Cooley brings faculty members together

On Oct. 15, Thomas M. Cooley Law School brought law-teaching faculty from area undergraduate institutions together with its full-time and adjunct faculty for “Conversations on Teaching and Learning Law.”

The group, which met at the Grand Rapids campus, shared light refreshments and talked about the challenges and delights of teaching law.

In the photo at left (page 1), Magistrate Judge Joseph Scoville, Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan (center) talks with participants. Also shown facing the camera, 17th Circuit Court Judge Christopher Yates, second from left, and Grand Rapids campus Associate Dean Nelson Miller, second from right.

At right top (page 2), Michigan Court of Appeals Chief Judge William Murphy speaks with Cooley Assistant Dean and Associate Professor Tracey Brame. Sameer Bhimani, who will be teaching an Advanced Writing course as an adjunct, is in the background.

At right, bottom: New Visiting Professor LaRissa Hollingsworth McKissack speaks with Grand Rapids campus Associate Dean Nelson Miller. She will teach Torts I next term.

In other Cooley news, Michigan soldier Christopher Horvath, who graduated from the law school in May, and took his bar exam in July, was sworn in by live videoconference Nov. 24 from his post in Kuwait 6300 miles away. Horvath was sworn in by Chief Judge William Murphy of the Michigan Court of Appeals followed by Chief Judge Paul Maloney, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan. 

Sgt. Horvath married his  wife Dena in June and was sent for a 12-month tour of duty in Kuwait on Nov. 1, precluding his participation in the traditional swearing-in ceremony.

Dena Horvath, a third-year Cooley student, and many family members will attend the ceremony at the Michigan National Guard Joint Forces Headquarters in Lansing.

"Chris is putting his life on the line for our country; arranging for this special ceremony is the least we can do to show our appreciation for his service," said Heather Spielmaker, director of Cooley's Service to Soldiers: Legal Assistance Program and the law school's Center for Ethics, Service and Professionalism.