Criminal Justice Misconduct Discussion Held at Grand Rapids Campus
The Student Federal Bar Association (FBA) at WMU-Cooley Law School presented the panel discussion, “When the Ethical Boundary is Crossed: Potential Misconduct in the Steven Avery Story.” The Steven Avery trial was recently highlighted in the TV series, “Making a Murderer,” and the panel discussed the trial’s potential misconduct in the criminal justice system.
The discussion was moderated by Zeno Toscas, FBA president. Panelists included Tracy Brame, WMU-Cooley Law School assistant dean; Victoria Vuletich, WMU-Cooley professor; Ayda Rezaian-Nojani, Innocence Project staff attorney; and Jonathan Paasch, WMU-Cooley law student and Walker police officer. The discussion was also streamed live at WMU-Cooley Law School’s Lansing campus.
“The panel was a great vehicle for bringing real world criminal misconduct to the law students to realize how critical the legal principles and ethics they study are,” said Vuletich, who teaches courses in Professional Responsibility and Ethics at WMU-Cooley Law School’s Grand Rapids campus. “Often, the only thing standing between an innocent person and a miscarriage of justice is an attorney or judge's personal integrity and self awareness. At WMU-Cooley, it is not enough that our graduates know the law. We want them to conduct themselves with the highest integrity at all times."
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.