Nationally Recognized Ethics and Professionalism

Nationally Recognized ETHICS AND Professionalism

WMU-Cooley is proud to announce the awards, appointments, and recognition given to our people and programs for ethics, professionalism, and community service.

2018

Associate Dean James D. Robb
Elected chairperson of the city of Birmingham Michigan Board of Ethics

2016

Associate Dean James D. Robb
Master of the Detroit Bar Association Inn of Court

2014

Assistant Director Amy Bandow
Board of Directors and Co-Chair of Mentoring Committee, Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers
Training Opportunities Liaison and Chair of 2014 National Celebrate Pro Bono Week, Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee
Member, Diversity and Community Services Committees, Hillsborough County Bar Association
Member, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, The Florida Bar
Member, Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Professionalism Committee

Assistant Dean Tracey Brame
Named, one of Michigan Lawyers Weekly Women in the Law

Associate Dean Amy Timmer
Member, ABA Standing Committee on Professionalism
Judge, American Lawyers Alliance Law-Related Education Middle School Teacher of the Year.

Associate Dean Joan Vestrand
Co-Chair, Law School Initiatives Committee, Detroit Federal Bar Association
Adviser Member, State Bar of Michigan Standing Committee on Character & Fitness
Washtenaw County Hearing Panel Member, Michigan Attorney Discipline Board
Member, Executive Committee, Eastern Leaders Group
Member, Advisory Committee, Washtenaw County Peacemaking Court
Earned Certification in Native American Peacemaking
2014 Michigan Lawyers Weekly Leader in the Law

2013

Assistant Director Amy Bandow
Board of Directors and Co-Chair of Diversity Committee, Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers
Training Opportunities Liaison, Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee
Member, Diversity and Community Services Committees, Hillsborough County Bar Association

Associate Dean Amy Timmer
State Bar of Michigan District E Character and Fitness Committee Member

Associate Dean Joan Vestrand
Co-Chair, Law School Initiatives Committee, Detroit Federal Bar Association
Advisor Member, State Bar of Michigan Standing Committee on Character & Fitness
Washtenaw County Hearing Panel Member, Michigan Attorney Discipline Board
Member, Executive Committee, Eastern Leaders Group
Vice-Chancellor, Washtenaw County American Inns of Court
Member, Advisory Committee, Washtenaw County Peacemaking Court
2013 Leadership Award, Eastern Leaders Group

2012

Assistant Director Amy Bandow
Board of Directors and Co-Chair of Diversity Committee, Hillsborough County Association for Women Lawyers

Associate Dean Michael McDaniel
Chair, Great Lakes Hazard Coalition
Member, Cooley Professionalism Advisory Committee

Professor Monica Nuckolls
Chair, State Bar of Michigan Law Related Education Subcommittee
Member, Board of Directors, Michigan Center for Civic Education
Fellow, Oakland County Bar Association

Professor David Tarrien
Secretary, Board of Governors for the Dyslexia Center of West Michigan

Associate Dean Amy Timmer
National Legal Mentoring Consortium, founding member, Vice Chair, and Best Practices Committee Chair.
State Bar of Michigan Pro Bono Initiative’s Pro Bono Month Working Group, non-PBI Participant.
Named one of Michigan Lawyers Weekly 2012 Women in the Law.
Thomas M. Cooley Chapter, American Inns of Court Member and Board Member.
ABA Center for Professional Responsibility Member.
Fellow, Michigan State Bar Foundation.
Panelist and past Chair, Ingham County Hearing Panel, Michigan Attorney Discipline Board.
Member, State Bar of Michigan Special Committee on Grievance

Associate Dean Joan Vestrand
Co-Chair, Law School Initiatives Committee, Detroit Federal Bar Association
Advisor Member, State Bar of Michigan Standing Committee on Character & Fitness
Washtenaw County Hearing Panel Member, Michigan Attorney Discipline Board
Member, Executive Committee, Eastern Leaders Group
Vice-Chancellor, Washtenaw County American Inns of Court

Professor Victoria Vuletich
Chairperson, American Bar Association Center for Professional Responsibility CLE Committee

Distinguished Professor Emerita Nancy Wonch
President, Thomas M. Cooley Chapter, American Inns of Court
Chair, State Bar of Michigan District E Character and Fitness Committee
Hearing Panelist, State Bar of Michigan Attorney Disciplinary Board
Case Evaluator, Eaton and Ingham Counties
Founder, Cooley Peer Mediation Partnership

2011

Professor Victoria Vuletich
Chairperson, ABA Center for Professional Responsibility Continuing Legal Education Committee.

2010

Assistant Dean Martha Moore
Most Distinguished Mark of Excellence Award," Detroit Renaissance Alumni Chapter of Alabama A&M University of Alumni Association

Distinguished Professor Emerita Nancy Wonch
Recipient, MSU Award for Excellence in Education.

