Cooley's Auburn Hills campus hosts events in honor of MLK

In observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Black Law Students Association at WMU-Cooley Law School’s Auburn Hills campus has organized MLK Day of Service activities. On Jan. 21, events at WMU-Cooley’s Auburn Hills campus begin at 10 a.m. featuring a brunch, a scholarship award presentation, and the discussion “Living the Dream” with attorneys Aaron Burrell, Michael Friedman, and Erika Morgan as keynote speakers.
Burrell practices complex litigation, labor and employment law, appellate law, and minority business enterprises at Dickinson Wright. He has defended clients in a wide range of discrimination and unfair labor practice claims in state and federal court, as well as before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Michigan Department of Civil Rights and the National Labor Relations Board.

Friedman is retired from the law firm of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP where he was a partner in the employee benefits, executive compensation and insurance groups. Before becoming an attorney, he drove a truck in Cleveland, Ohio for 14 years, and was a union activist, being a founding member of Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU).  TDU is still active and is the longest running rank and file caucus in U.S. labor history.  Friedman is a certified mediator and handles pro bono court ordered mediations.

Morgan, who practices law at Morgan Law, has experience in criminal, immigration and estate planning law. Before her legal career, Morgan had over 15 years of investigative work, including experience with the Michigan Attorney General Office in the Civil Rights Division. She served as a probation officer for the 36th District Court and the Michigan Department of Corrections. 

WMU-Cooley’s Equal Access to Justice Day suspends classes in observance of MLK Day. Students, faculty and staff devote the day to reflect and attend programs on the role of law and lawyers in protecting the right of everyone and assuring equal access to justice.


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