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Homeland and National Security LL.M. Students Participate in Supreme Court Mock Trial In June, LL.M. students participated in a mock trial at the Hall of Justice’s Supreme Court courtroom in Lansing, Michigan. The homeland and national security law students went before seven Michigan judges, and the 90-minute trial was part of the day-long legal training for Michigan judges and court administrators.

“This is believed to be the first event of this type in the United States,” said Associate Dean Michael McDaniel. “Our students were well-prepared, polished and professional. They added substantially to the quality of the training, as the judges could observe, or participate in, how issues like quarantine and involuntary blood draws might play out in their courtrooms.”

WMU-Cooley students and professors: (left-right) Kate Mortensen, Nancy Mullett, Professor Michael McDaniel, Professor Mike Leffler, Terry White, and Mary Mara.

Associate Dean Joan Vestrand Speaks at Annual U.S. Coast Guard Ethics Forum Auburn Hills campus Associate Dean Joan Vestrand presented “Principled Leadership: The Road from Good to Great,” during the U.S. Coast Guard’s 27th annual Ethics Forum on March 21 at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut.

“Leadership is the cornerstone for any individual, no matter what their walk of life, in building a solid foundation for a successful career and life,” said Vestrand.

U.S. Coast Guard veteran Thomas Gelwicks (left), Associate Dean Joan Vestrand (center), and Citadel Military Academy Chief Warrant Officer Thomas Gelwicks Jr., participated in the U.S. Coast Guard’s 27th annual Ethics Forum.

The U.S. Coast Guard Academy’s Ethics Forum provides the Corps of Cadets with a full day of lectures, panels, and small group dialogues on the topic of ethical situations in the Coast Guard and beyond. As future officers, cadets are educated in the concepts of integrity and strength of character, but this annual event allows for an immersion in thought-provoking discussions led by experts in a variety of disciplines.


Benchmark | Winter 2016