Convocation explores 'Problems of White Lies in American Culture'


– Photos courtesy of WMU-Cooley


On March 14, family and friends of Western Michigan University Cooley Law School students who were recognized for outstanding academic achievement, professionalism and leadership roles with various student organizations joined together during the law school’s Auburn Hills Honor’s Convocation.  The convocation began with a presentation by Lisa DeMoss, WMU-Cooley professor and director of LL.M. in Insurance Law, about the problem of white lies in American culture.

During her remarks, DeMoss said attorneys must assume a larger role in educating the public about how insidious white lies have become in public discourse.

DeMoss noted that attorneys are uniquely trained to recognize the difference between opinion and fact and the desirability of establishing truth as the foundation for trusting relationships.

“Once we have lost the ability to trust one another to speak the truth, all relationships are reduced to nothing more than transactions for personal gain,” DeMoss said.

The Leadership Achievement Award, which acknowledges students who have consistently, comprehensively and effectively provided leadership in a variety of capacities, was presented to five students: Eric Field, Helen Khouli, Rosston Ramsey, Christina Reid and Melanie White.

Field, of Grosse Point, is the president of the Federalist Society and secretary of the Jewish Law Student Association at WMU-Cooley’s Auburn Hills campus. He is also a member of the State Bar of Michigan Law Student Association.

Khouli, originally from Syrian Arab Republic, serves as president of the Society for Personal and Professional Integrity, and as an ambassador for the law school through the Cooley Ambassador Program. Cooley Ambassadors are student volunteers who assist the school each term as a mentor and first friend to members of the incoming class during orientation. Khouli has also served as a leader of Student House Council.

Ramsey, who hails from Detroit, serves as president of WMU-Cooley’s Black Law Students Association. He has served as a senator of the Student Bar Association, and as a member of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society, as well as Student House Council. He is also a Cooley ambassador.

Reid is originally from Royal Oak.  She is managing editor of the WMU-Cooley Law Review and has been a leader in Student House Council. Reid has also been a member of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan and was involved in Cooley Volunteer Corps.

White, from Detroit, has served as president and an executive board member of Moot Court, as well as associate editor and articles editor of the WMU-Cooley Journal of Practical & Clinical Law, which is a legal journal published by students three times per year. White has also been involved in the Society for Personal and Professional Integrity, the Weekend Student Organization and Cooley Volunteer Corps.

Also during the ceremony, WMU-Cooley student Dinah Lynch was recognized for her leadership and dedication to the WMU-Cooley Journal of Practical & Clinical Law. 

Lynch, the senior articles editor for the journal, was presented with the Recognition for Service and Andaloro awards. This Andaloro Award was created in the memory of the journal’s 2012 Managing Editor Amber Andaloro, whose contributions to the journal are still present today.