The Great Deeds Award

Great Deeds Awards will be given up to once per term per campus to recognize students who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to the service of others. Students may be nominated by classmates, staff, faculty, or members of the community who have witnessed our students going above and beyond in the area of public service, whether through long-term commitment or through a single act of great service.

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Each year Cooley's Center for Ethics, Service, and Professionalism also presents a Great Deeds Award to a faculty or staff member who has exhibited an outstanding dedication to community service throughout the year. Nominations are received from students, staff, faculty, community leaders, and people whose lives have been touched by a Cooley employees Great Deeds, and winners are selected by a committee comprised of previous winners and members of Cooley's Professionalism Team.

2014 Great Deeds Award Winners

Matthew Flynn - Auburn Hills Campus

Matthew Flynn
Assistant Dean Lisa Halushka and
Matthew Flynn

The recipient of this term’s Auburn Hills Student Great Deeds Award is Matthew Flynn. Matt has volunteered at Shriner’s Hospital by assisting with fundraising and being a clown who visited the children. He has helped raise money for the Thanksgiving Day Parade in Detroit by putting clown make-up on distinguished clowns for the last three years.

When Matt isn’t “clowning around,” he can be found teaching at-risk Detroit youth boxing techniques. He has been an active member of the Society of Irish-American Lawyers where he helped collect, pack, and deliver food to the needy.

Most notably, Matt has served as the lead intern for the Service to Soldiers program. Service to Soldiers provides pro bono legal services to deploying, deployed, and returning troops. Matt matches soldiers with a free attorney based on their area of legal need. He has also volunteered at Camp Grayling to assist with legal briefs and estate planning documents for deploying troops.

The recipient of this term’s award is a perfect example of a community servant and truly deserving.

~ Ieisha Humphrey
Assistant Director
Center for Ethics, Service, and Professionalism
Auburn Hills Campus

Daniel Fricke - Grand Rapids Campus

The Center for Ethics, Service, and Professionalism presents the Student Great Deeds Award to recognize students who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to the service of others. It is with pleasure that we honor Daniel Fricke. He consistently brings commitment, leadership skills, a stellar work ethic, and academic excellence to every undertaking.

Daniel Fricke
Daniel Fricke

As Vice President of the Cooley Veterans Corps, Dan was instrumental in starting the Veterans Legal Assistance Program. Since the inception of the program, Dan has stepped up and volunteered to ensure that the student volunteers are familiar with the paperwork and intake procedures for the program. He manages to attend almost every session. As a veteran himself, Dan makes sure that each client feels appreciated for their service to our country and is at ease when speaking to the attorney. The clients are most appreciative, and the volunteering attorneys have commented on his attention to detail and ability to relate to the veterans and their specific needs. Jerry Petrivovich, with the Department of Veteran Affairs told the nominating committee that, “it would be in the best interest of the legal profession to clone Dan. He is great with the veterans, ensures that the attorneys are comfortable when they come to volunteer, and with supervision, he is determined to find an efficient way to resolve the clients’ issues.”

The Tenant Law Project is another Cooley pro bono program. Dan was trained and has volunteered with the program since the start of his second year at Cooley. His work again has been excellent, drawing praise from Kym Spring with the Kent County Renters Alliance. She says of Dan, “he is composed, a critical thinker, and totally non-judgmental in working with the clients. He will make a talented and compassionate attorney.”

Dan has the ability to lead with confidence and compassion. People trust, and are drawn to him; they willingly accept his assistance. He is an inspiration to everyone at Cooley, and to all of those whose lives he has touched. Dan is truly deserving of the Student Great Deeds Award.

~Karen Rowlader
Assistant Director
Center for Ethics, Service, and Professionalism
Grand Rapids Campus

Kaitlyn Harder - Ann Arbor Campus

The Ann Arbor Center for Ethics, Service, and Professionalism is pleased to present the Student Great Deeds Award to Miss Kaitlyn Harder.

