On July 17, WMU-Cooley Law School students were recognized for outstanding academic achievement, professionalism and leadership roles with various student organizations during the law school’s Tampa Bay campus Honors Convocation.
Student Pedro Martinez was presented with the Leadership Achievement Award. The award acknowledges students who have consistently, comprehensively and effectively provided leadership in a variety of capacities.
Pictured, from left: Daniel W. Matthews, associate dean of WMU-Cooley Tampa Bay campus, and award winner Pedro Martinez.
A native of Bay Ridge, N.Y., Martinez received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Molloy College in Long Island, N.Y. During his years at WMU-Cooley, Martinez served as the public relations chair and member of the Black Law Students Association, as well as the Mock Trial public relations chair and board member; and general Mock Trial board member during the Intra-School Competition.
Air Force JAG Officer Capt. Simone Genus, a WMU-Cooley graduate, was the guest speaker for the event. Now a prosecutor in the Air Force who prosecutes cases on behalf of the United States, she recalled using the law school’s Academic Resource Center and regularly meeting with her professors to help her succeed.
“Cooley is a school of opportunity,” Genus told the graduates. “Cooley changed my life.”