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Papke Elected GRBA Board Member and Treasurer of the Real Estate Section

September 8, 2010

Varnum attorney Melissa Papke has been elected treasurer of the Real Estate Section of the Grand Rapids Bar Association (GRBA).

Papke is a real estate and corporate law attorney with extensive experience in various areas of real estate law including development, land use planning, sales and acquisitions and cottage law. She joined Varnum in 2004 after practicing in New York for four years.

In addition to the GRBA, Papke is a member of the Family Services Board for Habitat for Humanity and the co-chair of the State Bar of Michigan's Real Property Law Section, Environmental and Energy Law Committee. She's a Fellow of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys and a recipient of the Commitment to Justice Award from InMotion, a pro bono organization serving the needs of domestic violence victims and low income women. Papke earned an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.

The Grand Rapids Bar Association started in 1902 and is the vehicle through which local lawyers work to address challenges and implement change. The GRBA's mission is to promote justice, professional excellence and respect for the law, foster the dignity and integrity of the profession, provide law-related services to the community, and serve the needs of its members.

Varnum was established in 1888 and is a leading Michigan law firm providing a broad range of legal services to meet the complex needs of its clients. With more than 150 attorneys in five offices, Varnum serves as counsel to growing businesses and institutions throughout Michigan and the Midwest. Varnum's website address is

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