New staff attorney named for Access to Justice Clinic
Aaron Cook has been named staff attorney for WMU-Cooley Law School’s Access to Justice Clinic. The clinic, which is housed at the law school’s Grand Rapids campus, provides legal representation to those seeking to expunge their criminal convictions or remove their names from the Department of Health and Human Services central registry. The clinic also seeks to educate the public about issues facing ex-offenders as they seek successful reentry into society. Cook will supervise law students in their representation of Kent County citizens seeking to expunge their criminal history.
Cook already serves as the associate editor of WMU-Cooley Homeland and National Security Law Review, and he will continue to instruct law students on proper citing and editing techniques in legal writing. Cook also teaches the Scholarly Writing Class at WMU-Cooley’s Grand Rapid’s campus. In 2015, he co-authored the article, “Other than Honorable Military Discharge,” which was published in the Michigan Bar Journal.
Cook is licensed to practice law in Michigan and has practiced at the Vincent Legal Group, PLCC, and the Berrien Country Trial Court. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Western Michigan University (WMU) after serving in the U.S. Army as a sergeant and infantry reconnaissance team leader. He received his J.D. at WMU-Cooley’s Grand Rapids campus and is enrolled at WMU-Cooley in Grand Rapids to complete his Master of Laws in Taxation.
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.