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Trifecta: WMU-Cooley Law alumna has a three-pronged plan

Julie Lawler-Hoyle’s passion for the law was awakened when her wife became disabled from a stroke. “We lost 80 percent of our household income literally overnight,” she says. “The lawyers who helped us through the ensuing financial fallout made a real difference to our family and were my inspiration to apply to law school.”

Julie Lawler-Hoyle was honored with the Distinguished Student Award at WMU-Cooley Law School's May graduation. She is pictured with her wife, Sally, and in-laws Jim and Connie Hoyle.

Julie Lawler-Hoyle was honored with the Distinguished Student Award at WMU-Cooley’s May graduation. She is pictured with her wife, Sally, and in-laws Jim and Connie Hoyle.

Lawler-Hoyle was a May graduate of WMU-Cooley Law School, where she was the Lansing campus recipient of the Distinguished Student Award.

“I was honored,” she says. “And the special diploma frame I received will look spectacular on the wall of my future office!”

Lawler-Hoyle last trod the halls of academe in the mid to late ’80s, when she earned her undergrad degree in English, cum laude, from Barnard College, Columbia University, in New York City; and a master’s degree from Duke University in Durham, N.C., where she focused on English and Medieval & Renaissance studies.

Returning to school nearly three decades later was a joy.

“I sound like a total geek if I say I loved the rigor of the academic program, but it’s true,” she says. “My undergraduate and graduate degrees are from more prestigious schools. But, I can honestly say I never worked harder academically than I did at WMU-Cooley Law School.”

The biggest advantage of being a mature student was self-awareness, she says.

“I know what I don’t know and I’m not shy about admitting when I’m clueless. I have zero inhibitions about making a fool of myself and it’s pretty darn difficult to embarrass me. As it turns out, these are all excellent qualities in a law student.”

Lawler-Hoyle particularly appreciated the diversity at Cooley Law, that she says goes way beyond race and ethnicity.

“It encompasses age, economic background, income, disability, family situation, gender, gender expression, and more,” she explains. “Colleagues are candid about our differences and openly inquisitive about other’s experiences.

“At the Lansing campus graduation reception, I told a story about my Sunday morning Constitutional Law class with retired Brigadier General, Dean Michael McDaniel. I’m sure I wasn’t the first openly gay student he has taught, but Con Law lends itself to spirited discussions—and we had a few!

“One day he said ‘LGBTQ – I don’t even know what the Q stands for,’ and before I could say anything, he followed it up with ‘but I know we need to protect their rights.’ That moment, for me, exemplified WMU-Cooley’s commitment to diversity.”

Lawler-Hoyle has a three-pronged plan for her future practice. First, she hopes to transition to a legal role with her current employer, Pet Supplies Plus, where she worked full time in the corporate office in Livonia during law school and is still working full time while studying for the bar exam.

Second, she plans to have a solo practice that focuses on estate planning for pet owners. And third, she wants both these plans to be so successful that she can take on veteran cases pro bono.

“As a volunteer pet therapy team, with my dog, Sam, at the Veteran’s Administration Ann Arbor Healthcare System, I’ve seen first-hand the special legal needs of our service members and I want to do my part to honor their service,” she says.

In addition to Sam, Lawler-Hoyle and her wife, Sally Hoyle, have a service dog, Katie, cats Hazel and Harley, and birds Abby and Giizis sharing their cottage on the canal that leads into Whitmore Lake, north of Ann Arbor.

“It’s a very beautiful and peaceful place, perfect for retreating from the ‘real world’,” she says.

This article about WMU-Cooley graduate Julie Lawler-Hoyle was written by Legal News writer Sheila Pursglove originally published by the Legal News on June 6, 2017. It is reprinted here with permission of The Detroit Legal News. 

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WMU-Cooley Law School Graduate Hardam Tripathi to Advocate For Full U.S. Funding for the United Nations at 2017 UNA-USA Leadership Summit

Hardam Tripathi

On Tuesday, June 13, Hardam Tripathi, a WMU-Cooley Law School graduate and membership director of the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA), Tampa Bay, will join the UNA-USA delegation to stand united on Capitol Hill and urge Congress to maintain robust U.S. support for United Nations agencies and programs. The convening is part of the 2017 UNA-USA Leadership Summit, which trains and mobilizes Americans who support the work of the U.N.

“The 2017 UNA-USA Leadership Summit provides me the opportunity to follow my passion to serve the public and be on the front lines of driving change in the Capitol by advocating for strong U.S.-U.N. engagement,” Tripathi said. “This experience will exemplify my future ambitions to work in the policy arena, where I will work with major allies to solve global problems, thereby serving as a qualified advocate, representing the needs of our citizens and communities.”

The leadership summit is expected to be the largest convening ever of Americans on Capitol Hill advocating for strong U.S.-U.N. engagement with an estimated attendance of more than 300 individuals. With the future of America’s international engagement in the spotlight, the UNA-USA advocacy event comes at a pivotal moment for the U.S.-U.N. relationship. UNA-USA advocates will collectively call for full U.S. funding for U.N. regular budget and peacekeeping dues in the fiscal year 2018 budget through face-to-face meetings with members of Congress and their staff.

“If successful, I believe this will impact the nation in a positive light with respect to U.S. foreign policy. United States engagement will promote peace, national security and humanitarian efforts here in our homeland,” Tripathi said.

U.S. support and funding for the U.N. are under threat both on Capitol Hill and at the White House. While political leaders may be in disaccord, research shows that registered American voters from both major parties agree that sustained U.S. leadership at the U.N. is vital. A nationwide poll released earlier this year by the Better World Campaign found that a vast majority of Americans (88 percent) believe it is important for the U.S. to continue its active role at the U.N. Further, 67 percent support the U.S. paying its dues to the U.N. on time and in full.

WHO:              Delegation of UNA-USA, Tampa Bay directors and UNA-USA members nationwide

WHAT:            2017 UNA-USA Leadership Summit, the largest convening ever of Americans on Capitol Hill advocating for strong U.S.-UN engagement

WHEN:            Tuesday, June 13, 2017 from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET

WHERE:           United States Capitol Building, Washington, D.C.

Please contact Hardam Tripathi at tripathihard@gmail.com or 863-370-2427 to interview someone from Tampa, Florida who is participating in this historic advocacy event. Photos from the event can be made available.

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