About the Center for Ethics, Service, and Professionalism
Inspiring law students for a lifetime of excellence, service, and integrity
Thomas M. Cooley Law School continues to implement its American Bar Association Professionalism Award-winning Professionalism Program. Cooley’s Center for Ethics, Service, and Professionalism is dedicated to the following ideals:
- Lead by modeling and teaching ethics
- Foster and encourage service
- Practice professionalism
- Commit to our communities
By creating a culture of professionalism in the law school, Cooley intends to foster the highest caliber of relationships between the Cooley community and the legal and local communities. We hope our employees, students, and graduates are not just honorable, but are also people you would want as neighbors.
To this end, the Center for Ethics, Service, and Professionalism has launched and maintains many initiatives to ensure our students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to achieve this goal and have many opportunities to do so.
Supporting the law school's mission of preparing law students for professional practice, the Center for Ethics, Service, and Professionalism models and teaches ethics and professionalism, fosters and encourages service, and promotes commitment to our communities.
In the area of ethics, Cooley’s Strategic Plan Mission Statement directs that we ensure our students understand and embrace the legal, moral, ethical, and professional responsibilities of lawyers. The Vision Strategy directs that we enhance programs and courses to help graduates prepare to practice law with professionalism and good character. To accomplish this mission and vision, we wrote, adopted, and implemented Cooley’s Professionalism Plan, which was recognized as one of the best in the country when the ABA’s Standing Committee on Professionalism awarded Cooley the E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Award in 2006. All of our professionalism efforts and programs are now subsumed in the Center for Ethics, Service, and Professionalism.
Associate Dean of Students and Professionalism Amy Timmer is assisted in operating professionalism programs by Assistant Dean and Professor Cynthia Ward, Professor Nancy Wonch, Director of the Center for Ethics, Service, and Professionalism Heather Spielmaker, Center Assistant Directors Amy Bandow (Tampa Bay), Ieisha Humphrey (Auburn Hills), Karen Rowlader (Grand Rapids), and Melissa Stowe-Lloyd (Ann Arbor), Coordinator of Student Professionalism Lisa Davis, and Administrative Assistant Kathy Lawrence. Associate Deans and Professors Lisa Halushka, Jeff Martlew, Nelson Miller, John Nussbaumer, and Joan Vestrand, Assistant Deans and Professors Frank Aiello, Tracey Brame, Christine Church, Martha Moore, and Ron Sutton, Professors Victoria Cruz-Garcia, Chris Johnson, Peter Kempel, Mike McDaniel, Florise Neville-Ewell, Monica Nuckolls, Lauren Rousseau, Kathy Swedlow, David Tarrien, and Victoria Vuletich, Campus Director Dionnie Wynter, and Graduate Programs Director Cathy McCollum also make significant contributions to our professionalism efforts.