In observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day and WMU-Cooley Law School’s Equal Access to Justice Day, Jan. 15, the Lansing campus Black Law Students Association and Student Bar Association will host a discussion with Mike Karl from Cardboard Prophets, a street-based outreach program in Lansing. The event will begin at noon in the Cooley Center lobby. Following the presentation, WMU-Cooley students, faculty and staff will volunteer during Cardboard Prophets “Laundry Thy Neighbor” service project at All Washed Up Laundromat. While volunteering, individuals will wash and dry the laundry of those in need from the Lansing community. Cardboard Prophets’ goal is to tell the stories of those living on the streets and give them second chances through creative ideas. The organization focuses on involving the community to achieve real change for the homeless, as well as helping to restore faith in humanity. Equal Access to Justice Day, as initiated by WMU-Cooley President and Dean Don LeDuc, suspends classes in observance of MLK Day. Students, faculty, and staff devote the day to study, reflection, and programs on the role of law and lawyers in protecting the right of everyone and assuring equal access to justice.
Foster children will have special visitors from WMU-Cooley Law School to help honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., on Monday, Jan. 15. Students, faculty and staff from WMU-Cooley Law School’s Tampa Bay campus will honor the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., while volunteering at Everyday Blessings in Thonotosassa, Florida, as part of the law school’s Equal Access to Justice Day. This will be the fourth year WMU-Cooley volunteers have commemorated Dr. King’s birthday by providing activities for foster children living at the facility. Events are also planned, including playing games with the children and various activities relating to who Dr. King was and the importance of commemorating his civil rights efforts. Additionally, WMU-Cooley students will give a presentation on Dr. King. Everyday Blessings will provide each child with a packet of educational activities that include goal charts and coloring sheets. Equal Access to Justice Day, as initiated by WMU-Cooley President and Dean Don LeDuc, suspends classes in observance of MLK Day. Students, faculty and staff devote the day to reflect and attend programs on the role of law and lawyers in protecting the right of everyone and assuring equal access to justice. The event will be held Monday, Jan. 15, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at Everyday Blessings, 13129 St. Francis Lane; Thonotosassa, FL 33592.
In observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Black Law Students Association at WMU-Cooley Law School’s Auburn Hills campus has organized an Equal Access to Justice Day program featuring the presentation, “Learning to See Clearly: The Presence and Power of Implicit Bias” Monday, Jan. 15, 10 a.m. in Room AH45 of the Auburn Hills campus at 2630 Featherstone Rd. The featured speaker will be Dr. Agustin V. Arbulu, executive director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights. Before joining the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, Arbulu held senior management and leadership positions in the manufacturing, healthcare and nonprofit sectors. He also served 15 years as a practicing attorney specializing in corporate, business and tax law. Arbulu has taught graduate-level courses on organizational leadership, change management, finance and strategy. In January 2013, Arbulu was appointed to the Michigan Civil Rights Commission by Gov. Rick Snyder. He held the office of secretary until he was named department director in October 2015. Equal Access to Justice Day, as initiated by WMU-Cooley President and Dean Don LeDuc, suspends classes in observance of MLK Day. Students, faculty and staff devote the day to reflect and attend programs on the role of law and lawyers in protecting the right of everyone and assuring equal access to justice. This event is free and open to the public. Those interested in attending may RSVP to [email protected].
On Jan. 13, WMU-Cooley Law School’s Tampa Bay campus will host a commencement ceremony at 1 p.m. in the University of South Florida’s Marshall Center in Tampa, Florida. Judge Miriam Velez Valkenburg, of the 13th Judicial Circuit in Hillsborough County, will provide the keynote. Chosen by his classmates, Robert Johnson will present the valedictory remarks. Each class at WMU-Cooley bears the name of a distinguished member of the legal profession. This graduating class is named after Michigan Supreme Court Justice Patricia Boyle. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter selected Boyle as a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan in Detroit. After five years on the federal bench, Boyle stepped down when she was chosen by Gov. James Blanchard to the Michigan Supreme Court as an associate justice. When asked by colleagues why she would give up a lifetime appointment to the federal bench, she stated that she could do more for the people of Michigan as a Supreme Court justice than as a federal judge. Justice Boyle held this post until 1988 when she retired. She passed away in January 2014. Editor’s note: This is a ticketed event. Members of the media are welcome. The WMU-Cooley contact at the USF Marshall Center will be Ieisha Humphrey. Cell: 616-405-1556
Professor Kimble will be talking about and signing his new kids’ book, “Mr. Mouthful Learns His Lesson,” at 5:15 in the lobby. It would make a great gift for every kid on your Christmas list. Plus, at 4:15 and 6:15, there will tours of Professor Kimble's collection of blues & rock art on the 6th floor. The book signing is a fundraiser—all proceeds go to the Capital Area District Library.
Ms. Rexer served as the first Executive Director of the MSBF. During her tenure, the Foundation grew to an entity that has awarded up to $11 million annually. Established in 1947, the Foundation has since made more than 1,950 grants and distributed over $190 million. Ms. Rexer provided state and national leadership for access to justice. Ms. Rexer was a founding member of the State Bar of Michigan’s Access to Justice Task Force in 1997. One of Ms. Rexer’s many legacies and proudest accomplishments, was the creation of the national award winning Michigan Legal Help Program. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the University of Notre Dame.
The Western Michigan University Cooley Law Review cordially invites you to join a discussion amongst professionals and legal advocates involved in immigration law on how immigration, legal and illegal, affects children’s social, economic, and educational development.
Panel of Speakers
Managing Attorney, Michigan Immigration Rights Center (MIRC)
Legal Fellow, American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan (ACLU of Michigan)
Director of Michigan Office of New Americans (MONA)
Attorney and Immigration Professor
Florida Supreme Court Justice Peggy Quince will speak at WMU-Cooley’s Tampa Bay campus, 9445 Camden Field Parkway, Riverview, Florida 33578, about professionalism in legal careers on Nov. 13, noon-2 p.m. Quince’s discussion is being hosted by the Black Law Students Association. Individuals interested in attending should RSVP at blsa-[email protected]. Quince was appointed to Florida’s Supreme Court in 1998 and served as chief justice from 2008-2010. In 1980, she began her career with the State Attorney General's Office, Criminal Division. As an assistant attorney general she handled numerous appeals in the Second District Court of Appeal, the Florida Supreme Court, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Her 13.5- year tenure at that office included five years as the Tampa bureau chief. Additionally, she spent three years exclusively handling death penalty cases on direct appeal and in post-conviction proceedings.