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WMU-Cooley’s Tampa Campus Holds Virtual Honors Convocation

On November 19, WMU-Cooley Law School’s Tampa Bay campus honored students during the law school’s fall-term honors convocation.

Clarence Hollins,  Susan Lee, Kimberly Lewis, Tama Lexine, Sonja Nishku, Yasmine Rammaha, Inayah Jeanne Smith-Marsette, Neena Simone Sterling, and Denise Suter were presented with the Leadership Achievement Award. The Alumni Distinguished Student Award was presented to Rammaha and Ashley Palmer.

The Leadership Achievement Award 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.

The Alumni Association Distinguished Student Award is given to selected graduating students based on academic accomplishment, demonstrated leadership, meaningful extracurricular activities and post-graduation plans.

Hollins, originally from Montgomery, Alabama, earned a  Bachelor of Science at Kennesaw State University. While at WMU-Cooley he served on the Student Bar Association as committee member, senator, and treasurer. Hollins was also a member of  the Grad Appeals Board, American Constitution Society, Mock Trial, Moot Court and served as a member of the Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Student Association.

From Sacramento, California, Lee earned her bachelor’s degree from Eastern Nazarene College. She served as a member of the Federalist Society, Law Journal, Moot Court, and the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division. As a member of Mock Trial, Lee served as board member, secretary/treasurer, and president.

Lewis, who is from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, earned her Bachelor of Arts from Saint Leo University. She served on the law school’s Inclusion committee and as  secretary and president of the Federalist Society. Lewis was also a member of Moot Court, and held multiple positions with Mock Trial.

Lexine, originally from Fort Pierce, Florida, earned her Bachelor of Science form the University of Central Florida. While at WMU-Cooley she served various roles with the Federalist Society, Christian Legal Society, Law Review, and American Constitution Society. Additionally she served as a graduation marshal and as a member of the Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Student Association, the Student Bar Association, the Florida Association of Women Lawyers, and as a Moot Court Intra School Competition participant.

Originally from Tirana, Albania, Sonja Nishku earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut Storrs. She has been an active member serving as president of Help Save the Next Girl, and served as vice president and senator for the Student Bar Association.

Palmer, of Brandon, Florida, earned a bachelor’s degree from Florida Atlantic University. While at WMU-Cooley, she served as Law Review senior resource editor and as a Deans Fellow. She was a member of the Hispanic Organization of Legal Advocates, Black Law Students Association, and Moot Court.

Rammaha, who hales from Caracas, Venezuela, earned a Bachelor of Science from Florida International University. She served as president for the Florida Association of Women Lawyers and various roles with the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Law Student Division, Hispanic Organization of Legal Advocates, Federalist Society, Phi Delta Phi, American Constitution society, and the Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Student Association.

Smith-Marsette, originally from Newark, New Jersey, earned her Bachelor of Arts from Delaware State University. She served as president of the Black Law Students Association and as a Grade Appeals board member and magistrate. Smith-Marsette was also a member of the Student Bar Association, Moot Court, Phi Delta Phi, Hispanic Organization of Legal Advocates, the Law Review, and the Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Student Association.

From Brooklyn, New York, Sterling earned a Bachelor of Science from Utica College of Syracuse University. Sterling has been an active member of Phi Delta Phi, the Black Law Students Association, Hispanic Organization of Legal Advocates, Law Review, Moot Court, Florida Association of Women Lawyers, and as magistrate for Grade Appeals.

Suters, who is originally from Marrero, Louisiana, earned a bachelor’s degree from Loyola University. She served several roles with the Student Bar Association, including president and treasurer. Suters was also a member of the Christian Legal Society and Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Student Association.

Dec 02 2021