Awards, Appointments, and Recognition for Community Service

The Center for Ethics, Service, and Professionalism is proud to announce the awards, appointments, and recognition given to our people and programs for community service.

2012 | 2011 | 2010 |2009 | 2008 | 2007 |2006 | 2005

2012

Assistant Director Amy Bandow
Board of Directors and Co-Chair of Diversity Committee, Hillsborough County Association for Women Lawyers

Professor Mike McDaniel
Chair, Great Lakes Hazard Coalition
Member, Cooley Professionalism Advisory Committee

Professor Monica Nuckolls
Chair, State Bar of Michigan Law Related Education Subcommittee
Member, Board of Directors, Michigan Center for Civic Education
Fellow, Oakland County Bar Association

Dean John Nussbaumer
Co-Chair, State Bar of Michigan Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee Gubernatorial appointee to and Chair, Michigan Appellate Defender Commission Michigan Supreme Court appointee to the Michigan Criminal Procedure Rules Committee Co-Chair, Federal Bar Association Eastern District of Michigan Pro Bono Committee Executive board member, Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan Board member, Augustus D. Straker Bar Association Board member, Friends of the Macomb County Veterans Treatment Court

Professor David Tarrien
Secretary, Board of Governors for the Dyslexia Center of West Michigan

Dean Amy Timmer
Founding and Executive Committee Member, and Chair of the Best Practices Committee, National Legal Mentoring Consortium Board member and Membership Committee Chair, Thomas M. Cooley Chapter, American Inns of Court Member, ABA Center for Professional Responsibility Fellow, Michigan State Bar Foundation Panelist and past Chair, Ingham County Hearing Panel, Michigan Attorney Discipline Board Member, State Bar of Michigan Special Committee on Grievance

Professor Victoria Vuletich
Chairperson, American Bar Association Center for Professional Responsibility CLE Committee

Professor Nancy Wonch
President, Thomas M. Cooley Chapter, American Inns of Court
Chair, State Bar of Michigan District E Character and Fitness Committee
Hearing Panelist, State Bar of Michigan Attorney Disciplinary Board
Case Evaluator, Eaton and Ingham Counties
Founder, Cooley Peer Mediation Partnership

 

2011

Heather Spielmaker, Recipient, Ingham County Bar Association Liberty Bell Award.

Professor Victoria Vuletich named Chairperson for ABA Center for Professional Responsibility Continuing Legal Education Committee.

2010

Heather Spielmaker, Recipient, Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Legion of Merit.

Nancy Wonch, Recipient, MSU Award for Excellence in Education.

John Nussbaumer, Chair, Oakland County Bar Association Diversity Committee. 

Associate Dean John Nussbaumer, Recipient, State Bar of Michigan's Champion of Justice Award.

Cooley Assistant Dean Honored for Community Contributions
Cooley Law School Professor and Assistant Dean Martha Moore was honored by the Detroit Renaissance Alumni Chapter of Alabama A&M University Alumni Association with their "Most Distinguished Mark of Excellence Award." The honor is given out each year to recognize "outstanding citizens in the metropolitan Detroit area who have made countless contributions to improve the quality of life for our citizens." Moore was honored at the association's Founder's Day Luncheon March 27 in Livonia.

2009

Professor E. Christopher Johnson was named a Champion of Justice by the State Bar of Michigan.

The Michigan Supreme Court appointed Professor Moore to serve as Vice Chair of the Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission.

Professor Nancy Wonch was named Chair of the District E Character and Fitness Committee of the State Bar of Michigan.

Center for Ethics Director Heather Spielmaker was named a Michigan Political Leadership Program fellow for 2009. 

Associate Dean Amy Timmer was selected as one of 22 Fellows and was a presenter in the 2009 annual workshop of the National Institute for Teaching Ethics and Professionalism, cosponsored by the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Professionalism.

Amy Timmer was named a Fellow in, and also presented at the National Institute for Teaching Ethics and Professionalism.

Nancy Wonch was awarded a Rotary World Peace Fellowship to study in Thailand for three months (only 50 are awarded internationally for twelve sites around the world).

Associate Dean Joan Vestrand was appointed as Co-Chair of the Law School Initiatives Committee of the Detroit Federal Bar Association.

Associate Dean Nelson Miller received a Certificate of Appreciation for his overwhelming support, friendship, and legal guidance to the patrons of Dégagé Ministries.

Center for Ethics Assistant Director Karen Rowlader received a Certificate of Appreciation for her support in maintaining and coordinating a partnership between Cooley and Dégagé.

Assistant Dean Tracey Brame was named President of the Board of Camp Blodgett, a year round program for underserved youth. The group held their executive team meeting this month.

The Michigan Roundtable For Diversity And Inclusion invited Professor Florise Neville-Ewell to join a team (consisting of other academics and members from various nonprofit groups and governmental units, like the City of Detroit, HUD, Wayne County, and the State) that meets quarterly to discuss the housing crisis in the metropolitan area.

Joan Vestrand was asked to join a Washtenaw County Women Leaders group.

