THETHOMAS M. COOLEY LAW SCHOOL MAGAZINE
MichaelmasTerm 2006 Volume XXVIII Number 3
Cooley Graduates as
Supreme Court Clerks
The Thomas M. Cooley Law School Alumni Association wishes to announce that its 2007
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Mentor Heather Burns noted, “I want to let you
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A Salute to
Even a brief glance at the table of contents on the next page
shows the extraordinary nature of Cooley’s alumni and the
support they provide to the school. Through their type of
work, unique life experiences, and diverse geographic loca-
Contributing Writers tions, our alumni possess a breadth and level of participation
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Rosemary Horvath In our travels this past fall, my staff and I had the chance to catch up with alumni in Chicago; Washington
Darryl Parsell D.C.; New York City; Newark, New Jersey; and northern Michigan, as well as in Lansing, Grand Rapids, and
Rochester Hills. At these alumni events, we learned of the immense goodwill held by our alumni, who told us
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cooley graduates as
2 supreme court clerks
Cooley graduates perfect the art of analysis
clerking the country
5 While Brian Orsborn is leaving the winter
weather of Michigan behind him, he’s planning to
take the experiences of his education at Cooley
Law School with him to build a successful career.
a supreme opportunity
6 Just steps from their alma mater, nine former
Cooley students are working in one of the most
respected positions in the field – as law clerks.
Cooley graduate Dr. Gary Weaver is an expert
in the field of science.
graduates: fitzgerald class
12 Brad Heffner is known as the Ithaca, Michigan
city manager, but a few times a year he sets city
government aside and makes room for boys
alumni golf benefit
class notes 14 We cordially invite you to participate in the 18th
Annual Alumni Memorial Scholarship Golf Benefit
at the Country Club of Lansing, Monday, August 13.
Cooley Graduates as
Clerks Cooley Graduates Perfecting the Art of
Analysis Before Justice
Some attorneys view law clerking as a life-long career; others see it as a shorter-term
experience critical to their ultimate legal pursuit. Regardless, most would tout a law clerk
position as one of the most rewarding experiences in the field.
During the 25 years that Michael F. Cavanagh has served as a the court’s seven Supreme Court Justices. Nine of the Supreme
Michigan Supreme Court Justice, he has seen great change. Court’s current law clerks are graduates of the Thomas M.
And while the changes have ranged from new laws to a Cooley Law School – more than any other law school.
growing dependence on office technology, one area that “Cooley’s top students can match the top students at any
hasn’t changed is the need for knowledgeable, hard-working, other law school,” Justice Cavanagh said. “And the school’s
deadline-oriented law clerks. (diversity) demographics are amazing.”
“Law clerks serve a very important purpose,” Justice In addition to a high grade point average, lawyers who
Cavanagh said. “They add another look to the process and an possess writing skills, research ability, and a good personality
independent view that is crucial to our work.” The Michigan are individuals who may have what it takes to become a law
Supreme Court currently employs 24 law clerks who support clerk, said Justice Cavanagh.
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“Serving as a law clerk is an invaluable opportunity,” ing them in developing a positive reputation within
Cooley President Don LeDuc said. “Whether the the community and exposing them to the widest
position is a long-term career choice or a launching variety of court cases possible.
point to another position, it provides individuals with a Cooley prepares its students for the job of a law
sense of accomplishment and a wealth of experience.” clerk with specific coursework and research tasks.
The position also provides the Michigan Supreme “Cooley provides a fabulous educational founda-
Court with a great deal of knowledge and know-how. tion for this level of legal analysis,” Alane said.
“I’ve been very fortunate with the men and women It is a job that primarily involves research and
who have served as law clerks for me,” Cavanagh review as a case initially makes its way to the
“From murder said. “While they all have had different personalities, Michigan Supreme Court. And it is that review
and mayhem to they’ve all been hard workers who have given much that helps shape the future direction of the case.
to this court.”
U.C.C. cases, Case in point: Two of Justice Cavanagh’s senior
“It’s important that they (the law clerks) don’t
just spit back what I’d like to hear,” Justice
they see the law clerks, Cooley graduates Natalie Alane Cavanagh said.
gamut while (Chase Class, 2002) and Mary Chartier-Mittendorf
Cooley Law School and the experience of serving
(T. Johnson Class, 2002), recently announced plans
serving here.” to leave the Supreme Court later this year to open
as a law clerk in the Michigan Supreme Court
Justice Michael F. Cavanagh also prepare lawyers with the ability to jump at
their own law firm in Lansing. It is with mixed
opportunities within several different career paths.
emotions that Justice Cavanagh sees their plans
developing and the approaching date when he’ll While Alane and Chartier-Mittendorf plan to spend
be working with a new staff. their careers in private practice, Mark Sands
(Needham Class, 2004) plans to follow the course
“I value the service that our law clerks provide and
of many law clerks, including Justice Cavanagh –
I’ll miss them,” Justice Cavanagh said. “But new
a one-time U.S. Court of Appeals law clerk, by
ideas are good and with a new staff come new
becoming an assistant prosecuting attorney
following his stint with Justice Stephen J. Markman.
The duo’s experience with the Michigan Supreme
Sands credits not only Cooley’s education through
Court will help them just as it has helped law clerks
coursework and class discussions for his early
before them, according to Justice Cavanagh, by help-
career success, but also credits unique opportunities As James Duquet (Needham Class, 2004), a law
at Cooley, such as serving as a teaching assistant, for clerk for Justice Maura Corrigan, said of his
framing the path to his current career. education from Cooley, “I wouldn’t have my
A position as a public defender is a logical step for a job without it.”
law clerk, according to Justice Cavanagh. In fact, he The following list summarizes the current
credits his clerkship with providing him with the employment of Cooley graduates as law clerks
broadest exposure to cases of all kinds, stating that with the Michigan Supreme Court (see related
“Law clerks add he was never more conversant with all aspects of the story for mini profiles).
another look to law as he was when he left his clerkship. Chief Justice Clifford W. Taylor
the process and an Some Cooley graduates who serve as law clerks with Bruce Edwards – senior law clerk
the Michigan Supreme Court have no desire to leave Donna Hellman
independent view their current positions. It’s the career that is perfect Kimberlee Hillock
that is crucial to for them. Justice Michael F. Cavanagh
our work.” For more than nine years, Bruce Edwards (O’Hara Natalie Alane – senior law clerk
Class, 1983) has been the right-hand man of Michigan Mary Chartier-Mittendorf – senior law clerk
Justice Michael F. Cavanagh
Supreme Court Chief Justice Clifford W. Taylor. It’s a Justice Maura D. Corrigan
serious job, one in which Edwards’ ability to reason James Duquet
and identify legal issues of all kinds is a must. And it is
Justice Stephen J. Markman
a job that always offers something new around the
corner because the issues are always changing. In
short, this position isn’t for the individual who likes a Justice Elizabeth A. Weaver
routine and that suits Edwards just fine. Sima Patel
But regardless of their career focus and future plans,
graduates point to the skills learned at Cooley Law
School as a key to their current success.
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the Country Coveted Positions at Every State, Level of Justice
“I had just hoped to make law review in some capacity,” Orsborn said. “Becoming
editor-in-chief wasn’t a goal until later. It has become my favorite thing about law school.”
Cooley Graduate Lands Coveted Role Like many Cooley students, Orsborn has taken
with Florida Supreme Court Justice a different road to a law degree than others.
After graduating from high school in Columbus,
While Brian Orsborn is leaving the
Ohio, Orsborn served in the U.S. Coast Guard
winter weather of Michigan behind
where he was required to learn and enforce
him, he’s planning to take the
several laws along the country’s waterways.
experiences of his education at
Cooley Law School with him to Orsborn later returned home and attended Ohio
build a successful career. State University where he graduated with a
“Once I arrived
Orsborn will begin a two-year clerkship with Florida
degree in political science. Then, Orsborn joined on campus, I was
the working world, serving as an environmental
Supreme Court Justice Peggy Quince in September
consultant, which required him to learn the
following a four-month externship with the same
office. He expects that this clerkship will expose him
nation’s environmental laws. In part, it was these make good use of
to many aspects of the law, more than any other
life experiences that led Orsborn to envision a
career in law as a possibility.
position available to a new attorney.
Orsborn, 34, cites three reasons that contributed
study hard, and
It is from that experience that Orsborn plans to
launch his career; one that he expects eventually will
to his desire to become a lawyer: succeed.”
lead him to work in private practice as an appellate 1. An ability to analyze situations
attorney. And he credits Cooley with providing him 2. A love of reading
the opportunity to achieve his goals.
3. An ability and fondness for memorizing
“They provided me with an opportunity,” Orsborn regulations
said. “Once I arrived on campus, I was determined
And he cites one main aspect of Cooley’s
to make good use of that opportunity, study hard,
training for positioning him for future success:
the school’s Research and Writing department.
Orsborn is currently serving his fourth term as It is through this department that Orsborn
editor-in-chief of Cooley’s law review, an accomplish- believes he built the skills needed to become a
ment that he hadn’t even thought about as a top-level lawyer and it is through this department
possibility when he arrived on campus. that Orsborn would advise students to focus
“I had just hoped to make law review in some most of their attention.
capacity,” Orsborn said. “Becoming editor-in-chief “They work you hard here, but they teach you
wasn’t a goal until later. It has become my favorite through that work,” Orsborn said.
thing about law school.”
Cooley Graduates Share Insights into Clerking for Justices
with Michigan’s Highest Court
Just steps from their alma mater, nine former Cooley students are working in one of the most respected positions in the field – as law clerks for
Michigan Supreme Court Justices Michael F. Cavanagh, Maura D. Corrigan, Stephen J. Markman, Clifford W. Taylor, and Elizabeth A. Weaver.
Benchmark recently invited them to share insights about their careers, education, and role models; the following are brief profiles:
process of law school your top priority, working with Jim Graves (Sinas, Dramis,
not something you do on the side. Brake, Boughton & McIntyre) several
Best Cooley memory: years ago. Jim epitomized everything a
I have a lot of great Cooley memories, but lawyer should be. He is wise, sincere,
a defining moment for me was when and kind, and he has a masterful sense
Professor Phil Prygoski called me a few of civility. His ethics are impeccable. His
weeks after first-term exams to tell me style of practice is easy to aspire to.
that I received the book award in
Constitutional Law I. As every first termer
knows, waiting for those first exam results
is excruciating. Having no previous feed-
back or benchmarks of progress (these
Name: Natalie Alane, were the days before midterms), it is easy
law clerk for Justice Michael F. Cavanagh to convince yourself that you failed every
Age: 36 test. That phone call, which was complete-
Hometown: Orange Park, Florida ly charitable, gave me relief, boosted my
Year Graduated from Cooley: confidence, and reflected well on Cooley.
Chase Class, 2002 It was just a very kind thing for him to do,
#1 reason for becoming a lawyer: and it has always stuck out to me.
