LANSING, Mich. — On Sunday, Sept. 29, WMU-Cooley Law School will hold a commencement ceremony for 32 juris doctor and nine master of laws graduates from the law school’s Michigan campuses. The ceremony will be held at the Wharton Center for the Performing Arts in East Lansing with the Hon. Cynthia M. Ward, 54-A District Court Judge in Lansing, providing the keynote. Valedictory remarks will be presented by Laila Malki, who was selected by her classmates.
Each class at WMU-Cooley bears the name of a distinguished member of the legal profession. This graduating class is named in honor of United States Supreme Court Justice Samuel Miller.
Prior to his years on the bench, Miller practiced medicine in Barbourville, Kentucky for 10 years. He then moved and entered the legal profession, becoming a well-known and highly-reputable lawyer in Iowa’s legal community within one year.
Miller, who was a strong opponent of slavery, was a devoted supporter of President Abraham Lincoln who also shared the same views on slavery. In 1862, President Lincoln appointed Miller to the U.S. Supreme Court. During the Civil War, Miller upheld the war-time suspension of habeas corpus and trials by military commissions. His tenure on the court lasted 28 years.
The WMU-Cooley Law School Michigan campuses are located in Grand Rapids, Lansing and Auburn Hills.
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