Spencer Abraham Addresses Students at the 59th Annual National Conference of Law Reviews
March 29, 2013 - Former U.S. Secretary of Energy and former United States Senator Spencer Abraham spoke during the 59th Annual National Conference of Law Reviews on March 21. The conference was held at Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Mich. Abraham's presentation included an audience of nearly 250 students from 62 different law schools, who are active in their schools' law review publications. Abraham started Cooley's Law Review in 1981, and also taught Torts and Legal Research for the law school.
"Having Secretary Abraham speak at the conference was uplifting," said Bradley Charles, Cooley Law School professor and chair of the National Conference of Law Reviews. "He helped the students understand their work on law reviews is important. And he was very entertaining as well."
Abraham addressed several topics during his speech. The first topic was themed around living an exceptional life and was demonstrated through Abraham's personal experience as a U.S. Senator. He explained how his political disagreements with Senator Ted Kennedy later led him to have a personal friendship with Kennedy.
He engaged the students with a second topic involving the idea that people change and evolve over time and related this experience to when he co-sponsored a bill in 1994 to abolish the Department of Energy, the same department he was asked to head up by President George W. Bush six years later. Abraham finished his presentation by providing the students with tips to improve law reviews through strategic writing skills.
The National Conference of Law Reviews gives law review editors an opportunity to share ideas and discuss issues related to student-edited law publications. The annual conference includes panels of faculty advisers, law review editors and academic authors. Conference attendees have the opportunity to hear from various members of the legal community, meet with publishing editors and socialize with diverse groups of law review editors.
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.