West Michigan high school students celebrated Law Day during a program led by WMU-Cooley Law School students and graduates at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. The program’s featured presenter was Mary Beth Tinker, a plaintiff in the 1969 United States Supreme Court Case Tinker V. Des Moines, which led to a landmark decision defining First Amendment rights of students in public school’s.
“A dynamic and deeply personal speaker, Ms. Tinker had the 120-plus high school students riveted in their seats,” said Victoria Vuletich, WMU-Cooley assistant dean and director the WMU-Cooley Center for Civil Discourse.
Pictured: WMU-Cooley Law School students and graduates led Law Day activities with west Michigan high school students at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum on May 1. Pictured (left-right) WMU-Cooley students William Trenary, Kyle De Cloux, Keith Brown, and Steven Balkema, attorney Brent Green (Warren Class, 2017), and student Erin Raschke (not pictured: Moore Class, 2013 alumni, attorneys Michael Hanrahan and Michael Toburen).
In addition to Tinker’s presentation, graduates and law students facilitated break-out sessions on free speech, which allowed the high school students to apply what they learned to a real-life incident.
WMU-Cooley Law School, the WMU-Cooley Center for Civil Discourse, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, and the Michigan Center for Civic Education were cosponsors of the Law Day program.