Today, while celebrating its Founders Day, it is fitting that WMU-Cooley Law School announces a new initiative devoted to increasing the practices of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in the legal profession. This new program, WMU-Cooley’s DEI Champions, will celebrate WMU-Cooley’s long history as one of the nation’s most diverse law schools, while also recognizing our partners in the community who are equally committed to these values.
Throughout 2021, WMU-Cooley will be inviting individuals and organizations to become an official DEI Champion, signaling their commitment to working with the law school in recruitment efforts, student scholarships, more diverse hiring practices and curricular enhancements. Events will be planned throughout the year to recognize these partners and to promote this initiative.
“The American Bar Association’s latest profile of the legal profession showed that only 14 percent of U.S. lawyers as being an underrepresented minority,” commented James McGrath, President and Dean of WMU-Cooley Law School. “While WMU-Cooley is well above that mark with 43 percent of our students as self-identified minority students, we believe that the entire legal profession can and must do better.”
The DEI Champions effort will be co-chaired by Christina Corl from the Plunkett Cooney law firm, and Aaron Burrell from the Dickinson Wright law firm. Corl and Burrell are also members of the WMU-Cooley Board of Directors. “I am thrilled to be part of this new initiative and encourage everyone who cares about diversity, equity and inclusion to consider joining us in this effort,” said Corl. “It is an important time in our history to have all aspects of our justice system be inclusive and diverse,” added Burrell.
For more information about this initiative or to find out how you can become a partner DEI Champion, please contact the Advancement Office at 517-371-5140 ext. 2014 or visit the BECOME A DEI CHAMPION page for more information.