Law students Rick Conklin, Courtney Panter and William Trenary were honored with WMU-Cooley Law School’s Grand Rapids campus Leadership Achievement Award on Nov. 13. The law school held the fall term’s honors convocation virtually due to COVID-19. The Honors Convocation celebrates successes of students attending WMU-Cooley’s Grand Rapids campus.
The Leadership Achievement Award acknowledges students who have consistently, comprehensively, and effectively provided leadership in a variety of capacities. As the top honor presented during the law school’s Honors Convocation, the award is intended to be the culmination of the recipient’s participation in leadership activities at WMU-Cooley.
Conklin, from Grand Rapids, Mich., graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Grand Valley State University. While at WMU-Cooley Law School he has served as president and senator of the Student Bar Association, and as secretary of Moot Court. Conklin has also served as a teaching assistant for Professor Devin Schindler.
From Flint, Mich., Panter graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Grand Valley State University. During her tenure at WMU-Cooley, she served as secretary and executive board member of the Student Bar Association, as a general member of Moot Court, and participated in mock trial competitions.
Trenary, from Coldwater, Mich., graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan. While at WMU-Cooley Law School, he served as vice president of Moot Court; a teaching assistant for professors Michael Molitor, Tonya Krause-Phelan, Devin Schindler, and Kimberly O’Leary; and Preemption and Screening Editor for Law Review. He also served as a committee chair, mentorship committee member, and mentor for the Student Bar Association; a grade appeals magistrate; an active member of the Black Law Students Association; and a member of the Organization of Women Law Students.