Archive for September 2010

Warner Awards Academic Scholarships to Minority Students

Warner Norcross & Judd LLP has awarded academic scholarships to two minority students from Michigan who are completing their legal studies.

Now in its 10th year, the Warner Norcross scholarship program provides monetary assistance to assist students in covering the educational costs associated with a law degree or paralegal studies. The 2010 recipients are:

  • Virgilio A. Sklar of Ann Arbor, Law School Scholarship
  • Ronald V. Hight of Rockford, Paralegal/Legal Assistant Scholarship

The 2010 winners were chosen by a selection committee based on essays that outlined personal goals and challenges that have drawn them into the field of law.

Sklar, who received the law firm’s $5,000 Law School Scholarship for the second year in a row, will be a third-year law student at the University of Michigan School of Law. He is a member of the Latino Law Students Association and a contributing researcher for the Green Building Pro Bono Project. He served as marshal for the University of Michigan Campbell Moot Court Competition and was a quarterfinalist in the American Constitution Society’s Moot Court in Constitutional Law, where he was also awarded Best Brief for Petitioner.

Sklar has served as a program assistant in the Hispanic Aids Awareness Program in Miami, a research intern for the Drug Policy Alliance in Oakland, Calif., a legal intern with a law firm in Miami and diversity law clerk for the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, D.C.

A native of Miami, Sklar holds an undergraduate degree in public policy and international affairs from Princeton University.

Hight received the law firm’s $2,000 Paralegal/Legal Assistant Scholarship. He is currently working toward a degree at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, where he is on the dean’s list. Prior to returning to school, Hight worked at Steelcase Inc. and Borisch Manufacturing Corp.

The funds for the scholarships come from the Warner Norcross Corporate Advised Fund at Grand Rapids Community Foundation.

In order to be considered for a scholarship, applicants must:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher;
  • Be a Michigan resident accepted to or currently attending an accredited law school within the United States, or a non-Michigan resident attending a Michigan law school (for the Law School Scholarship);
  • Be a Michigan resident enrolled in an accredited college or university in Michigan (for the Paralegal Scholarship);
  • Demonstrate financial need;
  • Submit a statement of goals and aspirations related to their legal studies; and
  • Be a member of an ethnic or racial minority.

Warner Norcross will be offering scholarships again in 2011.  Applications will be available on the firm’s webiste in January.

Warner Norcross Recognized by Corp! for Diversity

Warner Norcross & Judd LLP has been recognized for its diversity initiatives by Corp! magazine.

The law firm, which has offices in Southfield, Sterling Heights and four other Michigan locations, is highlighted as a Diversity-Focused Company in the August 2010 edition of the publication.  In its “Salute to Diversity issue,”Corp! featured Warner Norcross and other Michigan businesses that have made a strong commitment to diversity.

Warner Norcross has also received awards for its diversity initiatives from Crain’s Detroit Business and the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce.

Warner Norcross is one of Michigan’s largest law firms. Achievements in its diversity initiatives include:

  • Implementation of programs to increase retention of minority and women attorneys
  • Expanded recruiting of minority and women attorneys at all levels
  • Scholarships and other programs designed to expand the pipeline of minority lawyers
  • Firm-wide diversity education with innovative programming
  • Internal diversity blog to maintain an ongoing discussion of diversity and cultural competence
  • Publication of its Diversity and Inclusion Annual Report