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Social Media: The Ethics of Fake News

This week in the Law School Insider we are sharing a panel presented first presented at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School entitled: Social Media: The Ethics of Fake News The Presentation...Read more

Allowing Your Faith To Guide You in The Law

    The Christian Legal Society (CLS) at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School’s Lansing campus hosted a special guest at the Lansing campus, State Bar of Michigan President,...Read more

Justice for the Poor - Lawyers Helping Others

The Christian Legal Society (CLS) at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School’s Grand Rapids campus hosted a discussion on poverty and law with a showing of the PovertyCure Inc.’s video...Read more

Put Your Client First - Always

This week in the Law School Insider we are bringing you Jason DeSouza of the DeSouza Law, P.C. Litigation Law Firm. Jason is alumnus of Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. Born and...Read more

Managing Time To Find Success in Law School and Beyond

This week in the Law School Insider we are bringing you Dennis Swan, CEO and President of Sparrow Hospital and Sparrow Health Systems in Lansing Michigan. Today we are speaking with Dennis Swan about...Read more

Social Media: The Ethics of Fake News

This week in the Law School Insider we are sharing a panel presented first presented at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School entitled: Social Media: The Ethics of Fake News

The Presentation was a panel that included:

  • Martha Moore, Professor and Auxillary Dean at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
  • Emily Lawler, Capitol Reporter, Mlive
  • John Lindstrom, Publisher, Gongwer News Service
  • MODERATOR - Meegan Holland, Senrion Policy Advisor, Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency

 

"Fake news,” is something that has become something of a buzz word. What this comes down to though is a challenge to share the full truth. 

Western Michigan University-Cooley Law School Professor and Auxiliary Dean Martha Denning Moore led a panel presentation to explore this topic further recently on the WMU Cooley Law School Lansing Campus.

At a panel discussion sponsored by the Michigan Capital Chapter, American Society for Public Administration (known as ASPA/MICAP), Professor Moore started by challenging and holding all news media accountable for the information that they share.

Professor Moore stated: “Truth is not optional.... Truth matters. We must seek it, we must pursue it. Truth is not the same as the most persuasive argument, and it is not a merger of options. We have to hold people accountable for their actions.”

The other panelists agreed with Professor Moore’s reluctance to use the term “fake news.” It was repeatedly stated that this term may be misleading, since it implies there are shades of truthfulness permissible in reporting.

John Lindstrom, with the Gongwer News Service made an interesting observation stating that historically, there has always been fake news, including falsely staging influential events. What makes it different now is the ability to disseminate information immediately, and without the filter that fact checkers provide.

Emily Lawler of mLive stated, “One of the most enlightening articles I read, right after the election, was in the Washington Post. They profiled some producers of fake news, including those with a for-profit model. One man was pretty honest in admitting that he’d manufactured the story about Hillary [Clinton] supporters being paid to go protest at Donald Trump’s events. “He made a fake ad looking for people to go interrupt Trump campaign stops on a couple Craig’s List sites, and then he manufactured a story based off his own ad.

Professor Moore shared that in the legal profession one must ask  ‘Where is the evidence?’ As lawyers, you are trained not to just take somebody’s word but to find and look at the evidence.”

Read more about the event on the WMU Cooley Law School Blog!

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Allowing Your Faith To Guide You in The Law

 

 
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Put Your Client First - Always

This week in the Law School Insider we are bringing you Jason DeSouza of the DeSouza Law, P.C. Litigation Law Firm. Jason is alumnus of Western Michigan University Cooley Law School.

Born and raised in Toronto Canada, and at the end he wanted to continue his education. One of his professors encouraged him to go and see a lawyer in action. Through the opportunity to see a criminal lawyer in action he found that the law was something that led him to law school.

He decided to study law in the USA because he wanted a degree that was transferable back to Canada and also versatile and a degree from the USA was something that would offer this.

Jason found that a JD degree required a lot more time and effort than he first thought it would be. He had to figure out for himself that he needed to put more time into his studying to be able to grasp all of the concepts. He stated that he lived at the library and 

As he was going through law school he was paying for everything. He knew that at the end he wanted to find a career that could help him pay his bills. He started in Civil work and he found that he was very competitive. He loved being able to go against large insurance firms. He also found that personal injury work allowed for him to receive more money for his client and for himself and this allowed him to pay down his bills quicker too.

Jason DeSouza mentioned that you have to put the client as the #1 person always! Everything is second to the client and you cannot forget this. As long as you place your client in the forefront you will find success.

In law school, Jason DeSouza said that it took him a few terms to figure out how great of a law school his law school was and how strong of a lawyer this law school was training him to become. Once he realized this, he was able to reframe his own thinking and if he could go back in time he would have wished that he could have started with this humble perspective.

Jason DeSouza decided in his second year to get a tutor to help him better understand the concepts for himself. This was not because the teaching was problematic, but he found that he needed to delve deeper into the content itself and the tutor helped him with this. Jason said to be open to study in new ways than you have studied in the past.

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Managing Time To Find Success in Law School and Beyond

This week in the Law School Insider we are bringing you Dennis Swan, CEO and President of Sparrow Hospital and Sparrow Health Systems in Lansing Michigan. Today we are speaking with Dennis Swan about his legal journey and how having a law degree has enhanced and extended his reach throughout his career in health care.

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Presidential Executive Orders – Can He Do That?? Constitutional Law In Action.

This week in the Law School Insider we are bringing you Brendan Beery, Professor of Law at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. We talk to Professor Beery about the field of Constitutional Law, especially in relation to some of the actions of the new President of the United States.

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Law School Helps You Think Broadly and Critically!

This week in the Law School Insider we are bringing you Senator Tonya Schuitmaker, Michigan State Senator for the 26th State Senate District which represents Allegan and Van Buren counties, and the city of Kentwood and Gaines Twp. in Kent County.

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Getting Through Law School - Tips from a Law School Dean

This week on the Law School Insider we bring back Nelson Miller, who is Professor and Associate Dean of the Grand Rapids campus at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School.
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Being a Leader in Law School: Critical For Your Ultimate Success

Christopher A. Lewis on Feb 23, 2017 11:00:00 AM

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This week in the Law School Insider we are bringing you Dr. Paul Zelenski, Associate Dean for Enrollment and Student Services at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. Today we are speaking with Dean Zelenski about the importance of being a leader during law school and the steps you should take to build leadership potential within yourself.

It is very important to work on your leadership skills while in law school, Lawyers are leaders. Many people pretend when it comes to being a leader, and because of this you have to get training to be able to work on the skills that you will need to be successful.

At WMU Cooley Law School they offer two courses in leadership. In Leadership Development for Lawyers I, Dean Zelenski works to help students to:

  • Create frameworks to solidify the framing for leadership for themselves. 
  • Examine what employers look for in students. Leadership and Program planning and more. 

Dean Zelenski mentioned that if you want to start working on your leadership, get in the arena. You need to look at the leaders around you. What are they doing well? Where do they fail? You have to figure out for yourself how you can start to gain foresight into the activities that you are involved within.

Also at WMU Cooley Law School they recently started a brand new Leaders Academy for students to take part within. The program itself allows for students to work through three levels:

  1. Emerge - getting themselves into a position of self-reflection and learning.
  2. Engage - Hands on experiences to help you gain leadership skills
  3. Lead - Go out and put yourself out there to lead others.

The WMU Cooley Law School Leaders Academy is only in its' first year, but there was a large interest and even more interest in the continued program for the future!

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