Nancy Wonch was appointed to the Lansing Schools Superintendent's school-consolidation task force.

The ABA invited Professor Victoria Vuletich to participate in a critical stakeholders meeting in Chicago tasked with making a recommendation to the ABA Board of Governors about the future path of the ABA CLE program.

Joan Vestrand was appointed as an advisory member to the State Bar of Michigan's Special Committee on Character & Fitness.

Assistant Dean Martha Moore received the Equal Access to Justice Award, bestowed jointly by the Auburn Hills Phi Alpha Delta, BLSA, and Christian Legal Society.

Chris Johnson was named Chair of the Michigan United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Leadership Board.

Chris Johnson has been named to the Honorary Board of the Restore Foundation. The foundation's mission statement is to “Restore hope and dignity by helping individuals overcome substance abuse to the benefit of themselves, their families and society by continuing the Oakland County Drug Courts.”

Amy Timmer was admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court.

Martha Moore was voted most inspirational and approachable professor by Auburn Hills campus students for four years.

Assistant Dean Tracey Brame was recognized by the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) with its annual Faculty Appreciation Award.

Assistant Dean Tracey Brame elected to the Grand Rapids Bar Association's board of directors for a three-year term.

Associate Dean Joan Vestrand appointed as a Hearing Panelist for the Michigan Attorney Discipline Board

Assistant Dean Martha Moore named Vice Chair Of the Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission (AGC) by the Michigan Supreme Court.

E. Christopher Johnson, Director of LL.M. Corporate Law and Finance and member of the Cooley Professionalism Team was recently named as the Chair of the Michigan United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Leadership Board. His main responsibilities will be overseeing UNCF fund-raising and other activities over the next two years for the State of Michigan. Detroit is right behind New York and Chicago as the highest revenue producing cities for the UNCF.

Chris has also been named to the Honorary Board of the Restore Foundation. The foundation's mission is to: Restore Hope and Dignity by helping individuals overcome substance abuse to the benefit of themselves, their families and society by continuing the Oakland County Drug Courts. Judge Wendy Potts is the President of the Foundation.

2008

John Nussbaumer, ABA Council of Legal Education Opportunity Legacy Justice Academia Achievement Award

Assistant Dean and Professor Joan Vestrand was recognized by the State Bar of Michigan as a Champion of Justice for her contributions in the field of legal ethics and her work with Pontiac youth.  With administrators at Pontiac Northern High School, Dean Vestrand created a Saturday Success program where Cooley students mentor Pontiac Northern students in personal and academic success.  Through her efforts, Cooley students have also cleaned and decorated classrooms, volunteered as teaching aides and tutors, collected clothing for those lacking proper attire, donated hundreds of prom dresses, provided financial support to individual high school students in need, and collected and donated more than 5500 books to children in Pontiac.

The ABA Center for Professional Responsibility appointed Professor Victoria Kremski the Chairperson of its new Continuing Legal Education Committee.  The Committee will develop continuing legal education programs in the areas of ethics and professionalism for the ABA Annual and Mid-year meetings, and webcasts.

Professor Martha Moore was named Secretary of the Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission.

Center for Ethics, Service, and Professionalism Director Heather Spielmaker serves on the Charlotte, MI City Council.

Professors Nancy Wonch and Martha Moore, Assistant Dean and Professor Cynthia Ward, and Associate Dean and Professor Amy Timmer continued their service to the State Bar of Michigan's District Character and Fitness Committees

Professor Martha Moore was appointed to the Board of Directors of the D. Augustus Straker Bar Foundation, this after her in-depth work establishing a mentoring program between Straker members and black law students at Cooley.

Assistant Dean and Professor Cynthia Ward accepted an invitation to become a Fellow of the Michigan State Bar Foundation, joining her Professionalism Department colleagues Victoria Kremski, Nelson Miller, Martha Moore, Amy Timmer, Joan Vestrand, and Nancy Wonch.

Associate Dean and Professor Nelson Miller is a member of the State Bar's Under-Represented Lawyers Workgroup planning diversity conferences. 

Professor Nancy Wonch is President of Lansing's Advent House Board of Directors and actively supports its clientele.

Amy Timmer continued her service as a hearing panelist for the Michigan Supreme Court's Attorney Discipline Board.

Joan Vestrand continued as a member of the Oakland County Bar Association's Youth Law Committee and as Vice Chair of its Professionalism Committee.

Nelson Miller was elected to serve on the State Bar of Michigan's Representative Assembly.

Martha Moore is a member of the State Bar of Michigan Civil Procedure and Courts Committee.

Nelson Miller was re-appointed October 2008 to serve on the State Bar of Michigan's Equal Access Initiative and will serve until 2011. 

Joan Vestrand sits on the State Bar's Annual Meeting Committee. 

Nancy Wonch sits on the Beekman Therapeutic Riding Program Advisory Board.

Amy Timmer and Cynthia Ward served on the Board of Tellers of the State Bar of Michigan to certify election results.

Nelson Miller is the Board of Directors President for the Legal Assistance Center in Grand Rapids

Cynthia Ward is serving a three-year term on the City of Lansing's Parks Board.

