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WMU-Cooley Law School recognizes Pride Month in June with Community Conversation Event

Registration is available online for the virtual event on June 5

LANSING, Mich. and RIVERVIEW, Fla. – WMU-Cooley Law School will recognize Pride Month in June with a Community Conversation event on June 5, featuring Preston Mitchum, an attorney, advocate, and activist for Black and LGBTQ+ rights.

With over 10 years of legal and policy experience, Mitchum is the founder and principal of PDM Consulting, a multi-purpose consulting firm focused on the power of Black people, LGBTQ+ people, and youth. As a gay man, he has served nonprofit organizations in a variety of leadership roles to help bring out the voices of historically oppressed audiences, including director of Federal Advocacy and Government Affairs at The Trevor Project; URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity; Advocates for Youth; the Center for Health and Gender Equity; Center for American Progress; and the National Coalition for LGBTQ Health.

Additionally, Mitchum has served as an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center and American University Washington College of Law, where he taught LGBTQ Health Law and Policy, and Sexuality, Gender Identity, and the Law, respectively.

Members of the public may register for the event: https://info.cooley.edu/community-conversations


Attorneys discuss ‘Making and Preserving the Record for Appeal’

As part of the 2023 Virtual Lunchtime Trainings, the State Appellate Defender Office and the Criminal Defense Resource Center will present a webinar on “Making and Preserving the Record for Appeal” Tuesday, June 20, from noon to 1:30 p.m. via Zoom.  This training will feature SADO’s Matt Monahan and Kathy Swedlow. 

Monahan is an assistant defender at SADO. Prior to joining SADO, he worked for U.S. District Court Judge Laurie Michelson, Eastern District of Michigan.  He previously taught high school in Chicago.

Swedlow is the manager of the Criminal Defense Resource Center (CDRC). Prior to joining the CDRC, she was the deputy administrator of the Michigan Appellate Assigned Counsel System.  Swedlow formerly worked as a professor and assistant dean at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School.  She also worked as an assistant federal defender with the Capital Habeas Unit of the Defender Association of Philadelphia and in the Staff Attorneys’ Offices in the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Second, Third, and Sixth Circuits. Swedlow is the author of the SADO Defender Appellate Manual and three law school textbooks.

To register for the webinar, visit www.sado.org.  Anyone with questions may contact CDRC Manager Kathy Swedlow at kswedlow@sado.org.

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