Archive for September 2008

• Tom Rademacher Writes Column about One Book, One Firm Program

one-book-one-firm-logo7.jpgTom Rademacher, from the Grand Rapids Press, devoted his column today to Warner Norcross & Judd’s One Book, One Firm program.  You can link to the article here

• BL²END To Hold September Networking Event

BLENDBL²END , an organization that works to to increase the engagement of young professionals of color and to retain them in the greater Grand Rapids community through social networking, professional development workshops and community service, is holding its September Social Networking BL²ENDer at in the Jameson Lounge at McFaddens Restaurant on September 24 at 6:00 p.m.  For more details, you can find the event flyer by clicking here.  If you plan to attend, RSVP to by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 22.

BL²END is a wonderful organization with energetic leadership.  It was recently featured in the Grand Rapids Business Journal (read it here).  You can learn more about BL²END by visiting its website at

• WNJ’s One Book, One Firm Program Featured in National Communication Newsletter

Ragan.Com, which features “news, ideas, & conversations for communicators worldwide,” has published an article about Warner Norcross & Judd’s One Book, One Firm program.   Sarah McAdams, a Massachusetts-based author who writes on human resource issues for a variety of publications, interviewed Rodney Martin in August for the article, which you can read by following this link:  Law firm’s all-employee book club communicates diversity.   This is the second article that Ms. McAdams has written about the firm’s diversity program.

• Author of Stealing Buddha’s Dinner to Appear at GVSU

one-book-one-firm-logo7.jpgBich Minh Nguyen, author of this year’s One Book, One Firm selection “Stealing Buddha’s Dinner,” will be speaking at Grand Valley State University on Thursday, September 18 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Cook-DeWitt Center on the Allendale campus.

• Warner Norcross: A 21st Century Innovator

21st-logob.jpgWarner Norcross & Judd has been recognized by the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan (“WLAM”) and Michigan Lawyers Weekly as a “21st Century Innovator.”  The 21st Century Innovators award was established by WLAM and Michigan Lawyers Weekly to recognize firms that “are leading the charge” in “finding, hiring, retaining and nurturing the best and the brightest from each new generation of young lawyers.”  

Warner was one of 21 firms — including four headquartered in Grand Rapids — to receive the award yesterday in a ceremony in Birmingham.  Congratulations to Grand Rapids-based Varnum Riddering Schmidt & Howlett, which was recognized as the 2008 21st Century Innovator of the Year.

• Tulipanes: Latino Art and Film Festival

 Tulipanes Poster

The eighth annual Tulipanes Latino Art and Film Festival is being held in Holland this weekend.  Tulipanes promotes a positive image of Latino youth, families, senior citizens, and professionals through a wonderful array of exhibits, performances, movies, and activities.   They are described in the Festival brochure, which you can download here (Tulipanes 2008) and on the Festival website: