Amanda King, Winner of Cooley Student Great Deeds Award
July 17, 2012 – Cooley Law School in Grand Rapids has named the winner of its Student Great Deeds Award for Trinity Term 2012. Amanda King was named the recipient of the award, which is given by the Center for Professionalism, Ethics, and Service to a student who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the service of others. Ms. King was presented with the award July 13 at the campus Honors Convocation.
Nominations for the award come from classmates, staff, faculty, and members of the community who have witnessed students going above and beyond in the area of public service, whether through long-term commitment or through a single act of great service. Those who nominated Amanda felt she has truly gone above and beyond in her desire to assist the at-risk and under-served, not only in Michigan, but around the world.
As an undergraduate student, Ms. King traveled to Ghana, West Africa. She investigated the effects of smoke on the respiratory systems of the women and children exposed to the cooking fires within the villages of Greater Accra. The investigation led to a formal appeal to the Ghanaian public officials with a proposal for the distribution of medication pertinent to the symptoms of the people affected by the smoke.
While at Cooley, Amanda has donated her time, energy and talents to Kids' Food Basket, a local charity that provides sack suppers to at-risk kids in Grand Rapids. She has participated in building a Habitat for Humanity house, spent time at Degage Ministries and Justice for Our Neighbors assisting with legal services; supported deploying military troops through Cooley's Service to Soldiers program, and she visits God's Kitchen regularly to prepare and serve food. As part of her duties with the Black Law Students Association, Ms. King also organized a carnival and silent auction that raised over $2,200 for Kids' Food Basket. She is also working to become a bachelorette in a charity auction for cystic fibrosis.
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 16,000 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.