Western Michigan University Cooley Law School Blog

Commander Michael Shea Runs a Tight Ship at St. Michael’s Legal Center

February 21

In February 2018, Western Michigan University Cooley Law School’s Tampa Bay campus launched a new ship and welcomed a new captain — St. Michael’s Legal Center for Women and Children, Inc. and director and U.S. Coast Guard (U.S.C.G.) Auxiliary Commander Michael Shea.

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WMU-Cooley "Down Under" Law Students Learn From Maori Elders

February 15

Students participating in the WMU-Cooley Study Abroad program in New Zealand contributed to a program for Kaumatua (Maori Elders) at the Kirikiriroa Marae in Hamilton (Kirikiriroa), New Zealand. In a day of meaningful cultural exchange, the students, along with faculty from WMU-Cooley, the University of Waikato Te Piringa Faculty of Law, and the McCaw Lewis law firm staff, were formally invited onto the marae by way of a formal powhiri.

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Senior Airman Ray Petty: A Lesson in the Power of Resilience

February 13

Everyone faces times in life when they are put down, minimized, or demoralized. For most it’s a choice of take it to heart or let it roll off. For Ray Petty, those events were many and early on in life when he was just learning self-confidence. As a child he could have accepted comments that deemed him a poor reader, not smart enough, not tall enough, not fast enough.  He could have believed them instead of in himself. But Senior Airman Petty knew early on he had a mission. Today that mission is coming to fruition, thanks to an amazingly resilient character, and an amazingly resilient family.

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The 10 Habits of Highly Successful Law Students

February 02

WMU-Cooley's Deputy Director of Academic Support shares what she has found to be The 10 Habits of Highly Successful Law Students. She says successful law students, and professionals, do the the following:

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Law School Success Tips Have Proven Validity

February 01

This blog article outlining Distinguished Professor Emeritus Otto Stockmeyer's law school success tips is from a number of years ago (Nov. 24, 2012), but his advice still rings true today; with the data to back it up. Jot these down. 

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New Zealand Study Abroad learns new languages: Hokey-Pokey, Hokey-Tokey, or Hokey-Cokey? 

January 31

Guest blog author and WMU-Cooley Law School Professor Kimberly E. O’Leary directs the law school’s study abroad program in New Zealand and Australia. She and her students will be sharing their experiences throughout the Hilary 2018 semester. 

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Another Perspective on Judge Rosemarie Aquilina

January 30

Distinguished Professor Emeritus Otto Stockmeyer shares his remarks when presenting WMU-Cooley Law School’s Adjunct Faculty award to graduate Judge Rosemarie Aquilina. 

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A Lesson in International Relations Strikes Close to Heart and Home

January 25

The United States is a melting pot, blending and melding people of all ethnicities, faiths, and geographic origins. For some who come here looking for a better life, their pasts are so painful, they must be left behind. Others are rooted in both the old country and the new, hoping to extend America’s system of democracy and justice to places torn by war and violence.

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Is Revenge a Legitimate Goal of Sentencing?

January 23

Blog author, Constitutional Law expert and WMU-Cooley Professor Brendan Beery, is a summa cum laude graduate of the law school and frequent Constitutional Law legal expert in the media. Along with teaching Con Law, Professor Beery also teaches Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure.

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Building a Better FBI Agent

January 23

There’s “the law,” and then there’s “the law.” One is the occupation of an attorney, the other is the occupation of law enforcement. When you put the two together, you get one heck of an FBI agent. His name is John Mallul.

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