Western Michigan University Cooley Law School Blog

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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WMU-Cooley’s Great Campus Locations: Tampa Bay

September 07

The Tampa Bay, Florida, area, located on the west coast of the “Sunshine State” near the Gulf of Mexico, is home to WMU-Cooley Law School’s campus in Riverview. The area is home to several sports teams, including the Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL football team, the Tampa Bay Rays major league baseball team, and the Tampa Bay Lightning NHL hockey team. Between the beaches, the historic sites, and the sports, cuisine and nightlife choices, the Tampa Bay area is a vibrant location, steady in its growth and attractiveness to tourists and residents alike. Students also find a welcoming home here. In addition to WMU-Cooley, the area is also home to the University of South Florida and the University of Tampa.

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Jeffrey Swartz: Military Students Have Superior Sense of Structure, Discipline, and Commitment

August 30

WMU-Cooley Law School, a military friendly and designated Yellow Ribbon School, talks to its military students, faculty and graduates about their journey from the military to law school and about their careers. This month's Military feature is WMU-Cooley Professor Jeffrey Swartz. After entering the National Guard during college, reaching the rank of Staff Sergeant E5, Professor Swartz had an illustrious career in the law, including serving as a judge, before he fulfilled his desire to teach and work in academia.  

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Valerie Smith: Law School Teaches Law and Life Lessons

August 28

 "I wanted to go to law school as long as I can remember,” recalled WMU-Cooley law student Valerie Smith. Yet it wasn’t until the single mother of three got the go ahead from her children that she had the courage to pursue her dream.

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Creative Storytelling Skills Asset to Law Students

August 24

The book “Lawyer Storytelling: A Sacred Craft” is a collection of 27 short stories created during a summer workshop for law students. The compelling stories poignantly illustrate our fascination with law practice, while students learn essential storytelling and lawyering skills. 

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