Warner Norcross Partner Appointed to State Bar Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group

Warner Norcross’s Diversity Partner,  Rodney D. Martin,  has been appointed to serve on the executive council of the Presidential Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group. 

The new group will advise the board of commissioners of the State Bar Michigan regarding implementation of the new State Bar Pledge to Achieve Diversity and Inclusion.  The pledge, which was adopted in July 2010, notes that “diversity and inclusion are core values of the legal profession” that “require a sustained commitment” to achieve.  The pledge says that law schools, law firms, judges, bar associations and others in the legal profession “must cooperatively work together” to achieve diversity and inclusion in the “education, hiring, retention and promotion of Michigan’s attorneys.” 

Warner Norcross was one of the first law firms in Michigan to sign the pledge.

As the firm’s Diversity Partner, Martin leads its programs and initiatives focused on diversity and inclusion.  Under his leadership, Warner Norcross has:

  • Established a scholarship program to encourage women and minorities to pursue a career in law
  • Expanded recruiting efforts to ensure a diverse candidate pool of new associates
  • Supported internal and community education initiatives, including a One Book, One Firm program and a mock trial program for high school students
  • Published a Diversity and Inclusion Annual Report, now in its fifth year.

Martin also chairs the Council of the Multiracial Association of Professionals and is a member of the Grand Rapids Bar Association’s Diversity Roundtable Committee. 

Martin also currently serves as chair of the firm’s Financial Services Practice Group.