Integrity in Our Communities Lecture Series

This lunch time speaker series offers students, staff, and faculty an opportunity to hear from attorneys, judges, and dedicated professionals who share their experiences on the topics of ethics, service, or professionalism. Please contact Heather Spielmaker at or by calling (517) 371-5140, ext. 4112 if you have further questions.

Frank ReynoldsFrank Reynolds - "What to Do When You Screw Up"
Wednesday, June 4, 2014, Noon - 1 p.m.
Lansing Campus, Cooley Center Lobby
300 S Captiol Ave., Lansing, MI 48933
Presented by Attorney Frank Reynolds. Mr. Reynolds is a shareholder with the Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC law firm. Lunch is provided. RSVP to

"Disqualification: The Double-Edged Sword, Asking the court to remove opposing counsel — be careful what you wish for!"
Tuesday, June 3, 2014, Noon - 1:30 p.m., Grand Rapids Campus, Rm. 120. Presented by Elizabeth Joy Fossel, Varnum LLP.

Judge Archie C. Brown - "Integrity: My Word is My Bond"
Thursday, February 27, 2014, Noon - 1 p.m., Ann Arbor Campus Auditorium
3475 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105.

"Personal and Professional Challenges of High Profile Criminal Cases"
Presented by Jeff Ashton, State Attorney for Florida's Ninth Judicial Circuit, and Mark NeJame, Founder and Senior Partner of NeJame Law.  Friday, February 22, 2014, Noon - 1:50 p.m., Tampa Bay Campus, Room 259.

"Bad Leaders/Misleaders"
Presented by Al Gini, Author and Professor of Business Ethics at Loyola University Chicago. Thursday, February 20, 2014, Noon -1:30 p.m., Grand Rapids Campus, Room 529.


"An Ethical Response"
Presented by Caroline Johnson Levine, Esq., Florida Office of the Attorney General. Friday, November 8, 2013, Noon- 1:30p.m., Tampa Bay Campus, Room 259.

"Legal Ethics 2.0MG! Traps for Unwary Legal Professionals Using Social Media"
Presented by Mac R. McCoy, Shareholder, Carlton Fields. Friday, June 28, 2013, Noon- 2p.m., Tampa Bay Campus, Room 259.

"Practicing Law with Lincoln and Lowe"
Presented by the Hon. Ronald W. Lowe, 35th District Court, Wayne County. Wednesday, June 19, 2013, Noon- 1p.m., Ann Arbor Campus.

"Foundations of Success: Professionalism and Integrity"
Presented by Mr. Dennis Archer
, Chairman and CEO of Dennis W. Archer PLLC and Chairman Emeritus of Dickinson Wright PLLC, and former American Bar Association President. Sponsored by the Davis-Dunnings Bar Association, the Krinock Fund, and the Center for Ethics, Service, and Professionalism. Friday, May 10, 2013, Noon, Lansing campus, Cooley Center Lobby.

"How to Avoid Having a Grievance Filed Against You by Clients, Other Attorneys, and Judges"
Presented by Sharon M. Hanlon, Esq.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 5-5:50 p.m. Tampa Bay Campus, Room 259.

"Being a Lawyer and Loving It!"
Presented by Cary McGehee, Founding Partner of Pitt, McGehee, Palmer, Rivers & Golden P.C.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013, Noon, Auburn Hills Campus.

"Character & Fitness Problems Often Encountered by Bar Applicants"
Presented by Scott Tozian, Esq. Partner at Smith, Tozian, & Hinkle, P.A.
Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, 12:25-1:45 p.m., Tampa Bay Campus.

"Actions Speak Louder Than Words: A Trial Lawyer's Lessons in Professionalism"
Presented by Chad D. Engelhardt, Goethel Engelhardt, PLLC.
Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, Noon-1 p.m., Ann Arbor Campus.

"Abraham Lincoln: 10 Critical Tasks of Leadership"
Presented by Professor Al Gini.
Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, Noon-1:30 p.m., Grand Rapids Campus.


