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Swearing in Ceremonies Highlight WMU-Cooley Graduates TAMPA BAY CAMPUS 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).

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.

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.

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Benchmark | Winter 2016