Archive for July 2018

Warner Announces the Awarding of 10 Minority Scholarships

Warner Norcross + Judd this week announced the awarding of ten scholarships to minority students interested in pursuing a career in law.  The Grand Rapids Community Foundation recently awarded Warner Norcross + Judd LLC academic scholarships to two minority students to assist them in furthering their legal studies. A competitive scholarship administered and awarded by the , the Warner scholarship program provides monetary assistance to students to help cover the educational costs associated with a law degree or paralegal studies. The 2018 recipients are:

  • Sumer Ghazala of Troy, the Law School Scholarship to attend the Yale Law School
  • Aneka Montgomery of Detroit, the Paralegal/Legal Assistant Scholarship to pursue her studies at Oakland Community College.

The 2018 winners were chosen by a selection committee at the Foundation based on essays that outlined personal goals and challenges that have drawn them into the field of law. Now in its 18th year, the first Warner academic scholarship established at the Grand Rapids Community Foundation was awarded in 2001.

In addition, Warner Norcross awarded eight minority students with scholarships to attend classes designed to prepare them to take the Law School Admissions Test. 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 Prep Scholarship program is now in its 11th year.

Through its scholarship programs, Warner has provided more than $185,000 to support programs that encourage minority students to pursue a law career.

Panel Discusses “The Home Place”

On Wednesday, July 11, a panel from the community discussed this year’s One Book, One Firm selection, “The Home Place: A Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature.” In the Home Place, author Drew Lanham shares his story of growing up on a farm in South Carolina, where he developed an intense love for the natural world.  Lanham, who is African American and a professor of ornithology at Clemson University, discusses his family’s ties to the land and the importance of land and a sense of place has for him.

Three panelists joined us to share their thoughts and reactions to the book:

  • Reuben Roberts, Jr., of the Trilogy Agricultural Group.  Reuben and his eight cousins farm land in Michigan and Mississippi where they raise cash crops and Red Devon cattle.
  • Mark Van Putten, the Chief Executive Officer of the Wege Foundation.  The Wege Foundation brought Dr. Lanham to Grand Rapids in April for the Wege Speakers Series. (You can see Dr. Lanham’s talk at  The Wege Foundation has made equity and inclusion one of its missions.
  • Aaron Turner, Development Director at WGVU Public Media.  Before joining WGVU, Aaron was a district executive for the Boy Scouts of America, responsible, among other things, for the “Scoutreach” program which brings scouting to youth in the inner-city.

The panel was moderated by Rodney Martin, WN+J’s Diversity Partner.

Here are some photos from the event: