Cooley Celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day with Presentations, Panel Discussions, and Volunteer Service
January 24, 2013 – Cooley Law School celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a variety of presentations, panel discussions, and volunteer service. Classes were suspended for the day at the law school so students could take part in the many events honoring the memory of the slain civil rights leader.
In Ann Arbor, students, faculty and staff held a special presentation paying tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement. Guests at the event included the Hon. Cedric J. Simpson, 14-A District Court, the Hon. Shannon A. Holmes, 36th District Court, Pontiac School District General Counsel Timothy Gardner, and attorney Teresa Patton.
In Auburn Hills, the day was honored with a panel discussion on "Civil Rights Challenges Facing Individuals in Their Communities." Panelists included Dewnya Bazzi, attorney at Romanzi Atnip, P.C. and president of Michigan Muslim Bar Association; Tim Cordes, attorney at Nesi and Associates, P.C. and president of the Stonewall Bar Association of Michigan; Marla A. Linderman, attorney at Linderman Law, P.C. and president-elect of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan; Rona M. Lum, corporate immigration attorney at Law Offices of Rona M. Lum, P.C.; David S. Maquera, senior attorney at DTE Energy and president of the Hispanic Bar Association of Michigan; and Rasul Raheem, senior vice president and assistant general counsel at Bank of America and president-elect of the D. Augustus Straker Bar Association.
In Grand Rapids, the Cooley campus celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day this year with a presentation titled "Lead Today, Lead Tomorrow: An intergenerational discussion of Civil Rights in the 21st Century." Speakers included Joseph D. Jones, president and CEO of E.E. Mileson & Associates and interim president and executive director of the Grand Raids Urban League, and Johanna Jelks, founder Generation X&Y for MI.
In Lansing, Cooley Law School honored the day with a presentation by political science professor Joyce A. Baugh speaking on "The Color Line in Metropolitan Detroit: Segregated Housing and Segregated Schools." Baugh, who teaches at Central Michigan University, has authored numerous books, including, The Detroit School Busing Case, Milliken v. Bradley and the Controversy over Desegregation. MLK Jr. Day was also honored with a day of service that had volunteers at Potter Park Zoo and the Volunteers of America
In Tampa, Fla., the campus celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a day of service in the community. Students volunteered on an organizational project in Portamento of Hope's Soup Kitchen, which serves all people in need in the community. Volunteers reorganized the thrift store, sorted through donated clothing, harvested vegetables from the organization’s garden, and more.
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.