Western Michigan University Cooley Law School Blog

Does the Revocation of Former CIA Chief's Security Clearance Raise Any Constitutional Issues?

August 15

Blog author, Constitutional Law expert and WMU-Cooley Professor Brendan Beery explains why he feels Trump’s Revocation of Former CIA Chief’s Security Clearance may raise Constitutional Issues. Professor Beery, a summa cum laude graduate of the law school, teaches Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, and Criminal Procedure at WMU-Cooley Law School, and is a frequent legal expert in the media. 

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Five Ways Going to Law School is Like Running the New York City Marathon

August 14

The New York Marathon is breathtaking and unforgettable. As you make your way over the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, the first of five bridges in the marathon, you push your way through five boroughs (Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and the Bronx), to the spectacular finish in Central Park.  Simply, it's bigger than yourself. And by doing it, you feel you can do anything.

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Jan E. Strand: Cooley opened a whole new world and gave us this amazing opportunity

August 11

I entered Thomas M. Cooley Law School after an established career as a high school English teacher, one of the few career options for women at that time. I had three young children at home when I started making the drive to Lansing from Grand Rapids, when Lansing was WMU-Cooley's only campus option. It was interesting times, and I wanted to do more. I wanted to be an attorney. 

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Kelly L. Morris: Path to law school far from straight, but exactly right for me

August 09

  Guest Blog writer Kelly L. Morris is a September 1992 graduate of WMU-Cooley Law School and is the Chief Deputy Prosecutor Noble County in Rome City, Indiana. She shares her From Where I Stand story from being a law student through her successful career. 

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Living a Dream that Began in Childhood: Dewnya Bakri-Bazzi

August 09

As a founding member of Dearborn, Michigan’s At Law Group, Dewnya Bakri-Bazzi’s (Chipman Class, 2011) journey into law began as a child and included influences from her family and faith.

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WMU-Cooley Grad Helping Surgeons Treat Patients Better

August 09

Naples, Florida is well-known as a great resort destination, with miles of white sandy beaches, calm waters, fishing, high-end shopping, golf courses, and even dolphin-watching. What’s less well-known is that Naples is a premier global research and training destination for orthopedic surgeons. John W. Schmieding (Moore Class, 1993) is the senior vice president and general counsel for Arthrex, Inc., a world leader in orthopedic surgical device design, research, manufacturing and medical education. Its mission is helping surgeons treat their patients better.

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Rafael Diaz Combines His Love for the Criminal Justice System and the Law

August 08

Rafael Diaz (Woodbridge Class, 2010), a lieutenant with the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety, knew from an early age that he wanted to go to law school. Every decision, from high school through college, was made to position himself for a career in the law. 

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Jason Guari: A Life Built on Gratitude and Giving

August 08

Trial law is a challenging, stressful and just plain demanding career path that isn’t for everyone. But for WMU-Cooley graduate Jason Guari, it’s a passion turned mission to assist others at the worst moments in their lives, and to give them hope for better times.

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What does being a Cooley grad mean to me? In a word, Everything!

August 07

Shemia Francisco Washington, Esq. is a May 2002 WMU-Cooley Law School graduate, and works for the City of Atlanta's Office of City Solicitor. She shares her From Where I Stand story below. 

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Law School’s Police Militarization and Legal Consequences Conversation to Continue in Round Two

August 07

This blog was originally published on Nov 5, 2015 Blog author Professor Tonya Krause-Phelan is WMU-Cooley Law Review’s Legal Consequences of Police Militarization Symposium moderator. Professor Kraus-Phelan teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Defending Battered Women, Criminal Sentencing, and Ethics in Criminal Cases. She assists with the West Michigan Defenders Clinic and coaches national mock trial and moot court teams, and is frequently appears as a commentator on numerous radio, television, print, and internet media sources regarding criminal law and procedure issues.

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