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Online Legal Education: We’ve been doing it for a decade at WMU-Cooley

June 03

WMU Cooley has been offering online legal education for over a decade through our Graduate LL.M. Programs. Since 2010, LL.M. faculty have been teaching online classes, starting with the program in Intellectual Property Law, and then moving into other LL.M. degree programs in Tax, Homeland and National Security, and Corporate Law and Finance. We have also offered a Weekend Blended Learning Program for our J.D. students, allowing them to have 4 weeks of online instruction of a 15-week semester, since September 2017. 

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WMU-Cooley Faculty Experts Speak Out on Equal Access to Justice

June 02

Tracey Brame, associate dean of WMU-Cooley’s Grand Rapids campus, Renalia DuBose, a WMU-Cooley professor in Tampa, Florida, and Criminal Law Professor Tonya Krause-Phelan, have been called upon to speak about racial injustices happening throughout the country and the legal ramifications following the recent deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Ahmaud Arbery in Glynn County, Georgia. 

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Bar Exam Subjects: How Many Are Too Many?

May 27

Social-distancing policies have forced states to rethink the July bar exam. One state has decided to shorten it to one day. Another is going open-book. A third is eliminating the multiple-choice portion and using short-answer questions instead. All three plan to administer their exams remotely (on-line). ABAJournal.com has the story. And now Michigan has decided to go with a one-day, on-line, all-essay test in July.

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The Three Lucys of Contract Lore, Part Three: Peevyhouse vs. Garland Coal

April 29

Blog contributor Otto Stockmeyer is a WMU-Cooley Law School Distinguished Professor Emeritus. This is another in his series of posts offering a fresh look at famous cases.

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The Three Lucys of Contract Lore, Part Two: Wood vs. Lucy, Lady Duff-Gordon

April 24

Blog contributor Otto Stockmeyer is a WMU-Cooley Law School Distinguished Professor Emeritus. This is another in his series of posts offering a fresh look at famous cases.

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The Three Lucys of Contract Lore, Part One: Lucy vs. Zehmer

April 18

Blog contributor Otto Stockmeyer is a WMU-Cooley Law School Distinguished Professor Emeritus. This is another in his series of posts offering a fresh look at famous cases. 

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How COVID-19 Has Put a Spotlight on Civil Rights and Implicit Bias Issues

April 10

On Thursday, April 9, ABC News reported on concerns over face coverings for people of color. The report states that people of color are being put in a position to choose between wearing a face mask for the safety of self and others, or to not wear a mask because it appears threatening to others, simply by being black, especially black males. The report came after two black males in eastern Illinois were followed out of a retail outlet by a police officer because they were wearing a mask, despite federal and state orders to wear masks. 

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Helping any way we can is the right thing to do.

April 02

When the coronavirus hit and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued her stay home-stay safe order, thousands of people were suddenly faced with rearranging their lives to fit the new reality.

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Take A Look at Restitution

March 27

The subject of Restitution was once a mainstay of the first-year law school curriculum, but has become sorely neglected in the past half-century. This could explain why one professional responsibility expert believes that overlooking a restitution claim is the most common form of legal malpractice. If you are sheltering in place with an internet connection and time on your hands, now would be a good time to acquaint yourself with this important subject.

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WMU-Cooley rising to the challenge of online learning in the wake covid-19

March 24

Just like any organization or business or higher education institution, individuals have their our own learning ecosystem – that is, they have their own sources for learning. Some people reach out to people they respect or feel are experts to learn; maybe a family member or friend, or it could be a professor, mentor or colleague.  

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