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West Michigan WMU Cooley Law School Community News - Week 15 Michaelmas 2018


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

Week 15 - Monday, December 10, 2018 to Sunday, December 16, 2018

December 2018  

    The extended exam week building hours are listed below:  
    Opening hours
    Monday through Friday - Bldg opens at 7 a.m.
    Library opens at 8 a.m.
    Saturday, building opens at 7:30 a.m. 
    Closing hours
    Monday through Thursday - Bldg closes at 1 a.m.
    Friday, building closes at 10 p.m. (library closes at 6)
    Saturday, building closes at 12:30 p.m. (library closed)
    Sunday, building closed.

    Break hours are Monday through Friday only from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.   The building will be closed from Saturday, December 22 until Tuesday, January 1.   On Wed., January 2 the building and library are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  On Thursday, January 2, the building it will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (orientation), and Friday, January 3, it will be open 8 .am. to 5 p.m. (orientation).   The library will open at 9 a.m. even though the building opens at 8 a.m.

    Weekend classes start Saturday, January 5.  The building will be open on Saturday, January 5, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for DE classes.  On Sunday, January 6, the building will be open from Noon to 5:30 p.m.  Weekday classes begin on Monday, January 7, and regular building hours return with opening at 7:45 a.m. M-F, and closing at midnight Monday through Thursday, and until 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.

Friday, December 7, 2018  
  • Snacks will be in room 120 (Mentorship Committee).  Color a bag for Kids Food Basket.
        Room 120.  All week.

Monday, December 10, 2018 to Saturday, December 15, 2018 
  • Exam Week.

  • Bring your exam ID, photo ID, pen, pencil, earplugs if needed, and a computer if needed to each exam.  Find your exam schedule on the Portal under the tab "exams+grades", and click on exam schedule (make sure the view shows Sep-18).


Link to GR News article from the Lawyer as Conflict Manager event:  http://legalnews.com/grandrapids/1467225/

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.

The Deborah House Donations:

From Osi Onukogu:  BLSA wants to thank the student body for your donations. We are extremely grateful for your support. We hope you have an enjoyable winter break and good luck on finals!

Read the GR News article at this link:  http://legalnews.com/grandrapids/1467802/

"Grand Rapids’ Mayor Bliss graciously spent the afternoon drinking coffee and enjoying snacks with WMU-Cooley's Organization of Women Lawyers at the Grand Rapids campus. Mayor Bliss described some personal challenges of being a women in traditional settings along with what it is like to be involved in local government and politics. Mayor Bliss encouraged everyone together involved in their community and to stand up for what you believe in. She even cited a famous Gandhi quote: "Be the change that you wish to see in the world”.
The Organization of Women lawyers thanks you, Mayor Bliss!"

Volunteer and work with local attorneys - Below is the link for Hillman Advocacy Program Details:

Registrar Reminders

It may be helpful when planning your schedule to see what required classes are necessary for elective choices.  The course list on the Portal and website gives required classes for each class individually, but this is from the perspective of if I take Business Org. for example, what electives can I now take that require Bus. Orgs. as a prereq.?  Take a look, and see if this helps you.

Registration for Hilary 2019

The course schedule is on the Portal under the Student Services tab.  Click on the Hilary 2019 Registration Starts November 7 link.  Under the middle column, click on the Course Schedule link in either pdf or Exel to sort.   We have a copy of courses also in the link below, but always use the Registrar's page for the official list. 

2019 Course Schedules and History of Classes


Laura Genovich, a graduate of WMU-Cooley Law school, described Pretrial Skills as one of her most useful classes that she had while in law school.  I asked her if she'd give me a recap of why it was so useful for her so that I could share it with you, and below is her recap.  Students may collect their notebooks with all of these materials during Grade Appeals after each term.

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):


NEW 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.

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