansing. Pamela is running in the Special Election to restore that voice to her District and ensure that it speaks for EVERYONE. She has been supported in this effort by numerous local elected officials, including Senator Rebekah Warren, the only female member of the Michigan Senate Democrats, the Michigan Spanish Speaking Democrats and the Michigan Farm Bureau.
Pamela’s family has a long history of organizing labor and fighting for the working class. Her great-grandfather joined the CIO in 1933 and worked at Ford River Rouge for 30 years; her great-grandmother served as Vice President and President of the Waitresses and Cashiers Union while working at Al Green’s Celebrity Room; her great-uncle was a founding organizer of the IBEW Local 58; her grandfather was an IBEW member for over 50 years, working at Stroh’s Brewery; her father and two uncles have been members of the IBEW Local 58 since the 1970’s and the UAW since the 1990’s; and her brother is also a member of the IBEW Local 58 and UAW (all three work for Chrysler). Pamela will be a champion for organized labor and looks forward to restoring vocational education in our schools and bringing jobs back to the District.
Pamela currently lives in Harper Woods with her second rescue Pit Bull, Ike.
2016/2017 Top 10 Personal Injury Attorney Under 40, National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys
2016/2017 Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorney Under 40, National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
2016/2017 10 Best Female Attorneys, American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
2016/2017 10 Best Female Attorneys, American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys
2016/2017 Michigan Rising Star, Super Lawyers
2013 Woman of the Year, National Association of Professional Women