Legal professionals discuss the Practice of Criminal law with Students
The Criminal Law Society at WMU-Cooley Law School recently hosted the panel discussion "War Stories: The Dos and Don'ts of Criminal Practice." Panelists included Wayne County assistant prosecutors Jerry Dorsey and David McCreedy, State Appellate Defender Valerie Newman, and Oakland County defense attorney Robyn Frankel. The attorneys shared their experiences in criminal practice and offered practical, valuable advice that each student can apply in practice.
During the event, Newman said an attorney cannot learn the complete details about a case from a file and it is important to meet with the client because he or she can offer information not available anywhere else.
“It is also especially important to discuss your case with the client before attempting to make any plea agreements with the prosecutor,” said Newman. “An attorney should do their due diligence and follow up on information that the client provides, no matter how unrealistic it may seem.”
Following the presentations, Mayrel Narvaez, a member of WMU-Cooley’s Criminal Law Society, shared her take-away with the group in attendance. “Never pick a side — there is not a good and a bad side. Your sole purpose is to seek justice. A good attorney should be able to identify with sides, prosecutor and defense attorney. Let the evidence lead you and don’t make conclusions.
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.