"Ethics: War Stories from the Bar to the Bench"
Presented by the Honorable Nick Nazaretian Circuit Judge in Thirteenth Judicial Circuit of Florida
Monday, November 5, 2012, Tampa Bay Campus

"Lessons from 50 Years of Trying Cases"
Presented by Robert P. Cummins, The Cummins Law Firm, P.C.
Thursday, September 27, 2012, Grand Rapids Campus

"The New First Impression: Managing Your On-Line Reputation"
Presented by Cynthia Ward, Acting Associate Dean of Students, and Professionalism
Tuesday, July 17, 2012, Grand Rapids Campus
Wednesday, July 11, 2012, Lansing Campus

"Ethical Lessons Learned from A Famous Whistleblower Case"
Presented by Stanley H. Pitts, Partner, Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP
Thursday, June 28, Noon, Auburn Hills Campus

"The Multiple Facets of Professionalism"
Presented by Dr. Nick Martinez, Esq.
Monday, June 18, 2012, Tampa Bay Campus

"Ethics, Who Needs Them?"
Presented by Senator Arlan Meekhof
Monday, March 26, 2012, Grand Rapids Campus

"Professionalism and Education Advocacy: Ensuring the Best for Our Children"
Panelists Include: Debora A. Blake, J.D. (ACCESS Education), Rita Walters (Parent Advocate), Mark L. McWilliams (Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service), Steven Lonzo (Assistant Principal, Sexton High School), Dennis Cichon (Professor, Cooley Law School), Jake Levine (Student Moderator, Cooley Law School)
Thursday, March 13, 2012, Lansing Campus

"Professionalism and Education Advocacy: The Commitment We All Must Make to Ensure the Best for Our Children"
Panel Discussion: Debora A. Blake, J.D. (ACCESS Education) Michael L. Bevins, J.D. (Scholten Fant, P.C., Adjunct Professor, GVSU and WMU - Special Education Law), Mary Pollock (Director of Special Education, Jenison Public Schools), Greg Lamore (Assistant Superintendent for Special Needs, Ottawa Area Intermediate School District), Mark King (Director of Special Education, Ottawa Area Intermediate School District). Moderated by Professor David Tarrien, J.D., Cooley Law School, Frank Eaman, Attorney and Counselor, Frank D. Eaman PLLC.
Thursday, March 8, 2012, Grand Rapids Campus

"Ethical Implications of Court Appointed and Pro Bono Representation"
Presented by Frank Eaman, Attorney and Counselor, Frank D. Eaman PLLC
Thursday, February 2, 2012, Lansing Campus


"Ethics and Politics: Contradictory Concepts?"
Presented by Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Michigan House of Representatives 12th House District (Detroit)
Friday, November 18, 2011, Auburn Hills Campus

"Are You Interested in Advocating for Children with Special Needs?"
Panel Discussion: Debora A. Blake, J.D., (ACCESS Education), Scot A. Reynolds, J.D. (Scot A. Reynolds, PLC), Patt Clement (Program Director, The Arc - Kent County), Douglas Ley (Moderator, Cooley Law School Student)
Wed., Nov. 2, 2011, Grand Rapids Campus

"How a Juris Doctor Affects a Career in Politics" Panel Discussion
Keynote Speakers: Michigan State Rep. Kevin Cotter, Rep. Mark Meadows, Rep. Rashisa Tlaib, Speaker John Walsh, Michigan State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, and Sen. Gretchen Whitmer
Tuesday, September 27, 2011, Lansing Campus

"Ethics, Service, and Professionalism in Everything I Do"
Presented by Congressman Hansen Clarke, Representing the 13th District of Michigan
Monday, June 20, 2011, Auburn Hills Campus

"The Integrity of Our Judicial System - The Role of Diversity"
Presented by Judge J. Cedric Simpson, Washtenaw County District Court
Tuesday, May 31, 2011, Ann Arbor Campus

"Ethics in America"
Presented by Brigadier General Michael McDaniel, Former Michigan Homeland Security Advisor
Monday, May 23, 2011, Lansing Campus

