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Virtual Honors Convocations Held at WMU-Cooley

Virtual honors convocations were held at all WMU-Cooley campuses this month, highlighting students' accomplishments and awards.

Among the honors awarded were Leadership Achievement Awards and the Alumni Distinguished Student Award.

The Leadership Achievement Award acknowledges those students who have consistently, comprehensively, and effectively provided leadership in a variety of capacities. The award is intended to be the culmination of the recipients’ participation in leadership activities at WMU-Cooley.

The Alumni Distinguished Student Award is given to selected graduating students based on academic accomplishment, demonstrated leadership, meaningful extracurricular activities and post-graduation plans.

Tampa Campus

WMU-Cooley Law School Tampa Bay students Ke’Dazia D. Barber, Michael William “Buddy” Faulkner, Gina G. Regan, Sarah B. Roberge, and Kaitlin H. Yutzy, were presented with Leadership Achievement Awards at the campus convocation March 17. Additionally, Faulkner and Roberge were recipients of the school’s Alumni Distinguished Student Award.

During the convocation, WMU-Cooley President and Dean James McGrath welcomed law students, their families and friends. He told those in attendance that “we rely on the legal profession to provide our society’s leaders.  At WMU-Cooley Law School we take this responsibility very seriously.  You can see by the awards given today that we have many students who have stepped forward to assume positions of leadership to prepare them for the future.”

Barber, originally from Savannah, Georgia, earned her Bachelor of Arts from Clark Atlanta University. While attending WMU-Cooley she served as secretary, parliamentarian, and president of the Black Law Students Association. Barber was a member of the Student Bar Association and served on the Mock Trial Board.  

Faulkner, a native of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of The Ozarks. He is a member of the Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society; and served as a member of the Moot Court; Student Bar Association; Real Property, Probate & Trust Student Association, and the Student Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Faulkner served as alumni chair, vice president and president for WMU-Cooley’s Mock Trial organization.

Regan, of Goldsboro, North Carolina, earned her bachelor’s degree from Strayer University. She served on WMU-Cooley’s Grade Appeals Board and Moot Court. She is a member and served as president of the Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society.

Roberge, a native of Manchester, New Hampshire, earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maine-Farmington. She was a member of Phi Delta Phi, the Real Property & Trust Law Student Association, and the law school’s ambassador program. Roberge served as editor-in-chief of the Law Journal, secretary of the American Constitution Society, and preemption and screening editor and associate editor of the WMU-Cooley Law Review.

Yutzy, of Saint Petersburg, Florida, earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Central Florida. She was a member of the American Constitution Society and Federal Bar Association.  Yutzy served as social media chair and committee chair of the law school’s Federalist Society, and secretary and president of the Moot Court.

Lansing Campus

WMU-Cooley Law School Lansing students Comfort Efosa Aduwa, Gabrielle B. Clark, Brandon S. Crabill, Marquita D. Daniel, Ashley Davis, Leah Miche’ S Diaz-Aguon, Asja Leigh Jackson, Sabrina M. Johnson, Michael Milfort, Roslyn J. Murrell, Nengi Jennifer Omo-Egbekuse, and Chanelle C. Williams were presented with Leadership Achievement Awards at the Lansing campus virtual convocation on March 16. Additionally, Aduwa was the recipient of the school’s Alumni Distinguished Student Award.

Aduwa, from Long Beach, California, earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University San Bernardino. While attending WMU-Cooley, she has served as Moot Court chairperson, Student Bar Association treasurer, graduation marshal/graduation robes, member of Pillar, and member and treasurer of Phi Delta Phi.

Clark, a native of Landstuhl, Germany, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Hartford. She has served as chair of International Law Society, and publicity editor and associate editor of Law Review. She is also a member of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, and was an intra-school Mock Trial competitor.

Crabill, of Coldwater, Michigan, earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University. While at WMU-Cooley, he served as Phi Delta Phi member and treasurer, Criminal Law Society general member and publications chair, resource editor for Law Review, member of Student Bar Association, and was on the Delta Theta Phi Law fraternity executive board.

Daniel, from Maywood, Illinois, earned a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Arts degrees from Western Illinois University. She has served on the Black Law Students Association and was chairperson of its Black Tie event, as well as member and committee chair of the Student Bar Association, member of Phi Delta Phi, volunteer for Cooley for Kids, and Law Review resource editor.

Davis, from Houston, Texas, earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Prairie View A & M University. While at WMU-Cooley, she has served as Student Bar Association president and senator, Black Law Students Association vice president, American Bar Association Law Student Division member and parliamentarian, Phi Delta Phi (International Legal Honor Society) member, and general member of Mock Trial and Christian Legal Society.

