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West Michigan WMU Cooley Law School Community News - Week 14 Hilary 2020


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

Week 14 - Monday, April 6 through Sunday, April 12, 2020

April 2020  

    GR Building Hours: 


    GR Library Hours:
    See Library section below for more information 


Tuesday, April 7, 2020      

  • Online Drop in Tuesday session with Dean V.

    Noon, online at the Webex Personal Room link on right.

  • Multiple-Choice Bar Lab (Professor Dunbar) DE

    5 p.m. to 6 p.m. (may be offered online).

Wednesday, April 1, 2020    

  • Essay Bar Lab - DE

    Noon to 1 p.m., (may be offered online).

  • Other online activities as students organize throughout the week.

Sunday, April 12, 2020    

  • Last day to complete the online course evaluation for this term.  

    Find the form on the Portal, and let your voice be heard.


SBA Public Calendar Link - this puts the events the SBA adds to the SBA calendar on your own calendar to save you a step!  

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, please update your status each term!

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 by each member who wants access. 

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


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you can help yourself and your loved ones stay healthy by washing your hands often, especially during these key times when you are likely to get and spread germs:

  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After using the toilet
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
  • After touching an animal, animal feed or animal waste
  • After handling pet food or pet treats
  • After touching garbage

Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community—from your home and workplace to childcare facilities and hospitals.

The CDC recommends following these five steps:

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 30 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

"When we have an outbreak of an infection in a school or hospital and we go in to do testing, if we improve on hand washing in the area, the outbreak usually goes away," Dr. Enk said.

New research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge aims to put those doubts to rest by showing just how important washing the hands can be in slowing down the spread of infectious disease. In the study, researchers found 30 percent of people do not wash their hands after using the restroom, and half of those who do, don't do it correctly.

ABA Video on Seeking Addiction Help:

Is anyone you know struggling with depression?

Contact Dean Vuletich or one of your professors.  See the resource guide below for options as well.

The Law School Committee and the ABA Law Student Division are selling t-shirts with the tagline “you are not alone” in support of  its mental health programs.  The link is below.


Financial Savings at Meijer using the new Flashfood app where you can purchase close dated items at a discount: 

Flashfood app article link

Career Services
Good morning,

In our Career and Professional Development Office, we use the Career Services Management system, powered by Symplicity. To build student feedback into their software development process, Symplicity is seeking creative individuals who are passionate about innovation, from schools who use Symplicity products, to apply for their Student Advisory Group. The group is comprised of students from law schools all over the United States.

As advisors to the company, students will be asked to participate in six virtual meetings each year (only a laptop and an internet connection is required) ), and will be compensated with a $25 Amazon gift card for each meeting attended. 

It is a great way to provide input on a product used by our institution, help build an awesome student user experience for all students, and interact with peers from all over the country.

To apply: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/student_advisory

The Symplicity Team

Symplicity / Career Resources

What can I do on Symplicity?

1.  Login to the Portal using the Chrome browser.  Click on the tab "Careers", "Symplicity", and then "Get Started".  
2.  Build my profile.
3.  Upload my resume.
4.  Search for jobs by looking at open positions.
5.  Request a meeting through the calendar button for resume review or other career counseling.
6.  RSVP for On-campus programs and workshops through the events tab.

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

Accessing the Alumni Database
Sign onto the Portal using the Chrome browser.
Click on Alumni under My World.
Under Networking, click on Alumni Directory.
Read the agreement requirements, and click "I Agree" if you agree to abide by those requirements.


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

      Jennifer Lennon, lennonj@cooley.edu
   Associate 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 through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and hours outside of these hours may be scheduled by emailing hansenh@cooley.edu.

Library Information

The Grand Rapids Campus Library may be physically closed, and the staff working from home, but we are still available to assist with legal research, reference questions, electronic study aid access, citation services, and legal database training just to name a few services. Auburn Hills librarian, Michael Bird, wrote a special Research Guide, entitled Remotely Accessing Library Materials During Online Class Environment.  

Access to Reference Services:  You can connect with your Grand Rapids Reference Librarian, Donyele Darrough at (darrougd@cooley.edu). If you contact her during normal business hours you will get a fairly quick response, but give her up to 24 hours to respond. You can also just click on the following link “Ask a Librarian” to reach out to the general Reference email.

All other Reference Librarians from any other campus are also available to help. Their names and email addresses may be found at https://www.cooley.edu/students/library/contact

Here are other great services available through our online catalog, CoolCat.

CoolCat: Our online catalog offers access to ebooks and legal websites. Think of it as your legal Google. There are thousands of full-text ebooks and law review articles available directly through the electronic catalog, www.library.cooley.edu, including a number of study aids like Q & A and Understanding series.