"Corporate Integrity"
Presented by Richard White, Senior Vice President, Secretary & General Counsel of the Auto Club Group
Monday, March 14, Auburn Hills Campus

"The Intricacies and Ethics of Cases Involving Death"
Presented by Andrew Abood, Attorney of Law
Wednesday, March 9, Grand Rapids Campus

"Never Enough – One Lawyer's True Story of How He Gambled His Career Away"
Presented by Michael Burke
Tuesday, March 2, 2011, Grand Rapids Campu


"Integrity in Politics"
Presented by Saul Green, Deputy Mayor, Detroit
Wednesday, October 20, 2010, Auburn Hills Campus

"Prosecuting with Integrity"
Presented by Barbara McQuade, United States Attorney Eastern District of Michigan
Thursday, July 8, 2010, Auburn Hills Campus

"Civility: In and Out of the Courtroom"
Presented by the State Bar of Michigan 2009 Respected Advocate Award winners William W. Jack, Jr., and William F. Mills.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010, Grand Rapids Campus

"How Does a Public Official Stand Up to Intense Political Pressure and Do the Right Thing?"
Presented by Kym Worthy, Wayne County Prosecutor
Thursday, March 18, 2010, Auburn Hills Campus

"Sailing Your Own Ship"
Presented by Barbara Craft, Attorney and World Explorer
Wednesday, February 10, 2010, Grand Rapids Campus

"Jury Trials and the Media"
Presented by Andrew Abood, Attorney at Law
Thursday, January 14, 2010, Lansing Campus


"Ethics and Professionalism in Public Defense"
Presented by Lloyd E. Powell, Office of Washtenaw County Public Defender, and most recent recipient of the State Bar of Michigan's Frank J. Kelly Distinguished Public Service Award
Wednesday, September 23, 2009, Ann Arbor Campus

"Lawyers Know Thy Self – Self-help and Professional Responsibility"
Presented by Martha Burkett, State Bar of Michigan Director for the Lawyers & Judges Assistance Program and Michael Burke, disbarred attorney and author of Never Enough: One Lawyer's True Story of How He Gambled His Career Away
Tuesday, September 29, 2009, Grand Rapids Campus

"Ethics of the Bailout"
Presented by E. Christopher Johnson, Cooley's Director of LL.M. Corporate Law and Finance
October 7, 2009, Lansing Campus

"Practicing Criminal Law with Ethics & Integrity"
Presented by Stephen Rabaut, Cooley graduate and nationally recognized criminal defense attorney, whose high-profile cases include the Stephen Grant murder trial.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009, Auburn Hills Campus

"Abraham Lincoln – Legal Ethics and Integrity in the Profession"
Presented by Gary E. Mitchell, former attorney and professional actor, and Associate Dean Nelson Miller
Tuesday, October 13, 2009, Grand Rapids Campus

"Presentation by State Bar of Michigan President, Ed Pappas"
Tuesday, June 16, 2009, Auburn Hills Campus

"Stories from the Street: The Experiences of Two Main-Street Lawyers"
Presented by Kenneth L. O'Deen and Thomas J. Dignan
Wednesday, June 10, 2009, Grand Rapids Campus

"Ethical Issues in the Representation of Death Row Prisoners"
Presented by Professor Kathy Swedlow
Thursday, March 5, 2009, Lansing Campus

"Navigating the Legal Culture"
Presented by Martha Burkett, State Bar of Michigan Director of the Lawyers & Judges Assistance Program, and Victoria Vuletich, Assistant Professor at the Cooley GR Campus
Monday, February 23, 2009, Auburn Hills

"A Reprise of Atticus Finch's Closing Argument from Harper Lee's ‘To Kill a Mockingbird'"
Presented by Jon G. March
Friday, Februrary 20, 2009, Grand Rapids Campus

"Ethics for Lawyers and Judges in 2009"
Presented by The Honorable Marilyn Kelly, Michigan Supreme Court
Thursday, January 29, 2009, Auburn Hills Campus


