Saturday, November 27, 2010

Law School and Bar Collaborating to Teach Professionalism

How can a bar association help law students learn about professionalism? In the November 2010 issue of the Michigan Bar Journal, Amy Timmer, Associate Dean of Students and Professionalism at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, tells us what her law school and state bar association have done. Here is her summary:

 In the area of professionalism,

Cooley has partnered with the

State Bar on:


• Character and fitness in our new-student

orientations and in our personal and professional

responsibility classes


• Mentoring law students and a study of

that mentoring project undertaken by

Oakland University and supported by

a grant from the Michigan State Bar



• The first and all subsequent professionalism

orientations for law students


• Hosting Attorney Discipline Board panel

hearings at Cooley and meetings of the

Attorney Grievance Commission


• Supporting the Richard Steinberg Memorial

Treatment Fund and the services

provided by the State Bar Lawyers and

Judges Assistance Program through proceeds

from our Grand Rapids campus’s

Barrister’s Ball


• Holding some sessions of the State Bar

Annual Meeting at Cooley


• A wellness initiative


We also partner with county and special purpose

bar associations on mentoring, pro

bono, and professionalism opportunities, and

find that these partnerships result in rich

experiences for our students.


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