Incoming students at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School’s Auburn Hills campus took the law school’s honor code oath and participated in the Professionalism in Action (PIA) program during orientation, Aug. 30–31.
Hon. Travis Reeds of the 52nd District Court administered the oath, which all entering students, faculty and staff take as a commitment to the law school’s ethical standards. The honor code states that “ethics are as important as academic performance and the mastery of practical legal skills.” During his remarks, Reeds spoke about the significance of honesty and ethical standards.
“Being a lawyer is about assisting in the administration of justice while keeping in mind your obligation to your client's cause. If your word can be trusted, you can accomplish what you need to,” Reeds said. "The best lawyers are those who fearlessly advocate within those ethical boundaries.”
During the PIA program, students had the opportunity to engage with nearly 20 different judges and attorneys from the community who offered advice on various professional and ethical situations attorneys may encounter throughout their careers.