Ethics, professionalism focus of orientation event

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– Photos by John Meiu

PHOTO #1: Western Michigan University Cooley Law School’s Auburn Hills campus recently hosted a State Bar of Michigan Professionalism in Action Orientation for incoming students. The orientation premiered at the school in May 2009 under then State Bar of Michigan President Edward H. Pappas. Numerous judges and lawyers from metropolitan Detroit gave up their afternoons to meet in pairs with small groups of six to eight students each to discuss real-life ethics and professionalism issues that the students may confront as lawyers. Among those participating in the May 4 program were (front row, left to right) WMU-Cooley Auburn Hills campus Assistant Dean Lisa Halushka, Syeda Davidson, Paul Monicatti, Jim Derian, and Daniel Bates; along with (back row, left to right) Christine Stephens, Jeffrey May, Oakland County 52-2 District Court Judge Kelly Kostin, Steven Drakos, and Oakland County 52-1 District Court Judge Travis Reeds.

PHOTO #2: At the same time, WMU-Cooley conducted its Honor Code Convocation where new students take the oath to be ethical students. Leading the oath was Oakland County 52-1 District Court Judge David Law (left). The honor code states that “ethics are as important as academic performance and the mastery of practical legal skills.” All entering students, faculty, and staff take the oath as a commitment to the law school’s ethical standards.


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