Electronic Resources: Also accessible through the “CoolCat” homepage, you will find links to Legal Trac, Westlaw, HeinOnline, Index to Legal Periodicals, Legal Scholarship Network, Lexis, and many more.

Research Links: Find links here to important law-related employment, legal, national, and state resources.

Research Guides: Using our librarian created research guides will help you identify useful print, electronic and internet sources pertinent to their legal issue.

Lexis Digital Library via Overdrive and Thomson Reuters Proview: These are the two largest legal publishers. We have added hundreds of titles in the digital version to our collection with links in Coolcat as well as through the Electronic Resources page.  

Finally, do not hesitate to reach out to the Library for any reason related to help support you in the online environment. If we don’t have the answer, we will help you find it.


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 616-301-6800 ext. 7712.  He is the WMU-Cooley ICLE liaison.


Take-home exams will be available on Monday, April 13 at 9 a.m. 
We have created a comprehensive resource to assist you in preparing for your Hilary 2020 exams including practice sessions. Please review the Hilary 2020 Term Final Exam Student FAQs 

MI Bar Resources Link below

Webex Connections - signal strength recommendations
See also this link for bandwidth discussions:

Dear GR/Kzoo Community Members:

Join us for  "drop in" sessions on Tuesday.   It was great to connect, just chat about whatever we wanted (did you know that you can take a virtual tour of the famed British Museum?) and take a break!  

The next drop in session is next Tuesday, April 7 at noon.  Here is the link if you can to come join us!

Dean V 

Below is a link to an article about WMU offering free online fitness classes through Facebook and WMU's Rec. Ctr.

Cook County (Chicago, IL) Minority Law Student Job Fair

Memory Tips:

Registrar Reminders

By popular demand, the school is offering more classes online rather than using distance education between the campuses.  You will use your own equipment to participate in classes, but you may be at your home, work, or even on campus during your online courses just as long as you use a regular computer (no phones), have a good internet connection, have a camera and microphone (which must be on during the entire class), and be free from distractions (no driving, no background noise, etc.).  Make sure there is no hold on your account so that you can register during your day/time.  

Standard schedules are on the Portal under "Academics" / "Schedules" / select your standard schedule based on the number of credits you are taking to see which classes you should be taking.

One-Year Schedule Plan
You may review the September 2020 and January 2021 schedule plans on the Portal under the "Student Services" heading.  Then select the "Registration" link.  Then select the "Registration" tab.  In the middle column, you'll see a link to the "One-Year Schedule".  

Previous exams and papers
Temporarily Suspended.  Request exams and papers that you didn't pick up during Grade Appeals by completing this form (link below), attach your grade report, and provide this information to exams-gr@cooley.edu or come to the second floor Student Services office with the form and grade report.  We will mail the materials if you are not on campus this term, but otherwise you may pick them up from Student Services.

Questions about exam4 (laptop exams) and upgrades?  Go to this site for answers:  https://www.exam4.com/support/

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:



Financial Aid Reminders

After Registration each term, complete a credit adjustment form for Financial Aid.   The link is here:  Credit Adjustment Form Link  To change your direct deposit account, use this link:

Direct Deposit Form link

FAFSA collects data from two years ago.  Complete each spring for renewing your Financial Aid.  

Loan Status - did I submit everything needed?
Do you have a question about the status of your loan?  Have you checked the Portal?  If not, sign onto the Portal, click on the tab “Student Services”, and then scroll down to find “Financial Aid”, and click on the link.  Click on the blue link for “NetPartner – Check your award status, loan history, & more.  This will tell you if documents are missing, or if some action is needed!

Grad Plus Loans need new requests each January term for the May term.

There is a new website for federal loans - it is https://studentaid.gov/

When your Financial Aid paperwork is complete, and you have accepted your loans after receiving the email from ESS@cooley.edu, when can you expect your funds?

1st-term students - week 3

2nd-term students and students on AP - week 6.

3rd-term + students (not on AP) - week 1 or 7 to 10 days after the school receives the money from the Department of Education whichever is later.  

Review scholarship opportunities from the school on the list located on the Portal under Financial Aid

Representatives from the Board of Law Examiners shared important information with students, and you can access the presentation from the links below.  

Panopto Recording link with slides:


Slides only link:

Mental Health Question Removed from the MI Bar Application beginning in February 2021.  The link to the GR Legal News article is below.

Do you need a copy of your original law school application?  If so, email ESS@cooley.edu for assistance.

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

Discover Local Events at:


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):

Parking Passes:  Studio Park, just one block west of the school, has monthly parking passes available for $155 per month.  The link is below.  



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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