WMU-Cooley Law School’s Tampa Bay Campus Holds Virtual Honors Convocation

On Sept. 3, WMU-Cooley Law School students Dalton Dennis and Jalitza Serrano were presented with WMU-Cooley’s Alumni Distinguished Student Award during the law school’s Tampa Bay campus Honors Convocation. During the convocation, law students are recognized for outstanding academic achievement, professionalism and leadership roles with various student organizations. This term’s event was held virtually due to COVID-19.

 Jalitza Serrano

Dennis, of Mount Vernon, Ohio, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Mount Union. He participated in the Melissa Mitchell Moot Court Competition during his time at WMU-Cooley. Dennis was also a member of Phi Delta Phi and was a teaching assistant for Constitutional Law I and II.

Pictured: Jalitza Serrano

Serrano, from Columbia, South Carolina, earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Florida International University. While at WMU-Cooley, she has served as president and historian of Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society, interim senior articles editor and senior articles editor of the Law Journal, community service chair of the Florida Association of Women Lawyers, graduation marshal, and treasurer of Mock Trial.

Ray C. Petty Jr., from Albany, Georgia, was presented with the President Thomas E. Brennan Scholarship. The scholarship, named after WMU-Cooley’s founder, is awarded to students who exemplify the leadership qualities of Justice Brennan. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Albany State University. At WMU-Cooley, Petty has served on the Student Bar Association and the Black Law Student Association, and was a winner in the Mock Trial Evidence Competition.

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: Amir Bahreini, Amanda Burch, Leslie Cabrera, Jenell Gillespie, Serrano, Nathan Tamulonis, Nurisha Harvey-Lopez, Raissa Levy, and Sarah Wallace.

Bahreini, from Ft. Myers, Florida, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. While at WMU-Cooley, he has served as external vice justice and active member of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, chief justice-elect of Moot Court, and general member of Mock Trial.

Burch, from Roanoke, Virginia, received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgia State University. While at WMU-Cooley, she has served as president of Sports and Entertainment Law Society; vice president, senator and parliamentarian of the Student Bar Association, staff writer at The Pillar, secretary of the Caribbean Law Students Association, treasurer of the Christian Legal Society, 1L liaison and member of the Black Law Students Association, graduation marshal, member of the Ambassador Program, and exam proctor.

Cabrera, from Hayamon, Puerto Rico, received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Central Florida. While at WMU-Cooley, she has served as resource editor and interim business manager at the Law Journal, secretary of Mock Trial, member of Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society, secretary of the Florida Association of Women Lawyers, and graduation marshal.

Gillespie, from Fayetteville, North Carolina, received a Bachelor of Science from Chowan University. She has served as president, vice president and treasurer of Black Law Students Association, vice chief justice and general member of Moot Court, associate editor of the Law Journal, and member of Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society while attending WMU-Cooley.

Tamulonis, from Indianapolis, Indiana, received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis. He has served as president, public relations chair, general board member of the national team, secretary and Intra-School participant of Mock Trial during his time at WMU-Cooley. Tamulonis has also served as a member of Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society, general member of Moot Court, and ARC graduate assistant.

Harvey-Lopez, from Orange, New Jersey received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Seton Hall University. While at WMU-Cooley, she has served as vice president and active member of the Christian Legal Society, vice president, community service committee and member of the Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society, an ambassador in the Ambassador Program, and ambassador in the Ambassador Program Hispanic Latino Law Society.

Levy, from Douala, Cameroon, received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Kaplan University online. She has served as interim business editor and business editor of the Law Journal, general member of Moot Court, senator and bar passage committee chair of the Student Bar Association while attending WMU-Cooley. 

Wallace, from Wilmington, North Carolina, received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. While at WMU-Cooley, she has served as justice and member of Phi Alpha Delta International Legal Honor Society, parliamentarian of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society, and member of Help Save the Next Girl.

Sep 16 2020

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