Student Academic Excellence and Community Service Recognized at Convocation Ceremonies

April 11, 2014 - Cooley Law School honored several students recently at Convocation ceremonies held at each campus.

In Ann Arbor, Kaitlyn Harder was presented with the Student Great Deeds Award by the Center for Ethics, Service, and Professionalism. She is a member of the Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity, has served as a Duval Class senator in the Student Bar Association, and a member of the Student Advisory Board. She volunteers as a peer mediator, as a judge in the Moot Court First-Year Competition, and as a graduate assistant in the Academic Resource Center.

Also in Ann Arbor, students Jason Andrews, Oluseun Otulana, Cathryn Rudolph, and Peter Tomasek were honored with Leadership Achievement Awards; and graduate Chad Engelhardt was persented with the Outstanding Charitable Service Award.

In Auburn Hills, six students were recognized with the Alumni Distinguished Student Award, Student Great Deeds Award, and the Leadership Achievement Award.

Stephen Madej received the Alumni Distinguished Student Award, an honor given each term to outstanding graduating students. During his time at Cooley, Madej has earned the Certificate of Merit in Research & Writing, consistently made the Dean’s List and Honor Roll, served as a research assistant, worked as a legal intern for the Genesee County Circuit Court in the Family Division and Juvenile Referee Unit, competed in mock trials, served on the executive board and board of editors of Cooley’s Moot Court, and was symposium editor for the Cooley Law Review.

Matthew Flynn was awarded the Student Great Deeds Award, which recognizes students who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to serving others. Flynn serves as the lead intern for Cooley’s Service to Solders program, raises funds and volunteers as a clown for Shriner’s Hospital, and works with at-risk youth and on food drives.

Stephanie Walczak, Natalia Hanna, Germese Gee, and Christos Moutousis, were chosen to receive the school's Leadership Achievement Award, which recognizes students who have provided leadership in a variety of capacities.

In Grand Rapids, convocation presentations included the Leadership Achievement Award, which acknowledges students who have provided leadership in a variety of capacities. This award was presented to Zaneta Adams, Bola Aibinuomo, Milica Bilic, Chris Bruno, Salina Choice, Paul Martin, Barbara Podoll, Laurel Romanella, and Erin Van De Putte.

In other presentations, Dan Fricke was the recipient of the Student Great Deeds Award, presented by the Center for Ethics, Service & Professionalism to students who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to the service of others. He has volunteered with the Cooley Veterans Corps, the Veterans Legal Assistance Program, and the Tenant Law Project.

The Cooley Alumni Association honored two Grand Rapids students with awards this semester. Zaneta Adams was the recipient of the Distinguished Student Award, based on her scholastic achievement, leadership, extracurricular activities, character, and community involvement. George Latimer-Knight received the Alumni Memorial Scholarship, awarded annually to a student based on need, character, and potential to become an outstanding lawyer.

Additionally, Ogenna Iweajunwa was the recipient of the Outstanding Adult Learner Award, awarded annually by the Grand Rapids Higher Education Network. Ogenna was selected as a nontraditional student who has demonstrated academic excellence, service, and leadership in both the classroom and the community.

In Lansing, Ziadanne Lewis was presented with one of two Alumni Memorial Scholarships awarded this semester. The Past Presidents Committee of the Alumni Association interview and select the candidates each spring based on academics, school participation and financial need.

The campus also honored students Nicole Beatty, Brandi-Janai Clark, Andrea Clattenburg, Theodora Eisenhut, Brendan Fitzgerald, Francesco Giuliani, Shantee Jackson, Gloria Mason, Katherine Mortensen, Alexander Scott, Jennifer Thornton, and Tanya Yaminian with the Leadership Achievement Award.

At Cooley’s Tampa Bay campus, several students were honored for their success in the intra-school moot court competition, including Aaron Rothstein, finalist and best advocate in the preliminary round; Christopher Pezzullo, semi-finalist and third best advocate in the preliminary round; quarter-finalists Loretta Poston and David Leyva, and other best advocates from the preliminary round, Garrett O’Sullivan (second) and Elizabeth Coviello (fifth).

Students honored for their success in the Melissa Mitchell Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition were Sean Spiering, finalist and best advocate in the final round; Robyn Crawford, finalist; and Top 10 advocates from the preliminary round, Janelle Wicker, Robyn Crawford, and Azizah Muhammad.

José Morales was honored with the Student Great Deeds Award for his efforts helping the victims of Superstorm Sandy in New York, and his volunteer work with veterans, Lupus research and the Student Intellectual Property Law Association chapter at the campus.

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 18,000 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 in Tampa Bay, Florida.



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