In every law office I worked in, it drove Hobbies/Interests: Name: Mary Chartier-Mittendorf,
me crazy that I could not actually do the I have an incurable love of backpacking. law clerk for Justice Michael F. Cavanagh
lawyering. I was dying to jump right in, I travel and hike as much as I can, including Hometown: Pawtucket, Rhode Island
but the only alternative to violating laws in the snowy, winter months. I also love Year Graduated from Cooley:
and ethical rules was to go to law school. gardening and proudly tend a large organic T. Johnson Class, 2002
Advice for prospective law clerks: garden of fruits, vegetables, flowers, and #1 reason for becoming a lawyer:
Eat, drink, sleep, and live law school. herbs every year. Then I cook with There isn't only one reason. Like most
Absorb everything, and let law school everything I grow. people, after reading To Kill A
absorb you. Hone your analytical mind by Legal role model: Mockingbird, I found myself admiring
reading and rereading cases and question- While there are many superb attorneys in Atticus Finch and wanting to correct
ing the analyses. Make the educational the Lansing area, I had the pleasure of injustice in the world. As I got older,
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lawyers like Morris Dees continued to keep Kill), and Rudy Baylor (The Rainmaker).
me interested in the law. There are lots of Now, having met plenty of real lawyers,
careers that I think are interesting, but this I have to say it's my boss, Justice Maura
one combined my interest in the law with Corrigan. We don't always share the same
my love of people and talking. It seemed view on things, but she has a brilliant legal
like the perfect profession for me, and I am mind, she always strives to reach the result
lucky that it has actually turned out to be! that she believes justice and the law
Advice for prospective law clerks: require, and she is one of the hardest
Really embrace the experience. Clerking working people I've ever met. I admire
gives you an opportunity to participate in that, and I hope to take that same passion
landmark cases; enjoy every minute of it. for the law into practice after my clerkship
Best Cooley memory: is over.
Name: James Duquet,
Winning a national moot court
law clerk for Justice Maura D. Corrigan
competition with my good friend, Blair
Lachman, and our coach Professor Ron
Hometown: Ferndale, Michigan
Bretz. Of course, winning was a great
Year Graduated from Cooley:
experience, but spending time together
Needham Class, 2004
made it all the better. Professor Bretz was
#1 reason for becoming a lawyer:
the perfect coach – intelligent and knowl-
To be able to help people with their
edgeable, while also being enthusiastic and
problems. Legal problems can be very
energetic. I was lucky to spend time with
daunting to people not familiar with the
such a smart and talented man.
system (and even those who are).
Legal role model:
Advice for prospective law clerks:
So many lawyers have been amazing
It involves a lot of reading and writing and Name: Bruce Edwards,
role models. At Cooley, Dean John
generally sitting at a desk in front of a law clerk for Justice Clifford W. Taylor
Nussbaumer and Professor Ron Bretz
computer. If you like to be on your feet Age: 50
were invaluable resources to help guide me
and interact with people at work, then Hometown: Haslett, Michigan
through law school and into practicing law.
clerking probably isn't for you. On the Year Graduated from Cooley:
I served as Dean Nussbaumer's teaching
other hand, most clerkships are temporary, O’Hara Class, 1983
assistant for almost three years and learned
and the experience can be invaluable. #1 reason for becoming a lawyer:
so much about practicing law in an ethical
Best Cooley memory: I like analyzing and reasoning things
manner. Dean Nussbaumer is a hard-
Although we didn't win, I really enjoyed through.
working, caring, intelligent person whom
going to the National Environmental Law Advice for prospective law clerks:
I admire tremendously. I was lucky to have
Moot Court Competition at Pace Law Paying attention to detail, thinking in a
two great supervisors at work - Guy Sweet
School in White Plains, New York. logical manner, and having a good
at the Ingham County Prosecutor's Office
Hobbies/Interests: memory are essential.
and Tom Yeadon at the East Lansing City
I'm really an outdoors person (all the Best Cooley memory:
Attorney's Office. Both are great litigators
fun Michigan stuff: boating, tubing, biking, Making my last tuition payment and
and great people who always took the time
camping), but during the winter I turn graduating cum laude. Also, when I started
to share their experience. And, of course,
into a bit of a TV/movie-junkie. I read so at Cooley in May 1980, the building did not
Justice Cavanagh has been a wonderful
much at work that I need brain candy have air conditioning. I had night classes
role model these last four years. He is the
when I go home. and it got very warm in the classrooms. By
perfect judge because he is smart, hard-
Legal role model: the next year they installed air conditioning
working, ethical, and fair. He has also been
Before getting to law school, it was and it was much easier to pay attention in
terrific to work for because he is person-
probably an amalgam of the fictional classes that were not hot.
able and fun. He has a wonderful sense of
characters Atticus Finch (To Kill a Hobbies/Interests:
humor, and I'll leave his office with a lot
Mockingbird), Jake Brigance (A Time to Spending time with my wife and two
of great memories.
daughters whom my wife home-schools. often (I imagine) with little gratitude (or credit when it is due, and it is very clear
Reading the Bible, swimming, following even cooperation) from their clients, and that he values the input of his clerks. Even
current affairs, and listening to good music with less financial reward than they if he initially disagrees with my take on a
(mostly late ‘60s early ‘70s classic rock). deserve. case, he is always willing to listen to the
reasons for my suggestions. Many bosses
could learn from his example.
I thank Colleen Olson for working so hard
on the paralegal program at Northwestern
Michigan College as well as all my legal
professors who cared enough about the
profession to devote their time and energy
to impart their knowledge to others.
The greatest influence so far, however,
has probably been Julie Clement who used
to be Lansing's Prehearing Supervisor and
is now a full-time professor at Cooley. By
Name: Donna Hellman, Name: Kimberlee Hillock, striking the verbiage and re-organizing
law clerk for Justice Clifford W. Taylor law clerk for Justice Clifford W. Taylor several reports, she fine-tuned my writing
Age: 46 Age: 36 skills. Without her help, I probably would
Hometown: Albion, Michigan Hometown: Traverse City, Michigan not have my current job.
Year Graduated from Cooley: Year Graduated from Cooley:
I recall a case I worked on in Prehearing
Rutledge Class, 2000 Paterson Class, 2002
that involved two Traverse City lawyers.
#1 reason for becoming a lawyer: #1 reason for becoming a lawyer:
While these two attorneys both advocated
I needed a mental challenge and a career I wanted to make a difference.
admirably on behalf of their clients, they
change that wouldn't mean a big pay cut; Advice for prospective law clerks:
did so with a civility that exemplified their
Cooley's scholarship and weekend pro- Do well in your research and writing
honorable profession. Four years later, I
gram made it possible for me to go to classes. Apply first to the Court of Appeals
am still struck by the decorum and respect
law school. Prehearing Division. You will gain valuable
they showed to the court, each other, and
Advice for prospective law clerks: skills there that will help you in your each other's clients. I strive to emulate
Practice humility! Be able to let go of your clerkship; most Court of Appeals judges their behavior.
preconceptions about what the law is and hire their clerks from Prehearing, and the
should be, and be able to edit your writ- Supreme Court Justices often hire from
ing and let go of words you have written. the Court of Appeals. “Hone your analytical
Best Cooley memory: Best Cooley memory: mind by reading and
Sometime during my first year when I I have many good memories from Cooley,
realized how many very interesting people but the best was probably graduation day. rereading cases and
were enrolled in the weekend program, Hobbies/Interests: questioning the
and how dedicated those people were to Spending time with my family, reading,
changing careers and improving their remodeling my house, and landscaping.
analyses. Make the
own lives. Legal role model: educational process
Hobbies/Interests: You mean other than my boss? Seriously
Kayaking, riding horses, poetry, and though, I am impressed with how dedicat-
of law school your
gourmet food. ed he is to his responsibilities. He is often top priority, not
Legal role model: the first one at work and usually the last to
leave. Even when he is out of the office, he
something you do
State Appellate Resource Center attorneys,
especially Susan Meinberg, who seems maintains constant contact. I have never on the side.”
particularly good in her advocacy. They seen him lose his temper or his sense of
are doing a job I would never want to do, humor. He is quick to give praise and
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Name: Sima Patel Name: Nick Rebant Name: Mark Sands,
law clerk for Justice Elizabeth A. Weaver law clerk for Justice Elizabeth A. Weaver law clerk for Justice Stephen J. Markman
Age: 28 Age: 25 Age: 31
Hometown: Denver, Colorado Hometown: Midland, Michigan Hometown: Kalamazoo, Michigan
Year Graduated from Cooley: Year Graduated from Cooley: Year Graduated From Cooley:
Boyles Class, 2005 Fisher Class, 2007 Needham Class, 2004
#1 reason for becoming a lawyer: #1 reason for becoming a lawyer: #1 reason for becoming a lawyer:
Knowledge and power. Knowledge is The law covers everything in society. As cheesy as it may sound, I want to do
power and the lay person has a very To have the opportunity where you can something with my career that benefits
limited knowledge of the law even though learn so many parts of the law is exciting. society. As a law clerk, I have the chance to
his/her life is affected by it. The common Advice for prospective law clerks: participate in the development of the law in
sense rational is not necessarily the legal Develop writing skills and read a number this state. As (hopefully) a prosecutor in
rational. I was intrigued by that and wanted of briefs to help gain understanding about the future, I will have the opportunity to
to know more. the different sides to an argument. Then, protect society from its worst elements.
Advice for prospective law clerks: learn to question everything, develop Advice for prospective law clerks:
Identify the issues and then start digging your own arguments, and write it. Take advantage of the opportunity. In
deep. Learn why and how and keep Best Cooley memory: no other field do you have as much of an
asking questions until you learn everything After I got my first grades back and I opportunity to play a role in the develop-
you possibly can about the issues and how realized that all the stories they told us at ment of the law as you do as a judicial
they connect with one another. Only once orientation weren’t going to come true. law clerk.
you have that information can you form an Law school is hard and those first grades Best Cooley memory:
opinion about the issue and then form a reaffirmed that I belonged. Participating in moot court and mock trial
recommendation. Students also need to Hobbies/Interests: competitions. Specifically, when Tanesha
hone their writing skills. The ability to I like to cook. I had to develop that skill Scott and I made it to the regional finals of
communicate is crucial. through law school. I also like to watch the Texas Young Lawyers Association Mock
Best Cooley memory: movies and listen to a lot of music. Trial Tournament and when Trisha Werder,
I had a really good time at Cooley, but Legal role model: Mark Nawrocki, and I participated in the
my best memory would probably be One of the people that always stood out Environmental Moot Court Competition in
competing in moot court competitions. in my mind was James Madison, Father of New York.
It’s thrilling. the Constitution. He played a big role in Hobbies/Interests:
Hobbies/Interests: history. I'm a huge baseball fan, and a Detroit
I am lucky enough to live in Traverse City, Tigers fan in particular.
