SUMMER 2018  •  Volume 1  •  Issue 1

Welcome to the new electronic version of Benchmark Column, a seasonal publication of the Offices of Communications and Alumni Relations at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. Following requests from many alumni to receive more news electronically about the school, we will publish Benchmark Column in collaboration with the Outreach Committee of our Alumni Association. You will of course continue to receive the award-winning Benchmark alumni magazine twice a year, in the summer and winter, but we hope you also enjoy hearing more of the latest information and news from the law school in Benchmark Column. − Tiffany Foskey (Smith Class, 2003) Alumni Association President, New York City, New York  

Judge Martlew

President Leduc retiring, Martlew named interim 

Following 16 years as President and Dean, Don LeDuc has announced he is stepping down from that office effective September 1, 2018. The school has appointed Judge Jeffrey Martlew to serve as WMU-Cooley’s Interim President. A 1976 WMU-Cooley graduate, Judge Martlew is former Associate Dean and Professor Emeritus of the law school and a former member of its Board of Directors. Having previously retired as the founding Associate Dean of WMU-Cooley’s Tampa Bay campus, he has been selected to serve the school as Interim President until a permanent successor is chosen. 

honoring president Leduc's legacy 

In light of President and Dean Don LeDuc’s retirement from office, planning is already underway for selecting his permanent successor.  The selection process will include an advisory committee constituted from the law school’s Board, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and representatives of Western Michigan University.  To help with that process, we encourage you to send to your thoughts on how you have benefited from the school's flexibility, campus locations, clinical opportunities, externships, service programs, the faculty, and scholarships. How has the opportunity to attend WMU-Cooley enhanced your life? We will provide more details about the transition in the Fall Benchmark Column.
Dean Don LeDuc

Dunn on board

John Dunn and Don LeDuc

We are happy to announce that John Dunn, the former President of Western Michigan University, joined the WMU-Cooley Law School Board of Directors this summer.


McDaniel Leads

General Michael C.H. McDaniel

Associate Dean Michael C.H. McDaniel not only leads the law school's Lansing campus, but was instrumental in helping find solutions during the Flint crisis by Creating Continuity in Chaos. 


Giving Voice to Victims

We are proud of Judges Rosemarie Aquilina and Janice Cunningham for empowering abuse survivors by giving them a voice. 

Benchmark Magazine

Cooley for Kids

Cooley for Kids Day

Everyone is a kid on Cooley for Kids Day! Over 500 area Parks & Rec kids, WMU-Cooley law students, faculty and staff all enjoyed another beautiful, sunny day for the 18th Annual Cooley for Kids Day at Cooley Law School Stadium.


come to an Alumni Event

Meet up with your fellow graduates at one of our nationwide Alumni Networking Events.


join Alumni association

Reap the benefits of being a part of WMU-Cooley's worldwide network of 20,000+ colleagues, experts and friends.


read our official blog

Want to read more stories about your fellow graduates? We share your stories on the official law school blog page. 


many faculty experts

WMU-Cooley Professor and Con Law expert Brendan Beery is our featured faculty member on our website. 


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