Cooley Law graduates 456 new lawyers

On Sunday, Jan. 20, Thomas M. Cooley Law School presented 456 individuals with the degrees of juris doctor or master of laws during the school’s 112th commencement ceremony at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, Mich. In honor of the school’s 40th anniversary, Thomas E. Brennan, founder of Cooley Law School and former Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice, addressed the graduates.  In January 1973 Cooley began offering classes in Lansing and its inaugural class of students graduated in 1976.

Justice Brennan was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in 1953. He was elected to the Detroit Common Pleas Court in 1961, advancing to the Wayne County Circuit Court and finally to the Michigan Supreme Court, where he served as Chief Justice in 1969 and 1970.  In 1972 Judge Brennan founded the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, where he served as dean and president before retiring on January 19, 2002.
Timothy Schweigerdt, of Cooley’s Lansing campus, is also a recipient of the President’s Achievement Award and graduated summa cum laude.  Schweigerdt was unable to attend the commencement ceremony.