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Presidential Reflection

By: Katherine Frances Mortensen
       2013 Lansing Student Bar Association President

Tell me about a time when you had to accomplish a task under a tight deadline while working with someone who was difficult to get along with.

What are the three most important things that you contribute to an organization? What are the three most important things that you could contribute to our firm?

How do you deal with stress or conflict?

When have you failed? Describe the circumstances and how you dealt with, and learned from, the experience.

Can you answer these common interview questions compiled by the American Bar Association? I can. And I can say with certainty that the 40-some class senators, class directors and executive board of the Lansing Student Bar Association can answer the above with detailed, concrete examples from their law school career.

I ran for SBA President because I believe in Cooley and its students.  Being that I was a full-time student of 22 years of age, living downtown with no children and few commitments, I thought I could give back to those students whose lifestyles are not so flexible. I have always been proud to be here, and am proud to have led the largest SBA in the country.... Click to continue reading

    President: Stephanie Hale 

I am excited to be your candidate for SBA President for 2014. I am excited to take on this challenge and serve our student body and school. I am currently in my 4th term at Cooley. I have been elected as one of the Mclean class senators for the last 3 terms. I have also been a member of SBA Committees, a Student Ambassador, a Graduation Marshal, an SBA Tutor, as well as a member of multiple student organizations. I received my bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies from SUNY Fredonia in 2011. 

As we are approaching finals and all of its stresses from breaking down ambiguous concepts and theories the SBA’s Diversity Team of the Stone Class decided to throw a “Game Night,” totally unexpected. It was the best stress reliever I have had in my law school career. 

It was a “throw-back party.” We played Super Mario Brothers on Nintendo, which I have not seen since I was a kid-not to tell my age, but it brought back old memories. As each player battled to get Mario v. Luigi to the finish line, teammates and on-lookers cheered them on. 

On Wednesday November 6, 2013 Northwest Initiative held its 7th annual Prison Poetry Project. The event was hosted by the Advocacy, Re-entry, Resources and Outreach (ARRO) program at the Avenue Café in Lansing. The Prison Poetry Project raises money to support the ex-offender reintegration program. Although it was a free event for the public, 50/50 raffle tickets were sold throughout the night in hopes of raising funds for the project.