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Six Warner Norcross Minority Scholarships Awarded to Assist Students with Legal Studies

Warner Norcross & Judd LLP recently provided scholarships to six minority students to assist them in furthering their legal studies.  Two students were awarded WNJ Minority Scholarships that are administered and awarded by the Grand Rapids Community Foundation.  Now in its 17th year, the Warner Norcross scholarship provides monetary assistance to help cover the educational costs associated with a law degree or paralegal studies.
The 2017 scholarship winners are:
  • Marsheda Ewulomi of Lansing, Law School Scholarship
  • Tierra Love of Grand Rapids, Paralegal/Legal Assistant Scholarship
In addition, four students have received scholarships from Warner Norcross to help them with preparation for the Law School Admissions Test, or LSAT. This is the tenth year Warner Norcross has offered the program that enables selected minority students at Michigan colleges to attend a study course designed to prepare them for the exam. Studies show those who take the prep course score higher on the test, which determines law school entrance.  The 2017 LSAT Scholarship recipients are:
  • Zachary Francisco, Hope College
  • Tiarra Thompson, Hope College
  • Faten Balawi, Wayne State University
  • Nabintou Doumbia, Wayne State University
Since it began offering scholarships, Warner Norcross has provided more than $170,000 to support programs that encourage minority students to pursue a law career. To date, the scholarships have assisted 80- students.

Warner Norcross established the tuition scholarship fund at Grand Rapids Community Foundation in 1998; the first scholarship was awarded in 2001. The winners were chosen after reviewing essays that summarized the goals and challenges that drew them to the field of law.

For more information on these scholarships you may visit http://www.wnj.com/Careers/Diversity/Minority-Scholarships-and-Applications.

Warner Norcross Provides 2015 Minority Scholarships

For the 15th consecutive year, the law firm of Warner Norcross & Judd LLP has provided academic scholarships to assist minority students from Michigan in completing their legal studies.

A competitive scholarship administered and awarded by the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, the Warner Norcross scholarship program provides monetary assistance to students to help cover the educational costs associated with a law degree or paralegal studies.  The 2015 recipients are:

  • Lakisha D. Favorite of Benton Harbor, Law School Scholarship
  • NaChelle D. Webster of Detroit, Paralegal/Legal Assistant Scholarship
Since it began offering scholarships, Warner Norcross has provided more than $162,000 to support programs that encourage minority students to pursue a career in the law.  To date, the firm has provided scholarships to nearly 80 students.

The 2015 winners were chosen by a selection committee at the Grand Rapids Community Foundation based on essays that outlined personal goals and challenges that have drawn them into the field of law.  Warner Norcross established the scholarship fund at the Grand Rapids Community Foundation in 1998; the first scholarship was awarded in 2001.

Favorite, who received the law firm’s $5,000 Law School Scholarship, earned her bachelor’s degree from Spelman College in Atlanta. As an undergrad, Favorite chose to major in English so she would grow accustomed to the large amount of reading and writing she knew would face in law school.

Favorite plans to attend the University of Michigan Law School. Upon becoming an attorney, she intends to improve federal policy, “transform institutions” and ensure essential resources for individuals in need.

“Having accepted an offer of admission into the University of Michigan Law School, I am eager to exercise the law’s power as a change agent for troubled communities,” Favorite said.

Webster received the law firm’s $2,000 Paralegal/Legal Assistant Scholarship. She plans to complete her degree at Oakland Community College and hopes to use her education to become a certified paralegal. She plans to continue to develop her work as a freelance paralegal as a flexible income source in the event she decides to further her education by attending graduate school.  Her career plans include becoming a member of the U.S. Senate.

“I chose the Oakland Community College paralegal program because it is ABA accredited,” Webster said. “I knew I would get a quality education that would allow me to compete in the workplace with my peers.”

