Elizabeth Devolder named Law Student of the Year by National Jurist Magazine
The National Jurist Magazine has named WMU-Cooley student Elizabeth Devolder as Law Student of the Year. Devolder is a non-traditional third-year student at WMU-Cooley Law School’s Tampa Bay campus. She is one of 25 law students who were honored by the publication.
Devolder received the law school’s Highest Grade Award in 10 classes and serves as the editor-in-chief for WMU-Cooley Law Review. She holds a national championship title from the American Bar Association’s 2015 Law Student Division Client Counseling Competition in which she competed with her husband against 108 teams. She is a WMU-Cooley teaching assistant as well as a mentor for students who are balancing work, school, and family.
“Elizabeth has proven herself as a smart, hardworking, dedicated and determined leader and learner,” said Jeffery Martlew, WMU-Cooley Law School associate dean.
In addition to her involvement at WMU-Cooley Law School, she also serves as a board member for Blaze of Hope, a nonprofit organization with a mission to provide financial assistance to families of children with a life-threatening medical condition while hospitalized.
The complete listing of those honored by The National Jurist can be found in the publication’s March issue, or online at http://www.nationaljurist.com/content/law-students-year.
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.