Incoming Class Orientation at Auburn Hills Campus - Focus on Ethics, Professionalism, and Civility
On April 29, the incoming class at WMU-Cooley Law School’s Auburn Hills campus participated in the law school’s orientation program, “Professionalism in Action.” In cooperation with the State Bar of Michigan, each incoming class participates in the program and is welcomed by an experienced local attorney or judge from Michigan who guides the students through a series of hypothetical problems that highlight the importance of ethics, professionalism, and civility in the practice of law.
The featured guest was Judge David Law of the 52nd District Court. Before administering the WMU-Cooley Honor Code, Law spoke to students about ethical boundaries with clients.
Law stated, “You should fiercely advocate for your clients, but never cross the line into unethical conduct or jeopardize your integrity.”
Additionally, local attorneys and judges, including Larry Nolan, WMU-Cooley graduate and chair of the WMU-Cooley board of directors, led small group discussions about professional conduct and ethical dilemmas students may face during their careers.
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.