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WMU-Cooley President Joins Fellow Michigan Deans at Diversity Summit

WMU-Cooley Law School President and Dean James McGrath joined deans from other Michigan law schools in attending The Michigan Diversity Council’s Legal Diversity Summit in Troy, Michigan, on Tuesday, Oct. 18.

The summit, “Moving Beyond Intent: DE&I in Action,” offered attendees a look into best practices and facilitated a robust exchange of insights, concepts, and strategies on the legal profession’s key diversity, equity, and inclusion challenges and solutions.

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The summit featured break-out sessions with applicable and practical information while also providing attendees greater opportunities to raise awareness of creating a sustainable organizational culture to support diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace internally and beyond. Keynote speakers included Michigan Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth M. Welch and retired Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Cynthia D. Stephens.

Pictured, from left, law school leaders Richard A. Bierschbach, Wayne State University Law School; James McGrath, WMU-Cooley Law School; Linda Sheryl Greene, MSU College of Law, and Jelanie Jefferson Exum, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.

Deans at the summit, included Richard A. Bierschbach, dean and John W. Reed professor of law, Wayne State University Law School; Linda Sheryl Greene, dean and MSU Foundation professor of law, MSU College of Law; and Jelani Jefferson Exum, dean and Philip J. McElroy professor, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.

The council’s mission is to inspire and provide individuals with takeaways that help enhance the development of broader, more equitable, and inclusive programs and policies within their respective organizations.

Oct 21 2022