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Where Do You Find WMU-Cooley Alumni? LEGAL COUNSEL IN CORPORATE AMERICA Our alumni tell us time and again that they received a well-rounded, well prepared and top notch legal education. Your fellow graduates have taken many interesting, varied and impressive career paths. Here is but a glimpse of some of those alumni in corporate America – many you surely will recognize. WMU-Cooley graduates are represented in all 50 states and 28 countries. Walgreens, Fantastic Sams, Whirlpool, Microsoft, CMS Consumers Energy, Kelloggs, Dow, Bissell, Auto-Owners Insurance, DTE Energy, Dow Elanco, PBS-Geneology Roadshow, Amway, PGA-Professional Golfers’ Association, Trump Organization, General Motors, Jackson National Life Insurance, Big 10 Conference, Ford Motor Company, UAW-United Auto Workers-Ford, Nestle, Boehringer Ingelheim, Walmart, Farm Bureau Insurance, Harley Davidson, PricewaterhouseCoopers, EDS, AFLAC, Conoco, AIG, First American Title, Metropolitan Life, National Hockey League and Ernst Young, just to name a few.


Swearing in Ceremonies Highlight WMU-Cooley Graduates TAMPA BAY CAMPUS

Charity Event Raises $5,150 To Help Detroit Public School Students Attend College “This was a great opportunity for us to join together with the community to benefit Detroit public school students who are interested in law school, said Assistant Dean Lisa Halushka. “We will mentor the scholarship recipients throughout their undergrad experience and be accessible for future inquiries regarding law school.” (Left-right) Pamela Moore, Detroit Public Schools Foundation president and CEO; WMU-Cooley student Paul Spann; Remy Sirls-Boulbol, Detroit Public Schools Foundation development director; WMU-Cooley student Jawwad Khan; Lisa Halushka, WMU-Cooley assistant dean; and WMU Cooley students Jacqueline Snyder-Powdhar, and Arturo Alfaro.

The Auburn Hills campus held its eighth annual charity event to raise money for the Western Michigan University Cooley Law School Scholarship fund. This year, the charity event was called FUNDS – Financing the Undergraduate Needs of Detroit Scholars. The event raised $5,150 for the scholarship that helps Detroit Public School students who would otherwise not be able to afford undergraduate school. The Western Michigan University Cooley Law School Scholarship will be awarded each year to a graduate of a Detroit public school who has expressed an interest in attending law school after college.

The Hon. Christopher C. Sabella of the 13th Judicial Circuit Court administered the Florida Bar oath to seven recent WMU-Cooley Law School graduates, granting them authorization to practice law before the state’s courts. The ceremony was held in the law school’s appellate courtroom. Judge Sabella noted that, the day an attorney is sworn in counts as one of the best days in an attorney’s life. He told the graduates, and attending family members, faculty, staff and students, that the new attorneys would remember this day as vividly as the day one gets married, or the day of a child’s birth. Admittees included Michelle Ace-Carroll (Hughes Class, 2016), Jennifer Alderman (McLean Class, 2015), Elizabeth Devolder (Hughes Class, 2016), Philistine Hamdan (Trimble Class, 2016), Cristina Solis (Hughes Class, 2016), Eric Bossardt (McLean Class, 2015), and Kymberly Starr (Hughes Class, 2016).

The event featured a silent auction and live entertainment. The Detroit Public School All City Jazz Combo performed, and local hip hop artist Big John presented a selection of songs written just for the benefit. Stand-up comedians Adam Degi, Grand Rapids’ (Michigan) Funniest Person recipient; and Stu McCallister, Gilda’s LaughFest participant rounded out the evening’s entertainment.

Eric Bossardt and his son Lawson watch as the Hon. Christopher C. Sabella signs the paperwork allowing Bossardt to practice law in Florida.

The Hon. Christopher C. Sabella joins new admittee Elizabeth Devolder along with her husband Bryan Devolder, also a WMU-Cooley graduate, for a family photo after the swearing-in ceremony.

LANSING CAMPUS U.S. Army Judge Advocate First Lieutenant Jordan Wilson (Taft Class, 2016), of Lansing, Michigan, was sworn into the Michigan Bar while on active duty through the military’s video conferencing network. Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Amy Ronayne Krause administered the oath from the Michigan National Guard Headquarters in Lansing, where Wilson’s family, friends and colleagues gathered to witness his acceptance into the State Bar.

The scholarship is administered by Detroit College Promise, a non-profit organization which is part of the Detroit Public Schools Foundation. The student scholarship fills the gap for needs that are not usually included in other scholarships or financial aid, such as transportation, clothes, and food.

Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Amy Ronayne Krause administers the State Bar’s oath to recent WMU-Cooley Law School graduate U.S. Army Judge Advocate First Lieutenant Jordan Wilson.

Wilson, who serves at the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center in Charlottesville, Virginia, passed the Michigan Bar Exam in February. He was commissioned as a military intelligence officer in the U.S. Army Reserve after attending Liberty University on a four-year ROTC scholarship. He has served as a platoon leader, executive officer, and battalion intelligence officer. While attending law school, Wilson continued serving in the U.S. Army Reserve and at the same time worked with the Ingham County Veterans’ Treatment Court.


Benchmark | Winter 2016  

This issue of Benchmark prominently features our dear friend, alumnus and nationally renowned artist Gordon Boardman, who has made a monumen...

Benchmark | Winter 2016  

This issue of Benchmark prominently features our dear friend, alumnus and nationally renowned artist Gordon Boardman, who has made a monumen...