Awards, Appointments, and Recognition for Community Service

WMU Cooley is proud to announce the awards, appointments, and recognition given to our people and programs for community service.

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2014

Assistant Director Amy Bandow
Board of Directors and Co-Chair of Mentoring Committee, Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers
Training Opportunities Liaison and Chair of 2014 National Celebrate Pro Bono Week, Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee
Member, Diversity and Community Services Committees, Hillsborough County Bar Association
Member, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, The Florida Bar
Member, Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Professionalism Committee

Assistant Dean Tracey Brame
Named one of Michigan Lawyers Weekly Women in the Law.

Associate Dean Amy Timmer
ABA Standing Committee on Professionalism, Member.
Judge, American Lawyers Alliance Law-Related Education Middle School Teacher of the Year.

Associate Dean Joan Vestrand
Co-Chair, Law School Initiatives Committee, Detroit Federal Bar Association
Advisor Member, State Bar of Michigan Standing Committee on Character & Fitness
Washtenaw County Hearing Panel Member, Michigan Attorney Discipline Board
Member, Executive Committee, Eastern Leaders Group
Member, Advisory Committee, Washtenaw County Peacemaking Court
Earned Certification in Native American Peacemaking
2014 Michigan Lawyers Weekly Leader in the Law

Tampa Bay Campus Director Dionnie Wynter
First Vice President, George Edgecomb Bar Association
Chair, Scholarship Banquet Committee, George Edgecomb Bar Association
Member, Client Protection Fund Committee, State Bar of Michigan
Member, Hillsborough County 5k Race for Pro Bono Committee

2013

Assistant Director Amy Bandow
Board of Directors and Co-Chair of Diversity Committee, Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers
Training Opportunities Liaison, Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee
Member, Diversity and Community Services Committees, Hillsborough County Bar Association

Associate Dean Amy Timmer
State Bar of Michigan District E Character and Fitness Committee Member.

Associate Dean Joan Vestrand
Co-Chair, Law School Initiatives Committee, Detroit Federal Bar Association
Advisor Member, State Bar of Michigan Standing Committee on Character & Fitness
Washtenaw County Hearing Panel Member, Michigan Attorney Discipline Board
Member, Executive Committee, Eastern Leaders Group
Vice-Chancellor, Washtenaw County American Inns of Court
Member, Advisory Committee, Washtenaw County Peacemaking Court
2013 Leadership Award, Eastern Leaders Group

Tampa Bay Campus Director Dionnie Wynter
Co-Chair, Scholarship Banquet Committee, George Edgecomb Bar Association
Law School Liaison, George Edgecomb Bar Association
Member, Hillsborough County Bar Association 13th Circuit Pro Bono Committee
Member, Hillsborough County 5k Race for Pro Bono Committee
Member, Client Protection Fund Committee, State Bar of Michigan

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

Associate 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

Associate Dean Amy Timmer
National Legal Mentoring Consortium, founding member, Vice Chair, and Best Practices Committee Chair.
State Bar of Michigan Pro Bono Initiative’s Pro Bono Month Working Group, non-PBI Participant.
Named one of Michigan Lawyers Weekly 2012 Women in the Law. 
Thomas M. Cooley Chapter, American Inns of Court Member and Board Member.
ABA Center for Professional Responsibility Member.
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

Associate Dean Joan Vestrand
Co-Chair, Law School Initiatives Committee, Detroit Federal Bar Association
Advisor Member, State Bar of Michigan Standing Committee on Character & Fitness
Washtenaw County Hearing Panel Member, Michigan Attorney Discipline Board
Member, Executive Committee, Eastern Leaders Group
Vice-Chancellor, Washtenaw County American Inns of Court

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

Tampa Bay Campus Director Dionnie Wynter
Law School Liaison, George Edgecomb Bar Association
Member, Hillsborough County Bar Association 13th Circuit Pro Bono Committee
Member, Hillsborough County 5k Race for Pro Bono Committee
Member, Client Protection Fund Committee, State Bar of Michigan

2011

Center for Ethics, Service, and Professionalism Director 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

Center for Ethics, Service, and Professionalism Director Heather Spielmaker, Recipient, Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Legion of Merit.

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

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

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

Assistant Dean Martha Moore, "Most Distinguished Mark of Excellence Award," Detroit Renaissance Alumni Chapter of Alabama A&M University of Alumni Association.

2009

Professor E. Christopher Johnson, Champion of Justice, State Bar of Michigan.

Assistant Dean Martha Moore, Vice Chair of the Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission.

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

Center for Ethics, Service, and Professionalism Director Heather Spielmaker, Michigan Political Leadership Program fellow for 2009. 

Associate Dean Amy Timmer, Fellow and presenter, Annual workshop of the National Institute for Teaching Ethics and Professionalism, cosponsored by the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Professionalism.

Professor Nancy Wonch, 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, Co-Chair, Law School Initiatives Committee of the Detroit Federal Bar Association.

