As part of orientation on May 3-4 at WMU-Cooley’s Auburn Hills campus, law students participated in the State Bar of Michigan’s Professionalism in Action program. During the program, students met with attorneys and judges about the importance of ethics and professionalism while attending law school and as practicing attorneys.
In addition to the Professionalism in Action program, Judge Kelley R. Kostin, Oakland County 52-2 District Court, administered the WMU-Cooley honor code oath to incoming students during the law school’s Honor Code Convocation.
Dennis M. Barnes, president elect, State Bar of Michigan, welcomed students and offered brief comments on his career and importance of professionalism in the courtroom during the Professionalism in Action Program. He told students that they are being given an important opportunity to learn about ethics and practical legal skills at WMU-Cooley.
Kostin told the new law students that as future attorneys they have voluntarily placed themselves in a position of higher standards and ethics.
“Today you enter a new and larger community, that is the legal profession,” said Kostin. “Your primary challenge will be how to be an effective attorney and counselor of the law, while being an instrument of justice.”