THOMAS M. COOLEY LAW SCHOOL PRESIDENT AND DEAN DON LEDUC RECEIVES GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS JOURNAL NEWS
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Posted by: Michelle Rahl
COOLEY LAW SCHOOL PRESIDENT AND DEAN DON LEDUC RECEIVES
BUSINESS JOURNAL NEWSMAKER OF THE YEAR AWARD
The Grand Rapids Business Journal (GRBJ) honored Thomas M.
Cooley Law School President and Dean Don LeDuc as the publication’s 2013
Newsmaker of the Year in the law category. LeDuc was recognized for the
significant impact Cooley’s affiliation agreement with Western Michigan
University (WMU) will have on the region and the new opportunities the
affiliation will open for students, faculty and staff.
During the selection process, GRBJ writers and editors
noted, the affiliation "has the potential to serve as a model for integration
of legal education within a university setting.”
"This affiliation is the reason Cooley is being recognized
by the Grand Rapids Business Journal, and it would not be possible without
theinitiative andcollaboration of President John Dunn from Western
Michigan University,” said LeDuc.
While GRBJ highlighted the affiliation with WMU, LeDuc noted
Cooley’s leadership also focused on the continued integration of Cooley into
the civic and legal communities.
"As a school with commitment to public and community service
and to pro bono assistance for those needing legal help, we could not be in a
better city than Grand Rapids, where the political, business and legal leaders
are among the most public-minded in the nation,” said LeDuc. "What I enjoy most
about working in Grand Rapids is that it is such a community-oriented
environment with so many outstanding leaders.”
Nominees for GRBJ’s Newsmaker of the Year award are
individuals whose industry contributions are noteworthy and are helping to
shape the region’s future.
Before Cooley and WMU implement the affiliation, which is
currently under review, the agreement must receive approval by accrediting
agencies, the American Bar Association and the Higher Learning Commission.