Mentor Jet Program at Cooley


WMU-Cooley Law School’s Auburn Hills campus recently hosted the National Association of Women Judges 2019 Mentor Jet program.  The event was coordinated by WMU-Cooley’s Career and Professional Development Department and the Auburn Hills campus’ Organization of Women Law Students. Pictured are (front row, l-r) Hon. Tracey A. Yokich, Macomb County Circuit Court; Hon. Nanci I. Grant, Oakland County Circuit Court; Hon. Michelle M. Rick, 29th Circuit Court and Michigan chair of the National Association of Women Judges; Hon. Cynthia Meagher Arvant, 46th District Court; Hon. Cynthia Thomas Walker, 50th District Court; (second row) Salam F. Elia, Elia Law, PLLC; Sarah L. Rickard, Barton Malow; Ilana Ben-Ze’ev, ABZ Group; Samantha J. Orvis, Garan Lucow;  Zenell Brown, Wayne County Circuit Court; Ashley Turner, Oakland Mediation Center; Jordan Zuppke, Zupac Law; Professor Linda Kisabeth, WMU-Cooley Law School; (back row) Eric Nordan, Foley Baron Metzger & Juip; Melissa Wangler, Michigan Indigent Defense Commission; Michale Griffie, Butzel Long; Antwuan Hawkins, Levine Benjamin Law Firm; Amber Cervantez, Hewson & Van Hellmont, P.C.; Zackery Hugg, Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc.

The Auburn Hills campus of Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, the Career and Professional Development Department and the Organization of Women Law Students (Auburn Hills, chapter) hosted the 2019 Mentor Jet speed networking program for law students. The event is sponsored by the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ) and coordinated by Judge Michelle Rick, 29th Circuit Court and Michigan chair for the NAWJ.

During the event, law students, recent graduates and newly admitted attorneys had the opportunity to meet judges and attorneys allowing for those in attendance to meet with a variety of legal professionals and gain knowledge about working in the field of law. Nearly 20 legal professionals spoke about their experiences as attorneys using the speed mentoring format.

Dean Joan P. Vestrand stated, “Every year we look forward to this signature event and thank Judge Rick and all the Mentors for their dedication to mentoring our future lawyers.”


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