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Vana Named Chair of Attorney Grievance Commission

August 6, 2009

Grand Rapids, Mich., August 6, 2009 – Varnum Attorney Kent Vana has been appointed Chairman of the Attorney Grievance Commission by the Michigan Supreme Court.

The Attorney Grievance Commission is the investigative and prosecutorial arm of the Michigan Supreme Court for allegations of attorney misconduct. The AGC serves to maintain and promote the integrity of the Bar and to protect the public, the courts and the legal profession. The AGC has jurisdiction over all attorneys licensed to practice law in the State of Michigan. Historically, the AGC receives anywhere from 3,300 to 4,000 requests for investigation per year. Approximately 8-10 percent of those result in the filing of formal charges.

Vana, a veteran labor attorney with more than 45 years of experience, has served the AGC as vice chair since 2008. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Citizen's Research Council of Michigan.

Vana is a Fellow in the American College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, a charter member of the American Employment Law Council and a member of the Advisory Board of the Michigan State University School of Labor & Industrial Relations. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the University of Michigan Law School.

Varnum 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 web site address is

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