Judge receives Integrity Award


– Photo courtesy of WMU-Cooley

Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Leo Bowman (second from left) was presented the Integrity Award during Western?Michigan University Cooley Law School’s Integrity in Our Communities speaker series on Friday, November 13, at the school’s Auburn Hills campus. The award is given to legal professionals who demonstrate the highest integrity in their profession.  Congratulating Bowman were (left to right) Joan Vestrand, WMU-Cooley associate dean; Lisa Halushka, WMU-Cooley assistant dean; and Derrick Bridges, WMU-Cooley student and courtroom clerk to Bowman.  During his remarks, Bowman told WMU-Cooley students that the legal profession is the “noblest” of professions, and the law school “got it right” by introducing students to issues of ethics and professionalism during orientation and throughout the course of study. Bowman encouraged students to review the WMU-Cooley Honor Code, the Michigan Code of Professional Ethics, and the Lawyer’s Oath in order to familiarize themselves with what is expected of them as a member of the legal profession.  Bowman, a native of Pontiac,  was elected to the bench in 1988, and was re-elected in 1994, 2000 and 2006. He served as chief judge of the 50th District Court for eight years. In 2007, Governor Granholm appointed Bowman to the 6th Circuit Court, Oakland County. He is the first African American male to serve as a permanent member of the Oakland County Circuit Court.


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