“This was a first for me,” proclaimed WMU-Cooley student Romain Peyret when asked about being chosen to throw out a first pitch during this year’s Cooley for Kids Day. “It was a fun experience and nice that the kids got to go out on the field with the players. It was a great day for a ball game!”
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Romain is no stranger to firsts and doing new things. He’s been all over the world since he was born. His father was in the French Army, so he and his twin brother, Benoit, along with his younger brother Luc, moved a lot. Romain explained that he learned early on how to adapt to new experiences and to think of everything as an adventure.
“We lived in Tahiti, New Caledonia, French Guyana, and just about everywhere in France” shared Romain. “But I lived the last 10 years in Orlando, Florida. I was always interested in the law, but leaning toward a career as an FBI agent. It was after I participated on a mock trial team in college that I was sold. I knew then that I was going to be a prosecutor.”
Romain started looking into law schools and asked around for suggestions. His friend suggested Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. He knew about WMU-Cooley and thought the law school would be a good fit for him. He took his friends advice, applied, and was accepted.
One more move for Romain – this time to Lansing, Michigan! And he’s never looked back. He’s taking in every minute, along with excelling in his studies, meeting law students from all over the world, and making sure to get involved in the law school’s student organizations. In fact, Romain jumped the chance to be a part of WMU-Cooley’s intramural softball team.
“I love being busy and involved in all types of organizations and social activities,” stated Romain. “I never really knew much about – forget played – baseball before I came to WMU-Cooley. It just wasn’t something I thought about until we came to the United States. I’m really glad I got some practice in before I stepped on the mound to throw a first pitch at Cooley for Kids though!
“It looked like a strike to me,” declared Julie Mullens, WMU-Cooley’s director of the Lansing campus. “Heads up Central Florida! Not only will you have a sharp, fair and direct prosecutor arriving in a couple years, you will also have a highly valued left-handed pitcher!
Each year, over 500 kids from Lansing’s Parks and Recreation program join up with law students at Cooley Law School Stadium for Cooley for Kids Day. Nine lucky Parks and Rec kids and law students pair up as part of the game’s Dream Team – where they take the bases with Lansing Lugnuts players on the field before the game. Plus, a law student, like Romain, and a Parks and Rec student get to throw out a first pitch, and a WMU-Cooley law student gets to sing the National Anthem. There’s a parade around the ball field, lunch, and a fun 7th Inning stretch activity to cap the day’s events.