Joy Fossel was recently recognized by Corp! Magazine with its Diversity Business Leader award and was named 2013 Super Lawyer in September.
Fossel was selected as a Diversity Business Leader based on her work with the Managing Partners Diversity Collaborative, a group of 13 Grand Rapids law firms in association with the Grand Rapids Bar Association, working to promote and achieve greater diversity and inclusion in the West Michigan legal community and for her efforts as Varnum’s Diversity and Inclusion Team leader.
A trial attorney, Fossel is well known for her pro bono efforts. She has been recognized by the American Bar Association for her ongoing commitment to social justice through pro bono work and was the 2011 recipient of the John W. Cummiskey Award, in recognition of outstanding pro bono contributions. In addition, she leads Varnum's Diversity and Inclusion Team, coordinating the firm's internal and external diversity and inclusion initiatives. She is a key committee member of the Managing Partners Diversity Collaborative and was recently awarded the 2013 Grand Rapids Bar Association President's award. Additionally, she has been a crucial player in developing and overseeing a legal internship program for University Prep Academy students interested in law.
2013: Nikole Canute
2012: Ingrid Jensen
2011: Lisa DeFerrari
2010: Elizabeth Lykins
2009: Judge Smolenski
2008: Jennifer Puplava
2007: Lynn Perry
2006: Judge Neff
2005: Kris VandenBerg
2004: Ann Cooper
Community Event: Annual FBA Meeting featuring Hon. Bernice Bouie Donald, U.S. Circuit Judge, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 12:00 p.m.
77 Monroe Center St. NW
It is not too late to register for our annual meeting, to be held on Tuesday, October 15, 2013, over lunch at the Ballroom @ CityFlatsHotel. Meet the new members of your FBA Executive Committee and hear from judges, court staff, and your fellow members at this well-attended annual event. This year, we are honored that Judge Bernice Bouie Donald, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, has agreed to speak at our luncheon gathering. The Hon. Janet T. Neff will interview Judge Donald--who has 28 years of experience on the bench, as a state court judge, a federal bankruptcy judge, a federal district court judge, and now a court of appeals judge--about her path to the bench, her approach to judging, and her views on effective advocacy in the federal courts.
For details, click on Annual Meeting Invitation.
To make your reservation and arrange for payment ($25), please register by clicking here.