Michigan Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter Speaks at WMU-Cooley Graduation

Kevin Cotter, Michigan’s Speaker of the House, and Don LeDuc, WMU-Cooley Law School president

Pictured (left-right) WMU-Cooley Law School’s graduation keynote speaker Kevin Cotter, Michigan’s Speaker of the House; and Don LeDuc, WMU-Cooley Law School president.

On May 22, the Michigan campuses of WMU-Cooley Law School hosted a commencement ceremony at Michigan State University’s Auditorium in East Lansing, Michigan.

Graduate Theodore Wallace presented the graduation valedictory remarks. In the speech, he shared how his family, classmates, and professors challenged him to work hard and achieve the goal of graduating law school.

“What I learned at WMU-Cooley Law School is that the people who surround you, affect you,” said Wallace. “These people supported you from the days of the Model Penal Code all the way to the electives. They have made sacrifices for us and we owe it do them to pass the bar.” 

The keynote was presented by Michigan’s Speaker of the House, Kevin Cotter. Cotter spoke about his experience graduating 10 years ago from WMU-Cooley Law School.

“Even though I didn’t know what I would end up making of it, I couldn’t be happier with my education and every experience I had here at Cooley,” said Cotter. “The opportunities I had to grow and challenge myself set the stage for everything that has come after.”

Each class at WMU-Cooley bears the name of a distinguished member of the legal profession. The spring 2016 class is named after Charles Evan Hughes. Hughes served as the U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice from 1930-1941.

The WMU-Cooley Law School Michigan campuses are located in Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Auburn Hills.

Theodore Wallace

Graduate Theodore Wallace presented the graduation valedictory remarks at WMU-Cooley Law School’s Michigan campus graduation.


Don LeDuc, Zakiyyah Jackson-Bey

Pictured (left-right) Don LeDuc, WMU Cooley Law School president, presents Zakiyyah Jackson-Bey, with her diploma.


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.



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