LANSING, Mich. — On May 18, WMU-Cooley Law School will bestow 76 juris doctor and six master of laws degrees during a commencement ceremony at the Michigan State University Auditorium in East Lansing. Scott Dienes, of counsel at Barnes & Thornburg in Grand Rapids, will provide the keynote. Chosen by his classmates, Oluwatosin Balogun will present the valedictory remarks.
Each class at WMU-Cooley bears the name of a distinguished member of the legal profession. This graduating class is named after U.S. Supreme Court Justice Noah Haynes Swayne, who was the first of President Abraham Lincoln’s five appointments. Swayne served on the U.S. Supreme Court during the Civil War, and was involved in several judicial decisions of the court during his 19-year- appointment. President Andrew Jackson appointed Swayne to U.S. Attorney for Ohio prior to serving on the Supreme Court.
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