Michigan – a truly gorgeous place. I try to Legal role model:
take advantage of all the region has to offer Cooley Professor Patrick Corbett really
by cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, set a standard for me during law school as
kayaking, and hiking. someone I would like to emulate both
Legal role model: Gandhi personally and professionally.
Which came first?
The chicken or the egg?
Reprinted with permission of the University of Maryland-College Park What’s your opinion of the FDA ruling?
Cooley Graduate is Expert in Science Their conclusion that meat and milk from some species of animal clones
Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that – so far cattle, swine, and goats – and their non-cloned offspring are
it has approved consumption of meat and milk from some species of safe to eat is a good one. FDA experts have carefully studied all available
cloned, food-producing animals. Here Dr. Gary Weaver, Director of the scientific reports about animal cloning for more than five years.
Program on Agriculture and Animal Health Policy, Center for Food, Concerns have been raised about the safety of meat and milk from
Nutrition, and Agriculture Policy (CFNAP) at the University of clones, but the FDA reported in a new scientific publication that meat
Maryland, answers questions about the decision, about the safety of and milk from cloned animals and their non-cloned offspring are indistin-
consuming meat and milk of cloned animals, and the science of cloning. guishable from those of traditional animals consumed by Americans
A licensed veterinarian, Weaver has been head of pathology at a every day. In fact, the only way to positively identify a clone is to certify
veterinary diagnostic laboratory, a mycotoxin researcher, a practicing that it has virtually the same genetic material as another animal that is
veterinarian, and a lawyer and legal consultant on animal health issues. not its identical twin. The FDA, therefore, concluded that food products
He has served as expert in bioterrorism and counterterrorism for the from cloned cattle, swine, and goats are as safe for people to eat as
FDA and the intelligence community. those from non-cloned animals.
How does cloning work?
In animal cloning, the genetic material from the male donor with the
desirable traits is not diluted as it is in natural reproduction, when all
genetic materials from donor and recipient are randomly mixed. Cells
used in cloning are typical animal cells consisting of the relatively small,
dense nucleus (containing virtually all of the cell’s genetic material)
residing with other cell parts in the larger, surrounding cytoplasm – all
enclosed by the cell membrane. The newest, most promising cloning
method first isolates a donor animal cell nucleus, then places it into a
recipient’s egg with its nucleus removed. The resulting embryo is
transferred to a female to carry to term.
How are cloned animals different from traditionally
Adult cloned animals — plus their non-cloned offspring — are the same
as traditional, non-cloned animals born to other traditional, non-cloned
animals. Cloned animals used for meat and milk have only traditional
animal genes. They have a mother; they do not develop in a test tube
or incubator. In addition, clones are used to reproduce non-cloned
offspring that also have only traditional animal genes.
Is a cloned animal the same as a genetically modified
organism, or GMO?
There is nothing genetically modified because cloned animals contain
only their own species’ traditional genetic material. There is nothing
genetically added or subtracted either. Cloned animals and their non-
cloned offspring are not genetically modified organisms because GMOs
(aka, genetically engineered organisms or transgenic organisms — here,
transgenic animals) all contain deliberately added foreign genes.
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Why are people concerned about cloning?
The many reports of what may possibly go wrong with animal clones
have proved to be not much more than exciting scientific fiction when
compared to the rather dull findings that cloned animals are the ordi-
nary animals people have raised and consumed for millennia.
Also, some organizations claim that animal cloning is unnatural human
intervention, but that bridge was crossed many centuries ago. For mil-
lennia, people have closely controlled domestic animal reproduction to
develop specific animal breeds for companionship, food, and work.
Today, all breeds of cattle, dogs, cats, pigs, horses, chickens, plus all
other domestic animals are the direct result of intensive, unending,
human intervention using selective animal breeding programs. None of
today’s domestic animal breeds would ever have developed using only
natural selection and random breeding. There would be no Holstein
cows for superior milk production or Angus cattle for high-quality beef.
There most certainly would be no Siamese cats or Chihuahua dogs if
humans had let “nature take its course.”
Will successful animal cloning bring us closer to being
able to clone a human being?
Cattle cloning procedures do not necessarily work in other animal
species. Furthermore, the U.S. is only one small part of a growing
global scientific research effort to understand animal cloning. Sadly,
some recent U.S. public policies and opinionated activism threaten
our scientific leadership in this and other areas of research.
Are there any benefits to cloned animals over
traditionally bred livestock? See the CFNAP report on Public Attitudes Towards Animal Cloning:
Topline Results from Recent Consumer Survey at http://agresearch.umd.edu/
Cloning allows livestock producers to reduce, by years, the decade or
so now required to get superior animals to market with the newly-
identified, superior genetic traits of male animals which are then placed Dr. Weaver holds a Ph.D. in veterinary pathology (comparative pathology
in artificial insemination breeding programs. program) from the University of Minnesota, a D.V.M. from the University of
Illinois, and a B.S. from Northern Illinois University. He also received his J.D.
USDA prime beef – currently about three percent of all beef steaks –
from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He is a member of the Michigan
could become our only grade of beef – and at affordable prices! Also,
Bar Association, the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, the veteri-
fewer superior dairy cows could produce the same quantity of milk
nary medicine honor society Phi Zeta, the agriculture honor society Sigma
while making less animal waste.
Gamma Delta, and is a licensed veterinarian.
It is noteworthy, however, that few cloned animals will actually be
CFNAP has unrestricted gifts from both the Aurora Foundation and Viagen
consumed by Americans any time soon, because they are too expensive
to study cloned animals and their products. Weaver reviewed more than 200
to eat. For now, all cloned animals will likely be breeding stock that pass
peer-reviewed, scientific papers about cloning, published from 1952 to date.
along their superior traits to their non-cloned offspring, which will end
His conclusions about the food safety of cloned animal products are based
up on American dinner tables in time.
solely on the FDA recent peer-reviewed scientific paper.
What’s the concern?
What’s your opinion?
Cooley Alumnus Combines City Manager,Volunteer Roles
By Rosemary Horvath.
Morning Sun Staff Writer
Reprinted with permission of the Morning Sun
It might surprise “My job is to make sure the press on the went into professional sports careers. He’s
Ithaca, Mich., sports field is credentialed,” the Gladwin, Mich., worked with players who retired from
fans to see Brad native said. He organizes trophy presenta- sports and got administrative jobs with
Heffner with victorious tions too. professional Michigan teams. Heffner said
teams after state “I make sure interviews go smoothly. Some “to meet these people and to hear their
football finals. Heffner kids are talking to TV and print reporters stories” have been memorable experiences.
is known as the Ithaca for the first time. I do the same thing for “It’s neat to see guys in the pros like Chris
city manager, but a few times a year he semifinals and finals for MHSAA basketball.” Webber and know I ran a press conference
sets city government aside and makes room he was in during high school,” he said.
Heffner sometimes recognizes sports fans
for boys sports pairings. For it’s then that
from Ithaca at playoffs. He follows local Heffner sees great players whose teams
Heffner takes on another job — that of
team sports but then concentrates on never make the finals. And he sees great
organizing press conferences between
statewide teams when tournaments begin. teams without strong players.
winning teams and some 30 major sports
outlets. “The best part is that I always deal with a “I’d like to tell all the players they should
happy occasion. It’s a good memory for a feel proud,” he said. “Because there are
Since 1990, Heffner has assisted the
team even if they lose,” he said. “They’re thousands of kids who never have the
Michigan High School Athletic Association.
always in the top three spots in their division.” opportunity to do this.”
The last 13 years he’s assisted tournament
administration. Heffner looks back on players he’s met who Heffner, 35, has worn many hats related
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to sports. From 1993-1996, he coached public service leadership. Heffner’s intern- While in public administration, Heffner
football at Coleman High School. ship was spent working for the city of Mt. recognized so much of what he had to
When he attended Albion College, he Pleasant, Mich., in planning and zoning, do related to law.
worked for the Sports Information human resources, and grants. With encouragement from an attorney
Department. He did statistician work and “The institute was modeled after President friend, Heffner passed an entrance exam
led press conferences for the NCAA Ford’s ideals of being a public servant,” and enrolled at Cooley Law School. He
Division III World Series Baseball in Battle Heffner said. “That program is what drew received a Juris Doctorate in 2006.
Creek. He also worked with NCAA girls me to Albion College.” Heffner says his wife Peggy, a teacher
basketball and several other sports. Heffner’s interest in public service was at Ithaca Public Schools, and their two
Albion College afforded him opportunities influenced by his grandfather who held children, ages 6 and 8, “graduated with
to pursue his other interests. Majoring in public office in Gladwin County, Mich. me. I couldn’t have done it without the
political science, Heffner enrolled in the “At one time I had political aspirations,” support of my family.”
Gerald R. Ford Institute for Public Policy and Heffner said. “But I’d rather help behind Heffner has been an active member of
Service. It allows students to explore policy the scenes than be an elected official. You Gratiot Area Chamber of Commerce,
issues and prepare them as future leaders. can get more done. But I knew early on a Michigan Municipal League, and Rotary
Based on the example set by the late U.S. career in public service was what I wanted International.
president, the Ford Institute emphasized to do in some manner.”
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We cordially invite you to participate in the 18th Annual Alumni Memorial
Scholarship Golf Beneﬁt at the Country Club of Lansing, Monday, August 13.
Golf Thanks to the generosity of all of our past participants, more than $68,753 has
been raised over the past eight years through the Annual Golf Beneﬁt. We need
and look forward to your support in 2007!
Schedule of Events
The event is a scramble format.
11 a.m. Off the Grill lunch buffet. Cash bar available.
12:30 p.m. Shotgun start
6 p.m. Generous selection of dinner Hors d’oeuvres
Contests & Prizes!
Monday, Hole-in-One • Closest-to-the-Pin • Longest Putt • Longest Drive
• Hole Challenges • 50/50 Drawing • Door Prizes
August 13, 2007 Sponsorships
Many unique opportunities exist to be a part of the Thomas M. Cooley Law
School’s Alumni Association’s 2007 Annual Golf Beneﬁt. Sponsorship prominently
places your name and/or ﬁrm in front of over 144 golfers during the day’s event.
Country Club of Lansing GENERAL EVENT SPONSOR $15,000
Your company will be listed as the presenter of the golf outing. Includes: Entry
2200 Moores River Dr. fees for (3) Teams***
Lansing, Michigan EVENING SPONSOR $5,000
Be an elite corporate sponsor and receive prominent recognition for your support.
Includes: Entry fees for (2) Teams**
LUNCHEON SPONSOR $2,500
Includes: Entry fees for (1) Team*
CART SPONSOR $2,500
Includes: Entry fees for (1) Team*
REFRESHMENT SPONSOR $1,000
Includes an exclusive recognition opportunity using company banner and/or name
on the refreshment carts and/or a display on the driving range (an 8’ table with
two chairs will be provided if desired). Includes: Luncheon and evening reception
for two guests.
