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West Michigan WMU Cooley Law School Community News - Week 8 Hilary 2019


Thinking...Learning...Sharing...Creating on the 
Grand Rapids Campus and Kalamazoo Location

Week 8 - Saturday, February 23 through Friday, March 1, 2019

February/March  2019  

    Building Hours:  Opening at 7:45 a.m. M-F.  Closing at midnight Monday through Thursday, and at 10 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  The building opens at 8 a.m. on Saturdays and at noon on Sundays.  The library opens at 8 a.m. each day except Sunday when it opens at Noon.

Saturday, February 23, 2019                       

  • Mock Trial Novice Competition

        Contact Steven Balkema for more information.      

Monday, February 25, 2019                       

  • Phi Delta Phi Honor Society General

  • 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., Room 513.                         

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 

  • SBA General Body Meeting

  • Noon to 1 p.m., Room 513.                    

Friday, March 1, 2019        

  • Mock Trial Movie Night, A Few Good Men

  • 5:00 p.m., Room 513.   Professor KP will show segments and discuss advocacy skills.                 

Saturday, March 2, 2019        

  • BLSA:  Congratulatory Mixer for Circuit Court Judge Christina Elmore

  • 5:00 p.m. to 8 p.m., Forty Acres.  See slide at right.                 


The Wills for Veterans Program that many of you assisted with was written up by Cynthia Price in the GR Legal News - The link is below.  Thanks for making a difference in people's lives.

Connecting to WIFI instructions:

The Grand Rapids room for the Leadership Award Points may change to 513.  Please watch for an update or sign on the door!

To have access to your student organization email account, use the two-step process to update Director Humphrey on your orgs status, and gain access.

Student Orgs:  

1) Complete the Student Organization Registration form  with board member names (all active students orgs. need to do this each term).

2) Fill out the Organization Website Access form to request email, website, and calendar access. This link should be filled out be each member who wants access. 

Do you want to use your legal education to protect animals? The Animal Legal Defense Fund, a national non-profit organization that works to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system, offers law students the opportunity to make a real difference in animals’ lives. Animal Legal Defense Fund Student Chapters are law student organizations that share our mission and strive to make this world a better place for animals. Please consider starting a chapter at your school today!

Benefits to starting a student chapter at your school include:

Animal law clerkship, scholarship, and fellowship opportunities

Free tabling and advocacy materials

Emails about animal law conferences and local events

Grants for holding or attending events, including a $100 grant to provide plant-based food at your first meeting!

Be a leader in the fight to win animals the legal protection they so desperately need and deserve. Learn more and start a chapter at your school: www.aldf.org/startachapter. You can also contact Kelly Levenda, Animal Legal Defense Fund Student Programs Attorney, at klevenda@aldf.org for more information.

Join the State Bar of MI as a student member.  Click on the link below to access the form:

Link to GR Bar website with legal job postings including support staff:  http://l.mi.gra.associationcareernetwork.com/jobs/


Sign up for volunteer opportunities in the second-floor Access to Justice Clinic.  If you have any questions contact Aaron Cook, Access to Justice Staff Attorney at cookaa@cooley.edu.

We have three official notaries available at the Grand Rapids Campus:

   Hillary Hansen, hansenh@cooley.edu
   Jennifer Lennon, lennonj@cooley.edu
   Assistant Dean Tracey Brame, bramet@cooley.edu     

Find Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo community resources and more at 

Sign up for the Outreach and Emergency System Notification!
Add your text, email, and/or phone messages to the WMU Cooley notification system. 
To learn how to set your personal preferences, watch this Instructional Video:  https://youtu.be/2Eg02ulPVpU 
This video will demonstrate how you can add additional contact information, as well as how to opt-in for campus-specific notifications. If you require assistance after viewing this video, please contact the Student Tech Helpdesk:  studenttechhelp@cooley.edu or at (517) 371-5140 x3300.

For scholarship applications, deadlines, submission requirements, and more, visit the portal home page and click on Financial Aid - Scholarships. 

