Warner Norcross & Judd LLP has awarded $19,000 in scholarships to 10 minority students from around the state of Michigan.
The 2008 scholarship awards represent an expansion of a long-standing program designed to encourage diversity in the legal profession in Michigan.
Now in it eighth year, the Warner Norcross Minority Scholarship helps students to cover the educational costs of pursuing a degree in law or paralegal studies. Maurice Taylor of Detroit received this year's $5,000 law school scholarship. A graduate of the University of Michigan-Dearborn, Taylor will begin his studies at the Harvard Law School this fall. Patricia Mata of Sparta received a $2,000 paralegal studies scholarship and will continue her studies at Davenport University. The funds for these scholarships come from the firm’s Corporate Advised Fund at Grand Rapids Community Foundation.
This year, Warner Norcross has expanded its scholarship program by awarding eight $1,500 scholarships to enable minority college students to attend a study course to prepare them to take the Law School Admission Test. Studies show that students who take a prep course in advance of the LSAT post improved results on the test, which determines entrance into law school. This year's recipients of the Warner Norcross LSAT Preparation Course Scholarship include:
- Tina Alonzo of Detroit (Michigan State University)
- Jeanine Anderson of Chicago (Grand Valley State University)
- Sierra Hill of Toledo, Ohio (Eastern Michigan University)
- Markanetta Jones of Wyoming, Mich. (GVSU)
- Luis Lozano of Holland, Mich. (University of Michigan)
- Meagan Threats of Grand Rapids (MSU)
- Jovan Turner of Chicago (Albion College)
- Jennifer White of Novi, Mich. (MSU)
"We are very pleased to once again offer scholarships in support of minority students pursuing legal studies," said Douglas E. Wagner, managing partner of Warner Norcross. "We are especially pleased to expand our program to enable college students who are considering a career in law to prepare to do their best on the Law School Admission Test.
"Through these scholarships, as well as other outreach programs, we are working to ensure that the legal profession is open and welcoming to all."
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About Warner Norcross & Judd
Warner Norcross & Judd LLP is one of the leading law firms in Michigan. With more than 200 attorneys in Grand Rapids, Southfield, Sterling Heights, Lansing, Holland and Muskegon, Warner Norcross is a full-service provider of legal services. Nearly half of our partners are listed in the 2008 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Warner Norcross was also named the best corporate law firm in West Michigan by Corporate Board Member magazine for the third year in a row. Warner Norcross has been recognized as a national leader in client service among law firms by BTI Consulting, as one of the nation's leading employment law firms by Workforce Management, as one of the 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For in both West Michigan and Metro Detroit and as one of the Best Michigan Businesses by Corp! Magazine. The Firm represents local, statewide, regional, national and international clients in all areas of business and civil law.