Angelique Strong Marks Honored with WMU-Cooley Law School’s Integrity Award
Angelique Strong Marks, MAHLE Industries, Inc. director, general counsel, and corporate secretary was honored with WMU-Cooley Law School’s Integrity Award on November 10, during the law school’s Integrity in our Communities Speaker Series. The award is presented to legal professionals who demonstrate the highest integrity in their profession.
Strong Marks spoke to WMU-Cooley law students, faculty, and staff about the importance of authenticity, values, and preserving reputations both professionally and personally, and praised WMU-Cooley Law School for instilling ethics throughout its curriculum.
“It's important to be authentic because it will help you live your purpose in life and teach you that no one can define your purpose or what your moral values are,” said Strong Marks. “You have to be a master of what you are doing and it's OK to disagree and stand out based upon what you believe to be right.”
Strong Marks has over 18 years of extensive, practical experience developed in a law firm and in-house practice with a client base comprised of privately held and publicly traded corporations. Prior to joining MAHLE Industries, Strong Marks worked for Handleman Company, a $1.2 billion international music distribution company. In her role, she became the first African-American general counsel of a publicly traded company in the state of Michigan. She has also served as general counsel and corporate secretary at Behr America, Inc.
Strong Marks has been honored as a Michigan Chronicle Woman of Excellence, D. Augustus Straker Bar Association Trailblazer, Michigan Lawyers Weekly Up and Coming Lawyer, Crain’s Business 40 Under 40, State Bar of Michigan Citizen Lawyer, and Who’s Who in Black Detroit. She attended The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.
About Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School: Western Michigan University and Thomas M. Cooley Law School affiliated in 2014, combining the status of a nationally-ranked, public, comprehensive research university with the commitment to practical legal education of an independent, non-profit, national law school. WMU-Cooley is accredited by both the American Bar Association and the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. The law school has provided nearly 20,000 graduates with the practical skills necessary for a seamless transition from academia to the real world, and enrolls classes in January, May, and September at its Lansing, Auburn Hills, and Grand Rapids, Michigan campuses, and its Tampa Bay, Florida campus. WMU and the law school continue to operate as independent institutions with their own governance structure and separate fiduciary responsibilities.