Duly Noted

 Hiller elected a partner at Varnum

Christopher Hiller, a member of Varnum’s Business and Corporate Services Practice Team, in the Grand Rapids office, has been elected to the firm’s partnership. 

Hiller is experienced in the negotiation and drafting of a wide variety of corporate contracts and advises clients on matters including trade secret protection, insurance, intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, consumer and data privacy, regulatory and compliance issues, and corporate governance. 

He joined the firm in 2017 from a national residential mortgage lender where he served as vice president and senior counsel. 

Hiller received his law degree from The John Marshall School of Law and attended Michigan State University for his undergraduate degree.

He joins three other new partners: Edward Gusky and Maureen Rouse-Ayoub in Novi, and Ziyad Hermiz in Birmingham. 

Documentary to focus on civil rights struggle in Grand Rapids 

GRAND RAPIDS (AP) — A company in western Michigan is producing a documentary that will focus on the struggle for civil rights in Grand Rapids.

The documentary is based on the book “A City Within a City: The Black Freedom Struggle in Grand Rapids, Michigan” and is in the final stages of production, WXMI-TV  reported. 

It is scheduled for release in August.

Victor Williams, Jazmyne Fuentes and Rodney Brown formed film-production company Grand Stand Pictures  in 2018.

The book was authored in 2012 by Todd Robinson and studies issues around school integration and bureaucratic reforms. 

Grand Stand Pictures says the book articulates the Black experience in the city, but the documentary allows more people to understand and learn the ways in which it impacts their present lives.

The company has partnered with Robinson, interviewed residents and held community meetings.

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