Western Michigan University Cooley Law School Blog

Ret. Brig. Gen. Michael C.H. McDaniel Offers Expertise on Mass Shootings

August 07

As investigators continue to uncover evidence surrounding the two mass shootings this past weekend, WMU-Cooley Law School Associate Dean Michael C.H. McDaniel and former Deputy Assistant for Homeland Defense Strategy answers questions from law students and to members of the media regarding the investigation, current laws, and steps the government can take to protect citizens from domestic terrorism. 

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Legal Writing Experts Explain the Evolving "They"

August 02

One thing is for sure. Only writing professionals and the grammar elite have the passion to wrap their heads around a single word and articulate, with authority, how that one word has evolved. Writing experts WMU-Cooley Professor Brad Charles and Thomas Myers, editor-in-chief of The Clarity Journal explore the genesis of the word they in the June 2019 issue of Michigan Bar Journal. Below are excerpts. Click here for the full article with citations. Posted with permission from the June 2019 issue of the Michigan Bar Journal.

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The Liberty Bell Award Has Michigan Roots

July 31

On May 1 each year, thousands of people and organizations across the nation participate in Law Day, celebrating the role of law in American society. Of the many events that make up Law Day, few capture its spirit as well as a program first developed in our own state, the Liberty Bell Award. The award honors persons or entities outside of the legal profession that have contributed to a greater understanding of our legal system, participated in it to the betterment of their communities, or helped to strengthen and improve the American system of justice.

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Work Ethic a Key Characteristic of Successful Solos

July 29

WMU-Cooley Professor Gary Bauer has decades of business and marketing experience, alongside nearly 20 years of teaching experience. Bauer explores six characteristics he finds in successful solos, which are Fearlessness, Work Ethic, Interpersonal Skills (Carnegie Skills), Imagination/Creativity, Ability to Get Work Done on Time, and Natural Enthusiasm. Read Professor Bauer's blog on Work Ethic, which originally posted on SoloLawyerByDesign. 

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Shequel Ross: Designing Legal Education Movement to Teach Legal Rights

July 22

Using social media to promote businesses and products has become the norm in recent years, but attorneys and law firms often struggle to figure out how social media could benefit their specific practice areas. As a young attorney, Shequel Ross (William Johnson Class, 2013) decided to use social media to get legal information in front of a large audience and teach individuals about their rights.

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David Malson Proud of Top 100 Firm's Diversity and Inclusiveness Efforts, and Work-Life Balance Programs

July 19

David Malson, by anyone's standards, personifies career success and a meaningful life. But Malson would say it has been his dedication and commitment to building balance in his life and forging strong relationships that has guided him, both personally and professionally. Those friendships span 10-30 years, or more. All have been meaningful, from his loving relationship with his wife, Lynn, and their five daughters, to the countless friendships he has made over the decades, including trusting relationships with his work partners, co-workers and clients.

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WMU-Cooley graduate Christina Corl: High Demand and High Honors

July 16

“If you stick around long enough, you’ll see everything,” noted Christina Corl, partner at Plunkett Cooney and one of a trio of new WMU-Cooley Law School Board of Directors members. Twenty five years into her legal career, Corl (Bird Class, 1995) is rarely surprised anymore. Most likely, she indicated “I’ve seen it before.”

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WMU-Cooley Grad Mustafa Ameen: Legal Career Helps Others on a Larger Scale

July 15

Mustafa Ameen (Fitzgerald Class, 2006), knew growing up that he was either going to be a doctor or a lawyer. That's what his parents told their children, after emigrating from India to the United States to secure a better life for the family.

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WMU-Cooley Grad Aaron Burrell Leader in Legal Diversity & Inclusiveness

July 12

In the last decade, Aaron V. Burrell (Woodward Class, 2010), a business lawyer with the Detroit office of Dickinson Wright, has become acutely aware of dynamic shifts in the way law is practiced. Burrell, who serves as co-chair of the firm’s diversity and litigation-training committees, and has a busy practice in complex commercial litigation, appellate law, and labor and employment law, is in a prime position to note changes in the legal arena.

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Natural Enthusiasm Isn't So Natural; But a Characteristic of Successful Solos

July 03

WMU-Cooley Professor Gary Bauer has decades of business and marketing experience, alongside nearly 20 years of teaching experience. Read Professor Bauer's blog, which originally posted on SoloLawyerByDesign. 

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