Western Michigan University Cooley Law School Blog

Update: The Liberty Bell Award

December 03

Earlier this year, Distinguished Professor Emeritus Otto Stockmeyer blogged about the liberty bell award. Here's an update.

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Joseph Garrido: Civilian Path Leads Back to Helping Veterans as Attorney

November 26

Marine Corps veteran Joseph Garrido knew he needed to find a meaningful new civilian path when he left the military. At the time, though, he wasn't quite sure what path that would take. What he discovered was his calling pointed straight to his passion for helping veterans, especially those who were wounded during their time of service. 

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Hala Alkattan: If you are really paying attention, you can't NOT care

November 22

Even while WMU-Cooley student Hala Alkattan was working on her undergraduate degree, she knew she wanted to help people. At the time she wanted to do something for the Syrian refugees that were coming into Tampa. Little things to make life better for them. From that spark of an idea, the small non-profit, "turned into something huge," as Alkattan says. 

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Update: Corporate Annual Reports – Plain-Language Progress?

November 21

Last year at about this time, I wrote this in a blog post, “Corporate Annual Reports – Plain-English’s Last Frontier?”

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Ydelmis Cutino: Comfortable in the Fast Lane

November 05

WMU-Cooley student Ydelmis Cutino never backs away from hard work, in fact she embraces it. She's on a path to be lawyer, and the sooner the better. 

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Lauren Simasko High Court Dreams

October 30

Read how WMU-Cooley Law School student Lauren Simasko came to realize that she not only wanted to be a lawyer, she wanted to be in the courtroom. Read Simasko's Legal News story by Sheila Pursglove below.

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Quadfecta: Federal Grant Awards Support WMU-Cooley's Innocence Project

October 25

Quadfecta. Noun. A set of four wins at related events. The WMU-Cooley Innocence Project not only was the recipient of one federal grant in support of the vital work being done by the clinic, but ultimately received four total federal grants this year to continue to right the wrongs in our criminal justice system. 

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#BrianBanks Movie Reminder of Two WMU-Cooley Connections; our own Innocence Project in Michigan and Professor Justin Brooks

October 25

Some of you may have already watched the movie and true story about Brian Banks. It recently opened in theaters, but a quick trailer captures the wrenching heartache of how, in 2002, a seventeen-year-old Brian Banks was wrongfully convicted of rape.

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WMU-Cooley Law Professors Explain High Crimes and Misdemeanors

October 24

As congress explores the potential impeachment of U.S. President Donald J. Trump, lawmakers and citizens are struggling with, or have misconceptions about, what the law really means by high crimes and misdemeanors.

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What does the 25th Amendment mean by "Acting Cabinet Officers"

October 23

There is much conversation surrounding the 25th Amendment and what might happen if members of Congress were to invoke the amendment. First, the Constitution requires that cabinet officers must be confirmed by the Senate. That is, the Senate has the right to “Advise and Consent” to the nominee assuming all of the rights, privileges and obligations of the office. In the 25th Amendment cabinet officers are referred to as the "principal officers of the executive departments.”

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