WMU-Cooley Grand Rapids Campus to Host Public Reception in Honor of 50th Expungement Victory

The WMU-Cooley Law School Access to Justice Clinic, which has helped Michigan residents clear their criminal records for the past three years, will celebrate its 50th expungement victory with a special community reception on Thursday, July 19, 4-7 p.m.,at the in the courtyard of the school's Grand Rapids campus at 111 Commerce Ave., SW, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503.


The law school’s Access to Justice Clinic provides legal representation to those seeking to expunge their criminal convictions or remove their names from Michigan’s Health and Human Services' central registry. The clinic's 50th successful client, Michelle Briggs, will be in attendance


33rd Annual Distinguished Brief Award Ceremony To Be Held

On July 26, the WMU-Cooley Law Review will host its 33rd annual Distinguished Brief Award ceremony at the Country Club of Lansing. The event celebrates the best of Michigan’s practicing bar and formally recognizes authors of the most scholarly briefs filed with the Michigan Supreme Court in 2017 as determined by a panel of judges and professors from across the state.

These briefs are evaluated using seven set criteria: question presented, point headings, statement of case, argument and analysis, style, mechanics and best overall brief. The purpose of the award is to promote excellence in legal writing. The winning briefs will be published in an upcoming edition of the WMU-Cooley Law Review.

The winning briefs that will be recognized during the ceremony are:  Nexteer Automotive Group v. Mando America Corp with the attorneys and law firms of Mary Massaron, Plunkett Cooney, P.C.; John J. Bursch, Bursch Law, PLLC; Alexandrea W. Wald and Mark Spatz, Cohen & Greeser LLP; and AFT v. State of Michigan, with attorneys Gary P. Gordon, Jason T. Hanselman, W. Alan Wilk; Dykema Gossett PLLC , and Steven C. Liedel, all of Dykema Gossett PLLC.

Attorney Mary Massaron will present the keynote. She is a former law clerk to Justice Patricia J. Boyle of the Michigan Supreme Court and has concentrated her practice in appellate law for almost 30 years. Massaron has handled or supervised the handling of over 400 appeals resulting in approximately 50 published opinions, including over 100 appeals in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. She has won numerous victories before the Michigan Supreme Court for public and private sector clients, overturning multi-million dollar judgments and establishing new legal principles. She has won the Cooley Law Review Distinguished Brief Award for the brief she wrote in Gilbert v. DaimlerChrysler in 2005. In addition, she received distinguished service awards from the Michigan Municipal League, and Marygrove College, and Lawyer of the Year from Michigan Lawyers Weekly in 2002 and again in 2009.

For more information, contact Law Review Symposium Editor Alysha Warren at [email protected].

The event will be held Thursday, July 26, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Country Club of Lansing, 2200 Mores River Drive, Lansing, Michigan 48911.



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