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WMU-Cooley students meet with high-profile attorney in honor of Black History Month
WMU-Cooley students meet with high-profile attorney in honor of Black History Month

Gwyne Thomas and Demar Sheffey, members of the Black Law Students Association at WMU-Cooley Law School’s Grand Rapids campus, had the opportunity recently to meet with Frederick D. McClure, CEO of the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation. McClure’s visit to Grand Rapids was part of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation’s Black History Month Celebrations.

McClure began his career in public service as an intern in President Ford’s administration. After serving in Ford’s administration, McClure served as a special assistant in congressional relations for President Ronald Reagan. He later went on to serve as an assistant for legislative affairs for President George H.W. Bush. Following his career in the White House, McClure became managing partner for the international law firm, Dentons US, LLP.

Before meeting privately with Thomas and Sheffey, McClure presented “The Presidency, Politics and Public Service” at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  McClure noted, “I started my career under President Ford’s administration many years ago; I’m thrilled to come to West Michigan and share my story.”

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About Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School: Western Michigan University and Thomas M. Cooley Law School affiliated in 2014, combining the status of a nationally-ranked, public, comprehensive research university with the commitment to practical legal education of an independent, non-profit, national law school. WMU-Cooley is accredited by both the American Bar Association and the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. The law school has provided nearly 20,000 graduates with the practical skills necessary for a seamless transition from academia to the real world, and enrolls classes in January, May, and September at its Lansing, Auburn Hills, and Grand Rapids, Michigan campuses, and its Tampa Bay, Florida campus. WMU and the law school continue to operate as independent institutions with their own governance structure and separate fiduciary responsibilities.

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