On Tuesday, Jan. 17, WMU-Cooley Law School held its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day commemoration by hosting a virtual panel discussion. The event was open to the community and part of the law school’s Community Conversations series. Attorney and advocate Robyn McCoy was the keynote presenter for the event.
McCoy, who has received numerous awards for her commitment to social justice, has traveled extensively to promote equal justice for all people. She was mentored by first lady Michelle Obama. McCoy is a part-time lecturer at Eastern Michigan University and teaches the course “Law and the African American Experience.” She was a legislative assistant to State Representative Ronnie Peterson and is currently a partner with McCoy & Associates, PLLC located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She specializes in criminal defense, family law, education advocacy, estate planning, probate, wrongful death, and personal injury.
During her presentation, McCoy shared how she was raised Afrocentric and socially conscious, and has remained firmly rooted in her upbringing. She encouraged the audience to read about social justice issues, watch videos and visit museums.
“I believe that we're all put here for a purpose and that we can each play a part in solving the problems of the world,” said McCoy. “There are museums all over the nation. It's very important not just to read about the stuff and watch videos, but to also be a visual learner. Go see these places and activities to ensure a brighter future for ourselves and our children.”
McCoy explained how her experience working with first lady Michelle Obama inspired her to be a mentor to aspiring lawyers and law students.
“If you feel compelled in some way to be involved with social justice movements, just do what your heart compels you to do, and go from there,” said McCoy. “It's like an instant reward and if you're helping people to get a second chance; I think that is what it's all about – helping people.”