Judge Jim Jamo Celebrates Constitution Day at Lansing Campus
On Oct. 4, WMU-Cooley Law School’s Lansing campus held a Constitution Day luncheon to discuss the practical application of Constitutional issues. The featured speaker was Hon. Jim Jamo, Ingham County Circuit Court.
More than 40 WMU-Cooley students, faculty, and staff attended the event as Jamo spoke about the Constitution’s Fifth, Sixth, and Fourteenth amendments as they related to cases that he has encountered during his career. Jamo described a case where a criminal defendant attempted to harm the assistant prosecutor at the sentencing, which resulted in the criminal defendant’s absence in the following court hearing.
The defendant “waived his right to be present and threatened to attempt to harm court officials again if he was present,” said Jamo. “The issue that presented itself was whether or not sentencing is a critical stage of a criminal proceeding at which a defendant has a constitutional right to be present in court.”
Jamo was elected to the Ingham County Circuit Court in 2012 after practicing at Grua, Jamo & Young. Jamo received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and his law degree from WMU-Cooley Law School.
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.