Cooley Students Kurt Petersen and James Holmes Honored with Great Deeds Award

From left: Great Deeds Award Recipient Kurt Petersen, Assistant Director of the Center for Ethics and Professionalism Karen Rowlader, and Great Deeds Award Recipient James Holmes.

From left: Great Deeds Award Recipient Kurt Petersen, Assistant Director of the Center for Ethics and Professionalism Karen Rowlader, and Great Deeds Award Recipient James Holmes.

July 25, 2013 - Cooley Law School in Grand Rapids, Mich., has honored students Kurt Petersen and James Holmes with the Great Deeds Award. Karen Rowlader, Assistant Director of Cooley’s Center for Ethics, Service, and Professionalism in Grand Rapids, presented the awards at the campus’ recent honors convocation.

The award recognizes students who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to the service of others. Nominations are accepted by classmates, staff, faculty, or members of the community who have witnessed our students going above and beyond in the area of public service, whether through long-term commitment or through a single act of great service.

Petersen and Holmes were nominated by fellow Cooley student Mohamed Fawaz who, blinded at age 12 in his native Lebanon, began his law school studies in January 2013.

Holmes, a sixth-term student, and Petersen, a second-term student, immediately went into action to help. Holmes helped Fawaz get settled in his apartment, delivered and set up his furniture and continued to check in to make sure the freshman student had everything he needed.

Petersen recruited and scheduled students to take Fawaz home after his night classes in Grand Rapids’ tough winter. In the best of times, the trip would take Fawaz nearly an hour to get home. Adding snow-covered sidewalks and crosswalks to the mix nearly doubled the trip. With both safety and study time at stake, Petersen made sure the freshman student got home.

Petersen and Holmes are familiar faces in volunteering. Petersen does pro bono and community service work through Cooley’s campus programming, assisting with both the Nonprofit Incorporation Project and the Pro Bono Bankruptcy Program.

Holmes has also assisted with the Nonprofit Incorporation Project, as well as the Tenant Law Project. He also participated in the West Michigan Mental Health Foundation’s Stomp Out Stigma Walk, and serves and delivers food for God’s Kitchen and Degage Ministries. He also does construction work for the elderly.

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.



Grand Rapids Campus Students Kurt Petersen and James Holmes receive the Great Deeds Award.

The Great Deeds Award Recognizes Students who have Demonstrated Outstanding Commitment to the Service of Others.

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