In order to be considered for a scholarship, applicants must:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Be a Michigan resident accepted to or currently attending an accredited law school within the U.S. or a non-Michigan resident attending a Michigan law school (for the Law School Scholarship)
  • Be a Michigan resident enrolled in an accredited college or university in Michigan (for the Paralegal Scholarship)
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Submit a statement of goals and aspirations related to their legal studies
  • Be a member of an ethnic or racial minority
In addition to its longstanding tuition scholarship program, Warner Norcross also annually provides scholarships to minority students in their junior or senior year of college to pay the costs of a study course for the Law School Admission Test.  Information about these scholarship programs is available on the firm’s website at http://www.wnj.com/Careers/Diversity/Minority-Scholarships-and-Applications.

Seven Students Receive LSAT Prep Scholarships from Warner Norcross

Seven minority students have received Law School Admissions Test Preparation, or LSAT, scholarships from Warner Norcross & Judd LLP.

Now in its eighth year, the program provides scholarships to enable selected minority students at Michigan colleges to attend a study course designed to prepare them to take the LSAT. Studies have shown that students who take a formal LSAT prep course score higher on the test, which determines entrance into law school.

The 2015 scholarship winners are:

  • Valerie Cook, Eastern Michigan University
  • Angel Gamon, Grand Valley State University
  • Nimsy Garcia, Oakland University
  • Jewel Haji, Grand Valley State University
  • Jameelah Sabir, University of Michigan – Dearborn
  • Prathibha Singh, Ferris State University
  • Brie Starks, University of Michigan
 The LSAT program is one of two scholarship initiatives offered by the firm to promote diversity in the legal profession. Warner Norcross also sponsors a Minority Scholarship Program that provides financial support to students pursuing a legal career.

Warner Norcross & Judd Issues Ninth Diversity and Inclusion Annual Report

WNJ-DIAR-2014-web-photoWarner Norcross & Judd has issued its ninth annual report on diversity and inclusion at the firm. The 2014 Diversity and Inclusion Annual Report describes the firm’s initiatives  to become a more diverse and inclusive organization. The report begins with a letter from the firm’s Managing Partner, Doug Wagner, who discusses the progress the firm has made in the past year, as well as some of the setbacks the firm has encountered.  The report also includes profiles of some of the firm diverse professionals who have taken leadership roles in the firm, an article about the firm’s LSAT scholarship program, and an article about the firm’s efforts to reduce the potential for unconscious bias in associate evaluations.  To see a copy of the report, click here.  Copies of the firm’s previous annual reports may be found on the firm’s website by clicking here.

 

Warner Norcross Awards 2014 Minority Scholarships

For the 14th consecutive year, the law firm of Warner Norcross & Judd LLP has awarded academic scholarships to assist minority students from Michigan complete their legal studies.

A competitive scholarship administered and awarded by the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, the Warner Norcross scholarship program provides monetary assistance to students to help cover the educational costs associated with a law degree or paralegal studies. The 2014 recipients are:

• Ka’nea K. Brooks of Ypsilanti, Law School Scholarship
• Veronica A. Foster of Southfield, Paralegal/Legal Assistant Scholarship
Since it began awarding scholarships, Warner Norcross has awarded more than $155,000 to support programs that encourage minority students to pursue a career in the law. To date, the firm has award scholarships to more than 70 students.

The 2014 winners were chosen by a selection committee at the Grand Rapids Community Foundation based on essays that outlined personal goals and challenges that have drawn them into the field of law. Warner Norcross established the scholarship fund at the Grand Rapids Community Foundation in 1998; the first scholarship was awarded in 2001.

Brooks, who received the law firm’s $5,000 Law School Scholarship, earned her bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University. Even as a first-generation college graduate, Brooks knew she would become an attorney, noting “As far back as I can remember, I was confident that I would become a lawyer.”

Brooks plans to attend Emory Law School, where she has received a merit scholarship to finance her legal education. She based her decision to attend Emory on a number of factors.

