Scott Nowling was named Summa Cum Laude of WMU-Cooley’s Samuel Blatchford Class during the law school’s graduation ceremony at Michigan State University Auditorium on May 12. He ranked first with a cumulative grade point average of 4.0.
Summa Cum Laude is bestowed on the student with the highest cumulative grade point average. Nowling is one of 17 WMU-Cooley students who have graduated with a 4.0 GPA since the law school’s first graduating class in 1976.
While at WMU-Cooley, Nowling founded the Health Law Society and served as its president for two terms. Additionally, he was a member of the law school’s National Health Law Moot Court team; wrote for the student newspaper, The Pillar; and externed at McKeen & Associates in Detroit, and with Justice Elizabeth Welch at the Michigan Supreme Court. Nowling earned certificates of merit for academic excellence in Research & Writing, Advocacy, Criminal Procedure, Scholarly Writing, Evidence, Medical Malpractice, Property I & II, Appellate Advocacy/Moot Court, Equity & Remedies, Drafting, Expert Witnessing, Taxation, and Bar Exam Skills.
Before attending WMU-Cooley, Nowling received a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in economics from Kalamazoo College in 1987, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan in 2002.
Nowling, who has enjoyed a 27-year career in field management at Johnson & Johnson, will join McKeen & Associates in June — first as a law clerk and then as associate attorney. McKeen & Associates is a medical malpractice and personal injury firm, representing clients in Michigan, Illinois, and throughout the country in cases involving medical malpractice, with a special focus on birth injuries and cerebral palsy.