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Outpouring of Sacrifice and Humanity in Boston Transcends Marathon Tragedy

October 31

This blog was originally posted April 24, 2013. Terry Carella is the director of communications for Cooley Law School and is race director of Cooley’s annual Race for Education. Carella was a Boston Marathon finisher on Monday, April 15, 2013. She was just a block away from the explosion after heading back to the finish to retrieve the medal she had missed upon finishing minutes earlier. Without hesitation, Terry plans to run next year in what will be her 9th consecutive Boston Marathon.

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WMU-Cooley Faculty Analyze Recent Use of Deadly Force by Police

October 26

This blog was originally posted July 11, 2016. WMU-Cooley Law School faculty have brought their scholarship and practice expertise to help students and the public understand the tragic events of Louisiana and Minnesota arising from police shootings of civilians they had stopped. They have recently appeared in media in Michigan and Florida on the circumstances under which deadly force may be used in self-defense or during an arrest. Here are some of their thoughts, with links to their media appearances.

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Recognizing Key Role of Adjunct Professors to Law Students Learning

October 25

Blog contributor Distinguished Professor Emeritus Otto Stockmeyer explains the historic role of the part-time faculty and the tremendous contributions they have made to WMU-Cooley Law School law students over the decades.

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How Pro Bono Adds to the Bottom Line

October 24

Lawyers doing pro bono service can be good for a law firm’s bottom line, even while good for everyone else.  That premise was the subject of a presentation that WMU-Cooley Associate Dean Nelson Miller recently gave to leaders of the Hillsborough County (Florida) bench and bar in Tampa at a bar association inaugural annual pro-bono luncheon.  It is also the subject of Dean Miller’s ABA Law Practice Management Section book “Building Your Practice with Pro Bono,” copies of which the event organizers gave to attending lawyers and judges.

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WMU-Cooley law professor faces off on fixing healthcare

October 24

The word “contentious” could be applied to many social and political issues of our times, but few can compare with the ongoing healthcare debate. It is one issue that has the potential to touch everyone, from the day of conception to the end of life. And likely will.

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Living in Tampa: Fall bucket list for students

October 23

There’s plenty to do near our WMU-Cooley Law School Tampa Bay Campus. Our students love learning and living in the Sunshine State all year long. But Fall comes with some extra opportunities for fun. So go ahead, take that study break, and see how quickly you can cross these items off your fall bucket list. Read more about freaky fun things to do this fall in Tampa...

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Ken Wyniemko — Never Giving Up, Never Giving In

October 17

Nine years can be a relatively short time, or a very long time, depending upon circumstances. If you’re raising a family, nurturing your children and watching them grow, it can whip by in a flash. If you’re in prison for a crime you didn’t commit, it would drag on, second by miserable second.

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The importance of the first year of law school

October 16

Blog author WMU-Cooley Distinguished Professor Emeritus Otto Stockmeyer devoted 35 years to teaching first-year law courses. Below he offers his thoughts on the important role of the first year in training successful lawyers.

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WMU-Cooley Faculty Homeland Security Expert and Ret. Brig. Gen. Michael McDaniel Speaks on Las Vegas and How to Protect and Prevent Tragedy

October 08

Following the tragic events in Las Vegas, Homeland and National Security Law expert and WMU-Cooley Associate Dean Michael C.H. McDaniel was contacted by media outlets to comment as an expert resource. Dean McDaniel provided analysis about the shooting that killed 58 individuals who attended the Route 91 Harvest Festival. He also talked about various methods law enforcement and venues use to prevent tragedies and how individuals can protect themselves at large-scale events.

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High School Students Learn How Law Libraries Are Far More Than a Place to Do Research

October 06

It's all gotten so easy. If you have a question, you just ask your phone or plug in a search. Shazam! You have the answer. Simple. Right? So much research can be done online and in the comfort of one's own home. It seems like going to the library to work or study is almost a lost art. Something from the past. A creaky old antique. Unnecessary.  Nothing could be further from the truth for law students. Students not only spend hundreds of hours in the law libary studying, they come to appreciate and love the library, and a librarian's help even more.  

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