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Posted on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 : 5:11 a.m.

Cooley Law School dedicates bronze sculpture of Justice Thomas M. Cooley

By Staff

Thomas M. Cooley Law School held a formal unveiling and special dedication of a bronze casting of the school’s namesake Tuesday, Oct. 16 at the school’s Ann Arbor campus.


Cooley Law School students look from above as a bronze sculpture of the school’s namesake, Thomas M. Cooley, is unveiled. To the left of the sculpture are Don LeDuc (left), Cooley president and dean; Matt Large, artist and sculptor; and Layne Maloney, assistant vice president for operations. To the right of the sculpture are Marjorie Gell (left), Cooley professor, and Jim Robb, Cooley associate dean of development and alumni relations.

photo courtesy of Cooley Law School

The lifelike sculpture was created by Grand Rapids sculptor and artist Matt Large.

The Thomas M. Cooley Law School was founded in 1972 by a group of lawyers and judges led by then-Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court Thomas Brennan.

"The school was named for Thomas McIntyre Cooley, Michigan’s greatest jurist, a man whose work in the mid-1800s as Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court and as a legal scholar is still cited today," said Don LeDuc, Cooley Law School president and dean, during the unveiling.

"The dedication of this sculpture is our way of honoring our namesake and providing our faculty, staff and students with a constant reminder of the school’s guiding principles."

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