DRIVING RANGE SPONSOR $1,000
Includes an exclusive recognition opportunity using company banner and/or a
display on the driving range (an 8’ table with two chairs will be provided if desired).
Includes: Luncheon and evening reception for two guests.
PUTTING GREEN SPONSOR $1,000
Includes an exclusive recognition opportunity using company banner and/or
a display on the Putting Green (an 8’ table with two chairs will be provided if
desired). Includes: Luncheon and evening reception for two guests.
PRIZE SPONSOR $1,000
Includes an exclusive recognition opportunity using your company banner and/
or display in the Registration area (an 8’ table with two chairs will be provided if
desired). Includes: Luncheon and evening reception for two guests.
FLAG SPONSOR $600
Includes an exclusive recognition opportunity using your company or personal name imprinted on the pin ﬂag for the
sponsored hole for you to keep. Includes: Luncheon and evening reception for two guests.
HOLE-IN-ONE SPONSOR $500
Includes a place to display your product. Includes: Luncheon and evening reception for two guests.
TEE SPONSOR $200
Includes: Sponsorship acknowledgement printed on a Tee sign on the course.
There are many ways to be a part of the day’s events. Each golf package includes driving range, a round of golf, prizes,
refreshments on the course, lunch for the number of persons speciﬁed in the package and dinner Hors d’oeuvres.
PLATINUM CORPORATE TEAM $3,500
Be an elite corporate sponsor and receive prominent recognition for your support. Includes: Entry fees for (2) Teams;
Off the Grill Buffet and Evening Reception; Choice placement of a company Tee sign on the #1 Tee; Company
acknowledgement throughout the day; VIP pass that includes a VIP cart and complimentary bar on the course and
during the reception.
GOLD CORPORATE TEAM $2,500
Showcase your support and receive a premier package. Includes: Entry fees for (1) Team; Off the Grill Buffet and
Evening Reception; Choice placement of a company Tee sign on the #1 Tee; Company acknowledgement throughout
the day; VIP pass that includes a VIP cart and complimentary bar on the course and during the reception.
BRONZE TEAM $800
Share your support and enjoy an afternoon of great golf and food. Includes: Entry fees for (1) Team; Off the Grill
Buffet and Evening Reception; Company Tee sign.
INDIVIDUAL GOLFER $150
Enjoy an afternoon of golf, Off the Grill Buffet, beverages throughout the day and evening reception.
HORS D’OEUVRES RECEPTION $50
If you are unable to join us for the entire day, we invite you to attend our evening reception at the Country Club of
Lansing beginning at 6 p.m.
Call the Alumni and Development Ofﬁce for information at (800) 243-ALUM, or in Lansing call (517) 371-5140,
ext. 2045. Please visit our website for more information on the beneﬁt and to download a sponsorship/registration form.
*** Entry fees for (3) Teams – Off the Grill Buffet and Evening Reception, choice placement of a company Tee sign on the #1 tee, company acknowledgement
throughout the day, VIP pass which includes a VIP cart and complimentary bar on the course and during the reception, logo and corporate proﬁle posted on the
Cooley website with a click-through to your website, logo displayed on a welcome banner, recognition of your company at the evening reception, and company proﬁle
e-mailed to all golf participants and displayed in the event program.
** Entry fees for (2) Teams – Off the Grill Buffet and Evening Reception, choice placement of a company Tee sign on the #1 tee, company acknowledgement
throughout the day, VIP pass which includes a VIP cart and complimentary bar on the course and during the reception.
* Entry fees for (1) Team – Off the Grill Buffet and Evening Reception, choice placement of a company Tee sign on the #1 tee, company acknowledgement throughout
the day, VIP pass which includes VIP cart and complimentary bar on the course and during the reception.
Federal law dictates that donations will be reduced by the value of golf and food.
The following attire is prohibited on club premises: tennis shorts (except around the tennis courts, pool, and patio area); swimsuits (except around the pool and patio
area); and jogging shorts. Denim is prohibited in all areas of the club, golf course, and practice facilities. (Country Club of Lansing is a spikeless facility.)
Malewska/Wissmuller Scholarship After law school, his ambition is to become both time and came to Cooley Law School,
Granted to Student Bill Amadeo a practicing attorney and a professional writer. commuting every weekend from Chicago, to
"I'm proud to receive this award and honored attend weekend classes.
Dale Malewska (McAlvay Class, 1984) presented
the fourth annual Dale Malewska/Robert that Mr. Malewska selected me to represent this Ms. Castro’s childhood dream of becoming
Wissmuller Fund Scholarship at the Honors scholarship,” Amadeo said. “I want to dedicate a prosecutor has kept her focused. She has
Convocation of Michaelmas Term 2006. The this accomplishment to Dolores Gandia who not worked for the Cook County State Attorney’s
scholarship was awarded to The Pillar’s staff only taught me how to write but always told me Office in several capacities, including her extern-
writer and current student Bill Amadeo. I would make it into law school. I know Mrs. ship. She did her externship on the weekends
Gandia is watching over me and I will be eternal- while working full time during the week.
Mr. Malewska founded the scholarship in
ly grateful to her for the lessons I learned from Although she has juggled a hectic schedule of law
2002 in memory of his father-in-law, Robert
her inside and outside of the classroom." school, commuting, working full-time, and raising
Wissmuller. Since Mr. Malewska had a career in
the newspaper business, preference was given 2006 Markowitz Scholarship her daughter, she has achieved the Dean’s List
to students who worked on the law school’s Awarded to Claudia E. Castro for several terms. In addition, Ms. Castro also
student newspaper, The Pillar. The 2006 Markowitz Scholarship has been managed to be very involved in competitions,
awarded to Cooley Law School student Claudia mentoring, and participating in the Volunteers
The students who applied for this year’s
Income Tax Assistance Program.
Malewska/Wissmuller Fund Scholarship furnished E. Castro (Fisher Class, 2007). Ms. Castro said
a variety of information, including résumés and she is most appreciative of the opportunity “I am very proud of my success at Cooley and
financial information, that was reviewed by Mr. Cooley Law School has afforded her. it (the Markowitz Scholarship) makes me
Malewska and his designee. The scholarship’s appreciate it even more. Being awarded the
Ms. Castro had to overcome many obstacles to
basic requirements are that the grantee must be Meryl Markowitz Scholarship not only helped
get through her education. The Meryl Markowitz
a currently enrolled student who has earned at relieve some of the burden of tuition, but
Scholarship made the difference in allowing her
least 30 credit hours at Cooley, who is a student afforded me the honor of being recognized for
to complete her final term, after a very long and
of good character, and is in good academic my hard work. What made the scholarship
challenging road. Cooley administrators said that
standing. more special was that it was to be awarded to
Ms. Castro truly exemplifies the hard-working,
someone active in public safety and law
Mr. Amadeo’s interests since childhood have determined, and dedicated student who has a
enforcement. It is not about the money, it is
been writing and sports. He became the sports need and is willing to do whatever it takes to
about the love of the art — to seek justice for
editor for his high school newspaper, and held achieve her dream to defend the rights of people.
the people and the victims who have had their
the same position during his college years at his Ms. Castro is a first-generation college graduate.
public safety jeopardized.”
undergraduate schools. He expanded his writing She has raised her daughter, 15, on her own
to include poetry and screenplays. At Cooley, he Meryl Markowitz was a May 1998 graduate
while pursuing her undergraduate studies at
found that writing for The Pillar was a natural fit. of Cooley Law School with a background in
Loyola University in Chicago. She worked full
public safety and an incredible zest for life.
1. Alumni Relations Director Darryl Parsell, left, congratulates Bill Amadeo, who won the Malewska-Wissmuller Scholarship. 2. Alumni President Julie Clement, left, greets Claudia E. Castro, winner
of the Markowitz Scholarship. 3. Nimi Estrella Iyalla-Ipaye, left, winner of the Keith Miller Scholarship, is congratulated by Alumni Relations Director Darryl Parsell.
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1. Michaelmas Term 2006 Convocation 2. Alumni President Julie Clement, center, with Distinguished Student Award winners Rick Frank, left, and Terry Angle. 3. Leadership Achievement Award
Winners, from left, Rick Frank, Terry Angle, Rose Yazdani, and Olivier Lindemann, are joined by Associate Dean of Enrollment & Student Services Paul Zelenski.
Just three weeks before the July 1998 bar who need assistance while following a similar accomplishment, leadership, and extracurricular
examination, Meryl took a break from her path. The most recent recipient exemplifies that activities in the decision to grant the Disting-
studies and was killed in a motorcycle accident. kind of person. We owe a debt of gratitude to uished Student Award.
Her parents established the Meryl Markowitz Mr. Miller for assisting both her and Cooley to Terry Angle will sit for the February 2007
Scholarship to honor her memory and to help achieve the mission of helping others through Michigan Bar Examination. Angle is seeking a
students like their daughter: women who are the practice of law.” position at the State Appellate Defender’s
dedicated to public service and public safety Ms. Iyalla-Ipaye stated, “As a mother of two Office or in private practice doing appellate
and who share Meryl’s enthusiasm for life. struggling through law school, finances often can work. Later in his career, he would like to
The scholarship winner is chosen each year be a stumbling block on one’s path. For this very specialize in death penalty litigation and teach
by Professor Julie Clement, who attended law reason, I am truly grateful to have been the recip- in the southeastern United States.
school with Meryl and was a close friend. ient of the Keith Miller Scholarship. Receiving this
Mr. Angle noted, “I'd just have to say that I'm
If you knew Meryl or would like to help other scholarship brought me a step closer to achieving
very pleased to receive the Distinguished
women like her, please consider contributing to my lifelong dream of being an attorney.”
Student Award from the Cooley Alumni
the Meryl Markowitz Scholarship fund. To do so, Previous Miller Scholarship grantees include Association. I have been fortunate to have been
please contact the Development Office at 517- Sherri T. Fleming (Iredell Class, 2001) in able to participate in a variety of student organi-
371-5140, ext. 2014 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Michaelmas Term 2000, Cassandra McCrary zations and events supported by Cooley alumni
Keith Miller Scholarship Granted (Johnson Class, 2002) in Hilary Term 2002, members. I have had the wonderful opportuni-
to Nimi Estella Iyalla-Ipaye Amy Ignash (Paterson Class, 2002) in ty to represent Cooley students as I attended
Nimi Estella Iyalla-Ipaye (Boston Class, 2007) Michaelmas Term 2002, and Lisa Marie Johnson classes here and I only hope that I can continue
is the latest winner of the Keith Miller Scholarship (Boyle Class, 2005) in Michaelmas Term 2005. that representation as I soon join the ranks of
at Cooley. Professor Charles Senger presented Fisher Class Distinguished Student the Cooley alumni.”
this year’s Miller award at the Honors Awards Presented Rick A. Frank will sit for the February 2007
Convocation of Michaelmas Term 2006. The faculty, staff, and students of Cooley Law Indiana Bar Examination. He would like to prac-
Cooley graduate Ken (Keith) Miller (Copeland School gathered in the auditorium on Nov. 10 for tice in Indianapolis as a criminal law specialist
Class, 1989) established a scholarship to the Honors Convocation of Michaelmas Term and litigator. Eventually, Frank’s plans include
benefit current Cooley students, with the first 2006. Alumni Association President Julie A. founding his own law firm, becoming a judge,
grant given in 2002. Mr. Miller worked his way Clement (McDonald Class, 1998) was on hand to and teaching law.
through law school and wanted to give assistance bestow Distinguished Student Awards to Terry B. “Winning the award is a great way to cap off
to current students following the same path. The Angle and Rick A. Frank of the graduating Robert my law school experience at Cooley,” he said.
scholarship requirements are that applicants must A. Fisher Class. “It is an honor that I humbly and graciously
be Cooley Law School students in good standing, accept.”
