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Local attorney to receive high honor, be conducted as Fellow

David R. Fernstrum of Mika, Meyers, Beckett & Jones has been elected a Fellow by the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, the highest recognition by one’s colleagues of sustained performance in the profession, exemplifying integrity, dedication and excellence.

The College was established in 1995 through an initiative of the Section of Labor and Employment Law of the American Bar Association. It operates as an independent organization recognizing those who, by long and outstanding service, have distinguished themselves as leaders in the field of labor and employment law, individual rights, collective bargaining and dispute resolution.

The installation will be Nov. 8, 2014, in Los Angeles, co-incident with the Annual Continuing Legal Education Conference of the ABA Section.

Cooley Law student receives Tax Student Achievement Award

Cooley Law School student Aaron Cook received the State Bar of Michigan (SBM) Taxation Section Tax Student Achievement Award at the section’s Annual Conference May 22.  Cook was nominated by Marjorie Gell, Cooley tax professor/vice chair of the SBM Taxation Section, and recognized for his excellence in the study of tax law while at Cooley’s Grand Rapids campus. He has volunteered for Cooley’s Volunteer Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which offers free tax help to low income individuals, persons with disabilities, and the elderly who need tax return preparation assistance.

“In addition to being an excellent Cooley student with a keen interest in tax, Aaron is an IRS-certified volunteer [with] a strong commitment to... the [VITA] program,” said Gell. “His service demonstrates a true dedication to Cooley’s mission of giving back to the community.”