In the past, WMU-Cooley Law School has helped military graduates on active duty, outside of their home states, become members of their states’ bars through virtual swearing-in ceremonies. Due to Covid-19 precautions, on Thursday, April 23, seven graduates of WMU-Cooley’s Tampa Bay campus were sworn in to the Florida Bar virtually.
WMU-Cooley’s most recent Florida Bar exam passers had the opportunity to join fellow graduates to be sworn in to the state’s legal bar by Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Christopher C. Sabella. The ceremony was carried out using the law school’s online teaching platform, allowing the graduates to invite family and friends to participate in the ceremony from remote locations.
In addition to the graduates, family and friends, WMU-Cooley faculty and staff joined the ceremony from their homes. Following the formal ceremony, WMU-Cooley President and Dean James McGrath offered a virtual toast to Florida’s newest attorneys.
WMU-Cooley graduates sworn in to the Florida bar during the special virtual ceremony are Bryan Buenaventura, Luis Dionicio-Elera, Derek Grisard, Anya Henry, Alexis Morris, Joseph Spedale, and Aldolfo Valero.
Past virtual swearing-in ceremonies for WMU-Cooley military members included Major Miles Gengler, 2009; and Lieutenant Jordan Wilson, 2016.