The 11 students nominated for this term’s
employed full-time, have a G.P.A. of 2.0 or above,
Distinguished Student Award furnished a variety The Alumni Association is proud and pleased to
have earned 60 or more credit hours, and have
of information, including résumés and letters of give recognition to these outstanding members
demonstrated financial need.
reference that were reviewed by the Executive of the Fisher Class and extends its best wishes
Professor Senger stated, “Mr. Miller worked his Committee. Nominees were also personally for their continuing success.
way through law school, knows how hard that interviewed as part of the selection process.
can be, knows from his own success how Members of each graduating class were
worthwhile it can be, and wants to help others evaluated on the criteria of character, academic
Record Number of New Attorneys Participate
in Cooley’s Admission Ceremony for July 2006
Michigan Bar Examinees
to get a taste of the Cooley community and its
New attorney Randall Mattson related, “First, I
would like to tell you that it was done very
well. I asked Professor Bretz to do my nomina-
tion because of the impact he had on me
throughout my law school career. I believe that
the swearing-in is the last solemn occasion you
participate in before starting a new career. The
Successful examinees from the July 2006 Gary Bauer (Green Class, 1988); Gerald Padilla person who nominates should be someone
Michigan Bar Examination were admitted as new (Edwards Class, 2006) and Min-Cheng Chen who knows you and believes that you should
attorneys in a ceremony held on November 6 (Edwards Class, 2006), sponsored by William be a lawyer. Professor Bretz has expressed his
in the sixth floor auditorium of the Cooley Law Burt Burleson (Mundy Class, 1986); Kari Harris belief in my abilities on several occasions and I
School Temple building. Over 250 faculty, family, (Starr Class, 2005) sponsored by Timothy Havis couldn’t think of a better person to do it. He
and friends were able to share the moment when (Fead Class, 1999); Randall Mattson (Edwards served as a professor for me in two classes and
these candidates became members of the State Class, 2006) sponsored by Professor Ron Bretz; as my supervisor on two externships.”
Bar of Michigan and socialized at a reception held Catherine Mullhaupt (Edwards Class, 2006)
Among the new lawyers in the Group Motion
by the school following the ceremony on the sponsored by John H. Bauckham; Rico Neal
to Admit made by Ingham Bar Association
sixth floor. (Boyles Class, 2006), sponsored by Laurin
President Judge Ball were the following Cooley
The program was provided with the assistance Thomas; Jennifer Racine (McAllister Class, 2006),
graduates: Brynn Hart Anderson (Edwards
of the Ingham County Clerk’s Office and the sponsored by Thomas E. Lane (Blair Class, 1983);
Class, 2006), Stuart Black (Edwards Class,
Ingham County Bar Association. Associate Dean Kyle Sauer (Edwards Class, 2006), sponsored by
2006), James Edokpolo (Boyles Class, 2005),
James D. Robb welcomed the admittees and their Professor Peggy Rostorfer (Hooker Class, 1993);
Fred Alan Greenawalt (Starr Class, 2005),
guests on behalf of the law school and acted as Thomas Daniel Siver (McAllister Class, 2005),
Bryant Greene (Boyles Class, 2005), Brian
master of ceremonies. The Honorable Richard D. sponsored by James Anthony Siver (Kavanagh
Harrant (Smith Class, 2003), MaryEllen Hayes
Ball, Ingham County Bar Association President Class, 1981); Harilaos Sorovigas (Swift Class,
(Cross Class, 2004), Nicole Herron (Edwards
(Campbell Class, 1976), was responsible for the 2004), sponsored by Norman D. Shinkle; and
Class, 2006), Jennifer Hetu (Edwards Class,
convening of the court while the Honorable Aaron Sumrall (Edwards Class, 2006), sponsored
2006), Essie Jones (Cross Class, 2004), Jason
William E. Collette, Judge of the 30th Judicial by Anthony Flores (McGrath Class, 1992).
Katz (Edwards Class, 2006), Lainie Little
Circuit Court, granted the motions to admit Among the newly admitted alumni was Harilaos (Edwards Class, 2006), Paula Ramsey (Edwards
the new attorneys. (Harris) Sorovigas, accompanied by his guest and Class, 2006), Robert Robinson, Jr. (Reid Class,
Many of the admittees and sponsors were wife Stella Sorovigas (Swift Class, 2004). They 2006), Elizabeth Stomski (Edwards Class, 2006),
graduates and faculty of Cooley Law School. said that the swearing-in ceremony for the newly Eric Van Steel (Edwards Class, 2006) and Alfred
Sixty-three new attorneys entered the legal admitted to the Bar was always a memorable Wai-Lung Yeung (Boyles Class, 2005).
profession at the ceremony, with 30 of the event. Harilaos Sorvigas said, “Cooley, as the
It was a great honor for the faculty and staff
group being Cooley alumni. leading law school in the legal profession, pro-
of Cooley Law School to share this joyous
vides the resources to hold such a special event.
The Cooley graduates who were individually event with these new attorneys and their
Its culture and reputation is key to the local
sponsored included the following: Tara guests. Our congratulations and best wishes
community and to the legal profession. The
Black (Edwards Class, 2006) and Raquel Olivo go to these newly admitted attorneys, their
event, once again, was well organized and
(Edwards Class, 2006), sponsored by Professor families, and friends.
successful. Cooley brings the opportunity for
Terry Cavanaugh; Howard Brauckmuller
other law school graduates and their families
(Edwards Class, 2006), sponsored by Professor
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2006 Adjunct Award Goes To Previous recipients of the Griffith Award are: Rick Griffith (posthumously),
Professor Steven Owen Robert Stocker, Eugene Krasicki, Karen Bush Schneider, Judge Randy
Tahvonen, Michael Behan, Andrew Quinn, Janice Cunningham, and Donald
Lansing attorney Steven Owen has been named
the winner of the Frederick J. Griffith Adjunct
Faculty Award at Cooley Law School. Professor The recipients represent a diverse group. Included on the roster are
Owen has taught elective courses at Cooley since big-firm and small-firm attorneys, Assistant Attorneys General, and a Circuit
1990, including Alternative Dispute Resolution, Court Judge. Women are represented, as are African Americans. One
Mortgages & Land Contracts, and Modern Real Estate Transactions. recipient is a Cooley Law School graduate.
The Frederick J. Griffith Adjunct Faculty Award was established in The Griffith Award Selection Committee consists of Associate Deans Chuck
1997 to recognize the contributions of Cooley adjunct professors to Cercone and William Weiner, and Professors Charles Palmer, Ernest Phillips,
the mission of the law school. The award was created to honor the Otto Stockmeyer, and Ann Wing. Significantly, all of the professors on the
memory of the late Frederick J. Griffith, a former adjunct professor at selection committee served as adjunct professors at one time or another in
Cooley. The award was funded by contributions made in his memory the law school’s history.
by the family, friends, and associates of Professor Griffith. Student reviews of Professor Owen and his class are very positive:
The award carries with it a cash award and a memento acknowledging “The best course I’ve had in law school,” “Most enjoyable class I have had in
the recipient’s selection. Instead of the common framed certificate, the law school,” “It is helpful to have a practicing attorney teach a skills course
memento is a commemorative ceramic tile, which was specifically such as this. Professor Owen’s use of personal examples and real-life situa-
commissioned, designed, and produced for this award by Detroit’s tions brings ‘life’ to the concepts being presented.”
renowned Pewabic Pottery. In such classes as Mortgages & Land Contracts, he appeals to all levels of experi-
The award recognizes that member of the adjunct faculty whose ence in the field. One student said, “He conveyed the material so well that even
service best reflects the character and attributes of Professor Griffith: a non-homeowner like myself was able to understand it,” whereas a classmate
dedication to the law school; excellence in teaching; passion for exclaimed, “I have been in the business for years, and I learned a ton!”
persuasive advocacy; compassion for law students; and optimism Professor Owen also wins acclaim for his interpersonal skills. Students have
about life and the future of legal education. referred to him as a “peaceful and accommodating teacher.”
Emeritus Professor Otto Stockmeyer indicated that the award fits in Bookstore Online Catalog
directly with Cooley’s objectives. “Our mission is practical legal
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each holiday season.” to executive gifts such as business card holders and portfolios.
Professor Owen is a 1973 graduate of Michigan State University and Use the catalog to browse through the items, then place your order via mail,
graduated from the Notre Dame Law School in 1976. He is a share- fax, or phone. There is something for everyone at the Cooley bookstore.
holder in Lansing’s largest law firm, Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.
He has also been a partner in a smaller firm, Shram, Behan & Owen,
and was Development Director and General Counsel for Granger
Planning and Development, L.L.C.
His fields of practice include commercial loan transactions, financial
institution operations and regulation, general real estate law, and estate
planning. Outside of the practice of law, Mr. Owen has served over
the past 25 years on the elder board and other committees of Trinity
Church in Lansing. He and his wife, Jayne, serve on the board of direc-
tors of Love & Respect Ministries, a marriage ministry headquartered
in Grand Rapids.
Award-winning peer mediation program based “The essential element of the
at Cooley Law School
An award-winning program to train K-12
Facilitative Mediation Process is that
students to use words – instead of fists – to the mediator doesn’t come up with
solve disputes is turning out to have benefits
far beyond the classrooms and playgrounds
the solution, the disputants do.”
for which it was originally intended. Elements of the program include the Facilitative Mediation
The Cooley Law School/Lansing School Process, in which disputants are guided toward creating their own
District Peer Mediation Partnership, directed solutions; Restorative Justice, in which disputants determine how
by Professor Nancy Wonch, is in its 14th year to repair harm that has been done; and Peace Circles, which fea-
of operation. The last five years of the partnership have featured a ture an orderly and non-judgmental process of airing thoughts on
unique collaboration with Cooley Law School students, who have a particular theme such as anger or fear.
stepped in to assume the mentoring positions originally held by Wonch said they meet with students on a monthly basis.
Lansing, Michigan-area attorneys. Elementary school training takes place in the school, as does
The original beneficiaries — disputing students and the schools they middle school training when that grade level is involved. High
affected — are still benefiting from the program, but so are a sur- school participants meet at Cooley, giving the mediators not only
prising array of other K-12 students, the Cooley students who train a break from school, but an up-close look at the very role models
them, veteran peer mediators leading the program, and others. Wonch would like them to emulate.
