Ethics, professionalism issues in the spotlight

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Western Michigan University Cooley Law School’s Auburn Hills campus recently hosted a State Bar of Michigan Professionalism in Action Orientation for incoming students. The orientation premiered at the school in May 2009 under then State Bar of Michigan President Edward H. Pappas. Numerous judges and lawyers from metropolitan Detroit met in pairs with small groups of six to eight students each to discuss real-life ethics and professionalism issues that the students may confront as lawyers. Among those participating in the program were (front row, left to right) James Langely, WMU-Cooley Assistant Dean and Prof. Lisa Halushka, Michelle Donovan, Lynn Helland, State Bar of Michigan President Jennifer Grieco, Syeda Davidson, Genesee County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Farah, and Choi Portis; along with (back row, left to right) retired Judge Jack Gilbreath, Jordan Fields, Jeff May, Ashley Lowe, Greg Need and Lori Smith.

– Photos by John Meiu

During the Aug. 28 orientation event, WMU-Cooley conducted its Honor Code Convocation where new students take the oath to be ethical students. The honor code states that “ethics are as important as academic performance and the mastery of practical legal skills.” All entering students, faculty and staff take the oath as a commitment to the law school’s ethical standards. Leading the oath was Genesee County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Farah.

 

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