Trouble with iphone and WiFi?
Remove the current connection from the phone, if it shows up under the WiFi settings.  Restart the phone.  Then please follow these instructions:

Student Service Office Hours

Student Services:
The 2nd floor Student Services Office is open:
Monday 8 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.
Tuesday 8 a.m. - 7 p.m
Wednesday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday 8 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
(Contact hansenh@cooley.edu to schedule an appointment for other hours)

Library Information


Many of you have enjoyed full ICLE access as Clinic or Advanced Research students during the term enrolled in a Clinic or Advanced Research class.  Others in selected paper courses (or using an ICLE book as a text in class) have been provided a maximum of two ICLE titles chosen by your Professor (as long as your Professor chose to participate in this program).  However, with the two book limit you did not have access to forms, webinars, etc.


JD students that have a research project in any research or elective course may request 30 day access twice during the contract year.  Which means for two classes during the three terms of a contract year (September 2017 - August 2018).  Students with Clinic Access should request 30-day access for other courses or projects if access is not provided.  Students with two book limits may also request 30-day access for their course if they need expanded access.



With the 30 day access comes FREE Access to ICLE's Premium Partnership.  


What do you get with Access to the Premium Partnership?


    Access to over 55 Online ICLE books

    Access to the Formbank

    Access to live webinars.

    Access to How to Kits

    And Much More


How to Enroll 
You may take advantage of this 30-Day access to the Premium Partnership twice each academic year. Simply submit the online form provided

Academic year. Simply submit the online form provided at:

www.icle.org/FreeResources/CooleyLaw   As your law school, ICLE contact, I  will create a username and password and you will receive an email from ICLE with your 30 day username and password within about a minute of when I create the username/password.


Caveat:  Please read the terms of agreement closely and do not attempt excessive downloads of books/forms as ICLE monitors this closely and perceived abuse could lead to an honor code violation.


If questions, please do not hesitate to contact Tim Innes, Head of Public Services Auburn Hills Campus innest@cooley.edu 616-301-6850 ext. 7712.  He is the WMU-Cooley ICLE liaison.

See sign-up link below:
Sign-up Form for the Mock Trial Novice Competition:

Share the news of the Open House on March 7 at 5:30 p.m.

Registrar Reminders

The following are available on the portal under "My World": Address change - click "change my address," make changes, save; transcript - click on the link for your unofficial transcript; billing statement - real time posting.

Click HERE to read some of

the articles in "The Pillar!"

Or simply enter this address on your browser:


Please check your WMU Cooley email (through the portal) and the portal calendar regularly!       

Discover Local Events at:


Gala at Luna for the American Cancer Society


You can pay your library fines online!

Login to MyCoolCat: https://library.cooley.edu/patroninfo

Click the link:   $ in unpaid fines and bills

Click:  Pay Online

The City of GR uses meter parking with Motu for online accounts and payments.  You may also pay with coins or credit cards.   
(click Motu link below):



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Graduate Study Space in 

Kalamazoo - Waldo Library 

which law students may use  

Remember to bring your Bronco Card to use the space.  If you have any difficulties, please contact Dean Srojny at strojnyd@cooley.edu.  If you need assistance with your Bronco Card, please contact Bill Fleener at fleenerw@cooley.edu.

There are study rooms available for your use in Waldo. Students need to reserve/check the rooms out in person at the Service Desk when you enter the library to the left (where you also get course reserves).  You should be able to schedule future use as well.

You have access to this new third floor space. There are a few group study rooms here as well. See the announcement below. It is very quiet!  

From WMU - 

Explore our new graduate space
Are you a graduate student looking for a place to study, collaborate with peers or just hang out? The new Graduate Student Commons at Waldo Library is available exclusively for you. From individual study cubicles and lounge seating to work tables and four group study rooms, the Commons has the work spaces you need.

The Graduate Student Commons is available for use by all graduate students enrolled at Western Michigan University. A valid Bronco Card is required to enter the space. Come check it out on the third floor of Waldo Library in room 3028.

Reminder to sign up for the Emergency Notification System - sign onto the Portal, Go to Blackboard Connect under My World, and select your notification method.
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