Western Michigan University Cooley Law School Blog

WMU-Cooley Chasing Hope to Build Opioid Epidemic Awareness

October 17

Nearly everyone knows someone who is either personally struggling with opioid addiction or knows the family members and friends who are feeling the pain along with a loved one's struggle. 

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Mohamed Hammoud: Grit and Smarts

February 12

Mohamed Hammoud was always fascinated by the criminal justice system, and always wanted a legal career, but was afraid the demands and cost were too much for him. That was until his first son was born, Mohamed Ali, was born in 2015.

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Josh Bemis: Derailed Hockey Career Puts Legal Career on the Right Track

January 15

Josh Bemis grew up playing hockey. It was all he wanted to do. In fact, at 16 years old he was committed to playing hockey at Western Michigan University, but ultimately was drafted by the Plymouth Whalers in Plymouth, Michigan, and moved away from home. He played there for 3-4 years, and he loved getting paid for doing exactly what he loved to do.

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Shelika Tate: Non-traditional Coming In; Unconventional Powerhouse Going Out

June 05

Shelika Tate married her high school sweetheart 19 years ago, and for that same amount of time, she was told that she would make a great lawyer. Her husband would tell her it was because she was a "really logical thinker" and she would "reason through every choice and decision." She even had others say the same. But at the time Tate wasn't interested. At least not at first.

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Eric Field: Law School is a Reflection of Law Practice

May 25

WMU-Cooley student Eric Field always knew he wanted a career where he could help people, but he really didn't know what that meant until his family attorney encouraged him to job shadow him for a couple weeks to find out if being a lawyer inspired him. That did it. He knew the law was what he wanted to do.

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Melanie White: Bring Hope to Light and Justice to Those Needing Protection

May 15

Melanie White has always had an interest in equal justice for all. After learning that her mother had taken the LSAT and was accepted to the Detroit College of Law, Melanie’s yearning for the law grew stronger. It stems from her strong feelings and interest in wanting to make sure people are treated fairly, with respect, and with justice. 

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Arturo Alfaro: Path from Spanish Language Interpreter to Legal Advocate

May 10

Arturo Alfaro, a second year law student at WMU-Cooley's Auburn Hills campus, came to law school in a very non-traditional way, as a Spanish language certified interpreter for the state of Michigan. His first assignments found him working in the Oakland County Circuit and District Courts. 

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On the Road to Democracy Albania Initiates Judicial Reform

February 27

Albania’s history goes back to the Middle Ages, coming under Ottoman rule in the 15th century, where it remained until 1912. During the next several decades, Albania struggled to find its way, changing from principality, to republic to monarchy, and finally becoming a communist state after WWII. In 1990 when the communist regime crumbled, Albania rose from the ashes, albeit amid devastating economic and social problems. The unrest resulted in the flight of thousands of Albanians to other countries, including the United States where large Albanian communities exist in Detroit, New York and Boston.

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WMU-Cooley’s Great Campus Locations: Auburn Hills

September 14

WMU-Cooley’s campuses are located in cities considered among the best places to live in the nation. Students, residents, and visitors in the Auburn Hills, Michigan, area, have a remarkable variety of attractions, eateries, sports and cultural events to fill their days.

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