Judge Faber administers WMU-Cooley's honor code oath at GR orientation


Judge Jennifer Faber of the 61st Judicial District Court spoke to incoming students and presented the honor code during orientation at the Grand Rapids campus of Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, Jan. 4-5. All entering students, faculty and staff take the honor code oath at orientation as a commitment to the law school’s ethical standards.

Before administering the honor code, Faber played a clip from The Paper Chase, a 1973 film depicting the experiences of a first year law student at Harvard Law School. She discussed the determination and commitment necessary to succeed in law school, and described professionalism and integrity as the foundations of the legal profession.

Students also took part in the Professional in Action program during orientation, a statewide program emphasizing ethics and professionalism for incoming law students by the State Bar of Michigan. Local attorneys who participated in the program were WMU-Cooley graduates Christine Welton, Ron Pierce and Todd Gravelyn. The students were able to ask the attorneys questions and discuss ethical situations attorneys may face in their careers.

Faber was appointed as a judge by Gov. Rick Snyder in October 2014. Before joining the bench, she was a general practice attorney for 15 years. She served as managing partner at Sherlund, Faber & Van Meter, PLLC, where she appeared in circuit, district and probate courts throughout West Michigan. She also served for 10 years as a special assistant attorney general. Faber is a 1999 graduate of WMU-Cooley Law School.