WMU-Cooley Professor Gary Bauer was honored recently by the American Bar Association with their Solo and Small Firm Trainer Award. The award recognizes attorneys who have made significant contributions to educating lawyers or law students regarding the opportunities and challenges of a solo and small firm practice.
One of his former students, Chris Jansen, from northern Indiana, heard about his former professor receiving the award and quickly booked flights for he and his wife, Angela, to be present for the ceremony. Chris is just one of many examples of hundreds of students Professor Bauer coached to financial success and balance in their lives.
“I had the pleasure of watching my friend and mentor, Professor Gary Bauer, receive an award today from the American Bar Association’s Solo and Small Firm Division, ” posted Chris on his facebook page. “Upon his acceptance, he spoke very well of those attorneys who elect to pursue a solo practice and what they can do. He also spoke highly of the WMU Cooley Law School students and staff and their efforts. He spoke energetically and passionately about solo legal practices. He spoke with inspiration about the prospects of what students and graduates of his programs can accomplish, even motivating those within the room.”
Chris also shared how well Professor Bauer spoke, demonstrating through his words, his abilities, and his passion for why he was so deserving of this award. “Although Professor Bauer spoke of the ways his program and methods would foster success in your career and life, he ultimately inspired the entire room of his colleagues. It took me back to my days at Cooley Law School; the course-work I completed under his guidance, the lessons I learned, and the confidence he gave me to pursue my dreams.”
Professor Bauer has devoted his career to promoting solo and small firm practice, and training law students to plan for a solo or small firm practice. He is a founding member and contributor of the “Solo Institute,”one of the most heavily attended CLE programs in Michigan. He is the creator of the WMU-Cooley class, Solo by Design, to educate students on managing clients and operating a law firm as a solo practitioner.What follows is a snippet from an award ceremony by the ABA in Key West, Florida to acknowledge his efforts to train students on how to succeed in the business of law.