Love Your Job. Live Your Life. Say Lawyers and Law Students

“It was very inspiring for our students to learn from a diverse panel group that perceived impediments to a well-balanced life can be overcome despite the demands we all face in the legal profession.” – WMU-Cooley Law School Associate Dean Joan P. Vestrand

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“Love Your Job, Live Your Life” was the theme of a panel discussion held at WMU-Cooley’s Auburn Hills campus. Law student members of the the Women Lawyer’s Association discussed how they manage successful careers, find meaningful time with their families, remain active in social activities, and succeed in practicing law, while maintaining a happy healthy outlook on life.

The panel included Hon. Julie A. Nicholson, Oakland County District Court judge; April McKie, WMU-Cooley Law School graduate; Erin Bonahoom, Canvas Legal PLC founder; Michelle Easter, Easter Law PLC founder; and WMU-Cooley Law School professors Erika Breitfeld and Monica Nuckolls.  

“Surround yourself with positive people who will encourage and push you to keep moving forward to reach your goals,” said Easter. “They will provide the supporting block you need when you feel like you’re failing. Those cheerleaders will help you succeed.”

The program was sponsored by the WMU-Cooley Law School-Auburn Hills chapter of the Women Lawyer’s Association as well as WMU-Cooley Law School’s Career and Professional Development Department.

“It was very inspiring for our students to learn from a diverse group of panelists that perceived impediments to a well-balanced life can be overcome despite the demands we all face in the legal profession,” said Joan Verstrand, WMU-Cooley Law School associate dean.

Law students Love Jobs Live Lives event

(Left to right) Professor Linda Kisabeth, co-adviser Women Lawyers Association Michigan (Auburn Hills Student Chapter); Professor Erika Breitfeld, panelist; Danielle Stone, Executive Board Member Women Lawyers Association Michigan (Auburn Hills Student Chapter); Professor Monica Nuckolls, panelist; Hon. Julie A. Nicholson, 52-3 District Court, panelist; April McKie, J.D., panelist; Michelle Easter, Easter Law PLLC, panelist; Janae Stack, president Women Lawyers Association Michigan (Auburn Hills Student Chapter); Chanavia Smith, Executive Board Women Lawyers Association Michigan (Auburn Hills Student Chapter); Shari F. Lesnick, Co-Adviser Women Lawyers Association Michigan (Auburn Hills Student Chapter).

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