Judges and Attorneys Greet and Guide New Students at Orientation
On Sept. 1, WMU-Cooley Law School’s Auburn Hills campus held the “Professionalism in Action” orientation for first-year law students. 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.
During the Professionalism in Action orientation, State Bar of Michigan Secretary Jennifer Greico, provided welcome remarks to the law school’s new students. Judge Jeffery Matis, Oakland County Circuit Court, administered the WMU-Cooley Honor Code and spoke about ethical boundaries with clients.
Additionally, 17 local attorneys and judges, including Hon. James Alexander, Oakland County Circuit Court; Hon. Lisa Asadoorian, 52-4 District Court; Hon. Edward Ewell, Third Judicial Circuit Court; Hon. Joseph Farah, Seventh Judicial Circuit Court; and John Wojcik; general counsel of the Michigan National Guard, 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.