Constitution Day at Cooley Law School
October 1, 2013 – Cooley Law School celebrated Constitution Day with programs held at all five campuses.
In Ann Arbor, the campus hosted a panel discussion on "Finding Michigan's Invisible People" regarding DeBoer v. Snyder and the constitutional issues regarding the Michigan Marriage Amendment and the Michigan Adoption Code. The panel featured Dana Nessel, the lead plaintiff's counsel in the DeBoer case; Nate Goetting, an adjunct professor at Cooley and an associate professor at Adrian College; and Cooley faculty members, Associate Professor Brendan Beery and Professor Daniel Ray. The panel discussion was also broadcast to the Tampa Bay campus. The Ann Arbor campus also participated in the Washtenaw County Bar Association's outreach to area middle schools, teaching students about the 6th and 14th amendments.
In Auburn Hills, Cooley teamed up with Oakland University to host a panel discussion at OU regarding the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision on the Defense of Marriage Act. Panelists included Jay Kaplan, the LGBT Project staff attorney for the ACLU of Michigan, and Cooley Law School Constitutional Law Professor Daniel Ray.
In Grand Rapids, Cooley Law School founder and former Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas E. Brennan, along with U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph Scoville, served as panelists on the latest constitutional issues.
The Lansing campus hosted Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Michael Warren, co-founder of Patriot Week, for a discussion about the Declaration of Independence and why it is still relevant today. Cooley Constitutional Law Professor William Wagner moderated the discussion.
In Tampa Bay, in addition to viewing the DeBoer v. Snyder broadcast from Ann Arbor, the campus participated in a Constitution Day webcast put on by The Constitution Project about the Central Park Five and false confessions.
About Cooley Law School: Celebrating 40 years of excellence, 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 17,000 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 in Tampa Bay, Florida.