Department of Justice Honors Cooley Professors with Patriot Awards
June 27, 2013 - On Wednesday, June 25, two Cooley Law School graduates, who are also adjunct faculty members, were presented Patriot Awards by the Department of Justice’s Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) division.
Joan Rosema-David, Cooley's Grand Rapids campus deputy director and adjunct professor, and Traci L. Schenkel, Cooley adjunct professor and family law attorney, were chosen because of their willingness to help student Jennifer Bylsma, who was being deployed with her U.S. Army unit, Alpha Company 415th finish course work early and schedule final exams while she was waiting for deployment at Fort Dix.
The Patriot Award recognizes individuals, who are nominated by a guardsman or reservist, for the support provided directly to the nominator, by a business or college. The award reflects the efforts made to support “Citizen Warriors” through a wide-range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families and granting leaves of absence if needed.
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.