Nancy Wonch serves as Chairperson of the Lansing Education Advancement Foundation

Joan Vestrand, Nancy Wonch, and Amy Timmer serve on the State Bar of Michigan's Special Committee on Grievance.

Nelson Miller was appointed to the State Bar of Michigan's Criminal Issues Initiative which is studying and informing the profession about the effect of criminal convictions on civil matters. 

Joan Vestrand continues as co-chair of the Collaborative for a Certainty of Opportunity for Pontiac Youth.

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2007

John Nussbaumer, Recipient, National Bar Association's Presidential Award

Cooley was named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for helping to build a culture of service and civic engagement in our nation because of the Center for Ethics' mentoring programs in public schools in Pontiac and Lansing, MI.

Professor Martha Moore was voted Secretary of the Michigan Supreme Court's Attorney Grievance Commission.

Director of Cooley's Center for Ethics, Service, and Professionalism Heather Spielmaker was appointed to and then elected to the City Council of Charlotte, MI.

Assistant Dean and Professor Joan Vestrand received the Oakland County Bar Association's Francis R. Avendenka Award for outstanding and significant contributions to the citizens of Oakland County.

Assistant Dean and Professor Cynthia Ward and Associate Dean and Professor Amy Timmer were reappointed to serve another two years on the State Bar of Michigan District E Character and Fitness Committee.

Professor Martha Moore and Assistant Dean and Professor Nelson Miller were recognized for their outstanding community service by receiving the Great Deeds Award from the Center for Ethics, Service, and Professionalism for 2007 at their respective campuses.

Professor Nancy Wonch was invited to be on the Superintendent Transitional Team for the incoming Lansing School District Superintendent.

Assistant Dean and Professor Nelson Miller was appointed to the State Bar of Michigan's Criminal Issues Initiative. The Initiative is studying and informing the profession about the effect of criminal convictions on civil matters.

Assistant Dean and Professor Joan Vestrand was honored by receiving the Center for Ethics, Service, and Professionalism's Great Deeds Award for her work with the Pontiac schools.

Assistant Dean and Associate Professor Cynthia Ward was appointed by Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero and confirmed by Lansing City Council for a three-year term on the City of Lansing Parks Board.

The Ingham County Bar Foundation joined Cooley's efforts to returning soldiers with civilian legal needs by selecting Cooley's Service to Soldiers: Legal Assistance Referral Program as a grant recipient.

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2006

Cooley's Professionalism Program was recognized as one of the best among the nation's law schools when it was awarded the 2006 E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Award from the American Bar Association. The ABA noted in its award that Cooley was chosen for the "outstanding achievement in the design and implementation of a model professionalism program." The initiatives undertaken by Cooley include creating a center for public service and professionalism, reshaping the class on Professional Responsibility, implementing a professionalism and career review for first-year students, creating a student-run mediation board to address conflicts between students, expanding the roles of lawyer/mentors in each student's development, helping students create a professionalism portfolio to document their professional growth and development through law school, continuing to address unethical behavior, and creating a student ethical oath and standards of professionalism.

Assistant Dean and Professor Joan Vestrand was selected as one of three finalists from among Professional Responsibility professors around the country for the 2006 National Award for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching Professionalism, co-sponsored by the ABA Standing Committee on Professionalism and the Conference of Chief Justices.

Professor Nancy Wonch's program, the Cooley Law School/Lansing Public School District Peer Mediation program was awarded the Nancy Klein Award from the State Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Section. Nancy Klein, who is now deceased, was very committed to mediation in education and the community.

Professor Martha Moore was appointed by the Michigan Supreme Court to serve on the Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission. Her term begins September 30, 2006 and expires September 30, 2009. The Supreme Court appoints six lawyers and three non-lawyers to supervise the Grievance Administrator and the staff, propose court rule amendments, and decide the disposition of the investigations completed by the Grievance Administrator—whether to dismiss the investigation involving, privately admonish, or institute formal public proceedings before a hearing panel of the Attorney Discipline Board against attorneys suspected of misconduct.

Assistant Dean and Professor Joan Vestrand was asked by Kim Cahill, the incoming president of the State Bar of Michigan, to Chair the State Bar Grievance Committee. Joan agreed and joins her colleagues Amy Timmer and Nancy Wonch, members of that Committee.

Professor Nancy Wonch was appointed to the Urban Excellence Committee for the Lansing School District to promote mediation in the schools.

Assistant Dean Joan Vestrand was named the ethics and law practice management liaison between the State Bar Representative Assembly and the State Bar's new Practice Management Resource Center. She was also named the liaison between the State Bar Law Practice Management Section Council and the Practice Management Resource Center, which provides education and technical assistance to lawyers.

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2005

The John W. Cummiskey Pro Bono Award was presented to Associate Dean and Professor Nelson Miller by the State Bar of Michigan. Since 1999, Nelson has helped low income and minority communities in Muskegon, Benton Harbor, and Grand Rapids with their legal needs on a pro bono basis. He has served approximately 1,000 individuals.

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