Archive for December 2009

Save the Date: Grand Rapids Bar Association Diversity Roundtable

An announcement from the Grand Rapids Bar Association:

On March 9, 2010, the Grand Rapids Bar Association, in collaboration with local partners, will sponsor a Roundtable on the Retention of Diverse Attorneys.

The Roundtable will explore the importance of flexibility and diversity in the recruitment and retention of women attorneys and attorneys of color, as well as the business and economic benefits that can be realized by a diverse organization.

We expect the event will also prove greatly beneficial to businesses and educational institutions as they strive to attract and retain women and persons of color within their ranks.

The impetus for the Roundtable is the anticipated release of a report from the Joint Flexibility and Diversity Initiative of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) and the Project for Attorney Retention (PAR), an initiative out of Hastings College of Law in California that works on developing best practices to promote the retention and advancement of women in the legal profession.

Speakers for the Event Include:

Cynthia Calvert, co-director of Project for Attorney Retention (PAR), and a practicing attorney, will speak about the results of the anticipated report from the Joint Flexibility and Diversity Initiative of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) and the PAR.

Robert Grey Jr., partner at Hunton & Williams, former American Bar Association President and current Interim Executive Director of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, will discuss practical steps that can be taken by firms to meet the challenge of minority and female attorney retention.

Readers Needed for the 5th Annual WNJ Martin Luther King, Jr., Essay Contest

mlkday_logoWarner Norcross & Judd LLP is once again sponsoring the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Essay Contest for sixth graders in the Grand Rapids Public Schools.  The contest, which Warner initiated five years ago,  encourages students to think about how Dr. King’s legacy of peace and justice applies to the world in which they live.  The winners will be announced in connection with the Martin Luther King, Jr., Day observances at Grand Rapids Community College. 

We need volunteers from the law firm to read and rank the entries.  The essays will be distributed this Friday, December 18 and need to be graded by Wednesday, December 30. Each essay will be about 200 words long. We will divide the essays up so that no one has to spend more than two hours reading essays over the two week period. Readers will be asked to select the top 5 essays they read. We will provide you with a rubric supplied by the Grand Rapids Public Schools to help you evaluate the entries.

The essays will be scanned so we can send them to you electronically to print or read online. This makes it convenient for members of the firm in any office to participate.

If you would be willing to help, email Rodney Martin or Robin Keith.

All contest winners, including honorable mentions, and their parents will be acknowledged at the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Community Peace Program on January 18, 2010, at 12:30 p.m. (following a Community Peace March), and again at the Annual Celebration Program that evening at 6:30 p.m. Both events will be held at the Grand Rapids Community College Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse. The author of the winning essay will be invited to read their essays his orher essay at both programs. Warner Norcross & Judd will present the contest winners with prizes and certificates at the Grand Rapids Public Schools Board of Education meeting the evening of Monday, February 1, 2010.