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Varnum Legal Assistants Honored by NALS of West Michigan

May 10, 2010

Three Varnum legal assistants and former Varnum legal assistant Jeanne Grasman were recently honored by NALS of West Michigan at the NALS Awards Dinner and Installation of Officers ceremony on April 15, 2010.

Grasman, who passed away unexpectedly at the age of 47 in June 2009, was honored posthumously with the NALS Award of Excellence. She was honored for her service to NALS of West Michigan as she served on many committees and donated much of her time to growing the organization.

Varnum's director of human resources, Carroll Velie, accepted the award on Jeanne's behalf. "Jeanne was so proud to be part of NALS of West Michigan. It was important to her to grow professionally, and to also spend time with her colleagues and friends."

In addition, Karen Elgersma, PP, PLS, was installed as the 2010-2011 treasurer; Amy Westrate, PLS, and Irina Olasau were recognized for their work on the Nominations Committee; and Teri Garber, PP, PLS, was recognized for achieving her Professional Paralegal (PP) certification.

Established in 1888, 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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