Marla Garland Receives Great Deeds Award
July 21, 2014 – Cooley Law School has honored Marla Garland with the Great Deeds Award. Each year Cooley's Center for Ethics, Service, and Professionalism presents the Great Deeds Award to students who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to the service of others. Nominations are received from students, staff, faculty and community leaders.
“This award recognizes a student who has made significant contributions to their community through either sustained service or through a single extraordinary act, and Marla has truly gone above and beyond in donating her time to help others,” said Amy Bandow, assistant director of Cooley’s Center for Ethics, Service, and Professionalism. “In fact, she has participated in so many service activities that the list is almost too long to mention.”
Garland helped numerous segments of the local community and participated in almost every service opportunity offered by the Center for Ethics, Service, and Professionalism while at Cooley.
Organizations, programs, and committees that Garland donated her time and energy to include: the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service; Wills for Heroes Program, Bay Area Legal Services’ Domestic Violence Assistance Project, Thirteenth Judicial Circuit’s Teen Court Program, Thirteenth Judicial Circuit’s Pro Bono Committee, Superstorm Sandy Relief Project, Riverview Boys and Girls Club, Feeding America Tampa Bay, and Trinity Café.
Garland also volunteered at events organized by bar associations in the legal community, including the George Edgecomb Bar Association’s Annual Scholarship Banquet and the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s Annual 5K Pro Bono River Run.
She serves as a Cooley ambassador and holds a leadership position with the Black Law Students Association. Through her involvement in the Black Law Student Association she participates in service events, including Black History Month and a book drive. Taking her role to the next level, Garland spearheaded efforts to create new pro bono programs for the organization.
“Simply put, Marla exemplifies Cooley’s ideal of committing to our communities,” said Bandow.
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.