WMU-Cooley Grand Rapids Campus Holds Virtual Honors Convocation

WMU-Cooley Law School students were recognized for outstanding academic achievement, professionalism and leadership roles with various student organizations during the law school’s Grand Rapids campus Honors Convocation. This year’s honors convocation was held virtually due to COVID-19.

During the awards presentation, Cameron Liljestrand, from Hinsdale, Illinois, was presented with the Alumni Association Distinguished Student Award. The award is given to a selected few graduating students based on academic accomplishment, demonstrated leadership, meaningful extracurricular activities and post-graduation plans.

In addition to the Distinguished Student Award, Liljestrand was also a recipient of the law school’s Leadership Achievement Award and was recognized for his work serving on the Student Bar Association.  Liljestrand earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Missouri. While at WMU-Cooley, he has served as a senator and mentor for the Student Bar Association; an active member of the Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society; and a general member of Moot Court. Liljestrand has also served as the interim marketing editor for the Law Journal, publicity editor for Law Review, and as a teaching assistant.

Other law students honored with the WMU-Cooley Leadership Achievement Award, which acknowledges students who have consistently, comprehensively and effectively provided leadership in a variety of capacities, include: Wil Antonides, Sarah Bolen, Mara Chalfant, Aric Kasel, Bridget Saxton, Kristen Walenta, Nana Serwah Adu-Ampomah, Kyle DeCloux, Jason Johnson, and Ashlee Morris.

Antonides, from Ontario, California, earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Calvin University. While at WMU-Cooley, he has served as senator and vice president of the Student Bar Association; graduation marshal; associate editor for the Law Journal; and a member of Moot Court. Antonides has also served as a board general member and competition winner for Mock Trial.

Bolen, from Big Rapids, Michigan, graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Ferris State University. She has served as senator, mentor, and events coordinator for the Student Bar Association, as well as, president and events coordinator for the Organization of Women Lawyers during her time at WMU-Cooley. Bolen has also been involved with Mock Trial.

Chalfant, from Jackson, Michigan, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Michigan University. During law school, she has served as the vice president and secretary for the Organization of Women Lawyers; senator for the Student Bar Association; and Mock Trial Inter-School Competition participant.

Kasel, from Green Bay, Wisconsin, earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin. He has served as academic chair and mentor for the Student Bar Association, as well as a Mock Trial Inter-School Competition participant and winner, and a research sssistant while attending WMU-Cooley.

Saxton, from Kansas City, Kansas, graduated from Kalamazoo College. While at WMU-Cooley, she has served as interim managing editor of Law Review; member of the Organization of Women Lawyers, and a marshal and executive board member of the Phi Delta Phi International Honors Society.

Walenta, from Grand Rapids, Michigan, earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University. She has served as senator, mentor, and skills series chair for the Student Bar Association while attending WMU-Cooley. She has also been a member of the Organization of Women Lawyers.

Walker, from Edmore, Michigan, graduated from Lake Superior State University. While at WMU-Cooley, he has served as general board member and executive board member of Mock Trial, as well as a Mock Trial competition winner; senator and skills series committee member for the Student Bar Association; and treasurer for the Organization of Women Lawyers. He has also served as social media chair for Moot Court, and as a teaching assistant and research assistant.

Serwah Adu-Ampomah, from New Tafo Akim, Ghana, graduated with a Master of Laws degree from University of Reading, United Kingdom. While at WMU-Cooley Law, she has served as member, treasurer, and vice president of the Black Law Students Association; general member and competition chair of Moot Court; and as an active member of the Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society.

DeCloux, from Holland, Michigan, earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. While at WMU-Cooley, he has served as senator and mentor for the Student Bar Association, Mock Trial board member and competition participant, and has served the Grade Appeals Board as board member, coordinator, magistrate, and magistrate coordinator. He has also been an active member and executive board member of the Phi Delta Phi International Honor Society, a WMU-Cooley student ambassador, Moot Court competition winner, and served as a teaching assistant and research assistant for Evidence.

Johnson, from St. Ann, Jamaica West Indies, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgia State University. He has served as member and secretary of the Black Law Students Association, general member, executive board member, and treasurer for Moot Court, and senator of the Student Bar Association while at WMU-Cooley. He has also served as vice president, executive board member, and active member of Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society.

Morris, from Vincennes, Indiana, received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern Indiana. While at WMU-Cooley, she has served as treasurer, president, and general member of Moot Court; president and vice-magistrate of Phi Delta Phi International Honor Society; and mentor for the Student Bar Association. She has also served as the interim executive subcite editor for Law Review; and general member, competition participant, and volunteer for Mock Trial.

Sep 14 2020

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