Incoming students at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School’s Auburn Hills campus participated in the law school’s Professionalism in Action (PIA) Orientation program April 28 and took the law school’s honor code oath.
During the program, State Bar of Michigan (SBM) President-Elect Donald Rockwell spoke to students about the importance of being an ethical lawyer, and Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Mark Switalski administered the honor code oath. During his remarks, Rockwell said, “The best lawyers I know are the ones with the highest ethics. You cannot be a good lawyer without being an ethical lawyer.”
As part of the Professionalism in Action event, law students had the opportunity to meet with judges and attorneys from the community and ask question about professional and ethical situations attorneys may face during their careers.
Before administering the law school’s honor code oath, Switalski spoke about the do’s and don’ts of a lawyer, but from the perspective of a judicial clerk.
The WMU-Cooley honor code is the commitment all entering students take, along with the law school’s faculty and staff during each orientation. At each campus, a judge administers the oath and new students are introduced to WMU’s honor code, which states, “ethics are as important as academic performance and the mastery of practical legal skills.
During WMU-Cooley’s Professionalism in Action Orientation Program, judges and attorneys offered students advice on various professional and ethical dilemmas faced by attorneys in practice. Among the participants were Assistant Dean Lisa Halushka; State Bar of Michigan President-Elect Donald Rockwell, Nill Rockwell PC; Associate Dean Joan Vestrand; (back row, left-right) Antoinette Raheem, Law and Mediation Office of Antoinette Raheem PC; Jeffery May, Kerr Russell & Weber, PLC; Hon. Mark Switalski, 16th Judicial Circuit Court; Hon. David A. Perkins, 36th District Court; and Hon. Edward Ewell, 3rd Judicial Circuit Court.