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Fossel Appointed to SBM Diversity Committee

September 13, 2011

Varnum attorney Joy Fossel has been appointed to the State Bar of Michigan Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

As a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Fossel will review concepts and ideas to make recommendations for support, implementation and other appropriate actions to SBM leadership and committees. She'll also work to identify tools and strategies to assess the current state of diversity and inclusion in the Michigan legal community, as well as develop concepts for recognizing best practices and exceptional achievements.

With a long record of diversity and inclusion involvement, Fossel is well suited to serve the committee. As Varnum's Diversity and Inclusion counsel, she coordinates the firm's external diversity initiatives, including work with the West Michigan Managing Partners Diversity Collaborative. She is also widely known for her pro bono record of service and was recently honored with the Michael S. Barnes award (Grand Rapids Bar Association) and the John W. Cummiskey award (State Bar of Michigan) for her pro bono contribution.

Fossel is a litigation and trial attorney with extensive experience dealing with complex business and commercial litigation, employment claims, health care litigation, product liability and contested probate matters.

Outside of her practice, Fossel is active in the West Michigan community and has been involved in numerous nonprofit organizations and causes, including serving as a trustee or director on the boards of the Gerontology Network, Careers in Transition Center West Michigan, West Michigan Chapter of the American Red Cross of West Michigan, the Grand Rapids Ballet, the Kent County AIDS Foundation and the Grand Rapids AIDS Resource Center, and Silent Observer.

Fossel has been a member of the Michigan State Medical Society Speaker's Bureau where she presented on sophisticated topics such as AIDS discrimination and testing.

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