Associate Dean Nelson Miller, Certificate of Appreciation, Dégagé Ministries.

Center for Ethics Assistant Director Karen Rowlader, Certificate of Appreciation Dégagé Ministries.

Assistant Dean Tracey Brame, President of the Board of Camp Blodgett.

Professor Florise Neville-Ewell, Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion Member.

Associate Dean Joan Vestrand, Member, Washtenaw County Women Leaders.

Professor Nancy Wonch, Lansing Schools Superintendent's school-consolidation task force.

Associate Dean Joan Vestrand, advisory member, State Bar of Michigan's Special Committee on Character & Fitness.

Assistant Dean Martha Moore, recipient, Equal Access to Justice Award, Auburn Hills Phi Alpha Delta, BLSA, and Christian Legal Society.

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

Professor Chris Johnson, Honorary Board of the Restore Foundation.

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

Assistant Dean Martha Moore, most inspirational and approachable professor by Auburn Hills campus students for four years.

Assistant Dean Tracey Brame, Faculty Appreciation Award, Black Law Students Association.

Assistant Dean Tracey Brame board of directors Grand Rapids Bar Association.

Associate Dean Joan Vestrand, Hearing Panelist, Michigan Attorney Discipline Board.

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

Professor E. Christopher Johnson, Chair of the Michigan United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Leadership Board and Honorary Board of the Restore Foundation.

2008

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

Associate Dean Joan Vestrand, State Bar of Michigan Champion of Justice Award.

Professor Victoria Kremski the Chairperson, ABA Center for Professional Responsibility Continuing Legal Education Committee. 

Assistant Dean Martha Moore, Secretary of the Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission.

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

Professors Nancy Wonch and Martha Moore, Assistant Dean Cynthia Ward, and Associate DeanAmy Timmer, State Bar of Michigan's District Character and Fitness Committees. 

Assistant Dean Martha Moore, Board of Directors of the D. Augustus Straker Bar Foundation.

Assistant Dean Cynthia Ward, Fellow of the Michigan State Bar Foundation.

Associate Dean Nelson Miller, State Bar's Under-Represented Lawyers Workgroup. 

Professor Nancy Wonch, President of Lansing's Advent House Board of Directors.

Associate Dean Amy Timmer, hearing panelist for the Michigan Supreme Court's Attorney Discipline Board.

Associate Dean Joan Vestrand, member of the Oakland County Bar Association's Youth Law Committee, and Vice Chair, Professionalism Committee.

Associate Dean Nelson Miller, State Bar of Michigan's Representative Assembly.

Assistant Dean Martha Moore, member, State Bar of Michigan Civil Procedure and Courts Committee.

Associate Dean Nelson Miller, State Bar of Michigan's Equal Access Initiative.

Associate Dean Joan Vestrand, State Bar's Annual Meeting Committee. 

Professor Nancy Wonch, Beekman Therapeutic Riding Program Advisory Board.

Associate Dean Nelson Miller, Board of Directors President for the Legal Assistance Center in Grand Rapids. 

Professor Nancy Wonch, Chairperson, Lansing Education Advancement Foundation. 

Associate Dean Nelson Miller, State Bar of Michigan's Criminal Issues Initiative. 

Associate Dean Joan Vestrand, co-chair, Collaborative for a Certainty of Opportunity for Pontiac Youth.

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2007

Associate Dean 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.

Assistant Dean Martha Moore, Secretary of the Michigan Supreme Court's Attorney Grievance Commission.

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

Associate Dean Joan Vestrand, recipient, Oakland County Bar Association's Francis R. Avendenka Award.

Assistant Dean Cynthia Ward and Associate Dean Amy Timmer, reappointed, State Bar of Michigan District E Character and Fitness Committee.

Assistant Dean Martha Moore and Associate Dean Nelson Miller, Great Deeds Award from the Center for Ethics, Service, and Professionalism.

Professor Nancy Wonch, member, Superintendent Transitional Team for the incoming Lansing School District Superintendent.

Associate Dean Nelson Miller, appointed State Bar of Michigan's Criminal Issues Initiative.

Assistant Dean Joan Vestrand, Center for Ethics, Service, and Professionalism's Great Deeds Award.

Assistant Dean Cynthia Ward, member, City of Lansing Parks Board.

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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."

Associate Dean Joan Vestrand, finalist, 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, Nancy Klein Award from the State Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Section.

Assistant Dean Martha Moore, member, Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission.

Associate Dean Joan Vestrand, Chair, State Bar Grievance Committee.

Professor Nancy Wonch, Urban Excellence Committee for the Lansing School District.

Assistant Dean Joan Vestrand, ethics and law practice management liaison between the State Bar Representative Assembly and the State Bar's Practice Management Resource Center, and liaison between the State Bar Law Practice Management Section Council and the Practice Management Resource Center.

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2005

Associate Dean Nelson Miller, The John W. Cummiskey Pro Bono AwardState Bar of Michigan.

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