Judge Hugh Clarke, (Wiest Class, 1979) says that since he graduated, he has seen a significant change in the diversity of attorneys who are practicing law.
Monthly Archives: April 2012
Damaging Our Diversity Efforts: One of the Unintended Consequences of the Current Employment Debate
John Nussbaumer has worked to help diversify the profession since 2005, when then National Bar Association President Reginald M. Turner recruited him to join the NBA Law Professors Division. Since then, he has spoken frequently on this topic, including presentations at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 2007 Annual Legislative Conference, the American Association of Law Schools 2009 Annual Meeting, and the American Bar Association’s 2010 Annual Meeting. He has also written extensively on diversity issues, most recently a 2011 article co-authored with Professor E. Christopher Johnson titled The Door to Law School, published in the University of Massachusetts Roundtable Law Journal. He is the recipient of the National Bar Association’s 2007 Presidential Award and the ABA Council of Legal Education Opportunity’s 2008 Legacy Justice Academic Achievement Award, and he just finished a three-year term on the ABA Council on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline.
Nelson P. Miller, along with co-editors James D. Robb and John D. Crane, has just published a book called Lawyers as Economic Drivers: The Business Case for Legal Services (Vandeplas Publishing, 2012). The book presents essays by practitioners from across the nation containing insightful descriptions of how lawyers promote prosperity in the United States and beyond its borders through their legal services. Those essays provide a spirited and detailed defense against the recent, uninformed and short-sighted attacks against legal education from politicians, gadflies, media “talking heads,” journalists, anonymous scam bloggers, some members of our own profession and even, perhaps inexplicably, members of the academy. The post below is an edited excerpt from Dean Miller’s chapter, called “Data and Scholarship on Lawyer Economic Activity.”
Four Cooley Law School alumni were honored in March at the Ingham County Bar Association’s Third Annual Barristers Night. The event included The Young Lawyers Section of the Ingham County Bar’s “Top 5 Under 35” Awards.
Among those honored were Cooley Law School graduates Ross Bower, Lindsey Elya, Donald Rencher, and Edwar Zeinch.