Department of Justice gives Cooley adjunct professor, administrator Patriot Awards


Joan Rosema-David and Traci L. Schenkel are presented with the United States Department of Justice’s Patriot Award during a ceremony June 25. Left to right, former U.S. Army Sergeant Amy Suchecki-Ames, ESGR volunteer; Rosema-David; Richard Burn, ESGR Michigan outreach director; Schenkel; and Attorney Joseph Rossi, ESGR committee member.

by Cynthia Price and from Cooley Law School sources

On June 25 on Cooley’s Grand Rapids campus, the Department of Justice’s Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) division presented Patriot Awards to two Cooley Law School graduates/adjunct faculty.

Joan Rosema-David, Cooley's Grand Rapids campus deputy director and adjunct professor, and Traci L. Schenkel, Cooley adjunct professor and family law attorney, were chosen because of their willingness to
help student Jennifer Bylsma, who was being deployed with her army unit, Alpha Company 415th, finish course work early and schedule final exams while she was waiting for deployment.

The Patriot Award recognizes individuals nominated by a guardsman or reservist for the support provided directly to the nominator by a business or college. The award reflects the efforts made to support “Citizen Warriors” through a wide-range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families and granting leaves of absence if needed.

In a nomination submitted by former U.S. Army Sergeant Amy Suchecki-Ames, a volunteer with ESGR, Jennifer Bylsma — who is now deployed — said of Schenkel, “She has made it possible for Soldiers like me to continue their civilian careers while serving.” Bylsma stated concerning Rosema-David, “She has gone out of her way to ensure my success in law school.”