Varnum Attorney Selected 2011 John W. Cummiskey Award Winner
The State Bar of Michigan Board of Commissioners and the Pro Bono Initiative have selected Varnum attorney Joy Fossel as recipient of the 2011 John W. Cummiskey award. This award is presented annually by the State Bar of Michigan to recognize the outstanding pro bono contributions of a Michigan attorney. The award serves to create awareness of the need for the private bar's involvement in delivering legal services to the poor. It will be presented at the State Bar of Michigan's Annual Meeting in Dearborn, Michigan on September 14, 2011.
Fossel leads Varnum's Diversity and Inclusion Team, coordinating the firm's internal and external diversity and inclusion initiatives. Her practice focuses on complex business and commercial litigation (including defense of providers and professionals in fraud and abuse claims, and malpractice actions), product liability and contested probate matters. Her commitment to pro bono service was previously acknowledged when she was awarded the Michael S. Barnes Award in 2010.
Outside her practice, Fossel is a frequent speaker on sophisticated medical-legal topics and is an active member of the Michigan State's Medical Society Speaker's Bureau. She serves on the American Red Cross of West Michigan's Board of Trustees as well as serving on the Board of Directors for both the Grand Rapids Ballet and The Ivy Foundation. A former chair, Fossel currently serves on the Board of Directors for the AIDS Resource Center.
Fossel completed her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and holds a J.D. from Thomas M. Cooley Law School.