Plunkett Cooney Senior Attorney Honored with WMU-Cooley Law School's Integrity Award
Demonstrating the highest level of integrity in the legal profession, Plunkett Cooney senior attorney Rasul M. Raheem was recently selected as the Western Michigan University (WMU)-Cooley Law School “Integrity in Our Community” honoree for the 2018 summer term.
The Integrity Award was presented to Raheem during the law school’s “Integrity in Our Communities” speaker series on July 18 of the school’s Auburn Hills campus.
The speaker series, which is hosted by the law school and the Society for Personal and Professional Integrity, offers students, staff and faculty an opportunity to hear legal professionals share their experiences on ethics, service or professionalism. Raheem, who also served as the keynote speaker, discussed the importance of building trust with clients and practicing law with sincerity and decency.
“The foundation for any attorney should be your oath of office. I encourage all of you to take it with you as you go about your career,” said Raheem. “I ask all of you as you start your careers to think about how do you want to be thought of in the professional world. Because once someone knows you’re not truthful, that reputation is going to stay with you and throughout your career. Every day that you get up, you’ll be faced with situations that test your character and test your integrity – just hope that you’ll have the courage to face the demands of reality.”
A 30-year veteran of the banking industry, Raheem joined Plunkett Cooney’s Bloomfield Hills, Michigan office in 2016 as a senior attorney in the Banking, Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Practice Group. His practice includes all aspects of banking law, as well as business transactions and regulatory law.
In his prior role as in-house counsel to Bank of America, N.A. (and previously to LaSalle Bank Corp and its predecessor Michigan National Bank), Raheem advised senior management on finance and lending relationships, credit issues, restructuring and recovery strategies, reputational risk, treasury services, bank policy and regulatory matters. He also managed outside counsel and related litigation with law firms across the country.
Raheem is active in the community, having been appointed by Detroit Mayor Michael Duggan to serve as a member of the Detroit Land Bank Authority board of directors. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity & Inclusion. Raheem serves as a hearing panel member for the state of Michigan’s Attorney Discipline Board, and his professional affiliations include the American, National and Oakland County bar associations. He is an adjunct professor at WMU-Cooley Law School, where he teaches a course on banking and financial institutions law.
Raheem received his Master of Law in corporate law and finance and his juris doctorate degrees from Wayne State University Law School in 2003 and 1984, respectively. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 1979.
The members of Plunkett Cooney’s Banking, Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights Practice Group represent banks, savings and loan associations, mortgage companies, credit unions, finance companies and loan servicers. Group members, who have approximately 200 years of combined experience as in-house bank counsel prior to joining the firm, provide an array of services, including acquisition of new banking powers, regulatory law, loan origination and all aspects of litigation, including bankruptcy proceedings and creditors’ rights matters.
Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney is one of the nation’s oldest and largest law firms with approximately 300 employees, including over 150 attorneys in eight Michigan cities, as well as in Chicago, Illinois, Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. The firm, which provides a range of transactional and litigation services, has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell. Fortune magazine has also named Plunkett Cooney among the top commercial law firms in the United States.
For more information about Rasul Raheem’s selection as a WMU-Cooley Law Integrity Award honoree, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing & Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pictured (left-right) WMU-Cooley Associate Dean Lisa Halushka; Rasul Raheem, senior attorney at Plunkett Cooney in Bloomfield Hills; and Ali Chokr, president of the Society for Personal and Professional Integrity, the sponsor of the event.