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West Michigan WMU Cooley Law School Community News - Week 14 Hilary 2019


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

Week 14 - Saturday, April 6 through Friday, April 12, 2019

April  2019  

    Building Hours:  Opening at 7:45 a.m. M-F.  Closing at 1 a.m. for extended review and exam week hours. 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.   

    Highway 196 Westbound closure at 131 starts Monday with access to Fuller, College and Ottawa avenues only.  See link below:



Friday, April 5, 2019        

  • RELAX Before Finals event

  • Noon,  Room 529.   Lunch, board games, and music.   

  • Committee for Improving Bar Performance

        1 to 2:50 p.m., Room 308.   All are welcome to attend.

Saturday, April 6, 2019        

  • Quiet Room for Contemplation

  • All day until 6 p.m..  Room 529.

Sunday, April 7, 2019        

  • Quiet Room for Contemplation

  • All day until 6 p.m.  Room 529.

Monday, April 8, 2019        

  • Have you filled out your class evaluations yet?

  • Your feedback is important to your professors and the school.  Your responses are carefully reviewed.  Please take the time to fill out the form.  It is anonymous.

  • Final Exam Schedule updated on the Portal under exams+grades.  Find the term, and take a look at your final exams.

  • On the Portal. 
  • Quiet Room for Contemplation

  • All day until 10 p.m.  Room 529. 

Tuesday, April 9, 2019        

  • Quiet Room for Contemplation

  • All day until 10 p.m.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019        

  • Kalamazoo Location:  Honors Reception hosted by Dean Vuletich

  • 12:45 until 2 p.m., WMU-Schneider Hall, Room 3150.
  • Quiet Room for Contemplation

  • All day until 10 p.m.

Thursday, April 11, 2019        

  • Quiet Room for Contemplation

  • All day until 10 p.m.   

Friday, April 12, 2019        

  • Quiet Room for Contemplation

  • All day until 10 p.m.

Saturday, April 13, 2019        

  • Exams Begin

  • All day until 10 p.m. 
  • Quiet Room for Contemplation

  • All day until 6 p.m.   

Sunday, April 14, 2019        

  • Exams

  • All day until 10 p.m.
  • Quiet Room for Contemplation

  • All day until 6 p.m.

Monday, April 15, 2019        

  • Exams

  • Per schedule.   

  • Quiet Room for Contemplation

  • All day until 10 p.m.   


A thank you video from a 2013 graduate from the Grand Rapids Campus, Jacob (Jake) Levine.  He served as SBA president for a year, and he has fond memories of being a student on campus.

Connecting to WIFI instructions:

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. 

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.

Memory Tips:

Kalamazoo Location:

Link to RSVP below:
I've invited you to fill out a form:
Welcome Back at the Whitecaps
Please join the SBA for Welcome Back at the Whitecaps! Tickets are on a first come, first serve basis and ARE limited by the section we have reserved. Fireworks will follow the baseball game!

Where: 5/3rd Ballpark, Comstock Park
When: Saturday, May 18th at 7:00 PM
Deadline to RSVP: Please answer by May 8th, which is when tickets must be purchased by the SBA. If your attendance answer changes, please just return to this survey and change your answer accordingly.

Hope to see you there!

Registrar Reminders

The class schedule for this summer is on the Portal under Student Services / Registrar / Trinity Term 2019 banner.  that is where the most up to date information will be.  Below is a recap of data pulled from that file for the GR campus.  There are no classes in Kalamazoo during the summer terms.

2019 Course Schedules and History of Classes



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 

Make sure to bring your law 

school Bronco Card to use it!


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.

Library Information:
1. Course reserves for all classes taught in Kalamazoo are available for checkout at the Waldo Library main desk. This includes textbooks and supplemental study aids for all courses taught on campus.
2. Print materials are located in either the first floor reference area or the second floor general stacks. Most American law titles are classified under the KF call numbers. Michigan materials are located under KMF numbers. There are full sets of federal and Michigan statutes as well as federal and state supreme court case reporters.
3. Access the Library's online catalog, Coolcat, at http://library.cooley.edu/ to see which print and online resources are available to all law students. Use the Request it to have an item delivered to you at any campus. Select the KALAMAZOO Circulation Desk for location and enter Kalamazoo Location Student in the special instructions box. You will get an email when your item is shipped to Kalamazoo.
4. If you have any questions about access to materials in either print or digital format, please contact Associate Dean Strojny at strojnyd@cooley.edu

The Lexis Nexis printer is in the Graduate Commons at Waldo Library in KZ.  It is available for use to print from Lexis only - thank you Lexis, the library, and IT!

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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