Focusing on professionalism


 Earlier this month, Thomas M. Cooley Law School’s Auburn Hills campus hosted a State Bar of Michigan Professionalism Orientation program which first 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 afternoon 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.

Among those participating in the program were (front row, left to right) Cooley Auburn Hills Assistant Dean Lisa Halushka, John O’Brien of the U.S. Attorney's Office, Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Martha Anderson, Oakland County Probate Court Chief Judge Linda Hallmark, and Joshua Van Laan of the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office; along with (middle row, left to right) Oakland County 46th District Court Judge William Richards; Richard Zuckerman of Honigman, Miller, Schwartz, & Cohn LLP; David Gillam of the City of Royal Oak; Oakland County Circuit Court Judge James Alexander; and James Cunningham of  Williams, Williams, Rattner, & Plunkett PC; and including (back row, left to right) Douglas Hampton of Law Offices of Douglas D. Hampton PC; J. Randall Secontine of Flood, Lanctot, Connor, & Stablein PLLC; Thomas Rombach of Law Offices of Thomas C. Rombach; and Thomas Cranmer of Miller, Canfield, Paddock, & Stone PLC.  Also participating in the event but not pictured were Genesee County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Farah and Elias Escobedo of Elias J. Escobedo Jr. PLLC.

Photo courtesy of Cooley