On Friday, Nov. 16, family and friends of WMU-Cooley Law School gathered for honors convocation to recognize students for their leadership roles with various organizations and achieving academic excellence. The convocation also included opening remarks by Ayda Rezaian-Nojani, who directs the DNA project for the Michigan Appellate Office.
During the awards presentation, Kris Johnson and Mary Anne Simmering were presented with the Alumni Association Distinguished Student Award for their academic accomplishments, professionalism and ethics, leadership, extracurricular involvement and post-graduate plans. In addition, they each received the Leadership Achievement Award.
Pictured: WMU-Cooley Leadership Achievement Award recipients (left-right) Kris Johnson, Alexander Bush, and Mary Ann Simmering. Not pictured Marisa Bondi.
Also receiving the Leadership Achievement Award were Marisa Bondi and Alexander Bush. The award acknowledges outstanding students who have consistently, comprehensively, and effectively provided leadership in a variety of capacities. It is intended to be the culmination of a student’s participation in leadership activities while attending WMU-Cooley.
Johnson, a Pennsylvania native, served as Law Review resource editor and senior resource editor, Mock Trial board competition chair, teaching and research assistant, Student Bar Association mentor and Moot Court general member and competition participant. In addition, she was a member of the Student Organization of Women Lawyers and the Business Law Society, and volunteered with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program.
Simmering, a Wyoming native, served as Moot Court president, Law Review associate editor and managing associate editor, Student Bar Association mentor and mentorship chair, Mock Trial board member, and an Intra-School Competition participant, volunteer and national team member. In addition, she was a teaching assistant, a WMU-Cooley Ambassador and a member of the Christian Legal Society and the Organization of Women Lawyers.
Originally from Illinois, Bondi served as Moot Court membership chair and Black Law Students Association secretary. She was also a research assistant and served on the Mock Trial Executive Board and Mock Trial National Team.
Bush, a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, served as Student Bar Association senator and parliamentarian. He also participated and volunteered in the Mock Trial competition.