“The students and faculty are welcoming and engaging,” she explained. “The law school has several centers and clinics that will allow me to explore my interest in human rights, educational policy and juveniles.”

Foster received the law firm’s $2,000 Paralegal/Legal Assistant Scholarship. She plans to complete her degree at Oakland Community College and hopes to use her education to supplement her experiences as a legal secretary and law librarian. Her career goals include work in civil litigation and appeals.

“I hope to become an invaluable asset to my future employer,” Foster said. “The paralegal certificate from OCC will provide the foundational skills necessary for longevity and stability in the profession. The existence of the Warner Norcross & Judd Paralegal Assistant scholarship is encouraging because it … promotes minority participation in the profession. It is truly a catalyst to opportunity.”

In order to be considered for a scholarship, applicants must:

• Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
• Be a Michigan resident accepted to or currently attending an accredited law school within the United States or a non-Michigan resident attending a Michigan law school (for the Law School Scholarship)
• Be a Michigan resident enrolled in an accredited college or university in Michigan (for the Paralegal Scholarship)
• Demonstrate financial need
• Submit a statement of goals and aspirations related to their legal studies
• Be a member of an ethnic or racial minority

In addition to its longstanding tuition scholarship program, Warner Norcross also annually awards scholarships to minority students in their junior or senior year of college to pay the costs of a study course for the Law School Admission Test. Information about these scholarship programs is available on the firm’s website at http://www.wnj.com/Careers/Diversity/Minority-Scholarships-and-Applications.

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Warner Norcross Awards 2013 Minority Scholarships

For the 13th consecutive year, the law firm of Warner Norcross & Judd LLP has awarded academic scholarships to assist minority students from Michigan complete their legal studies.

The Warner Norcross scholarship program provides monetary assistance to students to help cover the educational costs associated with a law degree or paralegal studies. The 2013 recipients are:

  • Bernadette Walli of Pierson, Law School Scholarship
  • Brenda P. Garcia of Grand Rapids, Paralegal/Legal Assistant Scholarship
Since it began its scholarship programs, Warner Norcross has awarded more than $133,000 to support programs that encourage minority students to pursue a career in the law.

The 2013 winners were chosen by a selection committee at the Grand Rapids Community Foundation based on essays that outlined personal goals and challenges that have drawn them into the field of law. The funds for the scholarships come from the Warner Norcross Corporate Advised Fund at Grand Rapids Community Foundation.

Walli, who received the law firm’s $5,000 Law School Scholarship, earned her bachelor’s degree from Grand Valley State University. During school, Walli travelled abroad to study in Peru where she volunteered for an embassy organization that provided legal advocacy services for domestic workers. There she recognized how knowledge of the law could give her a unique opportunity to prevent exploitation of minority populations back in the United States. Walli attends Columbia Law School.

Garcia received the law firm’s $2,000 Paralegal/Legal Assistant Scholarship. With parents who both experienced discrimination and prejudice as first-generation immigrants to the United States, Garcia cultivated ambition and determination as a result of witnessing her parents’ struggles and sacrifice. She plans to complete her degree at Grand Valley State University before attending law school to become an immigration attorney.

In order to be considered for a scholarship, applicants must:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher;
  • Be a Michigan resident accepted to or currently attending an accredited law school within the United States, or a non-Michigan resident attending a Michigan law school (for the Law School Scholarship);
  • Be a Michigan resident enrolled in an accredited college or university in Michigan (for the Paralegal Scholarship);
  • Demonstrate financial need;
  • Submit a statement of goals and aspirations related to their legal studies; and
  • Be a member of an ethnic or racial minority.

In addition to its longstanding tuition scholarship program, Warner Norcross also annually awards scholarships to minority students in their junior or senior year of college to pay the costs of a study course for the Law School Admission Test. Information about these scholarship programs is available on the firm’s website at http://www.wnj.com/Careers/Diversity/Minority-Scholarships-and-Applications.