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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 www.grabLAW.org and follow grab LAWon FacebookLinkedIn, YouTube, and Twitter.

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

  
 

Essay Contest Winners Recognized by the Grand Rapids School Board

Warner Norcorss & Judd Diversity Partner poses with the winners of the 2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. , essay contest.  From left to right: Sophia Crumback-Tarrien, Maya Barbee, and Sofe Blomeling.

Warner Norcorss & Judd Diversity Partner poses with the winners of the 2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. , essay contest. From left to right: Sophia Crumback-Tarrien, Maya Barbee, and Sofe Blomeling.

Twenty-three students who participated in the 9th annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Essay Contest conducted by Warner Norcross & Judd were recognized last evening at a meeting of the Grand Rapids School Board. The three winners — Sofe Blomeling, Sophia Crumback-Tarrien, and Maya Barbee — each read their essays to the Board. Blomeling, the grand prize winner, received a standing ovation from the Board and the members of the audience. In addition, the twenty students who received honorable mention were invited to come forward and receive their awards.

Essay Contest Winners Recognized at Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Celebrations

The winners of Warner Norcross & Judd’s 9th annual Martin Luther King Essay Contest were recognized at two programs on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  The top three essayist and the twenty recipients of honorable mention awards were introduced at the Community Peace Program for students in the Kent Intermediate School District and again at the annual Community Celebration program, both held at the Grand Rapids Community College Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse.  The winning essays are can be found here. Here are a couple of photos from the event. 

Maya Barbee (2nd Runner Up) and Sofe Christine Blomeling (Grand Prize winner) pose before the Community Peace Ceremony

Maya Barbee (2nd Runner Up) and Sofe Christine Blomeling (Grand Prize winner) pose before the Community Peace Ceremony

Students in Ms. Holt's class at Riverside Middle School who received Honorable Mention awards, along with their classmate Sofe Christine Blomeling, who was the Grand Prize winner.

Students in Ms. Holt’s class at Riverside Middle School who received Honorable Mention awards, along with their classmate Sofe Christine Blomeling, who was the Grand Prize winner.

 

Young Attorneys Tell Why They Chose to Start Their Careers in Grand Rapids in this grab LAW Video

Warner’s Kelechi Adibe is among the attorneys interviewed in this great video from grab LAW about what Grand Rapids has to offer young professionals.  grab LAW is an initiative of the Managing Partners Diversity Collaborative to help match minority and female attorneys with law career opportunities in West Michigan. Learn more at www.grabLAW.org and follow grab LAW on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Warner Norcross & Judd is a charter member of the Managing Partners Diversity Collaborative. 

Warner Leaders Participate in Inclusive Leadership Workshop

Arin ReevesWarner Norcross & Judd’s Managing Partner, Doug Wagner, was among 11 leaders from the firm who participated in the first annual Inclusive Leadership Workshop sponsored by the Managing Partners Diversity Collaborative.  The workshop, which was conducted on June 3 and June 4,   explored the difference between diversity and inclusion and the business case for diversity and inclusion in law firms.  Participants discussed implicit biases and learned how to identify impediments to inclusion in their firms.

The workshop was conducted by Dr. Arin Reeves, of Nextions LLC.  Dr. Reeves is one of the foremost consultants in the area of law firm diversity and inclusion. Her book, The Next IQ: The Next Level of Intelligence for 21st Century Leaders was published in 2012 by the American Bar Association. Dr. Reeves has worked with law firms and legal departments on diversity and inclusion for nearly 20 years. She is an advisor to the Center for Legal Inclusiveness in Colorado and is the co-author of its manual, Beyond Diversity: Inclusiveness in the Legal Workplace.

 The Managing Partners Diversity Collaborative was formed in 2011 by 12 of the largest law offices in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in association with the Grand Rapids Bar Association, to promote diversity and inclusion in our firms and the profession. Conducting the annual workshop is one of 45 action steps in the Collaborative’s Action Plan adopted in 2012.  Over 40 leaders from the 12 member firms participated in the workshop.

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.