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Gov. Rick Snyder appoints George Quist to 17th Circuit Court

Gov. Rick Snyder announced Wednesday the appointment of George “Jay” Quist, of Grand Rapids, to the 17th Circuit Court in Kent County.

“In more than three years serving on the family court bench, Judge Quist has distinguished himself as a hard-working and thoughtful jurist capable of efficiently managing a busy docket while paying careful attention to what the law requires,” Snyder said. “I am confident he will continue to serve the people of Kent County well as he transitions into this new role.”

Quist began his legal career as a civil litigator with the Grand Rapids law firm Kluczynski, Girtz & Vogelzang and then joined the firm of Roberts Betz & Bloss. He was appointed to the Workers’ Compensation Board of Magistrates in 1999 and then served as chief magistrate beginning in January 2011. Quist served as director of employment services for the Michigan Administrative Hearing System in the state’s Department of Licensing & Regulatory Affairs. He was appointed to the Kent County Family Court in 2012, where he has instituted continual changes in the courtroom for efficiency and fairness.

Quist earned a bachelor’s degree from Hope College and a law degree from George Washington University. He transitions from the Kent County Family
Court to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of James Redford who now serves as legal counsel to Snyder.
Quist will stand for election in 2016 for a full six-year term.


Warner Norcross selects Some of My Best Friends are Black for One Book, One Firm series

The law firm of Warner Norcross & Judd LLP has chosen Some of My Best Friends Are Black: The Strange History of Integration in America, by Tanner Colby as the 2015 selection for its One Book, One Firm series.

Now in its eighth year, One Book, One Firm explores the issues of diversity and inclusion during a summer lunch-and-learn program. Launched in 2008 by Diversity Partner Rodney Martin, the event is modeled after the success of community reading programs that encourage all residents of a city to read, discuss and share the experience of the same book.

Some of My Best Friends Are Black: The Strange History of Integration in America, nominated for the 2013 Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, examines integration in the U.S. during the second half of the 20th Century.  Colby’s work is organized in four sections, one each regarding integration of schools, integration of neighborhoods, integration in the workplace, and integration in the church.

More information can be found at http:diversity.wnj.com.