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Charles Ash Named to Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation Leadership Post

ASHCNCharles N. Ash, Jr., a partner with the law firm Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, has been named to the Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation Executive Committee for the Board of Directors.

The Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation is the strategic fundraising partner of Grand Rapids Public Schools. The Foundation supports programs in five areas of impact including the arts, the environment, literacy, physical wellness and math and science. Ash, who is a graduate of Creston High School, will serve a two-year term as secretary of the committee.

Ash concentrates his practice in litigation and has extensive experience representing businesses in complex contract and tort litigation in state and federal trial courts throughout the country.  He has been recognized as a Michigan Super Lawyer and recognized as a Michigan Super Lawyer Rising Star.

In addition to the Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation, he serves on the board of the Calvin College Alumni Association.  He is a graduate of both Leadership Grand Rapids and Leadership West Michigan.

Ash received his bachelor’s degree from Calvin College and earned his doctor of jurisprudence from Stanford University.

Warner Norcross Partner Mary Jo Larson Honored By Leadership Detroit

Mary Jo Larson, a partner with the law firm of Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, is among a group of Leadership Detroit graduates who were honored earlier this month as “emerging leaders” at the 2012 Leadership Detroit Awards.

The award is the first ever made to a group and recognizes its members for continuing the work they began during their Leadership Detroit program to overcome racial lines in the city.  Normally Leadership Detroit programs end once the Leadership Detroit session itself concludes.

Larson, who concentrates her practice in employee benefits and executive compensation, is one of nine members of the group to earn the Emerging Leadership Award, which recognizes Leadership Detroit alumni who epitomize the spirit of lifelong leadership and community involvement.

Larson is recognized in Best Lawyers in America and Michigan Super Lawyers, which named her as one of the Top 50 Women Michigan Super Lawyers for the past four years.   She is also listed as a Top Lawyer in Employee Benefits by dbusiness magazine.

Larson is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan and a fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel.  She serves on the board of Forgotten Harvest and is active in teaching and lecturing.

Readers Needed for the 5th Annual WNJ Martin Luther King, Jr., Essay Contest

mlkday_logoWarner Norcross & Judd LLP is once again sponsoring the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Essay Contest for sixth graders in the Grand Rapids Public Schools.  The contest, which Warner initiated five years ago,  encourages students to think about how Dr. King’s legacy of peace and justice applies to the world in which they live.  The winners will be announced in connection with the Martin Luther King, Jr., Day observances at Grand Rapids Community College. 

We need volunteers from the law firm to read and rank the entries.  The essays will be distributed this Friday, December 18 and need to be graded by Wednesday, December 30. Each essay will be about 200 words long. We will divide the essays up so that no one has to spend more than two hours reading essays over the two week period. Readers will be asked to select the top 5 essays they read. We will provide you with a rubric supplied by the Grand Rapids Public Schools to help you evaluate the entries.

The essays will be scanned so we can send them to you electronically to print or read online. This makes it convenient for members of the firm in any office to participate.

If you would be willing to help, email Rodney Martin or Robin Keith.

All contest winners, including honorable mentions, and their parents will be acknowledged at the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Community Peace Program on January 18, 2010, at 12:30 p.m. (following a Community Peace March), and again at the Annual Celebration Program that evening at 6:30 p.m. Both events will be held at the Grand Rapids Community College Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse. The author of the winning essay will be invited to read their essays his orher essay at both programs. Warner Norcross & Judd will present the contest winners with prizes and certificates at the Grand Rapids Public Schools Board of Education meeting the evening of Monday, February 1, 2010.

• Central High School Mock Trial Teams Shine in Regional Competition

Central High School’s two mock trial teams, coached by Warner Norcross & Judd, competed with teams from 10 other schools yesterday in the Western Regional Michigan High School Mock Trial Tournament. 

With a 2-1 record, Central’s”A” team received an Honorable Mention award. Their only loss was to eventual winner Forest Hills Eastern, with a record of 3-0.  We believe Central’s “B” team was 1-1 going into the third round, where they faced, of all teams, Central’s “A” team!  

Madelaine Lane reports that, “The students all did a great job, especially in the last round where the two Central teams faced each other – they did an excellent job and received fantastic comments from the judges.”

Congratulations to both teams, and congratulations and thank you to the team of coaches from Warner Norcross, which included: Sarah Howard, Madelaine Lane, Inga Hofer, Scott Carvo, Jeanne Long, Joe Sadler, Julie Lam, Christine Maher, and Dan Borst.

• WNJ Prepares Central HS Mock Trial Teams

2008 Central High School Mock Trial TeamFor the third year, Warner is coaching the Grand Rapids Central High School Mock Trial team. Since November, Warner attorneys have been visiting the school to help students prepare to play the role of attorneys and witnesses in the fictional case of Young v. Gardner.

On March 7, 2009, the team will compete in the Western Regional Mock Trial Competition sponsored by the Michigan Center for Civic Education.  The event will be held at the Kent County Courthouse. With the help of coaches, Sarah Howard, Madelaine Lane, Inga Hofer, Scott Carvo, Jeanne Long, Joe Sadler, Julie Lam, Christine Maher, and Dan Borst, the students have prepared the case from start to finish. They have studied the affidavits and police reports, drafted their direct and cross-examination questions, and authored opening and closing arguments. In fact, there was so much enthusiasm in this year’s class, that Central High School has entered two teams in the competition.

As always, we hope to have a strong contingent from Warner to support the students at the competition on March 7th. If you have any questions, or are interested in helping the teams in these closing weeks, please contact Sarah Howard or Madelaine Lane.

The Michigan Center for Civic Education is looking for attorneys and paralegals to volunteer as judges and bailiff/timekeeperss in the competition.   If you are interested in volunteering, open the Volunteer Registration Form for details.  Volunteers are needed in Grand Rapids on Saturday, March 7 and Pontiac on Saturday, March 14.

• Readers Needed for WNJ’s 4th Annual Martin Luther King Essay Contest

Martin Luther King DayIn connection with 2009 Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Warner Norcross & Judd LLP is sponsoring the Fourth Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Essay Contest. The contest, which is open to all sixth grade students within the Grand Rapids Public School District, encourages students to think about how Dr. King’s legacy of peace and justice applies to the world in which they live.

We need volunteers from the law firm to read and rank the entries between December 22 and January 5.  Each essay will be about 200 words long.  We will divide the essays up so that no one has to spend more than two hours reading essays over the two week period.  Readers will be asked to select the top 5 essays they read.  We will provide you with a rubric supplied by the Grand Rapids Public Schools to help you evaluate the entries.

The essays will be scanned so we can send them to you electronically to print or read online.  This makes it convenient for members of the firm in any office to participate. 

 If you would be willing to help, email Rodney Martin or Robin Keith.

All contest winners, including honorable mentions, and their parents will be acknowledged at the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Community Peace Program on January 19, 2009, at 12:30 p.m. (following the Community Peace March), and again at the Annual Celebration Program that evening at 6:30 p.m. Both events will be held at the Grand Rapids Community College Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse.  The authors of the winning essay will be invited to read their essays his/her essay at both programs.  Warner Norcross & Judd will present the contest winners with prizes and certificates at the Grand Rapids Public Schools Board of Education meeting the evening of Monday, February 2, 2009.