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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.” (For more about the film, see Friday’s Grand Rapids Legal News.)

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.”


Secrest Wardle attorneys are presenters at Insurance Alliance of Michigan’s claims seminar

On Sept. 25, the Insurance Alliance of Michigan (IAM) held its Annual Claims Seminar at Michigan State University’s East Lansing campus. The seminar was attended by attorneys, vendors, and claims professionals in the insurance industry. Secrest Wardle proudly acted as a sponsor of the conference. Four of the firm’s attorneys gave presentations:

—James Bradley, Executive Managing Partner, Lansing office, “TNCs & Autonomous Vehicles: Does Who’s at the Wheel Change Who’s on the Hook?”

—Javon David, Associate, Troy office, “Emerging Trends of the Court of Appeals in Summary Disposition Motions Based on Serious Impairment of Bodily Function”

—Amanda Fopma, Partner, Grand Rapids office, “Increase in Hazard Clause and its Application in First Party Claims”

—David Givskud, Partner, Grand Rapids office , “Red Flags to Look for in Spotting PIP Fraud”

In 2017, the Insurance Institute of Michigan joined with the Michigan Insurance Coalition to form the IAM, a government affairs and public information association representing more than 80 insurance company-related organizations in Michigan.