Davis-Dunnings Bar Association To Honor Three From Cooley Law School
April 24, 2012 – During the 16th Annual Otis M. Smith Scholarship Banquet on April 27, the Davis-Dunnings Bar Association will honor three individuals with ties to Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Cooley Professor Mable Martin-Scott will receive the group's Trailblazer Award. Attorney Marcia Spivey, a Cooley graduate, will be honored with the Rising Star Award, and Cooley second-year student, Rosanna Cochran will receive the Judge John W. Davis Scholarship.
Martin-Scott is being honored as a pioneer for her contributions in opening doors and encouraging minorities and other individuals to pursue careers and successfully accomplish their goals of practicing law. As an African-American female attorney and professor, she has spent countless hours mentoring tomorrow's leaders and contributing her own leadership to various community organizations.
Martin-Scott teaches courses in contracts, sales and commercial papers at Cooley. She is involved in several Lansing-area organizations including serving as vice president of the Greater Lansing Chapter of Jack & Jill of America, an organization designed to help young people grow as leaders and participate in various community service organizations. She participates in the Young Women of Action program, which provides mentoring and leadership development, and is a judge for the Ingham County Teen Court, a juvenile justice diversion program.
Attorney Marcia Spivey, a 2009 graduate of Cooley, has focused her legal talents on organizing nonprofits as well as representing clients in contractual and domestic matters. She is the program director for the Lansing College Access Network, which has a goal of creating a college-going culture in the Lansing School District. She is receiving the award for being an outstanding young lawyer in the greater Lansing community who is dedicated to mobilizing the legal community to support public education. Spivey's involvement with the Lansing School District includes coaching the Wainwright Debate team. She also created and presented job/college portfolio workshops for high school students and coached students for the 2011 Michigan Youth and Government Conference. Additionally, she has taught law and government, served as a restorative justice facilitator, and organized a restorative justice symposium to address at-risk female youth.
Rosanna Cochran will be honored with the Judge John W. Davis Scholarship. She is ranked in the top 10 percent of her class at Cooley. Cochran is involved in many activities. She serves as regional director of community service for the Black Law Student Association, as apprentice program chair of the Mock Trial Board, and as the legal conference editor for the Thomas M. Cooley Journal of Practical and Clinical Law. She has provided many pro bono hours working on various programs, including Cooley's Service to Soldiers.
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.