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Aug 2006
August 16, 2006

Warner Norcross Awards Minority Scholarship

As part of its ongoing commitment to diversity in the legal profession, Warner Norcross & Judd LLP has awarded academic scholarships to two minority students from Michigan who are pursuing legal careers.

Now in its sixth year, the Warner Norcross scholarship program offers monetary assistance to help cover the educational costs of law or paralegal studies.  This year's recipients are:

  • Danica Williams, Law School Scholarship
  • Stephanie Bisard, Paralegal Scholarship

"We are very pleased to provide scholarship assistance to Danica and Stephanie, who are both passionate about their commitment to legal studies," said Douglas E. Wagner, managing partner for Warner Norcross.  "Our hope is that the scholarships will allow these determined young women to fulfill their dreams of pursuing a career in law.

"As a firm, we are working to ensure that our profession will be a diverse and welcoming place to all.  Warner Norcross is pleased to sponsor the Minority Scholarship program for a sixth year."

The 2006 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. 

Williams, who received the Firm's $5,000 Law School Scholarship, will be a second-year law student at Arizona State University.  A resident of Grand Blanc, Williams holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan where she was on the dean's list and recipient of the Mary E.B. Markley Scholarship.  During her undergraduate studies, she volunteered as a mentor in the Flint Public Schools, Ann Arbor Homeless Shelter and with the University's Adopt-a-Family program. 

Williams also served as a museum assistant with the University of Michigan Herbarium and an intern with Alliance for Justice in Washington, D.C. 

Bisard received the Firm's $2,000 Paralegal/Legal Assistant Scholarship.  She is currently working toward a degree at Davenport University in Grand Rapids.

A resident of Grand Rapids, Bisard is a member of Phi Theta Kappa international honor society.  She is a recipient of the Midwest Campus Compact Citizen Scholarship and is on the dean's list.

The funds for the scholarships come from WN&J's Corporate Advised Fund at Grand Rapids Community Foundation.

In order to be considered for a scholarship, an applicant 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 his or her legal studies; and
  • Be a member of an ethnic or racial minority.

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About Warner Norcross & Judd

Celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2006, Warner Norcross & Judd LLP is one of Michigan's leading providers of legal services with more than 180 attorneys in Grand Rapids, Metro Detroit, Holland and Muskegon.  For the third consecutive year, the Firm has a greater percentage of partners listed in the 2006 edition of The Best Lawyers in America than any other large law firm in Michigan.  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 and as one of West Michigan's 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For.  The Firm represents local, statewide, regional, national and international clients in all areas of business and civil law.

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