Professor Swanson Receives Beattie Teaching Award
Professor Stevie Swanson 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 Swanson.
“I am truly honored to receive the Beattie Award,” said Swanson. “It means so much to me to be selected by our graduates.”
At WMU-Cooley, Swanson teaches Property I, Property II, and Secured Transactions. She co-created and teaches an elective course called Slavery and Human Trafficking. Before joining the teaching ranks at WMU-Cooley in 2006, she served as director of legal services and policy for Community Legal Resources in Detroit, Michigan. From 2002-2005, she served as a visiting assistant professor and transactional attorney for the Urban Communities Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School. Swanson earned her bachelor’s degree from Yale and Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan.
“Professor Swanson’s dedication to teaching law school students is demonstrated every day through the enthusiasm and compassion she shows her students, both in, and out of the classroom,” said Jeff Martlew, associate dean at WMU-Cooley’s Tampa Bay campus. “She is a most deserving recipient for the Beattie Teaching Award.”
About Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School: WMU-Cooley Law School resulted from the 2014 affiliation that combined WMU's status as 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 of Colleges and Schools. 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 WMU-Cooley Law School operate as independent institutions with their own governance structure and separate fiduciary responsibilities.