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WMU and WMU Cooley Innocence Project garner $418,000 DOJ Grant

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Professor Marla Mitchell-Cichon, director of the WMU Cooley Innocence Project, pictured with clients Kenneth Wyniemko (left) and Donya Davis.

The Western Michigan University Cooley Law School Innocence Project, a legal clinic that seeks to exonerate people who have been wrongfully convicted of serious crimes, has received a $418,000 U.S. Department of Justice grant to continue its vital work.

The DOJ grant made to WMU supports an effort that has become emblematic of the synergy that has developed since the two schools formally affiliated in 2014. Students from both schools have been deeply involved in the work of the WMU Cooley Innocence Project. The grant is one of the largest wrongful conviction grants awarded by the Justice Department so far in 2015. [Read More]



9/28/15 - WMU and WMU Cooley Innocence Project garner $418,000 DOJ Grant

9/15/15 - WMU-Cooley Law School Professor and Retired Brigadier General Michael C.H. McDaniel Participates in West Michigan Day of Remembrance

9/11/15 - Plans in place at WMU-Cooley Law School to Celebrate Constitution Day

9/03/15 - WMU-Cooley Law School Students to Offer Free Legal Assistance Sept. 11


8/18/15 - Students Work to Update Michigan Guide to Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

8/15/15 - Graduation Ceremony for John McLean Class - Tampa Bay Campus

8/04/15 - Attorneys Honored at 30th Annual Law Review Distinguished Brief Awards


7/27/15 - 15th Annual Cooley for Kids Day at the Cooley Law School Stadium

7/27/15 - DUX Event Honors 33 Tampa Bay Campus Students for Academic Excellence

7/23/15 - Professor Gershel Honored with the Integrity in Our Communities Award

7/15/15 - Children’s Law Society Seminar Educates Kids on Summer Safety

7/14/15 - UPDATE: Innocence Project Wins Ruling - Fights to Overturn 1989 Murder Conviction


6/29/15 - Students Honor Victims of Charleston Shooting

6/26/15 - Students Learn About Racial and Economic Equality

6/16/15 - Speed Networking Connects Students with Attorneys and Judges

6/15/15 - Charity Event Raises More Than $4,000 for Oakland County Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center

6/12/15 - Florida Association for Women Lawyers Volunteer with Centre for Girls

6/11/15 - The Culture of Professionalism - Students Learn About Expectations for Attorneys

6/08/15 - Student Organization Hosts Panel on Gun Laws Affecting Community

6/01/15 - Black Law Students Association Mentor Junior High Students for Mock Trial


5/27/15 - Students Engage Community Discussion on Gun Laws, Safety, Right to Carry

5/27/15 - Legal Professionals Mentor Students at Networking Luncheon

5/26/15 - Practicing Attorneys Help Students Improve Interviewing Skills

5/22/15 - Innocence Project Wins Ruling - Fights to Overturn 1989 Murder Conviction

5/22/15 - Keynote Speaker Urges Graduates to Embrace Change, Embrace Opportunities

5/19/15 - Native American Law Student Association Receives Everyday Hero Award

5/18/15 - Panel Gives Students Insights on Health Law Careers and Practice

5/13/15 - Judicial Externship Training Program Prepares Students for Work with Judges

5/13/15 - Students Graduate from Mediation Training Program

5/11/15 - Innocence Project Team Join in Push for Compensation to Wrongfully Convicted

5/06/15 - Student Chapter Joins Award-Winning Mentoring Program

5/06/15 - Former U.S. Attorney Honored at Law Day Event


4/23/15 - Student Surmounts Challenges, Receives 2015 Outstanding Adult Learner Award

4/22/15 - Tampa Bay Campus Graduates its First Class

4/22/15 - DUI Expert to Teach at Tampa Bay Campus

4/14/15 - Students Collect Donations to Help Human Trafficking Victims at Selah Freedom

4/14/15 - Florida Lawmakers Encouraged to Back Anti-Human Trafficking Legislation

4/06/15 - Drug-Fighting Judge Honored with Integrity Award


3/26/15 - Children’s Law Society Visits Elementary School to Show Importance of Reading