Wonch’s involvement in peer mediation began in 1994 when she Occasionally the group is called on to make a bigger presentation.
was tapped for a “switch day” at her son’s Lansing, Mich., elemen- Recently the group did a presentation on conflict management
tary school and asked to present a skill that the teacher wouldn’t to middle school students from across the state for a Michigan
normally teach, such as juggling. Supreme Court/State Court Administrators’ Office program.
“Well,” recalls Wonch, who was a private practice attorney at the Actual peer mediation sessions within the public schools are car-
time, “the only thing I can juggle is my calendar, so I had to come ried out under the supervision of each building’s adult volunteer.
up with something else in order to participate!” One of the most interesting aspects of the program lies in the
She had come across some peer mediation materials in her reading unusual student populations that it affects. Volunteer peer
and decided to teach conflict management, an introduction to the mediators aren’t always the all-A, class president types, and the
concept of resolving disputes by talking things out. The presentation students seeking help aren’t always the ones you’d expect either.
went well, and Wonch, who at the time was president of the Wonch recalls one stand-out experience. A troubled fourth-
Ingham County Bar Association, decided to get the association and grader who was “a regular” in the principal’s office was tapped
her colleagues involved. to train in peer mediation. In a matter of weeks, the student went
Wonch made a presentation at a gathering of Lansing school from top troublemaker to top troubleshooter, becoming the
principals and four signed up for the inaugural program. Wonch set principal’s right-hand person for stopping disputes and getting
about training some of her colleagues who, although eager to help, students to solve their problems.
found themselves subject to the vagaries of their private practice School officials regularly report back on the effectiveness of the
calendars. program. But often news of the program’s success comes
At one point, the program was up to 17 schools, although this through less official channels.
has varied widely over the years. Currently there are five Lansing Wonch recalled a conversation in the bleachers at a school sport-
elementary buildings and one high school participating. ing event when two athletes were grousing about a wrong done
The program is straight-forward. Professor Wonch and a colleague, to one of them by another student. One asked the other, “So,
Ann Smiley of Mediation Management Services, train 25 or so what are you gonna do about it?” Half-expecting to hear some
Cooley students each September in the ways of peer mediation and posturing about retribution, Wonch was stunned — then delighted
facilitative conflict management. Wonch, Smiley, and the Cooley — when the victim said, “I’m taking it to peer mediation!”
volunteers then train K-12 student volunteers in participating And at Eastern High School in Lansing, star athletes are among
Lansing schools to become peer mediators. the students volunteering to be peer mediators. A program that
20 BENCHMARK MICHAELMAS 2006
1. Professor Nancy Wonch (standing) talks over some peer mediation concepts with area high school students. 2. Cooley students Karman Dhuga,
left, and Nimi Iyalla-Ipaye, pass on their peer mediation knowledge to high school students in a lively interactive training session.
could have been doomed by an “uncool” tag among more set in their ways they become. By the time they
teens, now has credibility among the very population it get to adulthood, most folks are pretty darn stubborn.
seeks to serve. Mediators include athletes, academic In the 14 years that Wonch has been involved with
achievers, troubled students, and others who don’t fall peer mediation, she’s also learned that control issues
into any easily defined categories. Wonch, Smiley, and play a role. Oftentimes, the adults in charge are so
the Cooley student volunteers work with all of them. accustomed to making all the rules — and from a
Many peer mediation-type programs exist across the unilateral decision-making framework — that they
nation, with a basic transferable process as their com- feel threatened by young people making decisions.
mon theme. The Facilitative Mediation Process is the But it’s now, when mistakes are typically non-life
method of choice, Wonch said. threatening, that students need to learn to make
“The essential element of the Facilitative Mediation those decisions, Wonch urged. “They have to be able
Process is that the mediator doesn’t come up with the to weigh consequences,” she explained, so that they
solution, the disputants do,” she explained. have ingrained the life skill of identifying problems,
This is the hardest part of the training process — weighing and choosing solutions, and living with the
particularly for adults, who just want to solve the outcomes.
problem and go on about their business. In 2006, the program was honored by the Alternative
But the key to the success of the process is both Dispute Resolution Section of the State Bar of Michigan
ownership and patience, Wonch explained. When the with the Nanci Klein Award for dedication to peer
disputants create the solution, they are said to “own it,” mediation education. In her work with peer mediation,
and are much more likely to abide by it. In order for Wonch has also earned several honors, including
the whole thing to work, however, the adults involved Lawyer of the Year from Michigan Lawyer's Weekly in
have to possess the patience to let the process play out. 1997, the State Bar of Michigan Champion of Justice in
It simply takes more time to talk problems through than 1998, the Rotary Vocational Service Award, and the
it does to impose a solution. Friend of Education Award from Delta Kappa Gamma
Sorority in 2001. She is a member of Cooley’s
It’s not just the day-to-day, in-school peer mediation
that takes time, the training is also time-intensive. Not
surprisingly, different age groups take different amounts
of time to train. What is surprising is that it’s the adults “They have to be able to weigh consequences,”
who are the hardest to train! she explained, so that they have ingrained
It takes about six hours to train elementary students,
12 to train middle school students, 16 hours to train
the life skill of identifying problems, weighing
high school students …. and 40 to train adults. It’s not and choosing solutions, and living with the
just that problems get more complex as people get
older, Wonch said, it’s that the older people get, the
Michael Ostrander, below left, delivers the valedictory address and Lisa Esser, below right,
celebrates both graduating summa cum laude and winning the President’s Achievement Award.
Fitzgerald Class graduates (below, center) congratulate each other. Professor Mable Martin-Scott
(bottom, left) accepts the Beattie Award for Excellence in Teaching from Cooley President
Don LeDuc. Reginald M. Turner Jr. (bottom right with President LeDuc) served as the
Commencement ceremonies for the Fitzgerald Class were held
Sept. 17, 2006 at the Wharton Center for Performing Arts.
The invocation was given by Associate Professor Martha Moore.
Senior Michael Ostrander was chosen by his fellow graduates to
deliver the valedictory remarks.
The Commencement speaker was Reginald M. Turner Jr., the 63rd
President of the National Bar Association.
Lisa Esser, summa cum laude, was the recipient of both the James E.
Burns Memorial Award and the President’s Achievement Award.
The Burns Award is given to the student who graduates with the
highest grade point average in the class, while the President’s
Achievement Award goes to the student who had the highest
percentage increase between incoming index and graduating G.P.A.
Professor Mable Martin-Scott won the Beattie Award for Excellence
in Teaching, an award voted on by members of the graduating class.
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September 17, 2006
graduates fitzgerald class
The Degree of Masters Anthony H. Chapman, Belkis Fabiola Guardado Frank Mazzarella III Sarah Elizabeth Shearer,
of Law CUM LAUDE Lisa Ann Gunter Janene McIntyre CUM LAUDE
Natchia Jules Frank Samuel Checho Charles Brian Hadad, Kari Lynn Miles, Ryan Scott Shipp
Laurie Beth Schmidt Carlo Alejandro Chialastri WITH DISTINCTION WITH DISTINCTION William Paul Slough,
Marvin D. Sharon Lakisha C. Clayton A. Ari Hakakzadeh Mickey R. Miller CUM LAUDE
The Degree of Juris Doctor Sarah MacDonald Coleman Walli Haley Natalia Moore Jessie W. Smart Jr.
Obinna Ikechukwum Abara, Christina Ann Corcoran Tashfeen Haq Lawrence Emilio Moscoso Cynthia Leoma Smith
WITH DISTINCTION Nickolas Adam Daniels, Tara Jo Hills Shenique Alicia Moss Monique Nicole Smith
Bassam Saleh Abdallah WITH DISTINCTION Paul Robert Hoffer S. Yasmin Multani Roger M. Smith
Justin Eli Abrell Craig Aaron Davis Mandisa Shukura Holder Robert Harrison Myers Jr Kimberly Lauren Stout
Jacquelyn Lenore Alexander, Daphene Rochelle Davis- Jamshid Al Huque Shodai Nakano Renita Maratita Taimanao,
LEADERSHIP ACHIEVE- Bradfield Christopher Mark Jacobson Erik Thomas Necciai WITH DISTINCTION
MENT AWARD Brendon Keith DeBolski Shani O’niece Johnson Tania Nemer, Jennifer Lee Thompson,
Mustafa Mohammed Tracey Loretta DePass WITH DISTINCTION WITH DISTINCTION
Christopher Keefe Jones
Ameenuddin, CUM Amy Jean DeRouin, Mercy A. Obamogie Sondra Latrell Timpson
LAUDE Mushir Kadri
CUM LAUDE Andrea Veronica O’Connor Christopher Todorovski,
Jennifer Ann Armstrong Debra Sue Kauten CUM LAUDE
Geeta Lata Devaraju Michael D. Olsen
John Robert Arne Donald E. Kennedy Marcelina Treviño-Savala,
Robert Benjamin Duke Jr. George U. Oparanozie
Kristin J. Atherton Kimberly Michelle Kery WITH DISTINCTION
Cordelia Mary Elias Gertrude Opoku-Mensah
Jared Clayton Austin, Soomi Kim, Jacob Dance Twiggs
Akia Yvonne Embry WITH DISTINCTION Michael Allen Ostrander
WITH DISTINCTION Regine Emile Ryan Paul Tyler,
Nixon Odiaua Ayeni Marie Martha Kolp, Karl Edward Victor Paananen, CUM LAUDE
Lisa Michelle Esser, SUMMA WITH DISTINCTION WITH DISTINCTION
Blair Samuel Balden, CUM LAUDE, PRESI- Bryan James Ure
MAGNA CUM LAUDE Chinwe Omena Kpaduwa Sergio Paneque Mary Valladares
David Michael Barry AWARD Courtney Anne Krause Alisa Lois Parker Dawn R. Veit
Robyn Olivia Bass, Whitney Marie Ezis Marsha Kraycir Aditi R. Patel Carlos D. Villarreal
CUM LAUDE, LEADER- Carol Ann Farnese, Suzanne Marie Krohn Avani V. Patel Khaliah Judsena Walker
