Graduates Sworn into Florida Bar
On May 2, WMU-Cooley Law School graduates from Florida’s Second District were sworn into the State Bar, granting them authorization to practice law before the state’s courts. The ceremony was held at Stetson University’s College of Law in Tampa, Florida. WMU-Cooley graduate Maryam Saleh provided the response on behalf of the new lawyers.
In her remarks, Saleh challenged the new members to go out and become exceptional attorneys. She encouraged the new attorneys to, "never be afraid to take a public stance on systematic practices they believe are harming a certain group of people and also pledge to stand up for the defenselessness and oppressed and to hold each other accountable when it comes to acting on that promise."
Additional WMU-Cooley graduates who were sworn in included Celine Delice, Sarah Harris, Elena Krekovic, Necia Mohammad, Brandon Moultrie, and Jonathan Swinson.
Acting Chief Judge Casanueva made the opening remarks and Judge Lucas administered the oath. Judges Silberman, LaRose, Khouzman, Crenshaw, Morris, Black, Solario, and Badalamenti also sat on the Bench.
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.