Incoming students at WMU-Cooley Law School’s Grand Rapids campus participated in the school’s Honor Code Oath and Professionalism in Action program on May 3.
During the event, WMU-Cooley graduate and 61st District Court Judge Jennifer Faber, and Assistant Dean Victoria Vuletich administered the Honor Code Oath.
Martha Burkett, who works at the Kent Count Veteran’s Services office and is the former head of the State Bar Lawyers and Judges Assistance program, and attorney and WMU-Cooley graduate Marianne Tucker spoke during the Professionalism in Action Program.
Before administering the honor code, Faber spoke about her law school experience and wished the students success.
“Look to your left and right. These are your colleagues and they will carry you through,” said Faber. “Your professors are accessible, so use them. They want you to succeed.”
Burkett spoke about managing stress as a law student and the need for additional veterans' pro bono activities in the Grand Rapids community. She also shared the importance of protecting one’s values while practicing law, including, “honor and integrity, respect, excellence and scholarship, leadership, responsibility and accountability, caring, compassion, and communication, strong work ethic, and loyalty."