Not only has Kaitlyn been involved in and supported programs and events on campus, she also contributes a significant amount of time providing legal services under the supervision of licensed attorneys. Kaitlyn’s commitment to helping those in need encompasses all subject matters.

I first met Kaitlyn when she volunteered to provide pro bono services during the DMBA/Cooley Expungement Program. I was impressed with her ability to absorb the information provided during the training session and to apply that information to a client interview and court appearance.

It was during that same initial meeting that I had the opportunity to discuss another pro bono program with Kaitlyn, the Washtenaw County Probate Court Guardianship Review Program, in which she was appointed to review active guardianships.

Kaitlyn continued to gain valuable legal experience by participating in the Washtenaw County Public Defender’s Clinic. She interned at the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office in the homicide division and participated in trials and preliminary examinations. Kaitlyn is currently working as a legal intern with the Detroit Crime Commission, a non-profit organization located in downtown Detroit, to help eliminate blight in Detroit communities by ensuring that the demolitions and razing is legally compliant and by advising community leaders how to file property forms to eject squatters, file judgments, and help fill out lien paperwork. Kaitlyn is the lead analyst on public corruption issues and part of a team involved in scrap metal legislation. Additionally, she is also a member of a team to raise funding and awareness for the Rape Kit Initiative.

Kaitlyn, we are proud of all of your accomplishments and are inspired by your commitment to helping others. On behalf of all of those you have helped, thank you. From all of us at Cooley, I would like to offer a sincere “Congratulations”!

~Melissa Stowe-Lloyd
Assistant Director
Center for Ethics, Service, and Professionalism
Ann Arbor Campus

Charles Hobbs - Lansing Campus

Cooley's Lansing campus is full of over-achievers. And each term our selection committee has the unenviable job of selecting one of our awesome students to be recognized for going far above and beyond in offering support to those in need through the dedication of their time and talents. This term we are pleased to recognize Mr. Charles Hobbs. Charles astounded us with the breadth of his service… for well over a year he has juggled course work while volunteering his budding legal talents for twenty hours or more per week for the poor and underserved through Legal Services. Additionally, he has been an active and consistent volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, where he offers his physical labor to help in building homes for struggling families. And on top of all that, he has been an active and consistent volunteer with Food Movers, helping to distribute food to low income families and individuals. These organizations can all attest to the value of a pledge from Charles… where he volunteers, he is dependable, consistent, and loyal. Cooley and the Lansing community will be sorry to lose Charles after graduation, but we are very grateful for this opportunity to recognize him while he is still here.

~ Heather Spielmaker
Director - Center for Ethics, Service, and Professionalism

Jose Morales - Tampa Bay Campus

Tampa Bay's recipient of the Great Deeds Award is student Jose Morales. Jose is dedicated to helping not only the community, but also his fellow students. From victims of Superstorm Sandy, to veterans, to those suffering with Lupus, to a fellow student dealing with medical issues, Jose has enthusiastically donated his time or money to help those in need and many have benefited from his efforts. A prime example of his dedication to helping others is how Jose spent a recent term break. Rather than taking a vacation or enjoying some time off after final exams, Jose traveled to New York – at his own expense – to participate in a relief project to help victims of Superstorm Sandy. Jose was also instrumental in a recent donation drive to fulfill “wish lists” for veterans living in foster homes and for a fundraiser to raise money for research and public awareness regarding lupus. In addition to his efforts to help the community, Jose is a leader on campus and he often looks for ways to help fellow students. He founded the Student Intellectual Property Law Association and can often be seen meeting with Cooley administrators to share exciting ideas for programs, guest speakers, and ways to help the community. Additionally, Jose actively participates in service programs and events of local bar associations, such as the Family Forms Clinic in Spanish and a recent seminar to raise awareness about human trafficking. Jose routinely goes above and beyond to help others and his commitment to the community is second to none.

~Amy Bandow, Esq.
Assistant Director
Center for Ethics, Service, and Professionalism
Tampa Bay Campus


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