Professionalism in Action: Law students take honor code oath

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– Photos courtesy of WMU-Cooley

PHOTO #1: State Bar of Michigan President-Elect Donald Rockwell (stadning right) spoke with incoming students at WMU-Cooley’s Auburn Hills campus during the law school’s Professionalism in Action Orientation Program.

PHOTO #2: Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Mark Switalski administered the WMU-Cooley Honor Code Oath during the law school’s orientation program on April 28 at the Auburn Hills campus.

PHOTO #3: During WMU-Cooley’s Professionalism in Action Orientation Program, judges and attorneys offered students advice on various professional and ethical dilemmas faced by attorneys in practice. Participating in the program were (front row, left to right) WMU-Cooley Assistant Dean Lisa Halushka, State Bar of Michigan President-Elect Donald Rockwell of Nill Rockwell PC, WMU-Cooley Associate Dean Joan Vestrand, and and Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Edward Ewell; along with (back row, left to right) Antoinette Raheem of Law and Mediation Office of Antoinette Raheem PC; Jeffery May of Kerr, Russell, & Weber PLC; Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Mark Switalski; and Wayne County 36th District Court Judge David A. Perkins.


On April 28, incoming students at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School’s Auburn Hills campus participated in the law school’s Professionalism in Action (PIA) Orientation program and took the law school’s honor code oath. During the program, State Bar of Michigan (SBM) President-Elect Donald Rockwell spoke to students about the importance of being an ethical lawyer, and Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Mark Switalski administered the honor code oath.

During his remarks, Rockwell said, “The best lawyers I know are the ones with the highest ethics. You cannot be a good lawyer without being an ethical lawyer.”

As part of the Professionalism in Action event, law students had the opportunity to meet with judges and attorneys from the community and ask question about professional and ethical situations attorneys may face during their careers.

Before administering the law school’s honor code oath, Switalski spoke about the dos and don’ts of a lawyer, but from the perspective of a judicial clerk.

The WMU-Cooley honor code is the commitment all entering students take, along with the law school’s faculty and staff during each orientation. At each campus, a judge administers the oath and new students are introduced to WMU’s honor code, which states, “ethics are as important as academic performance and the mastery of practical legal skills.”