LANSING, Mich. – WMU-Cooley Law School announced it has become the new administrative home of the National Legal Mentoring Consortium. Amy Timmer, WMU-Cooley associate dean of Academic and Student Affairs, has been named the consortium’s new director.
“I am pleased that the Consortium’s executive committee has given me the honor of being its new director, and has approved the Consortium’s move to WMU-Cooley,” said Timmer. “These two changes will ensure continuation of the National Legal Mentoring Consortium, whose mission of supporting legal mentoring programs is crucial to our profession.”
The National Legal Mentoring Consortium was established in 2011 at the Center on Professionalism at the University of South Carolina School of Law. It was supported by the Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough law firm, now Nelson Mullins, and one of the firm’s partners, Ed Mullins Jr. After 10 years of supporting the Consortium, the University of South Carolina School of Law now passes the reins to WMU-Cooley.
“We plan to be excellent stewards of the Consortium, following in the footsteps of the University of South Carolina,” WMU-Cooley President and Dean James McGrath said. “The NLMC has supported legal mentoring programs in law schools, law firms, and state bar associations around the country. As law students and new lawyers prepare to meet the needs of our ever-changing legal profession, support for those programs is critical. In the hands of Dean Amy Timmer, I am confident the Consortium will continue to thrive under our stewardship.”
Chair of the NLMC’s Executive Committee, attorney Nathan Alder, added, “We absolutely supported the move to WMU-Cooley. Amy is a founding member of the National Legal Mentoring Consortium, and has served on the executive committee since its inception 10 years ago. She is clearly dedicated to preserving and maintaining the Consortium through her and WMU-Cooley’s generous offer to take the helm. Having Amy as director will give us the internal support we need to continue to promote and assist legal mentoring programs around the country.”
About WMU-Cooley Law School: WMU-Cooley Law School was founded on a mission of equal access to a legal education and offers admission to a diverse group of qualified applicants across the country. Since the law school's founding in 1972, WMU-Cooley has provided a modern legal education to more than 20,000 graduates, teaching the practical skills necessary for a seamless transition from academia to the real world. WMU-Cooley enrolls classes year-round at its Michigan and Florida campuses. WMU-Cooley is an independent, non-profit law school, accredited by both the American Bar Association and the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.