WMU-Cooley Law School will host a panel discussion about the establishment of a prison education program at Lakeland Correctional Facility (LCF) in Coldwater, Michigan Monday, March 19, 4-5 p.m. The program is being established by WMU’s Philosophy Department with a mission to educate, challenge, and inspire students to achieve their academic, personal, and professional goals through education opportunities for the incarcerated individuals taught by both graduate students and other university faculty.
The university’s Philosophy Department has spent the 2017-2018 academic year working toward the creation of the program to be offered at LCF. Panelists include Dale Brown, Lainie Erwin, and Sean Kermath, graduate assistants who have researched and developed a plan for the program’s implementation. The event will be held at the law school’s Grand Rapids campus at 111 Commerce Ave., SW., Grand Rapids, Michigan.
WMU-Cooley’s Lansing campus will host its 30th Annual Barrister’s Ball on March 3rd at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center. WMU-Cooley graduate and Judge Rosemarie Aquilina will be the featured guest speaker at this year’s event. Purchase tickets here at: https://hubs.ly/H09_Rsv0
Lansing campus, 1:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m., 300 S. Capitol Ave., Lansing, Michigan
In 2016, over 63,600 people died from drug overdose in the United States – more than the number of people killed in the entire Viet Nam War. In October 2017, President Trump declared our current drug epidemic a public health emergency driven largely by opioid drugs. This emergency designation was renewed on January 23rd.
Please join us on February 15th as Western Michigan University Cooley Law School presents “The Opioid Epidemic: Finding Solutions to a Public Health Emergency.” This half-day conference will feature an expert panel of dynamic speakers, including:
There is no cost for this event.
The Albanian ambassador to the United States, Floreta Faber, will take part in a panel discussion at WMU-Cooley Law School’s Auburn Hills campus Friday, Feb. 2, 12:30–1:30 p.m. The panel discussion, about international democracy and foreign relations, is being held with support from the Albanian American Bar Association and will include WMU-Cooley Auxiliary Dean and Associate Professor Erika R. Breitfeld. The event will be held in Room AH 289 at the campus, 2630 Featherstone Rd., Auburn Hills, Michigan 48326
On Sunday, Jan. 21, WMU-Cooley Law School will hold a commencement ceremony for the graduates of the law school’s Michigan campuses. The ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. in the Wharton Center for the Performing Arts in East Lansing. The Hon. Stephen J. Markman, Chief Justice, Michigan Supreme Court, will provide the keynote. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for guests. This is a ticketed event.
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].