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News | October 16, 2017
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Warner’s One Book, One Firm Initiative Goes to the Movies

Attorneys and staff of Warner Norcross & Judd LLP will attend a special screening of Marshall, a newly released movie based on the early life of Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Long before Brown v. Board of Education, Marshall was a young attorney working for the NAACP. The biopic explores Marshall’s role in the trial of an African-American chauffeur accused of the rape and attempted murder of his white employer. Reginald Hudlin, the film’s director, told the New York Times he wanted to focus on a single case early in Marshall’s career “that really sums up that era of his life.”

Attorneys in the firm’s Grand Rapids, Muskegon and Holland offices will see the film on Thursday, Oct. 19. The firm’s other five offices will view the film at local theatres on different days.

The movie night is part of the law firm’s ongoing diversity and inclusion initiatives, which include an annual One Book, One Firm discussion, lunch-and-learns and other initiatives throughout the year.

“Thurgood Marshall was a ground-breaking figure in our profession and our country,” said Rodney Martin, Warner’s diversity partner. “His early work in this little-known case shaped not only his career, but the civil rights movement in the 1960s. I look forward to meaningful discussions about Marshall and its relevance to the rhetoric of our country today.”

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