Professor Victoria Vuletich teaches Professional Responsibility at Cooley Law School. She is chairperson of the ABA’s Center for Professional Responsibility Continuing Legal Education Committee. Before joining Cooley’s faculty in 2008, Professor Vuletich was Deputy Division Director of the State Bar of Michigan Professional Standard’s Division, where she advised attorneys regarding ethical dilemmas and practical issues they were facing. She also served as staff counsel to the State Bar of Michigan Client Protection and Unauthorized Practice of Law programs and developed and managed the Practice Management Resource Center.
Someone once said that people who love people are the luckiest people in the world. (O.K. it was Barbra Streisand who sang that, but I hate disclosing that as it negates my cool, hip image. Well, all right, as cool and hip as an Ethics Professor can get.) There isn’t a day that goes by at Cooley when I don’t feel like the luckiest person in the world. And many of my faculty colleagues feel the same way.
Through Cooley I have met the most interesting and wonderful people. My boyfriend is always urging me to invite more students for dinner as he enjoys getting to know the rich and diverse array of people at Cooley.
Here’s what I am talking about. This is the second week of classes. In my Lansing class there is:
- a former sportscaster
- someone who wants to be an agricultural lawyer
- a person who ran a coffee shop for ten years
- a folk musician
- a person who collects presidential election memorabilia
- a person whose favorite season is winter
- a significant number of obsessed sports fans.
In my Grand Rapids, class, there is:
- a person who had a robin build her nest in his barbeque grill
- a cake decorator
- a rugby player
- someone who speaks fluent Chinese
- a significant number of folks who are animal lovers
- a significant number of people whose lifelong dream is to be a lawyer.
In every class there are people who hail from all around the world: this term I have students from South Korea, Trinidad, Tobago, and Canada. Although I am just getting to know my students this term, I already find them fascinating. By the end of the term when I have gotten to know some of them better, my life will be incredibly enriched. And thanks to Facebook, I can see how their careers and personal lives blossom long after they have left Cooley. It thrills me no end to see the marriages, babies, promotions and moves to other venues.
I am indeed a very lucky person!