SHIP ACHIEVEMENT CUM LAUDE Diea Diane Kroulik, Maria Angela Pavone Diego Javier Weinsetel,
AWARD Catrina Farrugia, WITH DISTINCTION Alicia A. Phillips-Kelly CUM LAUDE
Joseph Robert Baznik, WITH DISTINCTION Leigha Marie Landry Christopher Gregory Pollard David Edward Wells
WITH DISTINCTION Dirk F. Fenner Avar Patrice Laws-Wright Mia Clarissa Porter Julie Marie Wescott
Alex John Beachum, Ruzena L. Fisher Tracy M. Lawyer, Daniel John Rasschaert Kamilah Demetria Williams
CUM LAUDE CUM LAUDE
José Luis Flores Susan K. Reed Karol Witold Wince,
Jerry Darrell Beckham, Warren W. Lee
WITH DISTINCTION Omar Rashad Fortune Daniel Joseph Renfro CUM LAUDE
Bruce C. Freiberg Donald G. Leggett James Allen Ribel Ronald Joseph Winter
Nicole E. Bergeron,
Kimberly Jane French Timothy J. Lessman Michael Thomas Rittenhouse Timothy Jon Wrather
Nicole Kristine Frey Julie Lillrose (Churchill), Dondell Michelle Roberson Ryan Christopher Wurtzel
Nicole Lynn Beyerle
Joseph A. Black Iniv Gabay, William P. Robinson Agatha K. Wygodzki
CUM LAUDE Apriliana YuQing Lim
Jose Luis Blanco Kevin Vaughn Rogers Jr., Walter Carl Zacharias III
Pooja A. Gadkar Jeffrey Wayne Linick, WITH DISTINCTION
Preston Kauihou Blevins MAGNA CUM LAUDE Anne Zeitoun
Heather Lynn Bradshaw-Arne Randhir Singh Garcha Vieng Rouppasong, Lois J. Zitano
Ilya Alexander Lipin, CUM LAUDE
Katie Ruth Branham Alicia Alaine Garcia WITH DISTINCTION
Alana Marie Glass Matthew Wayne Rowland
Caroldean Brocci Steven Michael Lochbiler
William Joseph Godfrey, Michael Leonard Rutkowski
Brandy Michelle Brooks Jennifer Alene Longo
CUM LAUDE Tiffany Ann Ruttkofsky
Patricia Sofia Brown Malgorzata Lorelli
Amanda Laurel Goerge, Josephine Vitina Sangiorgio
Sara Beth Bryant CUM LAUDE Shawn Keith Louden
Spencer Adam Sattler,
Joanna Brylewska A. Claudia Gómez Christine Sue Louie WITH DISTINCTION
Kim Marie Bulloch Jeremy Michael Goodman, William Thomas Luce Michael Bret Schnepper
Stacy Renee Bynum, WITH DISTINCTION Hugo Madrid Mandy Jill Schoepf
WITH DISTINCTION Jacob Jackson Graff, Robinjit Kaur Mahal Shivani Shailesh Shah,
Gabriel Lauchlin Cameron, CUM LAUDE Zakaria M. Mahdi WITH DISTINCTION
WITH DISTINCTION James Mark Green, Daniel Patrick Marnen Stephen Patrick Sharpe
Adam Alden Campbell, CUM LAUDE Jonathan W. Marotta
Paul Carrier Spoke, on Oct. 19, 2006, on “Cyber Bullying Liability Reform and Tort Compensation Act of
Associate Professor and Other Computer Crimes Involving Teens,” 1988, also known as the “Westfall Act,” which
Authored, an article, Michigan Association of Non-Public Schools provides immunity from suit to a federal
‘Outsourcing and the Conflict Conference, in Grand Rapids, Mich. employee sued in state tort actions when the
with Federal Policy on Spoke, on Oct. 12, 2006, on "Federal employee’s conduct is certified by the Attorney
International Government Computer Fraud and Abuse Act," at Washtenaw General to be within the scope of the employee’s
Procurement Obligations: A Community College, in Ann Arbor, Mich. job when the alleged tort occurred.
Countdown to Pre-emption?’ Spoke, on Oct. 5, 2006, on "State Cybercrime David L. Finnegan
in 8 T.M. Cooley Journal of Practical & Clinical Laws," at Washtenaw Community College, in Associate Professor
Law 133 (2006). Ann Arbor, Mich. Published, an article,
Invited, to judge several national rounds (includ- Spoke, on Sept. 28, 2006, on "Various Federal “Applied Comparative Law
ing one in French), for Canada’s 2007 Philip K. Laws on Electronic Evidence Gathering," at and Judicial Reform,” in the
Jessup International Moot Court Competition in Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor, Mich. Thomas M. Cooley Journal
March 2007. Spoke, on Sept. 21, 2006, on "Searching and of Practical & Clinical Law,”
Named, the co-director for Cooley’s 2007 Seizing Computers — the Fourth Amendment in Vol. 8, Issue 2 (2006).
Toronto Study Abroad Program. Cyberspace," at Washtenaw Community College, Attended, the conference, “Conducting
Mark Cooney Ann Arbor, Mich. Empirical Legal Scholarship Workshop: The
Associate Professor Spoke, on Sept. 19, 2006, on "Identity Theft," Advanced Course,” Feb. 9-11, 2007, at the
Published, Stringing for the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association's Washington University School of Law in St.
Readers Along, Vol. 85, People's Law School 2006, at Cooley Law School, Louis, Mo.
No. 12 Mich. B.J. 44 Lansing, Mich. Participated, in the debate on Kelo v. City of
(December 2006). Spoke, on Sept. 15, 2006, on "A Review of New London, 125 S. Ct. 2655 (2005), sponsored
Elected, to founding Michigan Cyber Crime Laws," for the Michigan by the Federalist Society at Cooley Law School,
board of the Michigan Judicial Conference, at the State Bar of Michigan Nov. 1, 2006.
Supreme Court Historical Society's Annual Meeting, Ypsilanti, Mich. Anthony Flores
Advocates Guild. Spoke, on Sept. 6, 2006, on "Cyber Bullying Associate Professor
Patrick Corbett and Other Computer Crimes Involving Teens," Attended, the Advanced
Professor at Okemos High School (9th-12th grade), Mediation and Advocacy
Spoke, on Jan. 10, 2007, Okemos, Mich. Skills Training — ABA Section
on “Searches and Seizures – Attended, on Aug. 15, 2006, SUMIT_06 on Dispute Resolution
How Limiting is the Fourth Symposium, at the University of Michigan, Program, Oct. 19-20, 2006,
Amendment?” at Lansing Information Technology Security Services, Ann in Toronto, Ont.
Eastern High School, Lansing, Arbor, Mich. Consulted, Child Protective Services Training,
Mich. Attended, on July 13, 2006, a High Technology in Detroit, Mich., Nov. 30, 2006.
Spoke, on Dec. 13, 2006, on “Cyber Bullying Crime Investigations Association Conference, at Interviewed, on WILX-TV Channel 10 (NBC)
and Other Computer Crimes Involving Teens,” the Troy Police Department, Troy, Mich. for a news story on “Adultery Equals Life in
at Haslett High School, Haslett, Mich. Attended, on July 13, 2006, the Michigan Prison,” on Jan. 18, 2007.
Spoke, on Nov. 29, 2006, on “Searches and Electronic Crimes Task Force Conference, at the Mara Kent
Seizures – How Limiting is the Fourth Michigan Information Technology Center, Ann Associate Professor
Amendment?” American Bar Association/Law Arbor, Mich. Attended, the ABA annual
Student Division – Cooley Law School, at Mary Phelan D’Isa conference in August 2006, in
Lansing Sexton High School, in Lansing, Mich. Professor Honolulu, Hawaii.
Spoke, on Nov. 12, 2006, on “Cyber Bullying Published, “When Can the Honored, with the Award
and Other Computer Crimes Involving Teens,” Attorney General Certify for Outstanding Faculty
Student Leadership Services Conference, That an Employee Was Scholarship, by the Cooley
Bellaire, Mich. Acting Within the Scope of Legal Authors Society, in November 2006.
Spoke, on Nov. 8, 2006, on “Cyber Bullying His Employment?” in Issue 2
and Other Computer Crimes Involving Teens,” ABA Preview Of United
Michigan High Tech Crimes Investigation States Supreme Court Cases, p. 104 (Oct. 30,
Association, in Ann Arbor, Mich. 2006) 2006-2007 Term. Professor D’Isa’s article
previewed a complicated tort case reviewed by
the Court involving the Federal Employees
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Joseph Kimble Attended, the ABA mid-year meeting in Miami Norman E. Plate
Professor and the annual ABA meeting in Hawaii. Associate Professor
Named, as the winner of Spoke, at a symposium, Jurisdictional Trends & Attended, the Rock
a prestigious Burton Award Mechanisms in International Law, presented by the Mountain Legal Writing
for legal writing for his work Cooley International Law Society in 2006. Conference, March 9-10,
in redrafting the Federal Rules Scheduled, to teach a course on the 2007, in Las Vegas, Nev.
of Civil Procedure. The award International Criminal Court, at Cooley’s Study Presented, ‘Elementary, My
will be presented at a black-tieAbroad Program in Toronto, in 2007. Dear Watson,’ an
ceremony at the Library of Congress. Dan Matthews “Elementary” Approach to Teaching Basic Legal
Published, an article in Trial called "Hunting Assistant Professor Skills, at the Rocky Mountain Legal Writing
Down Nouners." The article was reprinted in the Published, an article, "A Conference, March 9-10, 2007, in Las Vegas, Nev.
Michigan Bar Journal. Fight to the Death: Slaying the Chris A. Shafer
Spoke, as one of the featured speakers in the Estate Tax Repeal Hydra," in Professor
"Access to Justice" Series at Phoenix School of Whittier Law Review (28 Attended, the State Bar
Law. He spoke about plain language and Whittier L. Rev. 663 (2006). of Michigan Environmental
redrafting the federal rules. Established, a Volunteer Section winter meeting on
Spoke, about the federal rules at the annual Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program at air pollution law, on Feb. 3,
dinner of the Cooley Legal Authors' Society. Cooley's Rochester/Oakland University campus 2007, at Cooley Law
Spoke, about jury instructions as part of a panel to prepare tax returns for low-income taxpayers School, Lansing, Mich.
at the annual meeting of the Association of in Pontiac. Fourteen students and one graduate Delivered, a paper, “The Proposed Great
American Law Schools. completed the IRS certification training course. Lakes — St. Lawrence River Compact and
Spoke, about drafting as part of a panel at the On their first night, Feb. 7, 2007, they prepared Sustainable Water Resource Agreement: Are
University of Houston Law Center and another tax returns for 30 clients. The program continued They Constitutional?” at the MSU College of
panel at South Texas College of Law. The panels throughout February. Law International Law and Policy Crossroad
were sponsored by Scribes — The American Helen Mickens, Conference, Dec. 2, 2006, at Shedd Aquarium
Society of Legal Writers. Cooley Law School is Professor and in Chicago, Ill.
the home school of Scribes, and Kimble is the Associate Dean William Weiner
executive director. Named, one of the recipients Associate Dean and
Organized, the seventh Golden Pen Award for of the Alumni Distinguished Professor
the Legal Writing Institute. This year's winners Achievement Award from Presented, the “Phil & Bill
were two California justices who chaired the Kalamazoo College, on Friday, Show,” a U.S. Supreme
committees that revised California's civil and Oct. 20, 2006. Court Update, as part of
criminal jury instructions into plain language. Nelson P. Miller, the Ingham County Bar
Ended, his three-year term as president of Assistant Association Luncheon
Clarity, an international association promoting Dean/Associate Lecture Series, Nov. 1, 2006, and Nov. 8, 2006,
plain legal language. Professor in Lansing, Mich.
