Professionalism in Action


– Photos by John Meiu

On Wednesday, September 2, Western Michigan University Cooley Law School’s Auburn Hills campus 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 gave up their afternoons to meet 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.

PHOTO #1: Among those participating in the program were (front row, left to right) WMU-Cooley Auburn Hills campus Associate Dean Joan Vestrand, WMU-Cooley Auburn Hills campus Assistant Dean Lisa Halushka, Michelle Donovan, Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Martha Anderson, Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Annette Berry, and Robert Rothman; including (middle row, left to right) Jake Cunningham, Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Jim Alexander, Oakland County 52-4 District Court Judge Maureen McGinnis, Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Michael Warren, Edwar Zeineh, and Rob Morad; along with (back row) Neil MacCallum, Christine Stephens, Oakland County 52-2 District Court Judge Kelley Kostin, Oakland County 51st District Court?Judge Jodi Debbrecht Switalski, retired Judge John Gilbreath, Jeff Matis, State Bar of Michigan President Tom?Rombach, and Jeff May.

PHOTO #2: Also on September 2, WMU-Cooley conducted its Honor Code Convocation where new students pledged to be ethical students.  Leading the oath was Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Michael Warren (right).