U.S. District Court Holds Proceedings at WMU-Cooley Grand Rapids

WMU-Cooley's Grand Rapids campus mock courtroom was transformed into a real courtroom on Sept. 12, as U.S. District Court Judge Paul L. Maloney heard dispositive motions in two substantial federal civil lawsuits, before a full gallery of law students.

mock courtroom participants

"We are fortunate that judges like the Hon. Paul Maloney are committed to legal education and extend our students these opportunities," said WMU-Cooley professor Christopher G. Hastings. "One of the attorneys arguing his case told me after the hearing, ‘I wish my law school had done stuff like this.'"

WMU-Cooley has hosted multiple live judicial proceedings at its campuses for a number of years, including dockets scheduled from the Michigan Court of Appeals and Michigan Supreme Court.

"The law school is focused on a practical legal education," said Hastings. "Allowing students to see how their course work fits together in a real-life setting is not only educational, it's inspirational.”

Pictured (left-right) Erin Geschwendt, Matt Williams, Kris Johnson, Kristyna Nunzio, Hon. Paul L. Maloney, Mary Ann Simmering, Richard Perez, Ata Alaraj, Aric Kasel.

Sep 14 2017


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