State Bar of Michigan president Lawrence Nolan presents keynote address at WMU-Cooley Law School Graduation

Lawrence Nolan

Lawrence Nolan, State Bar of Michigan president, speaks to WMU-Cooley graduates during the law school’s recent commencement.

On Sunday, Sept. 25, WMU-Cooley Law School held commencement ceremonies for graduates from the law school’s Michigan campuses at the Wharton Center for the Performing Arts in East Lansing, Michigan. The keynote was presented by Larry Nolan, president, State Bar of Michigan. Graduate Khadija Swims presented the valedictory remarks.

Nolan, who earned his bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University and his law degree from WMU-Cooley Law School, spoke about the joys in obtaining a law degree and the importance of adapting to change. 

“The joy of being a lawyer is that the journey really never ends. It continues to change along the way,” said Nolan. “Adaptability is the key to survival. The wonderful beauty of law school is change. You will always be challenged to think.”

Khadija Swims, from the Lansing campus, was selected by her fellow classmates to give the valedictory remarks. She told the graduating class they have everything needed to be excellent attorneys and there is much work to be done for those individuals they will serve.

“We are in the midst of an important time in American history. We have the power to impact this nation’s future through the work that we do or don’t do,” said Swims. “Take pride in the profession. Remember why you chose this path and use your skills and knowledge to do good and advocate for justice and change in the world.”

Each class at WMU-Cooley bears the name of a distinguished member of the legal profession. The September 2016 graduating class was named after Harlan Fiske Stone. Stone served as the associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1925 and then became the chief justice of the United States in 1941.

Khadija Swims

Khadija Swims presents the valedictory remarks during commencement ceremonies for graduates from WMU-Cooley Law School’s Michigan campuses.

Christina Pettway

Christina Pettway receives her diploma from President and Dean Don LeDuc.

Lawrence Nolan and Don LeDuc

Pictured (left-right) Lawrence Nolan, State Bar of Michigan President and WMU-Cooley graduate, and Don LeDuc, WMU-Cooley Law School president and dean. Nolan provided the keynote for WMU-Cooley’s graduation ceremony on Sept. 25.


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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