Western Michigan University Cooley Law School Blog

WMU-Cooley Law School BLSA Collects Needed Items For Deborah House

December 16

Read about WMU-Cooley Law School's Grand Rapids BLSA student chapter and their community outreach and support for local Deborah House. Read the Dec. 12, 2018, Legal News story below.

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Ana Luna: Life experience is her ROCK to success

November 06

When Ana Luna thinks back on her life, and the suffering she endured, she realizes that it was those life experiences that led her to law school and her life today. 

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Rosie Tejada: Crossing bridge necessary to find new discovery

October 26

Rosie Tejada always thought about law school growing up, but she would push the idea way back in her head, mostly because she doubted herself. Still thinking law was out of reach, she ended up getting a Master's degree in business. Yet something was missing. She knew she was meant to do more.  

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Force. Fear. Coercion. How human trafficking victims fall prey and how to stop modern day slavery.

September 08

This blog was originally published on June 23, 2015.  There are plenty of myths and misconceptions about human trafficking. Some believe that human trafficking does not occur in the United States. Others think that human trafficking victims are only foreign born, or that they are always poor. Some have the misconception that human trafficking is only sex trafficking. Nothing could be further from the truth.

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Bioethics conference sparks collaboration and important conversations

August 05

This blog was originally published on May 20, 2016.  On March 17 and 18, 2016, Western Michigan University’s Center for the Study of Ethics in Society presented a conference called “Bioethics: Preparing for the Unknown.”  WMU-Cooley professors and law students were well-represented among the speakers, presenting on topics such as informed consent, medical quarantines, youth health care, and drug addiction. The conference sparked important conversations surrounding the theme of uncertainty, a fundamental reality in bioethics. The study of bioethics brings to the forefront concepts of right and wrong, good and bad; blending and blurring the areas of philosophy, theology, history, law, and medicine.

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Law Student Couple Win in Love and Regional Client Counseling Competition

August 03

This blog was originally published on February 14, 2015. “Who needs just red roses and dark chocolate when what I really love is working together and solving problems with my husband as a team,” exclaimed Elizabeth Devolder about the couple’s Valentine win in the ABA Client Counseling Regional Competition in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Feb. 8th. 

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Everyone is a Kid on Cooley for Kids Day!

July 25

It was another great day at the ballpark! Hundred of kids shared in the festivities, including pre-ceremony activities where the Parks & Rec kids and WMU-Cooley law students share the field with the players and a relaxing and fun afternoon to take in a Lansing Lugnuts ball game. What was unclear was who was having more fun – the kids or the law students!

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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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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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