First in the nation! IPRS student chapter begins at Cooley's Ann Arbor campus

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By Frank Weir

Legal News

Blossoms are blooming and so is the very first law school affiliated chapter of the Irish Perennial Rescue Society.

Judge Timothy Connors has announced that the Ann Arbor campus of Cooley Law School has established a student IPRS chapter headed by second year student Maxwell Coolidge.

Connors visited the campus Friday when the school was holding its Student Organization Fair and a number of law students expressed interest in the chapter.

A number of them planned to attend the first Avalon Housing Gardening with Grace flower planting event set for last Sunday. The planting is sponsored by the WCBA and its Public Service Committee.

Two more Avalon Housing gardening events are set for May 28 and June 5.

As most know, the IPRS is dedicated to beautifying public spaces by planting and maintaining perennial flower gardens including gardens around the Washtenaw County Courthouse.

In noting that the Cooley student IPRS chapter is the first in the nation, Coolidge said that "the student IPRS chapter will be dedicated to recruiting student volunteers for the WCBA's gardening projects.

"This will provide students with a great opportunity to get to know the members of our outstanding legal community and best of all, will be a great way to lend a hand to those in need and demonstrate Cooley's ongoing commitment to being a good neighbor and caring for our surrounding community."

Coolidge noted that he was introduced to the IPRS by his friend and mentor, Judge Connors.

"I chose to be involved because I love gardening," Coolidge said, "and I am always looking for ways to help my school get involved in the community.

"IPRS is a thriving organization in Washtenaw County and I thought Cooley ought to be involved. I hope that by recruiting more student volunteers the WCBA will be able to do more good for the community. It's just a great opportunity for everyone," Coolidge said.

Published: Mon, May 23, 2011

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