Professionalism Publications

Innovative Mentoring: Maximizing Relationships To Become A Successful LawyerProfessionalism Plan - The Second Decade:
Bringing Professionalism to a New Generation of Law Students

The Professionalism Advisory Committee’s 20 recommendations, combined with input from staff, faculty, and others, form the basis for this new professionalism plan’s 25 initiatives that will guide us through the next decade.

Innovative Mentoring: Maximizing Relationships To Become A Successful LawyerInnovative Mentoring: Maximizing Relationships To Become A Successful Lawyer

Focusing on "professionalism mentoring," the book:

Inspiring Pro Bono: The Thomas M. Cooley Law School Experience

Faculty and students regularly contribute thousands of hours per year to such efforts through pro bono projects and through externships and clinics. In this document, we focus on the 2009 pro bono efforts our students have undertaken without the awarding of academic credit - not even clinic or externship credit. Cooley has truly fostered an overwhelming commitment to pro bono service.

Reflections of a Lawyer's Soul: Institutional Experience of Professionalism at Thomas M. Cooley Law School

By Amy Timmer and Nelson Miller. The several-hundred-page book, titled Reflections of a Lawyer’s Soul—The Institutional Experience of Professionalism at Thomas M. Cooley Law School, celebrates how professionalism has permeated the law school’s program. Written in response to the recent Carnegie Foundation report Educating Lawyers, the Reflections book documents how Cooley Law School anticipated by many years the report’s conclusion that law schools need to better integrate skills and ethics with law schools’ traditional knowledge dimension.

Creating a Culture of Professionalism in Law School: The Thomas M. Cooley Law School Experience

How Cooley successfully implemented the 18 initiatives from the original plan. This program was selected for the 2006 Professionalism Award from the ABA Standing Committee on Professionalism. Read about the ABA Professionalism Award.

Professionalism Plan: Professionalism Taught, Learned, and Lived in Law School

Eighteen proposed initiatives, developed by Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Endorsed by the Student Bar Association, Faculty, Staff, Board of Directors, Alumni Association, and Board of Governors, and supported by the State Bar of Michigan.

Michigan's Guide to the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA)

The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) offers special protections to soldiers against civil actions like divorce and foreclosure while they are deployed. Cooley and attorneys with Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP (Honigman) bring clarity to SCRA's application for Michigan's courts and, ultimately, provide another layer of support to Michigan servicemen and women.


Download a copy of the Michigan's Guide to Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (PDF).

SCRA amendment for mortgages and cell phones:

Members of the Bench - Feb. 2011 (PDF)

Judge Advocates, Legal Administrators, and Paralegals - Feb 2011 (PDF)

Learn how lawyers develop and adapt professional identity, how lawyers protect the public against bad law practice, and more.


Charles Toy
Associate Dean of Career and Professional Development
[email protected]
(800) 577-6745

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