Cooley Law School Opens in Lansing
A group of lawyers and judges, led by then-Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court Thomas E. Brennan, founded the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. They named the school for Thomas McIntyre Cooley, a legal scholar and practicing attorney of the 19th century.
« Cooley Law School officers and directors (seated, left to right) Ingham County Circuit Judge Jack W. Warren, treasurer; Michigan Supreme Court Justice Thomas E. Brennan, founder, president and acting dean; Michigan Appeals Court Chief Judge Pro Tem John W. Fitzgerald, vice president, and Lansing attorney Louis A. Smith, treasurer. Standing (left to right) Robert A. Fisher, senior vice president, Michigan National Bank; East Lansing attorney John L. Coté, Detroit attorney J. Bruce Donaldson, Petsokey attorney Phillip Marco, chairman of the school's Founders' Society, and Russel A. Swaney, president, Economic Club of Detroit.
« Cooley Law School's founder and President, Supreme Court Justice Thomas E. Brennan (left) with great-great grandson of Michigan Supreme Court Justice Thomas McIntyre Cooley (right).
« Cooley Law School's faculty members (left to right) Lansing Attorney George V. Warren, torts instructor; Appeals Court Chief Judge Pro Tem John W. Fitzgerald, real property; Lansing attorney Donald P. Ubell, civil procedure, and Ingham County Circuit Judge Donald L. Reisig, crimes.