Western Michigan University Cooley Law School Blog

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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Victor Flores: Leadership Academy Ambassador for the Joys of a Legal Career

November 15

This blog was originally published on September 3, 2015. Triple-digit temperatures are not unusual in McAllen, Texas, but even the recent 100-plus degree heat could not melt the enthusiasm of 2011 graduate Victor Flores as he progressed through one of his best summers ever. Flores, 33, who capped his academic career at WMU-Cooley Law School by being chosen by his fellow graduates to give the Wilkins Class valedictory speech, has been having a spectacular couple of months.

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Five Things Future Attorneys Can Learn from Kiwis

November 13

This blog was authored by former student Teddy Eisenhut and originally posted April 8, 2013.    The common perception of foreign study is total immersion into another culture to live and learn somewhere far from home. This is completely true. But the most beneficial aspect of the whole experience is not just the memories and life-changing experiences, but the lessons you take away from them.

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Loss of child to addiction moves law professor to change criminal justice system paradigm from punishment and prison to treatment and recovery

November 10

This blog was authored by Professor Lauren Rousseau and originally posted November 30, 2015. In April 2012, I lost someone I loved due to heroin addiction. He was a kid – only 19 years old – and I was his legal guardian. We had spent the better part of the previous year battling his disease. He had gone through part of an intensive outpatient program, but had been kicked out for using. He had done inpatient treatment twice, relapsing within 48 hours of release each time. And exactly one week after his last inpatient treatment, with his addiction once again in full force, the disease took him to the place where he lost his life. His death broke my heart, and the hearts of his family and friends. We will never be the same.

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Law student represents truth seldom told about legal employment today

November 09

This blog was authored by Frank Aiello and originally posted October 27, 2015. I joined the faculty at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School a little over 10 years ago. I enjoyed a rewarding legal practice at a law firm that I still remember fondly, but was intrigued at the opportunity to teach the law in a rigorous and innovative way, grounded in practical experience. WMU-Cooley had accessible admissions criteria, but promised a transformative experience to its graduates. 

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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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The Kindness of Boston

November 04

This blog was originally posted on September 24, 2013 Jim Thelen was Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel of Cooley Law School. He attended the Boston Marathon in support of his wife, Cooley assistant professor Kara Zech Thelen, whose own blog posting follows Jim’s. This posting is the third of three offered by members of the Cooley Community who witnessed the horrible events of April 15, 2013.

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Mother of Five Stops to Smell the Lilacs in Toronto

November 03

WMU-Cooley student Christy Hauter-Nichols never thought study abroad was an option because of her hectic schedule as a wife, mother of five, businesswoman and law student. However, a chat with Valerie, her good friend, fellow law student, and a mom herself, changed everything.

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Kyona McGhee chosen for leadership event at Harvard Law

November 01

For some people, excelling in law school is enough to keep their plate full. For others–Kyona McGhee included–their plate is never full enough; so, they keep piling it on. McGhee, of Flint, Michigan, a third-year student at WMU-Cooley Law School's Auburn Hills campus, was recently chosen to attend the National Women’s Law Students Organization’s (NWLSO) inaugural Ms. JD Leadership Academy at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Described as an “initiative created to further the mission of supporting and improving the experiences of women law students,” the Academy admitted just 50 students nationwide to attend the intensive workshop in September.

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