Dorean Koenig, Invited, by the ABA's
annual Equal Justice
Authored, a sidebar of Conference, to conduct a Faculty members
work being done on interna- workshop featuring Cooley’s Legal Assistance come to Thomas
tional death penalty standards, Center partnership with the Grand Rapids Bar.
for the spring issue of Human Collaborated, with Cooley professors, Donald Cooley with years
Petersen and Christopher Hastings, and Associate
Rights Magazine. Professor
Koenig is the co-chair of the Dean Marion Hilligan on a bioethics article of experience in the
death penalty committee of the Individual Rights 'Superhuman: Biotechnology’s Emerging Impact practice of law. They
and Responsibilities (IRR) Section of the American on the Law' for publication in the Cooley Law
Bar Association. Review. combine “real world”
Conducted, Hispanic Center workshops on
Named, in 2006, to chair a subcommittee
drafting a statement of international death immigrant rights and duties during ICE knowledge with
penalty standards. immigration sweeps. exceptional academic
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outstanding year for Cooley's fund-raising Long; Peter B. Cagle (North Class, 1980) and Mary Bauer (Green Class, 1988); Cherie L. Beck (Flannigan
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In 2007, we hope that you will give to Cooley so Class, 1993); Clyde P. Selig; Allen M. Soifer; Michele Pecchio (McAlvay Class, 1984); Philip J. Prygoski;
that we may continue the impressive progress we S. Teny Borsellino (Ostrander Class, 1994); Charles Danny R. Quesenberry; Hector L. Ramos Vega
R. Toy (Kavanagh Class, 1981); Steven A. Transeth (Paterson Class, 2002); Thomas C. Rombach (Morse
have made. Every gift makes a real difference in (Wing Class, 1982) and Janice K. Cunningham- Class, 1987); Charles J. Senger; Michelle A. Simmons-
the lives of our students and is an investment in Transeth (Mundy Class, 1986); Reginald Turner; Brown (Durand Class, 1992); Miguel A. Terc
Joan P. Vestrand; Paul Zelenski (Swainson Class, 2003); Thomas M. Cooley Law
their careers as future lawyers, business profes-
Pillar Club -- $500+ School Dept. of Civil Procedure and Evidence; Gerald
sionals, public officials, and community leaders. Tschura; Cynthia M. Ward; F. Georgann Wing (Felch
Allstate Foundation; Dawn C. Beachnau; Carey S.
Bernstein (Montgomery Class, 1992); David Berry; Class, 1977)
We proudly list below our alumni and friends
Gordon C. Boardman (Marston Class, 1978); Lynn Century Club – $100+
who so generously supported our students by
S. Branham; Capital Region Community Foundation, Anthony R. Alvarado; Amway Grand Plaza Hotel;
a gift to Cooley in 2006. To those of you listed: Mary Ann Cartwright (Graves Class, 1977); James Nicholas Ancel; Auto-Owners Insurance; Timothy
we appreciate what you have done for us, and P. Colbert (Campbell Class, 1976); William D. Cox M. Ayres (Goodwin Class, 1982); Backbone
(Witherell Class, 1990), Thomas W. Cranmer; Hon. Chiropractic, L.L.C. & Massage Therapy; Evan B.
we offer you our sincere thanks.
Brent V. Danielson (Cooley Class, 1976); Jack Davis; Barenbaum (McDonald Class, 1998); Hon. Steven
2006 Annual Giving List by Giving Delta Theta Phi Foundation Inc.; Downtown YMCA M. Basha (Wiest Class, 1979); Elizabeth S. Beckley
Wellness Center; Gerald A. Fisher; Eric Fitzgerald; (Montgomery Class, 1992); Brendan T. Beery (Snow
Club Level Hon. John W. Fitzgerald; Susan R. Fortino-Brown Class, 1998); Laurie K. Berner (Cushing Class, 2000);
Charter Club -- $100,000+ (Morell Class, 1985); Audra A. Foster (Fellows Bernick Omer Radner & Ouellette, P.C.; Kathryn A.
Dennis E. Benner (Potter Class, 1980) Class, 1997); Judith A. Frank (Mundy Class, 1986); Bielefeldt (Steere Class, 1995); Hon. Gregory D. Bill
Richard C. Henke; James T. Heos (Cooley Class, (Dethmers Class, 1981); Patricia Birke; Susan M.
President’s Club -- $10,000+
1976); Keith J. Hey; James M. Hicks; Impression 5 Brady; R. J. Brennan, Jr.; Hon. Thomas E. Brennan,
A.D. Johnson Foundation
Science Center; Ingham County Bar Association; Sr.; Diane J. Britt (Chandler Class, 1983) ; Arthur A.
National City Corporation
Jewell Media Services; Eileen Kavanagh; Peter M. Busch (Wing Class, 1982); Robert M. Buzaitis
Lawrence P. Nolan (Cooley Class, 1976)
Kempel; Dermot F. Kennedy (Wing Class, 1982); (Cushing Class, 2000); James L. Carey; Brian C.
G. Michael Stakias (Campbell Class, 1976)
Kim Kauffman Photography Inc.; Lisa Kirsch-Satawa; Casterline (Wilson Class, 2001); Karen Chadwick;
Hon. Richard F. Suhrheinrich
Lawrence J. Kish (Marston Class, 1978); Kresge Mary Chartier-Mittendorf (T. Johnson Class); Gary
Foundation; Nell M. Kuhnmuench (Marston Class, R. Chopp (Kavanagh Class, 1981); John C. Colpean
James J. Vlasic (Ransom Class, 1978)
1978); William I. MacDonald (Bushnell Class, 1980); (Ransom Class, 1978); Colleen L. Conlin (Ransom
Dean’s Club -- $5,000+ Hon. Jane E. Markey (Dethmers Class, 1981) Class, 1978); Dart Bank; Delta Dental; Hon. Hudson
Anthony H. Gair (Potter Class, 1980) and Curt Benson (Mundy Class, 1986); Ann M. E. Deming; Patricia L. Dorsey; Ruth M. Drago; Hon.
Marion M. Hilligan (Johnson Class, 1989) Marks (Jay Class, 2000); Hon. Jeffrey L. Martlew H. Kevin Drake (Bushnell Class, 1980); John B. Earle
Bernard T. Kennedy (T. Smith Class, 1985) (Campbell Class, 1976); Michigan Athletic Club; M. III (Montgomery Class, 1992); Robert C. Ellis (Morse
Don LeDuc Ann Miller; Lawrence W. Morgan; Mayer Class, 1987); M. Dennis Esmay (Campbell Class,
MacDonald Broadcasting Morganroth; Steve Tole; NuUnion Credit Union; 1976); Farhat & Story, P.C.; Norman Fell; William L.
Founders’ Club – $2,500+ Charles A. Palmer ; Nora J. Pasman-Green; Brian L. Ferrigan (Cooley Class, 1976); Michelle A. Flewelling
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan; David G. Cotter Petrequin (Fellows Class, 1997); Marjorie P. Russell (Chandler Class, 1983); Patrick L. Fuller (T. Smith
(Cooley Class, 1976); Foresight Group; Catherine (Chandler Class, 1983); Steven H. Schinker (Durand Class, 1985); Thomas R. GarlandII (Copeland Class,
Groll (Montgomery Class, 1992); Image Creative Class, 1992); William E. Schoettle; Stephanie M. 1989); John M. Gear (Cross Class, 2004); Michael J.
Group, L.L.C.; Arnold and Lynn Markowitz; Charles Sewak (Hooker Class, 1993); Seyferth Spaulding Gibson; John D. Golden (Potter Class, 1980); Karl
26 BENCHMARK MICHAELMAS 2006
Gotting; Grand Rapids Student Bar Association; Class, 2002); Stevie Barachkov; Bear Associates; Levenson; Nancy Lewis; Vickie S. Lewis; Elizabeth A.
Phyllis D. Groenewoud (Christiancy Class, 1977); Patrick A. Beatty (Needham Class, 2004); Ronda Lindsay-Ochoa (Iredell Class, 2001); Jodi D.
Remo Grua; Karl E. Hand (Moore Class, 1993); Beck; Andrea Bell; George M. Betts (Moore Class, Copenhaver-Liukkonen (Needham Class, 2004);
William C. Hawley (Swift Class, 2004); Stephen M. 1993); Patricia S. Boguslawski (O. Smith Class, Deborah A. Liverence (Bird Class, 1995); Gary M.
Haynes; Terry E. Heiss (Carr Class, 1984); Jeanne 2003); Richard J Boruszewski; Richard I. Bowles; Lobel (Cushing Class, 2000); Lynne M. Loren; Richard
M. Heran (McAlvay Class, 1984); Paul C. Hillegonds Hon. Thomas E. Brennan, Jr. (Marston Class, 1978); Lowe Carol Lycos; John D. MacRitchie; Elva Maguire;
(Miles Class, 1986); Donald E. Hood (Krinock Class, Ron Bretz; Gordon W. Briggs; Daniel R. Brown; James Malinowski; Linda Markham; Sunita M. White;
1991); Ronald Horowitz; Rose Houk; Bradley F. Sandra Brown; Carrol A. Buck; Kathryn J. Burt; Susan M. Maul (Bird Class, 1995); Joseph D.
Hubbell (Paterson Class, 2002); Bruce D. Hunting Matthew D. Busby; Christine M. Campbell (Potter McCormack (Turner Class, 1991); Kelly J. McDoniel
(Dethmers Class, 1981); Vivian Jackson-Boko; Byron Class, 1980); Diane Canning; Elissa A. Caropreso (Toy Class, 2003); Dan L. McNeal; Lee McNew; Kevin
J. Johnson (Felch Class, 1977); James A. Johnson; (Snow Class, 1998); Mike Carr; Dennis W. Carter J. McQuillan (Chandler Class, 1983); Marcie K.
Charles Kleinbrook (Grant Class, 1987); Dorean (Swift Class, 2004); Terrence F. Cavanaugh; Emily McWayne (Edwards Class, 2006); Jessica L. Merritt
M. Koenig; Patrick G. Kruse; Raymond B. Lail Cave; Chappell Gardens Club; Min-Cheng Chen Mark C. Miller (McAllister Class, 2005); Bill D. Morris
(Ostrander Class, 1984); Wendy Lawrence; Henry (Edwards Class, 2006); Erica L. Cicchelli (Rutledge Amy M. Moya (Swainson Class, 2003); Mary Jo
J. Legere, Jr. (Carpenter Class, 1993); Loomis Ewert Class, 2000); Dennis E. Cichon; Clara's Lansing Murtaugh (Kuhn Class, 1995); Brianne L. Myers; Alice
Parsley; Davis & Gotting, P.C.; George W. Loomis; Station; