MLK Day Activities


In observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day and WMU-Cooley Law School’s Equal Access to Justice Day, the law school’s Lansing campus hosted MLK Day of Service Activities on Jan. 20 and 21.

On Jan. 20, WMU-Cooley students, faculty, and staff volunteered at the Greater Lansing Food Bank. On Jan. 21, Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Wanda M. Stokes was the keynote speaker during the law school’s annual Equal Access to Justice Luncheon.

While echoing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Stokes told the audience that “an injustice for anyone is an injustice for everyone,” and that civil rights, “although far from perfect, there has been progress since Selma in 1965.” She shared a video of Rep. John Lewis remembering King, Selma, and the March on Washington.

Stokes was appointed to the 30th Circuit Court by Gov. Rick Snyder in 2018. Before being appointed judge, she served as director for the state’s Talent Investment Agency. Previously she worked in the Office of General Counsel at Ford Motor Company; as an attorney with Fieger, Fieger, Kenney & Johnson; served as a Michigan Assistant Attorney General, and as a deputy director in the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

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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