Professor Brendan Beery Receives Beattie Teaching Award
Professor Brendan Beery of WMU-Cooley Law School’s Tampa Bay campus was recently honored with the Stanley E. Beattie Teaching Award. The award is given to a member of the law school’s faculty who made the greatest contribution to the legal education of the most recent class of graduates. Students from WMU-Cooley’s Tampa Bay campus and three Michigan campuses collectively chose to honor Beery.
“I’m passionate about making sure my students receive an excellent, hands-on learning experience and achieve success in the legal profession,” said Beery. “I’m honored to be selected by our graduates.”
At WMU-Cooley, Beery teaches courses in Constitutional Law. Before joining the law school, he was in private practice, focusing on civil matters involving constitutional issues, property, contracts, medical malpractice, and municipal and public school law. He also handled criminal cases and served as co-counsel for the defendant in a murder case and specialized in appellate practice. Beery received his undergraduate degree from Bradley University and his law degree from WMU-Cooley Law School.
“Professor Beery’s dedication to teaching law school students is demonstrated every day through the enthusiasm and compassion he shows his students, both in, and out of the classroom,” said Ron Sutton, associate dean at WMU-Cooley’s Tampa Bay campus. “He is a most deserving recipient for the Beattie Teaching Award.”
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.