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Bob Woodward and the Ethical Lens of America

September 15

This opinion blog piece was written by WMU-Cooley Law School Assistant Dean Victoria V. Vuletich. Professor Vuletich has expertise in legal ethics, the regulation of the legal profession and drafting and proposing administrative rules relating to the legal profession. She also has expertise in the restructuring of the legal profession and its implications for the profession and the public. You can listen to Professor Vuletich on Michigan's Big Show. 

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The Importance of Definitions in Law School

September 14

Here at WMU-Cooley fall classes are beginning. New students will quickly learn that first-term courses do not include Vocabulary 101. Rather, students are expected to master the law’s terminology on their own, by looking up every word in their assigned cases that they don’t understand.

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The Great Cardozo Bar-Exam Canard

August 14

Justice Benjamin Cardozo (1870-1938) served with great distinction as Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals (1914-1932) and Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1932-1938). He was the holder of 14 honorary degrees, including from Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Chicago, Michigan, and N.Y.U.

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Does the President Have the Legal Right to Delay an Election?

July 31

The following July 30, 2020 News 8 story called Constitutional professor weighs in on Pres. Trump’s tweet about delaying election by Ryan Hughes features Constitutional Law expert and WMU-Cooley Professor Brendan Beery. The short answer is no. Get the longer story below. 

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Constitutional law expert gives legal analysis on Presidential immunity

July 15

WMU-Cooley Law School Constitutional Law expert Professor Brendan Beery shares in an op-ed analysis below that he outlined for the media to answer their questions concerning Presidential immunity. 

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A Life of Service in the Law

June 30

Remembering John W. Fitzgerald  July 7th marks the 14th anniversary of the passing of Justice John W. Fitzgerald (1924-2006). He was the favorite son of Grand Ledge MI who rose to become Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court while playing an instrumental role in the life of WMU-Cooley Law School.

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WMU-Cooley criminal law professor spells out the case surrounding fired Minneapolis police officers

June 05

WMU-Cooley Professor Tonya Krause-Phelan is frequently tapped as a criminal law expert by the media. She has appeared as a commentator on numerous radio, television, print, and internet media sources regarding criminal law and procedure issues and teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Defending Battered Women, Criminal Sentencing, and Ethics in Criminal Cases. 

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What is the Insurrection Law? Brig. Gen. Michael C.H. McDaniel explains

June 04

Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Homeland Defense Strategy and retired Brigadier General Michael C.H. McDaniel, associate dean at WMU-Cooley Law School, was sought out by the media to explain how President Donald Trump can use the Insurrection Act to help control riots.

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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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