National Bar Association Honors Cooley Professor with Gertrude E. Rush Award (updated)
"We are proud that Carolyn is being singled out for recognition among her peers. Her stellar career coupled with her dedication to the communities surrounding Tampa Bay, make her a wonderful role model."
— Jeff Martlew, associate dean of Cooley's Tampa Bay campus
March 30, 2012 - The National Bar Association has honored newly appointed Cooley Law School Professor Carolyn House Stewart with the Gertrude E. Rush Award. Named for the only woman co-founder of the Association, the award recognizes recipients for their pioneering spirits, community and professional leadership, concern for human and civil rights, and for being a model of excellence in legal education.
"Carolyn House Stewart best exemplifies the standards set for this award," said Daryl D. Parks, president of the Association. "Her dedication to the legal profession and her community shine through in her daily work and her commitment to legal education."
Stewart has accepted a faculty appointment to teach at Cooley's new campus in Riverview, Fla., beginning in May 2012. Currently, she is a shareholder in Macfarlane, Ferguson & McMullen, where she has handled cases in the civil litigation, casualty and labor law sections since 1994.
Stewart was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1978 after earning her J.D. at the University of South Carolina. She has practiced before the U.S. District Courts for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th and 11th Circuits. She has served as a government lawyer in Florida at both the state and county levels and as in-house corporate counsel for Fortune 500 companies.
"We are proud that Carolyn is being singled out for recognition among her peers," said Jeff Martlew, associate dean of Cooley’s Tampa Bay campus. "Her stellar career coupled with her dedication to the communities surrounding Tampa Bay, make her a wonderful role model."
"I am honored to be chosen for this award," Stewart said. "I've always believed it is essential to give back to the community and to reach out to new attorneys as well as those who are considering law school. I’m also looking forward to beginning a new chapter in my legal career as a Cooley professor."
Cooley's Tampa Bay campus is located at 9445 Camden Field Parkway, Riverview, Fla. Construction began in September 2011, to renovate the existing building on that site into a new, state-of-the-art law school. The Tampa Bay campus will begin offering evening classes on May 7, followed by morning classes in September, and afternoon classes in January 2013. The full curriculum will be rolled out over a three-year period.
Update April 25, 2012 - On Thursday, April 19, 2012, staff from Cooley Law School's Tampa Bay campus attended the Gertrude E. Rush Awards Dinner at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Tampa. The dinner was hosted by the National Bar Association and the George Edgecomb Bar Association as part of the National Bar Association's Mid-Year Conference.
Tampa Bay campus Professor Carolyn House Stewart, who will be teaching contracts, was one of seven 2012 Gertrude E. Rush Award recipients. Named for the only woman co-founder of the National Bar Association, the award recognizes recipients for their pioneering spirits, community and professional leadership, concern for human and civil rights, and for being a model of excellence in legal education.
Professor Stewart is the International President of the Kappa Alpha Kappa Sorority, Inc., and a shareholder at Macfarlane, Ferguson & McMullen. She has previously received the Francisco Rodriguez Award from the George Edgecomb Bar Association and Achievement Awards from the Florida Status on Women Commission. She has also been Member of the Year of the Florida Chapter of the National Bar Association, and the Outstanding Young Women in America.
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.