Cooley Alumni Distinguished Student Award Winners Recognized for Law School Accomplishments
July 31, 2013 - Three third-year students at Cooley Law School have been named Alumni Distinguished Student Award winners. Robert Hamor, who attends Cooley’s Auburn Hills campus, along with Shane Hilyard and Nicole Hughes, who attend the school’s Lansing campus, were presented with the award at their recent campus honors convocation.
The award honors those students who have distinguished themselves throughout their law school careers, especially in the areas of academic success, high moral character and professionalism, participation and leadership in student organizations, and service to their community.
Hamor ranks in the top 2 percent of his class and has earned multiple Certificates of Merit. He has served as a teaching assistant, worked as a student representative for Lexis Nexis, a clerk for Gemellaro Legal PLLC & Shepard Law, a legal intern for the Hon. Victoria A. Roberts in the Eastern District of Michigan, and as a clerk for the Law Office of Fred M. Mester.
Hamor was also a senior student liaison for the State Appellate Defender Office Program, served as a guest speaker at the 2011 American Bar Association Mid-Year Event, co-authored a September 2011 Macomb County Bar Association Bar Brief and an Amicus Brief to the Michigan Supreme Court, and served as co-editor of a Thomas M. Cooley Law Review article.
Hilyard is very active with the Sixty Plus, Inc., Elderlaw Clinic at Cooley. He has also worked as a paralegal in several New York law firms. He has made the Dean’s List each term. Hilyard, who will begin his LL.M. studies at Cooley in September 2013, said success has been the result of many factors. "An honor of this magnitude is never the work of one person; rather, it was a combination of support from my wife and children; a dedication to teaching from my professors; and several long hours of critical thinking and guidance from my academic adviser, Professor (Kathy) Swedlow," he said.
Hughes has worked as an intern with the circuit court and with the Cooley Innocence Project. She is also a teaching assistant. She has made the Dean's List each term. Hughes, who is currently finishing her LL.M. in Criminal Advocacy at Cooley, said her Cooley experience fit her like a glove. "I never felt so at home. I am very honored to receive this award for doing something that I love."
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 its new campus in Tampa Bay, Florida.