Alumni Events and Networking Receptions

Alumni Events and Networking Receptions

Alumni Events 

WMU-Cooley alumni gather nationwide at alumni networking events each year. To be safe, all in-person alumni events are postponed until further notice. We are planning virtual alumni events around the country. See below for more information. If you are interested in hosting an event in your region, let us know! Contact the Alumni Office at [email protected] or at 517-371-5140 ext. 2045 with any questions. 

COME TO OUR EVENTS 
 

"Cheers to Us" FUNdraiser - Wine Down this Fall 

September 16 at 5:30 p.m. Eastern

Join President and Dean James McGrath, Senior Vice President Paul Zelenski, and your fellow alumni as we raise a glass to wine down this fall.  Bring your favorite glass of wine and compare notes as we celebrate the new season.  Tickets are $250 per household and the first ten people to purchase a ticket to this virtual event will receive a pair of vintage Cooley logo wine glasses.

Date: September 16, 2021 
Time: 5:30 p.m. Eastern time
Webex - Virtual Event - Link will be sent by email.
Cost:  $250 per household
(A pair of vintage Cooley logo wine glasses will be sent to the first 10 ticket holders!)

 


Class Reunions - Fall, 2021
The alumni association is planning to hold class reunions for the classes of 2011, 1996, and 1981 this fall.  If you would like to get involved with the planning of these events, contact the Alumni Office.
 


United States Supreme Court Bar Admission in Washington, DC - March 29, 2022
 The Alumni Association Major Events committee is planning our next bar admission ceremony at the US Supreme Court in March, 2022.  We will hold an in-person alumni networking reception in Washington, D.C. the evening before this event.  Stay tuned here for more details. 


Previous Events in 2021

Virtual Regional Alumni Networking Event

Florida Virtual Alumni Networking Event -
Tuesday, July 13, 2021 - 5 p.m. Eastern Time
Hosted by Bradley Merritt (Kavanagh Class, 2008), Alumni Association Secretary

Michigan Virtual Alumni Networking Event
Tuesday, June 22, 2021 - 5 p.m. Eastern Time
Hosted by Susanne Harris (Carpenter Class, 1993), Alumni Association Vice President and Steven Heisler (Iredell Class, 2001)

Michigan Bar Admission Ceremony
May 25, 2021 - 5:00 p.m. 
Michigan February bar passers were sworn in during a virtual group admission ceremony on May 25 at 5:00 pm.  Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, 30th Circuit Court in Ingham County presided at this virtual Swearing In Ceremony. 

Southwest Region Event - Texas hosts - April 20, 2021
Virtual Alumni Networking Event 
Hosted by Ashlee Olson (Chipman Class, 2011) and William Cox (Witherell Class, 1990).

texas alumni

DC and Southeast Region Event - DC area hosts - March 30, 2021
Virtual Alumni Networking Event - 5 pm Eastern Time
Hosted by Denise Sylvester (Sharpe Class, 2008) and Ted Knight (McAlvay Class, 1984).

DC alumni event

Midwest Region Event - OH and IN hosts - February 23, 2021
Virtual Alumni Networking Event - 5 pm Eastern Time
Hosted by Alumni Association President Kirstyn Wildey (Hughes Class, 2016) 

Alumni Event


Previous Events in 2020 
 

Alumni Association Annual Meeting - November 19, 2020
Virtual Meeting 5:00 p.m Eastern Time 
Alumni President Kirstyn Wildey

Kirstyn Wildey

East Coast - Philadelphia hosts - October 27, 2020
Virtual Alumni Reception 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Hosted by Patrick Griffin (Riley Class, 2009) and Charles Hickman (Curtis Class, 2019) 

East Coast Alumni

Chicago, IL - Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Virtual Alumni Reception 4:00 p.m. Central Time
Hosted by Jamie Leavitt Vamvakas (Johnson Class, 2002) and John Nocita (Turner Class, 1991)

Chicago event

Reunion - Classes of 1980 -  September 16, 2020
Virtual Class Reunion 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Hosted by Kenneth Kaplan (Potter Class, 1980) 

1980 Reunion

West Coast - Phoenix hosts - Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Virtual Alumni Reception 5:30 p.m. MST
Hosted by Jeremy Goodman (Fitzgerald Class, 2006) and Matt Fendon (Adams Class, 2008) 

