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Cooley Law School 50-year Reunion

Cooley Law School 50-year Reunion

Believe it or not, it has been 50 years since the first students enrolled at Thomas M. Cooley Law School. We would like to commemorate this milestone with a special 50-year class reunion for members of the Cooley, Campbell, and Fletcher Classes.

Join us June 16-17, 2023 as we take a walk down memory lane and celebrate the incredible moments, people, and achievements from the first 50 years of Cooley Law School. 

Reunion Schedule

Friday, June 16

  • 7:00 p.m. Reception with the Dean

Please join President and Dean James McGrath along with several distinguished professors emeritus for relaxing evening reception at the Cooley Center to kick off the 50th Anniversary Reunion and Gala weekend.

Saturday, June 17

  • 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast – Cooley Center Lobby
  • 9:30 a.m. Back to Class, Cooley Center, 308

Relive your Contracts I and Equity and Remedies class experiences with Distinguished Professor Emeritus Otto Stockmeyer. This special “first class” experience will feature an analysis of Sherwood v. Walker, Michigan’s infamous “pregnant cow” case. Don’t worry, Professor Stockmeyer assures us he will not employ the Socratic method!

  • 10:30 a.m. Champagne Art & Building Tour, Begins in the Lobby

Distinguished Professor Emeritus Bill Weiner will serve as your docent for this tour through the Cooley Center spotlighting some of the incredible artwork acquired in the Art at Cooley Collection over the past 50 years, including several pieces from Cooley graduate Gordon Boardman (1978, Marston Class).

  • 11:30 a.m. Lunch with the Board – Cooley Center, Lobby
  • 1:00 p.m. Cooley Archives Exhibit – Cooley Archives, 402

Enjoy a trip down memory lane perusing photos, materials, and documents from the school’s initial years contained in the Cooley Law School archives housed within the Brennan Law Library.

  • 2:00 p.m. Cooley Then and Now – Cooley Center Lobby

Your opportunity to visit with current Cooley students. Share some of your favorite memories and hear about what it is like to be a law student in 2023. Hosted by the Student Bar Association.

  • 3:00 p.m. Explore the Cooley Center including Class Composites & 6th Floor Music Gallery

You are welcome to use this time as you wish, but we invite you to visit the 3rd floor to see the class composites from all 142 of the school’s graduating classes and to visit the 6th floor to take in an incredible collection of music memorabilia from Distinguished Professor Emeritus Joe Kimble’s personal collection. 

  • 5:30 p.m. 50th Anniversary Gala – Marriott East Lansing at University Place


You have the option of attending the full reunion or attending just the 50th Anniversary Gala, see ticket options below.

Reunion & Gala

  • $150 per person or $225 per couple (Gala only)
  • $100 per person or $175 per couple

Registration has now closed for the Gala and Reunion. Please contact the Alumni Relations Office with your questions at [email protected].

Overnight Accommodations

A special group rate is available June 16-18, 2023 for hotel rooms at the Marriott. Visit HERE or call 888-236-2427 and reference Cooley Law School Gala when making your reservation.