WMU-Cooley Law School Holds Honors Convocation
On July 13, more than 100 students, faculty, staff, and guests gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of WMU-Cooley Tampa Bay students at an Honors Convocation. Students were recognized for various achievements such as making the Dean’s List, Honor Roll, and earning Certificates of Merit.
WMU-Cooley alumna Lauren Frieder, who practices law at Christopher N. Ligori & Associates in Tampa, Florida, spoke at the ceremony. Frieder shared her journey from law student to practitioner and encouraged the students to work hard and push themselves through adversity.
Robert Johnson, president of the Student Bar Association, also spoke at the event. He thanked Jeff Martlew, WMU-Cooley Law School’s Tampa Bay campus associate dean, for his continued commitment to the law school and to helping students achieve success.
The ceremony concluded with the presentation of the WMU-Cooley Leadership Achievement Award to WMU-Cooley Law School student, Brenda Ayala. The award acknowledges a student who has consistently, comprehensively, and effectively provided leadership in a variety of capacities.
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.