Archive for July 2013

Warner Norcross Awards 2013 Minority Scholarships

For the 13th consecutive year, the law firm of Warner Norcross & Judd LLP has awarded academic scholarships to assist minority students from Michigan complete their legal studies.

The Warner Norcross scholarship program provides monetary assistance to students to help cover the educational costs associated with a law degree or paralegal studies. The 2013 recipients are:

  • Bernadette Walli of Pierson, Law School Scholarship
  • Brenda P. Garcia of Grand Rapids, Paralegal/Legal Assistant Scholarship
Since it began its scholarship programs, Warner Norcross has awarded more than $133,000 to support programs that encourage minority students to pursue a career in the law.

The 2013 winners were chosen by a selection committee at the Grand Rapids Community Foundation based on essays that outlined personal goals and challenges that have drawn them into the field of law. The funds for the scholarships come from the Warner Norcross Corporate Advised Fund at Grand Rapids Community Foundation.

Walli, who received the law firm’s $5,000 Law School Scholarship, earned her bachelor’s degree from Grand Valley State University. During school, Walli travelled abroad to study in Peru where she volunteered for an embassy organization that provided legal advocacy services for domestic workers. There she recognized how knowledge of the law could give her a unique opportunity to prevent exploitation of minority populations back in the United States. Walli attends Columbia Law School.

Garcia received the law firm’s $2,000 Paralegal/Legal Assistant Scholarship. With parents who both experienced discrimination and prejudice as first-generation immigrants to the United States, Garcia cultivated ambition and determination as a result of witnessing her parents’ struggles and sacrifice. She plans to complete her degree at Grand Valley State University before attending law school to become an immigration attorney.

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.

In addition to its longstanding tuition scholarship program, Warner Norcross also annually awards scholarships to minority students in their junior or senior year of college to pay the costs of a study course for the Law School Admission Test. Information about these scholarship programs is available on the firm’s website at

Kelechi E. Adibe Named to Lawyers of Color’s Inaugural Hot List

KelechiKelechi E. Adibe, an attorney with the law firm Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, has been named to Lawyers of Color’s inaugural Hot List.

The Hot List features 100 attorneys who are minorities from the Midwest and under the age of 40. Attorneys are nominated by mentors, peers and colleagues and selected by committee based on noteworthy accomplishments or activity in legal pipeline initiatives, bar publications and legal blogs.

Adibe joined the firm in 2012 and is a member of the State Bar of Michigan.

Adibe holds a bachelor’s degree with distinction in economics and political science and a doctor of jurisprudence cum laude from the University of Michigan.

Lawyers of Color, which was founded as On Being A Black Lawyer, has been recognized by the American Bar Association, National Black Law Students Association and National Association of Black Journalists. Founded in 2008 as a news and resource center, the company has grown into a social media firm providing research, career development and brand marketing opportunities to clients.

Two Students Receive LSAT Prep Scholarships From Warner

Grand Rapids, Michigan, July 22, 2013– Two minority students have received Law School Admissions Test Preparation, or LSAT, scholarships from Warner Norcross & Judd LLP. 

Nadia M. Last, a Grand Rapids resident studying communications and sociology at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. and Lola Lawal, a Texas resident studying political science at the University of Michigan, are this year’s recipients of the LSAT scholarships.  

Now in its sixth year, the program provides scholarships to enable selected minority students at Michigan colleges to attend a study course designed to prepare them to take the LSAT.  Studies have shown that students who take a formal LSAT prep course score higher on the test, which determines entrance into law school.  

The LSAT program is one of two scholarship initiatives offered by the firm to promote diversity in the legal profession.  Warner Norcross also sponsors a Minority Scholarship Program that provides financial support to a selected law, paralegal and legal secretarial student.

Warner Norcross Reads, Discusses Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking for its One Book, One Firm Series

The law firm of Warner Norcross & Judd LLP has chosen Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain as the 2013 selection for its One Book, One Firm series. 

Now in its sixth year, the popular One Book, One Firm series encourages the entire law firm to read the same book, then provides opportunities to create a series of firm-wide discussions based on the common experience.  Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking was inspired by Cain’s experience while practicing corporate law on Wall Street – as an introvert. 

Attorneys and staff from the seven offices of Warner Norcross across Michigan will join in a special lunch-and-learn program on Monday, July 15 to discuss the book.  The program will be led by Joe Day, a partner in Pondera Advisors, a leadership consulting practice that he co-founded in 2006. 

A self-described introvert, Day spent eight years as a professional hockey player, captaining four different teams and receiving numerous awards.  He will offer his insights into how introverts and extroverts can work together in an inclusive organization and, more generally, how personality type differences impact us at work and at home. 

“We often think about diversity and inclusion in terms of race and gender and, indeed, our past book selections have reflected this,” said Diversity Partner Rodney Martin. “There’s a growing movement, though, to expand the meaning to reflect other aspects of diversity and inclusion, such as cognitive or emotional diversity. 

“The book selected for this summer’s reading series, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, will allow all of us to reflect on the different approaches that people bring to the table in an effort to promote greater respect and understanding.” 

One Book, One Firm was launched in 2008 as part of the law firm’s ongoing diversity and inclusion initiatives.  Additional books in the series have included: 

  • Stealing Buddha’s Dinner, a memoir about the experience of a Vietnamese girl growing up in West Michigan
  • Hands of My Father, the story of a hearing child who served as the go-between for his deaf parents and the hearing world
  • The Female Vision: Women’s Real Power at Work, a work that analyzes the fundamental differences between how men and women operate within companies
  • The Help, the debut novel by author Kathryn Stockett that explores the relationships between black maids and the white families they work for and the children they raise in Jackson, Miss. 
  • The Spirit Catches You and Then You Fall Down, by Anne Fadiman, a book about the clash of traditional culture with modern medical culture.