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Videos from grab Law Tell Why Two Young Lawyers Chose to Live and Practice in Grand Rapids

grab LAWgrab Law has posted two more videos in which young lawyers tell why they have chosed to live in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  The new videos feature Grand Rapids lawyers Charissa Huang and Jeff Kemperman who each talk about their involvement in the community.  grab LAW is an initiative of theManaging Partners Diversity Collaborative to help match minority and female attorneys with law career opportunities in West Michigan. 

 Learn more at and follow grab LAWon FacebookLinkedIn, YouTube, and Twitter.

Warner Norcross & Judd is a charter member of the Managing Partners Diversity Collaborative. 


African American History to Come Alive at Fifth Third Bank

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In celebration of Black History Month, Fifth Third Bank is hosting a live museum in the lobby of its main office in Grand Rapids (111 Lyon Street NW) on Friday, February 22.  All of the actors who will portray historical African Americans are employees of Fifth Third Bank – which makes it very cool.  The actors will reenact key moments of our nation’s past to educate and remind us of the journey our nation has traveled and honor the men and women who lived the story. Fifth Third Bank will come alive with characters impersonating some of the most important and influential figures in African American history. The Live Museum is in partnership with New Hope Baptist Church; characters will be dressed in period costumes and will reveal themselves by sharing details of their lives, struggles, and accomplishments. The historic icons will be played by Fifth Third employees and will include:  

  • Harriet Tubman
  • Dr. George Washington Carver
  • Daniel Hale Williams
  • Madame CJ Walker
  • Lonnie Johnson
  • Osceola McCarty
  • The Negro Mother

The living history museum will also be presented at Woodland Mall the following day.


“The Loving Story” premieres tonight on HBO at 9 p.m.

HBO will premiere “The Loving Story” this evening at 9 pm. “The Loving Story” is a documentary about Richard and Mildred loving, an interracial couple who married in the 1950s.  They were arrested in the middle of the night and banished from the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Their case ultimately went to the United States Supreme Court, where the Court overturned the Virginia law. It is a great documentary and an important chapter in the story of our country’s civil rights struggle.


“The Loving Story”

Several people from the firm recently joined many others from Grand Rapids at the premiere of a new HBO documentary “The Loving Story.” Richard and Mildred Loving were married in 1958 in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Richard was white, Mildred was African American and Native American. Days after they were married, the local sheriff broke in their door at 3:00 a.m. and arrested them in their bedroom for violating Virginia’s law against interracial marriage. They were convicted and banished from the Commonwealth.

“The Loving Story” is a beautiful documentary by a filmmaker from Grand Rapids that tells the story of the Lovings and their historic court battle to live together in their home as husband and wife. The film is pieced together from wonderful video shot in the 50s and 60s that brings the Lovings to life.   In its review, Variety said:

What astonishes in Buirski’s docu is not just the quantity and quality of the black-and-white 16mm footage, but its unpressured candor, particularly in the harsh light of current media feeding frenzies. While Richard Loving registers as clearly uncomfortable in the public spotlight, Mildred treats the lawyers, the reporters and all comers with the same friendly, casual articulateness and serene lack of self-consciousness with which she might greet a neighbor. The Lovings’ unprepossessing affection, evident in every frame of their homemovies, forms a perfect intimate counterpoint to the historical upheaval and ultimate rendering of justice.

HBO will air “The Loving Story” for the first time on Valentine’s Day, February 14. 

You can learn more about “The Loving Story” by visiting its homepage at

Warner Norcross Sponsoring Civic Theatre’s Production of “Twelve Angry Men”

Warner Norcross is sponsoring the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre’s September production of “Twelve Angry Men.”  This play is based on the classic 1957 made-for-tv movie starring Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, and E.G. Marshall among others. 

Warner Norcross is sponsoring the movie in support of  the Civic Theatre’s efforts to promote diversity and inclusion. While “Twelve Angry Men,” may not at first blush appear to speak about diversity, Civic Theatre chose the play because of the way it gets beneath the surface of each juror, showing their individual humanity.  While at first it appears that all the jurors are of like mind and ready to convict, one courageous juror refuses to jump to a conclusion.  One by one, the jurors reveal the important differences between them that make them stand as individuals. 

Warner Norcross is proud of its association with Civic Theatre, which has helped to bring such plays as The Diary of Anne Frank, August Wilson’s Piano Lesson, and Having Our Say: The True Story of the Delaney Sisters to the Grand Rapids stage.

The Civic Theatre’s production of Twelve Angry Men runs from September 9 through the 18th.  Details at

Would You Ride?

The Grand Rapids Community Foundation, which administers the Warner Norcross & Judd Minority Scholarships program, recently commissioned the following 30 second commercial, which aired on WGVU during the showing of “The Freedom Riders.”  The commercial, filmed by Grand Rapids photographer Brian Kelly, asks a simple question: “Would you ride?”

Freedom Riders Commercial from Brian Kelly Films on Vimeo.