Western Michigan University Cooley Law School Blog

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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The Opioid Epidemic: Finding Solutions to a Public Health Emergency

January 18

The federal Centers for Disease Control reported in December that drug overdose had claimed the lives of 63,600 people in the United States in 2016 – a 21% increase in the number of lives lost from this cause in 2015, and more than the number of Americans killed in the Vietnam War, or due to AIDS or gun violence or traffic accidents in their peak years. The 2016 number equates to 174 people dying every day due to a drug overdose. On October 26, 2017, President Trump declared our nation’s drug epidemic a public health emergency.

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Embracing Civility and Equality: One WMU-Cooley Professor’s Quest

January 11

  The quest for civility, the notion where its citizens compromise for equality and for the good of the whole, are principles on which our nation is based. Today, however, many feel the presence of this notion in our society is eroding. But one genteel voice is speaking up to bring civility to the forefront and to encourage equality in legal education. Professor Victoria Vuletich is that voice and she is quietly, but firmly, making herself heard, even during this time of animosity and angst when it sometimes seems only the loudest and most bombastic have the floor.

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PricewaterhouseCoopers Puts WMU-Cooley Grads to Good Work

January 09

PwC is a network of firms in 157 countries with more than 200,000 employees. In Michigan, PwC has over 800 employees working in three core lines of service: tax, assurance, and advisory. When PwC’s Detroit office needs to fill the ranks in its tax division, Tim Pratcshler, principal in PwC’s state and local tax group, focuses his attention on recruiting top talent from colleges and universities, including law schools.

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One Man’s Mantra: Work Hard, Study Hard, Give Back

January 04

Putting a value on something intangible can be tricky, unless it is so superior, its value cannot be questioned. That’s how one WMU-Cooley graduate feels about his legal education, and he is happy to spread the word.

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Erika Kirkwood — From Law Enforcement to the Law

January 02

When you get into a career and love it, it’s awesome; You feel good about yourself and others, and you do good work. But sometimes, even though life is good, you feel there is more you should be doing. Some will sit back and find contentment with the status quo. Others will forge ahead in search of that unknown fulfillment.

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Thank You Peter D. Jason 1941-2017

December 31

  WMU-Cooley Law School lost a great advocate in November with the passing of Professor Emeritus Peter D. Jason. His loss will long be felt in our classrooms and in our hearts as we go forward without his wonderful wit, unblemished character, and commitment to legal education.

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Joe Kimble’s wonderful life: music, art, literature, and the law

December 24

One of the things that sets WMU-Cooley Law School apart is the life experience of its professors. And that experience is not just in the realm of law.

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Barrister of the Year Teaches in Down Under Program

December 21

Law students in WMU-Cooley's Down Under program not only get to learn the law in one of the coolest places on the planet, they also get to learn from the 'best of the best.' Like Professor William Lye, OAM, who was named 2017's Barrister of the Year during Lawyers Weekly Australia Law Awards ceremony this year, and also honored with the prestigious Excellence Award.

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My Encounter with Canned Briefs

December 15

After more than three decades at the lectern, WMU-Cooley Law School Distinguished Professor Emeritus Otto Stockmeyer has retired from full time teaching, but maintains a continuing interest in factors that help law students achieve their personal best. Here he explains why students should write out their own case briefs rather than rely on commercial “canned” ones.

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