The Thomas M. Cooley Society

Created to recognize the School's most generous benefactors through their cumulative giving

Membership Roster + Giving Levels »

Compassionate individuals united by this honorary distinction share a profound commitment to the school and to the tradition of preparing graduates for the challenges and opportunities associated with the legal profession.

Since 1972, our faculty and staff have led the way in teaching, practical scholarly research, and public service. Cooley's academic tradition of excellence continues to teach students that: "Law students must not forget they are fitting themselves to be ministers of justice" - Thomas M. Cooley.

Cooley students are also taught the Professionalism Principles, adopted by the Thomas M. Cooley Law School community.

Cooley is a young law school and your financial participation is vital to building a tradition of philanthropy. Every gift makes a difference. It is your participation and giving, year after year, that is important.

The more Cooley alumni and friends give, the more prospective students, employers and donors know that those people closest to the law school value Cooley's contribution to their lives, trust in its leadership, and belief in its future.

Privileges for Members

For your commitment to Cooley Law School's tradition of excellence and professionalism in law, we afford you the following privileges:

Criteria for Membership

Invitations to join The Society are extended to those individuals who accept the challenge to support and maintain Cooley Law School through a gift or a pledge paid annually over a specified period of time.


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Cumulative Giving Levels

Charter Society $2,500,000+
Board of Director’s Society $1,000,000+
Chairman’s Society $500,000+
Dean’s Society $100,000+
Founder’s Society $50,000+
Temple Society $25,000+
Pillar Society $10,000+
Cornerstone Society $5,000+
21st Century Society $2,500+

Contact Us

Tom Garikes
Director of Major, Corporate and Foundation Giving
(517) 371-5140 ext. 2830
garikest@cooley.edu

Pamela Heos
Director of Alumni & Donor Relations
(517) 371-5140 ext. 2014
heosp@cooley.edu

You can make your gift by credit card or by check.


By credit card: Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express accepted.

Please make checks payable to: Western Michigan University Cooley Law School

Mail to:
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Office of Development
300 South Capitol Avenue
P.O. Box 13038
Lansing, Michigan 48901