Attorney James Morton Honored with Adjunct Faculty Annual Award for Best in Teaching
February 22, 2013 - Canadian attorney James Morton has been chosen as the winner of the Frederick J. Griffith III Adjunct Faculty Award at Cooley Law School for 2012. Mr. Morton serves as co-director of Cooley's annual foreign study experience in Toronto.
Established in 1997, the award is named for the late Rick Griffith, who was a Michigan Supreme Court Commissioner and adjunct professor at Cooley until his death at age 52.
Cooley Associate Dean and Professor William Weiner, who presented the award, said "Cooley is enriched by the dedicated, experienced, and talented members of our adjunct faculty. They blend teaching with active careers on the bench and in a great variety of law practice settings. In addition to providing doctrinal instruction and developing practical skills, they provide our students with valuable insights into the demands and rewards of their specialized practices."
Professor Morton is the head of the litigation department at Steinberg, Morton, Hope & Israel in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Societies of Upper Canada and Nunavut, and is a Past President of the Ontario Bar Association.
Professor Morton joined Cooley's Toronto program as local co-director in the summer of 2002. He also brought a new course into the curriculum, which he teaches with Mr. Justice Todd Archibald, and relocated the Krinock Lecture series to the University Club where he is a member. He continues to be responsible for recruiting and retaining faculty members for the program, locating speakers for the Krinock series, and ensuring that the vision of the program is carried out.
On the U.S. side of the border, Professor Morton provided a boost to Cooley's Canadian Studies program in Auburn Hills by teaching a course and recruiting other Canadian attorneys to do the same. In Lansing, Professor Morton and his wife, Toronto Justice of the Peace Rhonda Shousterman, donated the 21-pound marble bear, carved by an artist from Baffin Island, on display in the Cooley Center lobby.
"James 'gets' Cooley, in many ways," Weiner said. "He's a solid teacher, an excellent administrator, a scholar, and a great friend of the institution."
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.