West Coast event

Atlanta, GA - Tuesday, August 4, 2020 
Virtual Alumni Reception 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. 
Hosted by Ken Kaplan (Potter Class, 1980)

Ken Kaplan

Michigan - Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Virtual Alumni Reception 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Hosted by Karen Poole (Witherell Class, 1990), Alumni Association President

Michigan Virtual Alumni Event

Tampa, FL - Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Virtual Alumni Reception 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. 
Hosts Elizabeth (Hughes Class, 2016) & Bryan (Taft Class, 2016) Devolder 

Tampa Virtual Alumni Event

Previous Events in 2019

Thursday, November 21, 2019 - Lansing, MI
Meet President and Dean James McGrath 

Alumni Association Annual Meeting (5:00 p.m.) & Alumni Reception (6:00 - 7:30 p.m.) 

Friday, October 25, 2019 - Fort Wayne, IN
Alumni Networking Luncheon - 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - Indianapolis, IN 
Alumni Networking Reception - 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Friday, October 18, 2019 - Atlanta, GA 
Alumni Networking Reception - 7:00 - 8:30 p.m

Saturday, October 5, 2019 - Houston, TX
Alumni Networking Reception - 4:30 - 6 p.m.

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - Dallas, TX
Alumni Networking Reception - 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - Fort Worth, TX
Alumni Networking Reception - 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - Chicago, IL
Alumni Networking Reception - 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Monday, September 9, 2019 - Austin, TX
Alumni Networking Reception - 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - Seattle, WA
Alumni Networking Luncheon - 11:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - Saginaw, MI
Alumni Networking Event.- 5 - 7 p.m.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - Cheboygan, MI
Alumni Networking Luncheon - 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Monday, August 19, 2019 - Petoskey, MI
Alumni Networking Luncheon - 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - Marshall, MI
Alumni Networking Luncheon - 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - Flint, MI
Alumni Networking Luncheon - 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - Toronto, ON
Alumni Reception  5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - Brighton, MI
Alumni Reception 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - Grand Rapids, MI
Happy Hour and Networking - 5:00 - 7:00 p.m

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - Louisville, KY
Alumni Reception - 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - Ann Arbor, MI
Alumni Reception - 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - Culver City, CA
Alumni Luncheon - 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - New York City, NY
Alumni Reception - 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - Philadelphia, PA
Cocktails and Guided Tour - 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Historic Union League Club of Philadelphia

Monday, March 18, 2019 - Washington, DC
Alumni Reception - 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. 

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - Riverview, FL
Alumni Reception - 5:30 - 7:30 
WMU-Cooley Law School Tampa Campus

Monday, February 25, 2019 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Alumni Luncheon - 11:30 - 1:00 pm.

Monday, February 25, 2019 - West Palm Beach, FL
Alumni Reception - 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Monday, February 18, 2019 - Atlanta, GA
Alumni Reception - 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Previous Events in 2018

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - Lansing, MI
Toasting the Artwork of Gordon Boardman - 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - Lansing, MI
Alumni Association Mix & Mingle - 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 1 - Dallas, TX
Alumni Reception - 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Monday, October 15 - Columbia, SC
Alumni Reception - 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m

Thursday, October 11 - Indianapolis, IN  
Alumni Reception - 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 27 - Grand Rapids, MI
Alumni Reception at the State Bar of Michigan annual meeting - 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 13 - Chicago, IL
Alumni Reception - 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, August 28 - Marshall, MI
Alumni Reception - 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, August 23 - Greektown, Detroit, MI
Alumni Reception - 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, August 9 - Flint, MI
Alumni Reception - 5:30 - 7:30 p.m

Wednesday, July 18 - Tampa, FL
Alumni Reception - 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 14, 2018 - Orlando, FL
Alumni Reception at Florida Bar Association Meeting - 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - Brighton, MI
Alumni Reception - 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 24, 2018 - Toledo, OH
Alumni Reception - 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - Cleveland, OH
Alumni Reception - 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Friday, April 13 - Lansing, MI 
Alumni Reception - 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 1, 2018 - New York, NY
Alumni Reception - 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - Philadelphia, PA
5:30-7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - Washington, DC
5:30-7:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 15, 2018 - Grand Rapids, MI
5-7 p.m.
WMU-Cooley Law School Campus

