Western Michigan University Cooley Law School Blog

Tampa Bay Graduate Earns Summa Cum Laude Distinction

December 11

  WMU-Cooley Law School honors all its students during graduation, but only one stands alone above the rest. This time it is Tampa Bay campus student Justin Sblano. And he managed this outstanding accomplishment, graduating summa cum laude, despite challenges that might have brought others to their knees.

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Alumni Networking Events More Than Just Mixing & Mingling

December 06

Western Michigan University Cooley Law School has been holding networking events around the country for decades. Not only do our graduates enjoy getting together to talk about old times with lifelong friends they made during law school, they also find out what is new at the Law School. There's always something going on.

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Fill the Room with Your Intelligence

December 04

 WMU-Cooley Distinguished Emeritus Professor Otto Stockmeyer taught Contracts to first-year law students from 1977 until his retirement in 2014.Here he offers reasons for requiring students to stand when reciting in class.This blog post expands upon a point made in his recent article Reflections on Teaching the First Day of Contracts Class, recently published in Michigan Academician, available on the Social Science Research Network.

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Tampa Student Proves It: Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way!

December 01

Western Michigan University Cooley Law School has a reputation for giving to its students, to its communities and to the underserved. Through this legacy, students and graduates multiply the giving by undertaking their own initiatives to lend a helping hand when needed. During the recent hurricane disasters in the United States and Puerto Rico, one student, Amanda Mendez, found out just how much one person on a mission can accomplish with the help of friends and peers.

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A Discussion on Immigration Policies and its Effects on Children

November 30

Of all the timely and contentious issues facing the legal profession today, immigration law ranks at or near the top. On November 14, a WMU-Cooley Law Review Symposium addressed the topic and how children are impacted.

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WMU-Cooley Security Guard an Institution and a Treasure

November 24

Aspiring lawyers are often drawn to the law because it offers the opportunity to serve others, to make things right and to help those who cannot help themselves. But as law students become immersed in the rigors of their education, they sometimes find they are the ones who need a shoulder to lean on. At WMU-Cooley’s Tampa campus, that shoulder belongs to Willie Damon. Damon is a campus security guard who is “the face” of the law school every time you enter the facility. He started out at WMU-Cooley during construction and has been there ever since, welcoming new students, befriending those who need a listening ear, and wishing graduates well as they move forward in life. As the father of five daughters, a son and grandfather of 12, he’s a natural when it comes to giving.

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Students Thankful for Professor & Military Feature Burt Burleson: Honored on Veterans Day with Adjunct Faculty Award

November 22

Throughout its development and growth, WMU-Cooley Law School has been fortunate to engage the services of very gifted and dedicated adjunct (part-time) professors. Twenty years ago, the school initiated a way to honor one outstanding adjunct professor each year with an award recognizing them before their students and peers.

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Emily Horvath: Advocate for the Unconventional

November 20

WMU-Cooley Law School is not cut from the same cloth as traditional law schools; rather it’s fashioned to be a little unconventional—like many of our students—providing the structured flexibility other law schools can’t.

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WMU-Cooley Law School: It’s all about the real world

November 17

Attending law school gets to be like living in a vacuum, with little time allowed for anything beyond attending classes and studying. At WMU-Cooley Law School, however, faculty go to great lengths to make law school a broadening, inclusive experience. They feel strongly that immersion in the law must include immersion in the world, and understand how essential that experience is.

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New state bureau overseeing Michigan medical marihuana program

November 06

In effect for almost a year, Michigan’s Medical Marihuana Facility Licensing Act (MMFLA) is under the auspices of the new Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation, which also oversees administration of the 2008-initiated Michigan’s Medical Marihuana Licensing Act. Activities delegated to the Bureau include licensing medical marihuana growing, processing, transporting, provisioning (selling,) and safety compliance.

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