2014 MLK Day Events at Cooley


Ann Arbor

Is Race in America Still Relevant
WHEN: Monday, Jan. 20, 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Thomas M. Cooley Law School auditorium, 3475 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor, MI

Cooley Law School’s Black Law Students Association will host the school’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day program. The event will focus on the central theme “Is Race in America Still Relevant,” and begin with a video presentation of Martin Luther King’s complete “I have a dream” speech. Following the video, the day’s theme will be highlighted with a solo performance by Cooley student and Washtenaw Community College professor Kim Sheppard, an original skit, and an interactive discussion on race in America.

Cooley’s MLK Day event is free and open to the public, lunch and desert will be provided.

Auburn Hills

Reflections on Diversity in the Legal Profession
WHEN: Monday, January 20, 9 a.m.
WHERE: Auburn Hills campus, 2630 Featherstone Rd.

Cooley Law School will host a breakfast program to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The program’s theme, “Reflections on Diversity in the Legal Profession,” will allow individuals an opportunity to discuss reasons why it is important for attorneys to reflect the communities they serve.

The program will begin with a video of King’s complete “I Have a Dream” speech, followed by a breakfast discussion on diversity in the legal profession and a panel presentation by a diverse group of local attorneys.

Confirmed panelists include:

  • Moderator: Meikal Summey, president, Cooley Student Bar Association
  • Michael Jackson II, president-elect, Straker Bar Association
  • David Maquera, president, Hispanic Bar Association
  • Moheeb H. Murray, vice president, Muslim Bar Association
  • Diana Shkreli, president, Albanian Bar Association

Classes at the Auburn Hills campus will be suspended for the day so interested individuals can attend the Martin Luther King Jr. Day program and participate in the volunteer activities.

Grand Rapids

Day of Service - Family Futures
WHEN: Monday, Jan. 20, noon – 4 p.m.
WHERE: Family Futures, 678 Front Ave. NW, Grand Rapids

To celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s commitment to service, students from Cooley Law School will participate in a day of service. Students, under the supervision of faculty members, will review contracts, employee documents, and participant consent forms for Family Futures. Family Futures is a nonprofit organization that provides a wide range of support for West Michigan parents, teens and families through parent-coaching, education and prevention-based programming.


Musical Presentation
WHEN: Monday, Jan. 20, 10 a.m.
WHERE: Cooley Lansing campus, 300 South Capitol Ave., Lansing

Cooley Law School’s Black Law Students Association will host the school’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day program. During the program, Cheryse McLeod Lewis will sing a selection from the musical Porgy and Bess. McLeod Lewis is the understudy for Bess on the national tour of the musical, which will be performed in Lansing at the Wharton Center, March 18-23. Originally conceived by George Gershwin as an "American folk opera,” Porgy and Bess premiered in New York in the fall of 1935 and featured an entire cast of classically trained African-American singers, which was considered a daring artistic choice at the time.

Day of Service
WHEN: Jan. 20, noon – 4 p.m.
WHERE: Volunteers of America, Saginaw and Cedar Street stores; Humane Society, Grand River Avenue; Potter’s Park Zoo; Volunteers of America Kitchen, Volunteers of America Warehouse and Volunteers of America, North Larch.

In addition to the performance, Cooley’s Lansing Student Diversity Committee is coordinating a day of service for students, faculty and staff. Now in its fourth year, the service day allows individuals to give back to the Lansing community through volunteer work. In 2013, nearly 100 individuals participated in the day of service.

Tampa Bay

Students, faculty and staff from Cooley Law School’s Tampa Bay campus will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by volunteering at two locations.

Volunteer Event at Portamento of Hope Café
WHEN: Monday, Jan. 20, 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: Portamento of Hope Café, 107 Mason Street, Brandon, FL

Volunteers from Cooley will work in the soup kitchen at the Portamento of Hope Café. Portamento of Hope provides food and resources to the local homeless population.

MLK Day Parade
WHEN: Monday, Jan. 20, noon
WHERE: 15th and East MLK, Jr. Blvd., Tampa, FL

In addition, members of Cooley’s Black Law Students Association will partner the George Edgecombe Bar Association at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Day Parade and serve as chaperons for middle school students during at the parade.

About Cooley Law School: Founded in 1972, the Thomas M. Cooley Law School is a private, nonprofit, independent law school accredited by the American Bar Association and the Higher Learning Commission. Cooley has provided its more than 15,000 graduates with the practical skills necessary for a seamless transition from academia to the real world. Cooley offers its Juris Doctor program, Joint Degree programs, and Master of Laws programs three times a year with enrollment in January, May and September. Cooley Law School has campuses across Michigan in Lansing, Auburn Hills, Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor, and its new campus in Tampa Bay, Florida.


MLK Day of Service
"Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'"

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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