Cooley Law hosts luncheon in honor of King

On Monday, Jan. 16 WMU-Cooley Law School’s Student Bar Association (SBA) hosted a Commitment to Service luncheon in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Students, faculty, and staff gathered to discuss justice and the law with panel speakers from local advocacy and legal service organizations.

 Panelists included Katie Filimon, Volunteers of America; Nicole Shannon, Legal Services of South Central Michigan; Meghan Faught, End Violent Encounters; Karen Poole, WMU-Cooley Law School Career Services coordinator; and Michael McDaniel, WMU-Cooley Law School’s Lansing campus associate dean.

 “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a hard-won nationally recognized holiday and because of the efforts needed to win that recognition, it is a holiday that cannot be spent on a couch, in a mall, or even alone,” said McDaniel. “The day, and the man that the day recognizes, demands that we spend time reflecting on our nation’s history and its future. Indeed, the juxtaposition of MLK Day and Inauguration Day makes it very clear that for every step toward justice and equality, there will always be push-back. The answer, though, is re-commitment to continue marching ever forward.”