Duly Noted

Grand Rapids Bar Association lists diversity signers to date

As detailed in the June of The Grand Rapids Legal News, the managing partners of several Grand Rapids law firms have signed an agreement pledging “to work together to promote and achieve greater diversity and inclusion in the West Michigan legal community through education, hiring, retention and promotion.”

The intention is to finalize an Action Plan by January 1, 2012.

Updating that article, the Grand Rapids Bar Association indicates the current signers are the managing partners from the firms of:

—Barnes & Thornburg
—Clark Hill
—Foster Swift Collins & Smith
—Miller Canfield
—Miller Johnson
—Price Heneveld
—Rhoades McKee
—Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge
—Warner Norcross & Judd
Additional signatories are expected.

Smith Haughey named one of Michigan’s “Economic Bright Spots”

Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge has been named one of Michigan’s “Economic Bright Spots” by Corp! Magazine.

The annual award recognizes 50 Michigan businesses for their success and focus on service, innovation, and utilizing Michigan talent.  The firm and other recipients were honored by Corp! at a recent breakfast program in Troy.

With offices throughout Michigan in Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, and Traverse City, Smith Haughey is well-established in the communities it serves and continues to grow. A recent achievement is improved financial performance and no lawyer layoffs during a time when most law firms struggled.  In 2010, the firm expanded its Ann Arbor office space and also moved into a brand new building in downtown Traverse City.  In late 2011, the firm’s Grand Rapids office will move to the newly renovated, historic Flat Iron Building in the heart of downtown.