Bowman honored with integrity award

Hon. Leo Bowman was presented the Integrity Award during WMU-Cooley Law School’s Integrity in Our Communities speaker series, Friday, Nov. 13. The award is given to legal professionals who demonstrate the highest integrity in their profession.

Bowman, a native of Pontiac, Michigan, was elected to the bench in 1988, and was re-elected in 1994, 2000 and 2006. He served as chief judge of the 50th District Court for eight years. In 2007, Governor Granholm appointed Bowman to the 6th Circuit Court, Oakland County. He is the first African American male to serve as a permanent member of the Oakland County Circuit Court.

During his remarks Bowman told WMU-Cooley students that the legal profession is the “noblest” of professions, and the law school “got it right” by introducing students to issues of ethics and professionalism during orientation and throughout the course of study. Bowman encouraged students to review the WMU-Cooley Honor Code, the Michigan Code of Professional Ethics and the Lawyer’s Oath in order to familiarize themselves with what is expected of them as a member of the legal profession. 

The Integrity in Our Communities Speaker Series brings nationally and locally recognized speakers to WMU-Cooley Law School to talk about issues, trials, and lawsuits on ethical and professional matters.


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