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The summer 2016 class was named after Harlan Fiske Stone. Stone served as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1925 and then became the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1941.

Michigan Ceremony During the valedictory remarks, Khadija Swims told the graduating class they have everything needed to be excellent attorneys and there is much work to be done for those individuals they will serve.

“We are in the midst of an important time in American history. We have the power to impact this nation’s future through the work that we do or don’t do. Take pride in the profession. Remember why you chose this path and use your skills and knowledge to do good and advocate for justice and change in the world.” KHADIJA SWIMS

Khadija Swims

Christina Pettway receives her diploma from President and Dean Don LeDuc.

(Left-right) State Bar of Michigan President Lawrence P. Nolan (Cooley Class, 1976) and President and Dean Don LeDuc. Nolan provided the keynote for WMU-Cooley’s graduation ceremony on Sept. 25.

Nolan, who earned his bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University and his law degree from WMU-Cooley Law School, spoke about the joys in obtaining a law degree and the importance of adapting to change.

“The joy of being a lawyer is that the journey really never ends. It continues to change along the way. Adaptability is the key to survival. The wonderful beauty of law school is change. You will always be challenged to think.” LAWRENCE P. NOLAN


Benchmark | Winter 2016