Justice David Viviano, Michigan Supreme Court Justice, to deliver keynote for Professionalism in Action orientation at Auburn Hills campus

April 9, 2013 – Justice David Viviano, the newest appointee to the Michigan Supreme Court, will be the keynote speaker for the Professionalism in Action orientation at Cooley Law School’s Auburn Hills campus. The event, which will be held on Tuesday, April 30 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., will begin with Justice Viviano speaking on ethics and professionalism in the legal profession. It will also feature small group discussions where students sit with an experienced attorney and judge and explore a variety of ethical issues they may confront as law students and lawyers.

Justice Viviano was appointed to the Michigan Supreme Court by Governor Rick Snyder in February 2013. Before his appointment, he served as the chief judge on the Macomb County Circuit Court and worked as an attorney for Dickinson Wright law firm in Detroit and Jenner & Block law firm in Chicago. He also attended Hillsdale College and the University of Michigan Law School.

“The keynote speaker for this event should be someone who demonstrates consistent ethics and integrity in his or her practice,” said Lisa Halushka, Cooley Law School's acting associate dean at the Auburn Hills campus. “Justice Viviano, with his reputation for candor, fairness and measured temperament, will be a great fit for our keynote speaker and we are so proud to have him speak to our students.”

The Professionalism in Action Orientation is held for incoming students at the beginning of every term. Past group discussion participants include: Chief Judge Gerald Rosen of the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Judge Kurtis Wilder, Judge Cynthia Stephens, Justice Brian Zahra, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, former Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association President Douglas Hampton, and several former presidents of the State Bar of Michigan, including Thomas Cranmer, Edward Pappas, Charles Toy, W. Anthony Jenkins, and Julie Fershtman.

The Professionalism in Action Orientation was created in 2009 by past State Bar President Edward Pappas.

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.



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