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National magazine lists WMU-Cooley Law among most diverse institutions

WMU-Cooley Law School is among the most diverse higher education schools in the nation according to Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine. In its summer 2018 issue, the national publication ranks WMU-Cooley 13th for total minority and third for African Americans receiving law degrees out of 100 schools in the nation.

 The magazine’s Top 100 Law Producers rankings are based on U.S. Department of Education data reports submitted by the institutions, as well as a review of the schools’ 2016-17 preliminary data. In 2016-17, WMU-Cooley reported 35 percent total minority and 19 percent African American graduating students, according to the magazine’s report.

Throughout its four campuses in Michigan and Florida, WMU-Cooley’s enrollment data includes the following:

• 42 percent students of color

• Age range: 21-71

• 43:57 male-to-female ratio

• Over 100 veterans

 “Our law school is committed to providing a legal education to people from all walks of life,” said Don LeDuc, president of WMU-Cooley. “We believe the study of law should not be an esoteric pursuit and that the practice of law should not be an elitist profession. Diversity is the soul of our society.”


Consumers Energy sues for more than $1 million over power line damage

MACKINAW CITY, Mich. (AP) — Consumers Energy has filed a lawsuit, saying a tugboat anchor caused more than $1 million in damage when two underwater power lines were severed in April.

Spokeswoman Katie Carey says the lines have been out of service since 1990 but remain in the Straits of Mackinac near the Mackinac Bridge. The utility still is considering what to do with them.

Consumers Energy is the latest to file a lawsuit over the April 1 anchor incident. Enbridge Energy, the state of Michigan and the owner of other power lines are also suing VanEnkevort Tug and Barge, alleging damage.

Consumers Energy says the "no-anchor zone" is well known. The lawsuit was filed last week in federal court in western Michigan. A spokesman for the tugboat company declined to comment Monday.


Portrait of Judge Roberts to be unveiled

U.S. District Court for Eastern Michigan Judge Victoria Roberts will be honored with a portrait unveiling ceremony from 3-4:30 p.m. Friday, August 10 in Courtroom 100 at the Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse, 231 W. Lafayette in Detroit. The public is invited to attend. Ceremony will start promptly so arrive early for security clearance. The portrait ceremony, a tradition for veteran federal judges, will coincide with Judge Roberts’ 20th anniversary on the federal bench. She was appointed in 1998 by President Bill Clinton. A reception will immediately follow the unveiling. For additional information, call Linda Vertriest at (313) 234-5230.