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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 Issues 8th Annual Diversity and Inclusion Report

2014 DIAR

Warner Norcross & Judd has issued its eighth annual report regarding the firm’s initiatives to become a more diverse and inclusive organization. The 2013 Diversity and Inclusion Annual Report includes a letter from Managing Partner Doug Wagner in which he reviews the firm’s progress. It also includes brief articles regarding some of the firm’s diverse professionals and a demographic profile of the firm. To see a copy of the report, click on the image above. Copies of the firm’s annual reports for 2006 and 2012 may be found on the firm’s website by clicking here.

Nelson Mandela, 1918 – 2013

“A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of.”  Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela died yesterday at the age of 95.  Imprisoned for more than a quarter of his life, Mandela became President of South African in 1994 and lead a government of national reconciliation that transitions from apartheid to a multicultural democracy.

In 2006, our colleague Don Veldman visited the notorious prison on Robben Island in Cape Town Harbor.  Don shared these pictures with us:

 

The entrance to the prison on Robben Island

The entrance to the prison on Robben Island

 

Inside the walls of the prison. The prison has been closed since Mandela’s release.

Inside the walls of the prison. The prison has been closed since Mandela’s release.

This was Mandela’s cell; there is a small metal cot off to the right.

This was Mandela’s cell; there is a small metal cot off to the right.

This picture was given as a souvenir as Don entered the prison. The prisoners are pounding out big stones to make gravel; a daily chore.

This picture was given as a souvenir as Don entered the prison. The prisoners are pounding out big stones to make gravel; a daily chore.

Four Attorneys from Warner Norcross & Judd Have Been Selected to Participate in Community Leadership Programs

Four attorneys from Warner Norcross & Judd have been selected to participate in leadership programs in the communities served by the firm. They include Charles Ash, Jr., Julie Lam, Anissa Hudy and Kurt Brauer.

AshCharles Ash, a partner with the firm, will be among 35 business professional, nonprofit executives and government leaders to participate in Leadership Grand Rapids, a nine-month community leadership program from the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. The 2014 class, which begins in September and wraps up in May 2014, will give current and emerging leaders the opportunity to explore issues connected with community building, including talent development, public safety, philanthropy, community health and others essential to a vibrant Grand Rapids.

Mr. 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 serves on the boards of the Student Advancement Foundation and Calvin College Alumni Association. He is a graduate of Leadership West Michigan.

LamJulie Lam, an associate, has been selected for the Inforum Executive Leadership Program. Ms. Lam will be among 32 business professional, non-profit executives and government leaders to participate in the four-month leadership program. The 2013 class, which begins in September and wraps up in December, will give personalized instruction and focused coaching that allows participants to explore their personal leadership style, understand what it takes to be an effective leader and receive personal coaching and feedback.

Ms. Lam concentrates her practice in civil litigation at both the trial and appellate levels.

 

HudyAnissa  Hudy, Senior Counsel at the firm, has been selected to participate in Leadership Macomb. Ms. Hudy will be among 30+ business professional, community and government leaders to participate in the nine-month community leadership program. The 2014 class, which begins in September and wraps up in June 2014, will give current and emerging leaders the opportunity to explore emerging issues that will impact Macomb County, Southeast Michigan and the bottom line of their own organizations.

Ms. Hudy concentrates her practice on real estate and commercial litigation with an emphasis on creditors’ rights. She is a member of the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation and serves on the Court Reporting and Recording Board of Review Fees Workgroup for the State of Michigan.

 

BrauerKurt  Brauer, a partner, has been selected to participate in Leadership Detroit. Mr. Brauer will be among 65 business professional, non-profit executives and government leaders to participate in the nine-month community leadership program of the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce. The 2014 class, which begins in September and wraps up in May 2014, will give current and emerging leaders the opportunity to explore key issues that affect the Detroit region and explore ways to bring about positive change in the community through informed leadership.

Mr. Brauer counsels clients in economic development and environmental compliance and regulatory matters with an emphasis on brownfield redevelopment and business expansion incentive packages. He also assists them in resolving complex real estate matters. He is recognized in Best Lawyers in America and as a dBusiness Top Lawyer.