Diaz-Aguon, a native of Tamuning, Guam, earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Guam. She has served as member and vice president of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, chairperson of Mock Trial, and member of the Environmental Law Society and Phi Delta Phi.

Jackson, a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Aquinas College. She has served as member of the Student Bar Association executive board and historian, Law Review editor-in-chief, Phi Delta Phi member, secretary and clerk.

Johnson, from Boston, Massachusetts, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati. She has served as Grade Appeals Board interim chairperson, Student Bar Association member, Phi Delta Phi member and historian, and Cooley for Kids volunteer.  

Milfort, a native of Brooklyn, New York, earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Temple University. While at WMU-Cooley, he has served as Student Bar Association senator, Phi Delta Phi member, Law Review assistant solicitation editor, and American Bar Association Law Student Division senator.

Murrell, from Chaguanas, Trinidad and Tobago, earned a Bachelor of Science degree from John Jay College. She has served as Law Review publicity editor, Moot Court secretary, Phi Delta Phi member and secretary, Cooley for Kids volunteer, Greater Lansing Food Bank volunteer, and graduation marshal, robes and master of ceremonies.

Omo-Egbekuse, of Brooklyn, New York, earned Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees from American International College. While at WMU-Cooley, she has served as African Law Students Association treasurer and president, Student Bar Association senator, committee chair and board member, Phi Delta Phi member, Moot Court communications co-director, and graduation marshal.

Williams, from Chicago, Illinois, earned Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees Western Illinois University. She has served as Student Bar Association Pillar editor and senator, Black Law Students Association historian, Phi Delta Phi member, Cooley for Kids volunteer, and Law Review resource editor.

Grand Rapids Campus

WMU-Cooley Law School’s Grand Rapids campus held its honors convocation for the spring term on March 19. Before the awards were presented, Adjunct Professor Jeff Ammon, who teaches Business Planning and Drafting, and often presents for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education, spoke to those attending the virtual ceremony.

During his presentation, Ammon shared that belonging to state bar sections and the ICLE helps attorneys connect with other attorneys having the same interests. He said these connections can often lead to business referrals.

Law students honored with the Leadership Achievement Award included Michaela Bessant, Cody Brock, Cody Hayward, Melissa Heinz, Peter Tanoos, Shanda Vander Ark, and Kennedy Winnie. Heinz was also presented with the Alumni Distinguished Student Award.

Bessant, from Jacksonville, North Carolina, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Coastal Carolina University. While at WMU-Cooley Law School, she served as president and treasurer of the Black Law Students Association, and as a Student Bar Association senator and committee member. She participated in Phi Delta Phi which is an International Legal Honor Society, and the Organization of Women Law Students. Bessant served as a teaching assistant for the Academic Resource Center, Introduction to Law, and Property I.

Brock, from Terre Haute, Indiana, earned a Bachelor of Science from Indiana State University-Terre Haute. He served as chair of the Student Academic Relations Board and was a Mentorship Board member. Brock also served as a mentor for the West Michigan Student Bar Association. He was a member of Moot Court, where he served as the organization’s competition chair.

Hayward, from Flint, Michigan, earned a Bachelor of Science from Grand Valley State University. While at WMU-Cooley he served as a vice president, chief-of-staff, and Senator of the West Michigan Student Bar Association. Additionally, he was a teaching assistant for Contracts I and Taxation.

Heinz, who earned a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University, is from Ypsilanti, Michigan. She served as a vice president and secretary of the Organization of Women Law Students, and a senator and mentor for the West Michigan Student Bar Association. She has been active with Moot Court, and she served as president, vice president, and competition chair for Moot Court. When she served on Law Review, her title was executive articles editor. She was a teaching assistant for Contracts I and II, Property II, Personal and Professional Responsibility, and Civil Procedure II.

Tanoos, from Terre Haute, Indiana, earned a bachelor’s degree from Indiana State University-Terre Haute. While a part of the West Michigan Student Bar Association, he served as events chair, senator, and mentor. Tanoos also served as treasurer and general member of the Moot Court board and as a teaching assistant for Evidence.

Vander Ark, a graduate of Liberty University, is from Hayleyville, Alabama. She was a Mock Trial competition participant and served as interim president of the Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society. She served as treasurer, senator, wellness liaison, and Budget Committee leader for the West Michigan Student Bar Association. While on Law Review she served as an executive articles editor and managing associate editor. Vander Ark served as a research assistant and teaching assistant.

Winnie, from Mount Pleasant, Michigan, is a graduate of Alma College. She served as treasurer for the Organization of Women Law Students. She also served as a senator and committee member for social media on the West Michigan Student Bar Association. She was a member of the Black Law Students Association, and an associate editor for Law Review.

Mar 22 2021