 

Previous Events in 2017

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - Miami, FL
5:30-7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, November 14, 2017 - West Palm Beach, FL
5:30-7:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 9, 2017 - Lansing, MI
6:00-7:30 PM
R.E.Olds Transportation Museum

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - Kalamazoo, MI
Alumni Pre-Lecture Reception-6:00 p.m.
WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine Lobby Entry

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - Dallas, TX
5:30-7:30 PM

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - Indianapolis, IN
5:30-7:30 PM

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - Detroit, MI
Alumni Reception - 5:00-6:30 PM 
State Bar of Michigan Convention,Cobo Center

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - Chicago, IL
Chicago White Sox vs. Cleveland at Guaranteed Rate Field-Private Suite
7:05 PM game

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - Marshall, MI
5:30-7:30 PM

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - Flint, MI
5:30-7:30 PM

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - Boca Raton, FL
6:30-7:30 PM

28th Annual Endowed Scholarship Golf Classic
Monday, June 19, 2017
Country Club of Lansing

Friday, June 2, 2017 - Buffalo, NY
5:30-7:30 PM

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - Toronto, Ontario
5:30-7:30 PM

Michigan Group Bar Admission Ceremony
May 23, 2017, 5:30 pm

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - Grand Rapids, MI
5:30-7:30 PM

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - Brighton, MI
5:30-7:30 PM

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - Philadelphia, PA
5:30-7:30 PM

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - New York, NY
6:00-9:00 PM

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - Washington, DC
5:30-7:30 PM

Howard Soifer Memorial Lecture Series in Sports and Entertainment Law
Friday, February 17, 2017, Noon

Tampa, FL - Thursday, February 16, 2017
5:30-7:30 PM

Phoenix, AZ - Thursday, January 19, 2017
5:30-7:30 PM

Previous Events in 2016

Saturday, December 31, 2016 - Dallas, TX
Celebrating Western Michigan University at the Cotton Bowl!

Thursday, December 1, 2016 - Los Angeles, CA
5:30-7:30 PM

Thursday, November 10, 2016 - Lansing, MI
5 PM - Alumni Association Annual Meeting at Cooley Center

Thursday, November 10, 2016 - Naples, FL
5:30-7:30 PM

Michigan Bar Admission Ceremony
Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, 5:30 pm

Thursday, October 27 - Traverse City, MI
5:30-7:30 PM

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - Petoskey, MI
5:30-7:30 PM

Thursday, October 13, 2016 - Indianapolis, IN
5:30-7:30 PM

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - Ft. Wayne, IN
5:30-7:30 PM

Thursday, September 29, 2016 - Chicago, IL
5:30-7:30 PM

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - Tampa, FL
5:30-7:30 PM

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - Grand Rapids, MI
4:30-6:00 PM

Thursday, September 15, 2016 - Detroit/Greektown, MI
5:30-7:30 PM

Thursday, July 14, 2016 - Flint, MI
5:30-7:30 PM

Thursday, June 9, 2016 - Brighton, MI
5:30-7:30 PM

Friday, June 3, 2016 - Toronto, ON
5:00-7:00 PM, Reception and Krinock Lecture

Thursday, May 26, 2016 - Long Island City, NY
6-8 PM

Thursday, May 26, 2016 - Suburban Chicago/Rosemont, IL
5:30-7:30 PM

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - Bar Admission Ceremony

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - Atlanta, GA
5:30-7:30 PM

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - Grand Rapids, MI
5:30-7:30 PM

Thursday, April 21, 2016 - Dallas, TX
5:30-7:30 PM

Thursday, April 21, 2016 - Tampa, FL
5:30-7:30

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - West Palm Beach, FL
5:30-7:30 PM

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - Miami, FL
5:30-7:30 PM

Thursday, March 3, 2016 - New York, NY
6:00-9:00 PM

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - Philadelphia, PA
5:30-7:30 PM

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - Washington DC
5:30-7:30 PM

Thursday, February 18, 2016 - Lansing, MI
5:30-7:30 PM

Thursday, January 28, 2016 - Phoenix, AZ
5:30-7:30 PM

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