Judge Donald L. Allen Honored with WMU-Cooley Law School’s Integrity Award
Judge Donald L. Allen Jr. was recently honored with WMU-Cooley Law School’s Integrity Award. Judge Allen received the award following his keynote speech on March 22 as part of the school’s “Integrity in Our Communities” speaker series. The award is presented to legal professionals who demonstrate the highest integrity in their profession.
During his presentation, Judge Allen said it is a privilege to help others. He spoke to WMU-Cooley law students, faculty and staff about the importance of values, integrity and preserving one’s reputation.
“It takes years, maybe even decades to develop a reputation for your integrity, for your professionalism,” Allen said. “It takes years and years of doing the right thing, but it only takes seconds for that to be destroyed.”
Allen is the presiding judge of the 55th District Court Sobriety Court, which focuses on the rehabilitation of repeat offense substance abusers in Ingham County. He has spent most of his professional career as an assistant attorney general at the state’s attorney general office.
In 2005, Allen was appointed deputy legal counsel to Gov. Jennifer Granholm. The following year, Granholm appointed him to serve as director of the Office of Drug Control Policy, which he served until his 55th District Court appointment in 2008. Judge Allen was appointed chief judge of the court by the Michigan Supreme Court on Jan. 1, 2016.
About Western Michigan University Cooley Law School: WMU-Cooley Law School resulted from the 2014 affiliation that combined WMU's status as a nationally-ranked, public, comprehensive research university with the commitment to practical legal education of an independent, non-profit, national law school. WMU-Cooley is accredited by both the American Bar Association and the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The law school has provided nearly 20,000 graduates with the practical skills necessary for a seamless transition from academia to the real world, and enrolls classes in January, May, and September at its Lansing, Auburn Hills, and Grand Rapids, Michigan campuses, and its Tampa Bay, Florida campus. WMU and WMU-Cooley Law School operate as independent institutions with their own governance structure and separate fiduciary responsibilities.