Western Michigan University Cooley Law School Blog

Mark S. Michael: Grades and Success Based on Competence; Nothing Else.

June 22

Having graduated WMU-Cooley 41 years ago I was given the opportunity to engage in a successful Securities, Oil and Gas, and Business practice, as well as partner in two successful businesses. Admission was easy compared to other law schools, but staying in was a challenge. A somewhat different standard than most law schools where admission is difficult but staying in was almost guaranteed. WMU-Cooley was better suited to prepare one for the real world practice of law, as well as other endeavors. You receive the same privilege to practice as one graduating from any other school. Every graduate has achieved much on their path to success. Here are some of the things I have done on my career journey:

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Mable Martin-Scott: This is what justice and the world looks like

June 21

Why is diversity in the classroom important? That's a question WMU-Cooley Law School Professor Mable Martin-Scott sometimes gets from others when talking about her law school, and the place she's taught for the past 18 years. 

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Lindsey Messenger: A little help, and leap of faith, pave law school success

June 19

At 31, life has already been a roller coaster ride for Lindsey Messenger. Yet every single high and low has taught her something. Never one to shy away from anything new or to challenge herself, she's learned a lot over her short life. She's learned some valuable life lessons, and what she wants to do, and what she doesn't. 

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Professor Martha Moore: Trailblazer, Mentor, Friend

June 18

Being given a chance to excel, to find your own path and be encouraged every step of the way is a "gift" that can last a lifetime. When those who have received this gift pass it on to someone up and coming, its value is increased manyfold.

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Chanelle Manus: Playing the Field in the NFL and Sports Law

June 15

  WMU-Cooley graduate Chanelle Manus grew up watching a lot of sports on TV, mostly because she knew that was a great way for her to spend time with her dad. He was very interested in sports, and she always wanted to be just like her Dad.

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How to Eat an Elephant and Become an Attorney

June 14

Imagine being in business for yourself for almost 10 years and suddenly everything changes. New laws make it a very real possibility that your employees will become your boss. You could conceivably lose your company. You could lose your livelihood, your income, everything you have built. And the worst part is, due to a lack of education, your prospects are very limited.

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Professor Nuckolls: Making Giving a Part of Living

June 13

One of the most important aspects of a legal education at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School is that of service to each other and to the community. Whether it’s volunteering in a shelter, providing pro bono legal assistance to The Innocence Project or an elder law clinic , or any of the dozens of other opportunities available , it’s a big part of what makes a well-rounded WMU-Cooley attorney.

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Super by name and by nature

June 11

WMU-Cooley graduate Matt Super not only overcame a head injury and PTSD to graduate from law school, he also managed to pass the bar on his first try. Read about Matt's journey in the Detroit Legal News story by Sheila Pursglove below.

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What is Gerrymandering Anyway? Con Law Expert Professor Brendan Beery Breaks Things Down on this and other SCOTUS decisions.

June 06

Constitutional Law expert Brendan Beery is often tapped by the media to give comment or to explain the law, as nobody else can, simply and to-the-point. Below Professor Beery recently breaks things down for Tampa's Bay News 9 TV host Al Ruechel on elections and voters rights. Professor Beery teaches Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure at WMU-Cooley Law School's campus in Tampa Bay, Florida.

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John Scott Ends an Epic Teaching Career

June 06

Early in his career, even before law school at the University of Michigan, recently retired Professor John Scott taught junior high English and decided it wasn’t for him. Looking back, Scott realizes it wasn’t the teaching part he didn’t enjoy, it must have been the subject matter.

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