Western Michigan University Cooley Law School Blog

WMU-Cooley "Down Under" Law Students Learn From Maori Elders

February 15

Students participating in the WMU-Cooley Study Abroad program in New Zealand contributed to a program for Kaumatua (Maori Elders) at the Kirikiriroa Marae in Hamilton (Kirikiriroa), New Zealand. In a day of meaningful cultural exchange, the students, along with faculty from WMU-Cooley, the University of Waikato Te Piringa Faculty of Law, and the McCaw Lewis law firm staff, were formally invited onto the marae by way of a formal powhiri.

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Law School Success Tips Have Proven Validity

February 01

This blog article outlining Distinguished Professor Emeritus Otto Stockmeyer's law school success tips is from a number of years ago (Nov. 24, 2012), but his advice still rings true today; with the data to back it up. Jot these down. 

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Another Perspective on Judge Rosemarie Aquilina

January 30

Distinguished Professor Emeritus Otto Stockmeyer shares his remarks when presenting WMU-Cooley Law School’s Adjunct Faculty award to graduate Judge Rosemarie Aquilina. 

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My Encounter with Canned Briefs

December 15

After more than three decades at the lectern, WMU-Cooley Law School Distinguished Professor Emeritus Otto Stockmeyer has retired from full time teaching, but maintains a continuing interest in factors that help law students achieve their personal best. Here he explains why students should write out their own case briefs rather than rely on commercial “canned” ones.

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Students Thankful for Professor & Military Feature Burt Burleson: Honored on Veterans Day with Adjunct Faculty Award

November 22

Throughout its development and growth, WMU-Cooley Law School has been fortunate to engage the services of very gifted and dedicated adjunct (part-time) professors. Twenty years ago, the school initiated a way to honor one outstanding adjunct professor each year with an award recognizing them before their students and peers.

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WMU-Cooley Law School: It’s all about the real world

November 17

Attending law school gets to be like living in a vacuum, with little time allowed for anything beyond attending classes and studying. At WMU-Cooley Law School, however, faculty go to great lengths to make law school a broadening, inclusive experience. They feel strongly that immersion in the law must include immersion in the world, and understand how essential that experience is.

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'Woman in the Law' Emily Horvath focuses on academic services

September 14

WMU-Cooley Professor EmilyHorvath, along with five WMU-Cooley Law School graduates, were named as 2017 Michigan Lawyers Weekly Women in the Law honorees during a luncheon on September 7, 2017 at the Detroit Marriott in Troy, Michigan. We are very proud of all their accomplishments and this deserved honor. Congratulations Susan M. Cook, Laura J. Genovich, Emily Horvath, Sara L. Ostahowski, Mary R. Pigorsh, and Cinnamon Rice. 

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U.S. Law. German Law. How different can they be? Turns out a lot.

August 13

Blog author WMU-Cooley Professor Paul J. Carrier is more than a text book expert on International Law. Having lived and worked abroad in numerous countries for decades of his career, he's been there, done that. Even now, he has friends from across the pond asking for his advice.

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Golf Outing is a win, win, win for team of WMU-Cooley graduates

June 06

If you are a golfer, then you know that summer is golf outing season. But for golfer and WMU-Cooley graduate Vincent Welicka, it really means it’s time to join up with his fellow graduates and friends for his law school’s annual alumni golf outing – in fact, for him and his team, that’s every summer since it started 26 years ago.

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Selling a Haunted House? Legal Experts Give Advice on Scary Business

October 31

Halloween is a spooky time of year. Haunted houses. Horror movies. Both scary business. WMU-Cooley Law School Professors give practical advice to home owners with chilling concerns for more than just one day out of the year.  

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