3/26/15 - Faculty and Students Donate to Help Human Trafficking Victims

3/26/15 - Justice Bernstein Shares with Students About Overcoming Obstacles

3/24/15 - Heroin Addiction Symposium Highlights Need For Change in Law, Treatment

3/23/15 - Teaching the Importance of Positive Character - Associate Dean Vestrand Addresses Citadel Cadets

3/18/15 - Students Learn the Importance of Character and Fitness, Ethics, and Social Networking in Practicing Law

3/17/15 - WMU-Cooley Team Wins National ABA Competition

3/13/15 - Students Develop Legal Skills Through Mock Trial Competition

3/10/15 - CEO of Fathead, Inc., Shares His Pillars of Success with Student Organization

3/09/15 - U.S. Court Judge, Kalamazoo Businessman, Elected to WMU-Cooley Board of Directors

3/06/15 - Michigan Supreme Court Justice Inspires with His Success Over Adversity

3/06/15 - Amy Bandow Accepts Pro Bono Award on Behalf of Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers

3/05/15 - Breach in Trust Between Minorities and Police Explored

3/05/15 - Krystal Yalldo Elected Circuit Governor to the ABA Law Student Division


2/20/15 - Silence Equals Death: How the Heroin Epidemic is Driving Change in Perception, Treatment, & the Law

2/19/15 - Trust Between Minorities and Law Enforcement Panel Discussion

2/16/15 - Client Counseling Team Advances to National Level - Again

2/11/15 - Students Honor Black History Month - Meet High-Profile Attorney Frederick D. McClure 

2/11/15 - Students Gain Coutroom Experience in Mock Trial Competition

2/11/15 - From Attorney to Judge, Students Learn from Hon. Maureen McGinnis

2/05/15 - Symposium Explores Growing Demand for Legislative Changes Recognizing Addiction as a Disease


1/29/15 - State Bar President Advises Graduates Success Comes Through Professionalism

1/22/15 - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Reflection and Service

1/13/15 - Addiction is a Disease: Changing Policy, Treatment, and the Law

1/12/15 - Florida Bar Examiners Address Students on Character and Fitness

1/08/15 - State Bar President Thomas Rombach Offers Insights to Students on Challenges Facing New Attorneys


12/19/14 - Elves For Elders® Receives Gifts from Tampa Bay Campus Students and Faculty

12/17/14 - Children in Everyday Blessings Foster Care Receive Donations from Tampa Bay Campus

12/17/14 - Students, Faculty and Staff Donate Gifts to the Be a Santa to a Senior Program

12/10/14 - Students to Learn County Court Practice from Judge Greco


11/25/14 - Attorneys Discuss How to Capitalize in Today’s Economic Environment at Law Review Symposium

11/17/14 - D.C. Lawyer Patrick Griffin Elected President of Alumni Association

11/10/14 - Wrongfully Convicted Man Freed with help from WMU-Cooley Innocence Project

11/06/14 - Experts Share Insights with Students on Fight Against Human Trafficking

11/06/14 - Students Collaborate with Attorney General Schuette to Create a Military Family Law Guide

11/06/14 - Attorney Susan Kornfield Talks to Students on the Importance of Pro Bono Service


10/30/14 - Florida Commission on Education Approves Cooley Law School Name Change

10/20/14 - Students and Faculty Commit to Pro Bono Services

10/17/14 - Porscha Brown Elected to National Black Law Student Association

10/17/14 - Professor McDaniel Moderates Discussions at Homeland Security and Defense Education Summit

10/01/14 - Second District Court of Appeal Holds Oral Arguments at Tampa Bay Campus


9/19/14 - Graduates Sworn in as State Bar of Michigan Leadership

9/19/14 - Assistant Dean Tracey Brame Honored as one of the “2014 Women in the Law”

9/18/14 - Religion and the First Amendment Focus of Constitution Day Event

9/16/14 - Retired Brigadier General, Professor, and Eagle Scout Michael C.H. McDaniel Honors Military and Public Safety Professionals

9/16/14 - Graduate Clair Stevens Inducted into the Michigan Insurance Hall of Fame

9/12/14 - Lieutenant Governor Calley to Speak at Patriot Week Event

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