Honor Council

by Michael Collett and Kendall Kemelek, members of the

Class of 2016

collettkemelekMichael is from Randolph, NJ and is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He is the Chief Justice of the Honor Council.

Kendall is a graduate of Hampton University and is from Williamsburg, VA. She is the Deputy Chief Justice of the Honor Council.

After three years at William & Mary Law School, students will depart not only as graduates, but more importantly, as Citizen Lawyers.  This citizen-lawyer philosophy serves as the foundation of William & Mary Law School, where the curriculum emphasizes service with distinction amongst the local community, nation, and world.  In order to fully embrace and embody the citizen-lawyer philosophy, incoming law students take the Honor Code pledge.  The Honor Code is among William & Mary’s oldest and most important traditions.  It seeks to promote a community of trust and an atmosphere of freedom amongst the students, faculty, and staff.  Through the Honor Code, students hold themselves accountable to professional levels of honor and integrity, a lifelong commitment that transcends generations of proud alumni.

Students at William & Mary Law School are more than a group angling for a juris doctorate degree within the same four walls. Here, a legal education is much more than a GPA.  At William & Mary Law, peers become friends, and friends become family. Likewise, W&M faculty and staff are not just teachers of the law; rather, they mentor students in a lasting, meaningful way.

The William & Mary Law School Honor Council supports this synergistic relationship among the law school community’s members: past, present, and future.  Incoming students pledge to adhere to the Law School’s Honor Code, and the Council works to ensure professional standards are maintained and inter-generational pride in the quality of legal studies and friendships at Marshall-Wythe lasts the decades. The Honor Council serves as the guardians of the Honor Code.  The Council is comprised of student representative from each class, who, when necessary, serve as fair and equitable judges of Honor Code violations.  The Honor Council and Student Bar Association will accept applications for six members of the Class of 2018 this fall.

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This post is a part of a series featuring William & Mary Law School’s student organizations. All post are written by student leaders. To read more student organization blog posts, click here