On July 8, WMU-Cooley Law School’s Lansing campus held a convocation honoring students who will be graduating following the law school’s summer term.
Bridget Byrd, Leonard Peoples, and Leanna Poole were presented with the Leadership Achievement Award, which acknowledges those students who have consistently, comprehensively, and effectively provided leadership in a variety of capacities. The award is intended to be the culmination of the recipients’ participation in leadership activities at WMU-Cooley.
Originally from Ypsilanti, Michigan, Byrd earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan. She has been an active member of the Christian Legal Society, Organization of Women Law Students, Student Bar Association, and the Black Law Students Association. Byrd was a participant in the Mock Trial/Intra-School Competition.
Peoples, originally from Bakersfield, California, was also presented the Student Bar Association Distinguished Student Award, which is given to selected graduating students based on academic accomplishment, demonstrated leadership, meaningful extracurricular activities and post-graduation plans. He earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of California-Riverside. While attending WMU-Cooley, he was active with the Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society, the African Law Students Association, Law Review, and the Student Bar Association.
Poole, a native of Beaumont, Texas, earned her Bachelor of Arts from Prairie View A&M University. She has been an active member of the Student Bar Association, Grade Appeals Board, Student Ambassadors, Graduation Marshals, the Law Review, and the American Bar Association Law Student Division.
Additionally, Peoples, Poole, and Madison Mazer were presented with the Alumni Association Distinguished Student Award. The award is given to selected graduating students based on academic accomplishment, demonstrated leadership, meaningful extracurricular activities and post-graduation plans.
Mazer, of Lansing, Michigan, earned her bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University. While at WMU-Cooley she served as a grade appeal magistrate, student ambassador, publicity editor for the Law Review, and was selected as a Dean’s Fellow.