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Court Access=Access to Justice with Clerk of Court Cindy Stuart

Learn the critical importance of how a citizen's access to courts is essential to equal access to justice.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. (ET) 

Cindy Stuart was elected Hillsborough County Clerk of Court & Comptroller in September 2020 and sworn into office on January 5, 2021. Before her election as Clerk, she served eight years on the Hillsborough County School Board. She served on the School Board’s Legislative Committee, interacting directly with contracted firms on state and federal legislative initiatives and was a Florida School Boards Association board member and member of its state legislative committee.



At the Heart of Gold Panel Discussion

Join this important fall kick-off WMU-Cooley Community Conversations event for a panel discussion to reflect upon the hard-hitting documentary At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal. This unflinching documentary unpacks the scandal, its cover-up, and the aftermath, while giving voice to the survivors.


Thursday, September 30, 2021 at noon (ET) 

Panelists include:  

Judge Rosemarie Aquilina
Judge  Aquilina
Trinea Gonczar
Trinea Gonczar
Mick Grewal
Mick Grewal
  • Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, who sentenced disgraced gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar
  • Trinea Gonczar, abuse survivor
  • Mick Grewel, who represented 111 of the 333 survivors in the lawsuit against Michigan State University and 139 of the 543 survivors against USA Gymnastics and the United States Olympic Committee

At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal, is a powerful documentary that reveals a dangerous system that prioritized winning over everything else, including protecting young female athletes. Hear the brave testimonials from the athletes at the center of the story. [2020 NEWS & DOCUMENTARY EMMY AWARD NOMINEE]




Michigan Task Force to Discuss Wrongful Convictions

On Tuesday, Aug. 10, 9 a.m.-noon, the Michigan Task Force on Forensic Science (TFFS) meeting, Michigan Exonerees and Innocence Advocates will share stories and discuss wrongful convictions due to misapplied forensic science. According to the National Registry of Exonerations, 136 wrongfully convicted people have been exonerated in Michigan, with approximately 20 percent of the cases involving false or misapplied forensic evidence as a factor that led to the wrongful incarceration. Statistics like this sparked Governor Gretchen Whitmer to issue Executive Order 2021-04, which created the Michigan Task Force on Forensic Science to review the state of forensic science in Michigan and produce their findings and policy recommendations to strengthen forensic disciplines by the end of the year. Tune in to the August 10th meeting for a download on why misapplied forensic science is one of the leading contributing factors to wrongful convictions and how it can be addressed going forward.

The task force presentation will include the following speakers: 

  • Exonerated Michiganders
  • Megan Richardson – Clinical Teaching Fellow at University of Michigan Law School Michigan Innocence Clinic 
  • Marla Mitchell-Cichon – Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Counsel to the Cooley Innocence Project at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School Cooley Innocence Project 
  • David Moran – Clinical Professor of Law and Co-Founder of the University of Michigan Law School Michigan Innocence Clinic.

The virtual zoom meeting can be found at



Covid 19 and the Workplace

Join the Health Law Society for the Covid 19 and the Workplace event.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021
12:00pm - 1:00pm


  • Lisa Nagele-Piazza, Senior Legal Editor with SHRM Online
  • Susan Wiltsie, Partner with Hunton Andrews Kurth
  • Peter Jacobson, Professor of Health Law and Policy with the University of Michigan School of Public Health
  • Linda Moroney, Partner with Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP




The Power of Social Media in the Legal Profession

Join WMU-Cooley Tampa Bay and speaker Benny Gold to find out more about The Power of Social Media in the Legal Profession. Hosted by the student chapter of FAWL (Florida Association of Women Lawyers).

Thursday, July 1, 2021
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.


The Power of Social Media


Lawyer Mindfulness with Katie Stanley

Join Katie Stanley on Tuesday, June 22, from noon-1:00 p.m. to talk about Lawyer Mindfulness.

The Wellness Committee presents Katie Stanley, an Attorney and Community Engagement Officer at Legal Services of Eastern Michigan. Stanley primarily practices in fair housing civil rights enforcement and community education. She is also a Mindfulness Initiative advisory board member at the Crim Fitness Foundation, a Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute Fellow, a member of the State Bar of Michigan Lawyers and Judges Assistance Committee, and a regular contributor in the Practicing Wellness column of the Michigan State Bar Journal. Stanley is currently pursuing a doctorate with a dissertation focus on wellness in attorneys following mindfulness based interventions.


Katie Stanley on Lawyer Mindfulness on June 22 at noon


ACS Florida: Pathway to the Federal Public Defender's Office

Please join the @TampaLawyerACS  Chapter for a great event, ACS Florida: Pathway to the Federal Public Defender's Office- moderated by @WMUcooleylaw

Join ACS President Connor Porzig on June 18 at noon.



Join Pathway to the Federal Public Defender's Office virtual event


Juneteenth: Promises Made, Promises Delayed, Promises Kept?

Join an Historical Overview of Juneteenth with WMU-Cooley Professor Joseline Hardrick, featuring keynote speaker Judge Cynthia Stephens, Michigan Court of Appeals, 1st District.

June 15, 2021 from noon - 1:30 p.m. 


Juneteenth: Promises Made, Promises Delayed, Promises Kept?