Judge Nazaretian Speaks to Incoming WMU-Cooley Law Students about Professionalism

first-year law students take the honor code

WMU-Cooley Law School’s first-year law students take the honor code during the January orientation.

Judge Nick Nazaretian, Hillsborough County 13th Judicial Court, spoke to first-year law students during the Professionalism in Action orientation at WMU-Cooley Law School’s Tampa Bay campus on Jan. 4. Each incoming class participates in the program and is welcomed by an experienced local attorney or judge who guides the students through a series of hypothetical problems that highlight the importance of ethics, professionalism, and civility in the practice of law.

Nazaretian talked with students about various work ethics and ethical boundaries with clients that attorneys face.

“Do the best you can while in law school and remember to judge decisions based on what you do when no one is watching,” said Nazaretian. “It’s not what you do in life; it’s what you do next. I encourage you to visit me in three to five years to be sworn into the bar.”

Nazaretian was appointed by former Gov. Jeb Bush as a county court judge in 2001 and in 2011 by Gov. Rick Scott to the circuit bench. He earned his bachelor's degree in both marketing and criminal justice from the University of South Florida and his juris doctor from Nova Southeastern University Law Center.

Judge Nick Nazaretian

Judge Nick Nazaretian, Hillsborough County 13th Judicial Court, spoke to WMU-Cooley Law School’s first-year students during January orientation.

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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