Legal People

Rhoades McKee

Bruce Courtade of Rhoades McKee recently announced a partnership with other West Michigan community leaders in a program to provide meals to help two segments of the local economy suffering the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath. Essential Support for Essential Workers is a vehicle for the West Michigan community to express their gratitude and appreciation for workers at Metro Health who are on the front lines of the battle against COVID-19 by purchasing meals from area restaurants who have suffered dramatic losses since being forced to shut down and convert to “carry-out” business models.

“Our goal is to provide from 50 to 150 meals per day for a month,” stated Bruce Courtade of Rhoades McKee, who spearheaded the effort and currently serves as a board member of Metro Health – University of Michigan Health. “Because of the support that we have received from clients and friends, Rhoades McKee has a long history of community engagement and support to numerous organizations such as Kids Food Basket, DA Blodgett St. John’s Home, and West Michigan Center of Arts and Technology. The unique aspect of this program is that it allows members of the community – for as little as $12 – to help our local restaurant workers in their time of need while at the same time honoring some of our health care heroes. After all, not all heroes wear capes – sometimes they wear scrubs or aprons. We hope that everyone who is in the position to do so can help us recognize, honor and support these local businesses and health care workers,” he continued.

Contributions can be made via Go Fund Me:  Essential Support for Essential Workers .  Within the campaign’s first few days, it has received more than $5,000.  The first meal is scheduled to be delivered to Metro Health at noon on Tuesday


NALS?of Detroit

NALS, the Association for Legal Professionals Detroit Chapter (NALS of Detroit), held its election of officers on Sunday, May 17. The following have been elected to the Board of Directors for the 2020 – 2021 term.
President: Laleise D. Curtiss

Secretary: Gayle Lawson

Treasurer: Gayle Lawson   

Director: Susan Sweetman

Director: Rashonda Wilson

Sharon Julian was appointed as parliamentarian

Laleise Curtiss was also elected state president, NALS of Michigan, on Saturday, May 16. She is also serving her second term on the National Board of Directors.

NALS, welcomes all members of the legal profession. Paralegals, legal assistants, legal secretaries, law clerks, court reporters, private process servers, legal administrators, court clerks, etc., can learn from one another. NALS provides continuing legal education, certifications, networking, and annual state and national conferences.

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NALS of Michigan currently has six local chapters, to wit: NALS of Detroit, NALS of Greater Kalamazoo, NALS of Jackson County, NALS of Lansing, NALS of West Michigan, and Grand Traverse Area Legal Professionals (Traverse City).


Warner, Norcross,  & Judd LLP

Warner, Norcross, & Judd LLP has been recognized by BTI Consulting Group as a “Midsize Heavyweight.”

This award is based solely on client input and recognizes 37 midsized firms across the nation that take on projects “above their weight.”

According to BTI, the selected firms are “uber-responsive, dig deep, hard and fast to find the answers. Always quick to embrace new approaches to billing and problems, these firms make sure clients always know who is accountable for their work and the relationship.”

Warner is one of two Michigan law firms on the list.


Foster Swift

Foster Swift is pleased to welcome new associate Sydney T. Steele who will practice from the firm’s Southfield office as a member of the Litigation practice group.

Steele earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin Madison and earned her law degree after attending Wayne State University Law School. Steele was also a summer associate and law clerk at Foster Swift before joining the firm as an associate this spring.