WMU-Cooley’s Tampa Campus Holds Virtual Honors Convocation

WMU-Cooley Law School Tampa Bay students Yveline Dalmacy and Lakeshia S. Thomas were presented with Leadership Achievement Awards at the law school’s honors convocation on July 14.

The Leadership Achievement Award acknowledges those students who have consistently, comprehensively, and effectively provided leadership in a variety of capacities. The award is intended to be the culmination of the recipients’ participation in leadership activities at WMU-Cooley.

Dalmacy, originally from Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Hunter College-CUNY. While attending WMU-Cooley, she has been president of the Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Student Association; the Federal Bar Association; and was a member of the Moot Court Competition team.

From Orangeburg, North Carolina, Thomas earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of South Carolina-Aiken.  She served as a member of the law school’s Black Law Students Association; the Real Property, Probate & Trust Student Association; and the Mock Trial board.

Additionally, Joeie Skelly was presented with the Alumni Association Distinguished Student Award. The award is given to selected graduating students based on academic accomplishment, demonstrated leadership, meaningful extracurricular activities and post-graduation plans.

During the convocation, it was shared that The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division selected WMU-Cooley Law School as Law School Affiliate of the Year 2020-2021, which is the highest distinction a law school can receive by the Young Lawyers Division Law School Affiliates. Recognized as current and past members of the Law School’s Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Law School Affiliates were Daniela Mendez, who serves as the law school’s administrator; law students Susan Lee and Yasmin Rammaha; and WMU-Cooley graduate Ray Petty.

WMU-Cooley beat out all other Florida law schools to obtain this outstanding recognition. The law school was recognized for its collaborative contribution with the Hillsborough County Bar Association, George Edgecomb Bar Association, Hillsborough Association of Women Lawyers and the Federal Bar Association. WMU-Cooley, along with these bar associations, celebrated Black History Month by putting on Good Trouble Virtual Book Club series, in recognition of the late Congressman John Lewis. The book club consistently had over 80 participants attend on a weekly basis. WMU-Cooley Law School was awarded $2,000 in grant funds from the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division for its commitment to mental health and wellness, diversity and inclusion, professionalism, and networking initiatives.

Jul 16 2021


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