"How to Believe in Your Case Even When You Don't"
Presented by Carole D. Bos
Tuesday, October 28, 2008, Grand Rapids Campus

"Navigating the Legal Culture"
Presented by Martha Burkett, State Bar of Michigan Director of the Lawyers & Judges Assistance Program, and Victoria Vuletich Visiting Professor at the Cooley Grand Rapids Campus
Thursday, October 30, 2008, Grand Rapids Campus

"Lobbying - Advocacy with a Twist"
Presented by Nell Kuhnmuench, Director for Governmental Consultant Services, Inc.
Thursday, October 30, 2008, Auburn Hills Campus

"Never Enough: One Lawyer's True Story of How He Gambled His Career Away"
Presented by Michael J. Burke, Disbarred Attorney
Thursday, July 10, 2008, Grand Rapids Campus

"The Motto of a Minority Justice: Keep Your Head Down and Keep On Shoveling"
Presented by Justice Michael F. Cavanagh, Michigan Supreme Court
Friday, May 16, 2008, Lansing Campus

"Ethics in Criminal Prosecution and Defense"
Panel Discussion: Alan Gershel - Visiting Professor, Cooley Law School, Tom Cranmer - Principal, Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, Judge Gerald E. Rosen - U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Moderated by: Cooley Professors Martha Moore and Lisa Halushka
Friday, May 16, 2008, Auburn Hills Campus

"Integrity on the Bench"
Presented by Judge Leo Bowman, 6th Circuit Court, Oakland County
Wednesday, March 26, 2008, Auburn Hills Campus

"Representing City Hall: A Lawyer's Life on the Public Stage"
Presented by Phil Balkema, Former City Attorney of Grand Rapids
Friday, February 8, 2008, Grand Rapids Campus


"The Value of Pro Bono Service"
Presented by Derek S. Witte, Associate, Miller Johnson
Tuesday, October 16, 2007, Grand Rapids Campus

"Breathe Life Into the Lawyer's Oath"
Presented by Reginald Turner, Partner - Clark Hill, Boardmember - Michigan State Board of Education
Tuesday, October 9, 2007, Lansing Campus

"Integrity in Our Communities"
Presented by Federal Judge Denise Page Hood
Wednesday, September 26, 2007, Rochester/OU Campus

"Never Enough - Addiction Minefields: How Addictions Changed My Life"

Presented by Michael J. Burke, Disbarred Attorney
Wednesday, June 27, 2007, Grand Rapids Campus

"Never Enough - Addiction Minefields: How Addictions Changed My Life"
Presented by Michael J. Burke, Disbarred Attorney
Friday, June 29, 2007, Lansing Campus

"Service: A Crucial Element to a Successful Legal Career"
Presented by Chris Johnson, North America Vice President and General Counsel of the General Motors Corporation
Monday, June 18, 2007, Rochester/OU Campus

"Finding Your Professional Identity"
Presented by Nancy L. Haynes, Executive Director of the Fair Housing Center of Greater Grand Rapids
Monday, May 21, 2007, Grand Rapids Campus

"Infallibility and the Criminal Justice System"
Presented by Saul A. Green, Senior Counsel and member of Miller Canfield's Criminal Defense Group
Wednesday Feb. 28, 2007, Rochester/OU Campus


"The Judicial Code of Conduct and the Rules of Professional Conduct: Avoiding Even the Appearance of Impropriety"
Presented by Chief Judge William C. Whitbeck, Michigan Court of Appeals
Thursday, February 15, 2006, Lansing Campus

"Access to Legal Representation for Underserved Populations"
Presented by Jon Muth, General Counsel for Miller Johnson, Former State Bar of Michigan President
Friday, January 26, 2006, Grand Rapids Campus

"Professionalism in Criminal Defense"
Presented by Frank Harrison Reynolds, State & Federal Criminal Defense Attorney, The Reynolds Law Firm, P.C.
Nov. 29, 2006, Lansing Campus

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