Combat veteran and attorney honored with award


Attorney Michael Schloff (second from right), of Michael D. Schloff PLLC, was presented with the Western Michigan University Cooley Law School Integrity Award during the law school’s “Integrity in Our Communities” speaker series on Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Auburn Hills campus. The Integrity Award is given to legal professionals who demonstrate the highest integrity in their profession.  Happy to present the award to Schloff were (left to right) Ashley?Cannon, president of WMU-Cooley Students for Personal and Professional Integrity Society; WMU-Cooley Assistant Dean Lisa Halushka; and WMU-Cooley Associate Dean Joan Vestrand.  Hosted by the law school and the Society for Personal and Professional Integrity, the speaker series offers students, staff, and faculty an opportunity to hear legal professionals share their experiences on ethics, service, or professionalism.      – Photo by John Meiu

Combat veteran and attorney Michael D. Schloff was keynote speaker and the recipient of the Integrity Award during Western Michigan University Cooley Law School's "Integrity in Our Communities" speaker series on Nov. 15 at the Auburn Hills campus. The award is presented to legal professionals who demonstrate the highest integrity in their profession.

During his remarks, Schloff spoke about three oaths he has taken during his life-the Marine Corps oath, his wedding vows, and the oath to become an attorney - and how they guide him as an attorney. He explained that conflicts do arise between self interest and client's interests and staying true to the client takes precedent. Schloff also shared the importance of extending the same courtesy you would expect to receive toward opposing counsel.

Quoting WMU-Cooley founder Thomas Brennan, Schloff said, "You know the difference between right and wrong. Do what's right."

Schloff is a civil and criminal trial attorney and owner of Michael D. Schloff PLLC in Bloomfield Hills. Before being admitted to the bar, Schloff was a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps serving in combat during the Vietnam War. He is a past president of the Oakland County Bar Association and has served on its board of directors.