Western Michigan University Cooley Law School Blog

Ken Wyniemko — Never Giving Up, Never Giving In

October 17

Nine years can be a relatively short time, or a very long time, depending upon circumstances. If you’re raising a family, nurturing your children and watching them grow, it can whip by in a flash. If you’re in prison for a crime you didn’t commit, it would drag on, second by miserable second.

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The importance of the first year of law school

October 16

Blog author WMU-Cooley Distinguished Professor Emeritus Otto Stockmeyer devoted 35 years to teaching first-year law courses. Below he offers his thoughts on the important role of the first year in training successful lawyers.

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WMU-Cooley Faculty Homeland Security Expert and Ret. Brig. Gen. Michael McDaniel Speaks on Las Vegas and How to Protect and Prevent Tragedy

October 08

Following the tragic events in Las Vegas, Homeland and National Security Law expert and WMU-Cooley Associate Dean Michael C.H. McDaniel was contacted by media outlets to comment as an expert resource. Dean McDaniel provided analysis about the shooting that killed 58 individuals who attended the Route 91 Harvest Festival. He also talked about various methods law enforcement and venues use to prevent tragedies and how individuals can protect themselves at large-scale events.

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High School Students Learn How Law Libraries Are Far More Than a Place to Do Research

October 06

It's all gotten so easy. If you have a question, you just ask your phone or plug in a search. Shazam! You have the answer. Simple. Right? So much research can be done online and in the comfort of one's own home. It seems like going to the library to work or study is almost a lost art. Something from the past. A creaky old antique. Unnecessary.  Nothing could be further from the truth for law students. Students not only spend hundreds of hours in the law libary studying, they come to appreciate and love the library, and a librarian's help even more.  

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Brien Brockway: Military Background Great Training for Law School Success

September 22

Every month, WMU-Cooley features one of its military students, faculty or graduates and their journey from the military to law school. This blog features WMU-Cooley student Brien Brockway, a U.S. Army Veteran. He was a Fire Team Leader with the infantry in Afghanistan. After careful consideration, he decided to change careers to allow more time with his family. That decision led him to law school at WMU-Cooley, a military friendly and designated Yellow Ribbon School.

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WMU-Cooley’s Great Campus Locations: Auburn Hills

September 14

WMU-Cooley’s campuses are located in cities considered among the best places to live in the nation. Students, residents, and visitors in the Auburn Hills, Michigan, area, have a remarkable variety of attractions, eateries, sports and cultural events to fill their days.

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WMU-Cooley’s Great Campus Locations: Grand Rapids

September 14

Grand Rapids, the second biggest city in Michigan, is a unique blend of culture, education, museums, nightlife and family fun. And, even though it’s an inland city, Grand Rapids boasts the attractions of some of Michigan’s finest beaches with the west coast shoreline of the state only a half hour away.

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WMU-Cooley’s Great Campus Locations: Lansing

September 14

Lansing-based students, faculty, and staff live in the seat of state government and enjoy proximity to one of the nation’s most vibrant university communities. With popular events such as Lansing’s annual Common Ground music festival, the Festival of the Moon and Sun, the Michigan BluesFest, and the nearby Great Lakes Folk Festival, residents and visitors alike find there is a great deal to enjoy in the state’s capital city, often dubbed "LoveLansing."

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'Woman in the Law' Emily Horvath focuses on academic services

September 14

WMU-Cooley Professor EmilyHorvath, along with five WMU-Cooley Law School graduates, were named as 2017 Michigan Lawyers Weekly Women in the Law honorees during a luncheon on September 7, 2017 at the Detroit Marriott in Troy, Michigan. We are very proud of all their accomplishments and this deserved honor. Congratulations Susan M. Cook, Laura J. Genovich, Emily Horvath, Sara L. Ostahowski, Mary R. Pigorsh, and Cinnamon Rice. 

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The State Bar-Cooley Connection

September 07

Blog contributor Otto Stockmeyer is a WMU-Cooley Distinguished Professor Emeritus. He represented mid-Michigan lawyers on the State Bar Board of Commissioners and in the ABA House of Delegates. The following is based on his three-part series of articles profiling Lansing-area State Bar presidents, published in the Ingham County Bar Association newsletter, BRIEFS.

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