Ethics and Professionalism


Incoming law students at WMU-Cooley Law School’s Auburn Hills campus participated in a two-day orientation program Jan. 3-4, which included opportunities to learn about ethics and professionalism from State Bar of Michigan President Jennifer Grieco and Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Jacob Cunningham.

During the Professionalism in Action program, Grieco welcomed students on behalf of the bar, and encouraged them to always keep ethics in the front of their mind, as the most successful lawyers are the most ethical.  She also encouraged students to become active in their local and state bar associations as a way to develop relationships with other lawyers.

The WMU-Cooley Honor Code Oath, which states, “ethics are as important as academic performance and the mastery of practical legal skills,” was administered by Cunningham. Speaking to the students during the Honor Code Convocation, Cunningham told students that they need to take their ethical obligations seriously.

“It takes a long time to build a reputation, and seconds to ruin it,” said Cunningham.