2009

Assistant Dean Tracey Brame
President, Board of Camp Blodgett
Faculty Appreciation Award, Black Law Students Association
Board of Directors, Grand Rapids Bar Association

Associate Dean Nelson Miller
Certificate of Appreciation, Dégagé Ministries

Assistant Dean Martha Moore
Vice Chair, Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission
Recipient, Equal Access to Justice Award, Auburn Hills Phi Alpha Delta, BLSA, and Christian Legal Society
Most inspirational and approachable professor by Auburn Hills campus students for four years
Vice Chair, Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission (AGC) by the Michigan Supreme Court

Professor Florise Neville-Ewell
Member, Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion

Associate Dean James D. Robb
Life Fellow, Oakland County Bar Foundation

Associate Dean Amy Timmer
Fellow and presenter, annual workshop of the National Institute for Teaching Ethics and Professionalism, co-sponsored by the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Professionalism
Admitted. to practice in the United States Supreme Court

Associate Dean Joan Vestrand
Co-Chair, Law School Initiatives Committee of the Detroit Federal Bar Association
Member, Washtenaw County Women Leaders
Advisory member, State Bar of Michigan's Special Committee on Character & Fitness
Hearing Panelist, Michigan Attorney Discipline Board

Distinguished Professor Emerita Nancy Wonch
Chair, District E Character and Fitness Committee of the State Bar of Michigan.
Rotary World Peace Fellowship to study in Thailand for three months (only 50 are awarded internationally for 12 sites around the world)
Member, Lansing Schools Superintendent's school-consolidation task force

2008

Associate Dean Nelson Miller
State Bar's Under-Represented Lawyers Workgroup
State Bar of Michigan's Representative Assembly
State Bar of Michigan's Equal Access Initiative
Board of Directors President, Legal Assistance Center in Grand Rapids
State Bar of Michigan Criminal Issues Initiative

Assistant Dean Martha Moore
Secretary, Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission
Board of Directors of the D. Augustus Straker Bar Foundation
State Bar of Michigan District Character and Fitness Committees
Member, State Bar of Michigan Civil Procedure and Courts Committee

Associate Dean James D. Robb
Corporate Leader in the Law, Michigan Lawyer's Weekly
Trustee of the Detroit Bar Association Foundation
Life Fellow of the Detroit Bar Association Foundation

Associate Dean Amy Timmer
State Bar of Michigan's District Character and Fitness Committees
Hearing panelist, Michigan Supreme Court's Attorney Discipline Board

Associate Dean Joan Vestrand
State Bar of Michigan Champion of Justice Award
Member, Oakland County Bar Association's Youth Law Committee, and Vice Chair, Professionalism Committee
Co-chair, Collaborative for a Certainty of Opportunity for Pontiac Youth
Member, State Bar Annual Meeting Committee

Professor Victoria Vuletich
Chairperson, ABA Center for Professional Responsibility Continuing Legal Education Committee

Distinguished Professor Emerita Cynthia Ward
Fellow, Michigan State Bar Foundation

Distinguished Professor Emerita Nancy Wonch
President of Lansing's Advent House Board of Directors
State Bar of Michigan's District Character and Fitness Committees
Beekman Therapeutic Riding Program Advisory Board
Chairperson, Lansing Education Advancement Foundation. 

2007

WMU-Cooley Law School
President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for helping to build a culture of service and civic engagement in our nation.

Associate Dean Nelson Miller
Great Deeds Award from the Center for Ethics, Service, and Professionalism
Appointed, State Bar of Michigan's Criminal Issues Initiative

Assistant Dean Martha Moore
Secretary of the Michigan Supreme Court's Attorney Grievance Commission
Great Deeds Award from the Center for Ethics, Service, and Professionalism

Associate Dean Amy Timmer
Reappointed, State Bar of Michigan District E Character and Fitness Committee

Associate Dean Joan Vestrand, recipient, Oakland County Bar Association's Francis R. Avendenka Award
Center for Ethics, Service, and Professionalism's Great Deeds Award

Distinguished Professor Emerita Cynthia Ward
Reappointed, State Bar of Michigan District E Character and Fitness Committee
Member, City of Lansing Parks Board

Distinguished Professor Emerita Nancy Wonch
Member, Superintendent Transitional Team for the incoming Lansing School District Superintendent.

2006

WMU-Cooley's Professionalism Program
E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Award from the American Bar Association. The ABA noted in its award that WMU-Cooley was chosen for the "outstanding achievement in the design and implementation of a model professionalism program." 

Assistant Dean Martha Moore
Member, Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission

Associate Dean James D. Robb,
Life Fellow of the Michigan State Bar Foundation

Associate Dean Joan Vestrand
Finalist, 2006 National Award for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching Professionalism, co-sponsored by the ABA Standing Committee on Professionalism and the Conference of Chief Justices
Chair, State Bar Grievance Committee
Ethics and law practice management liaison between the State Bar Representative Assembly and the State Bar's Practice Management Resource Center
Liaison, between the State Bar Law Practice Management Section Council and the Practice Management Resource Center

Distinguished Professor Emerita Nancy Wonch
Nancy Klein Award from the State Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
Urban Excellence Committee for the Lansing School District.

2005

Associate Dean Nelson Miller
The John W. Cummiskey Pro Bono AwardState Bar of Michigan.

2003

Associate Dean James D. Robb
Inaugural member of the city of Birmingham Michigan Board of Ethics

1997

Associate Dean James D. Robb
Distinguished Service Award from the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association

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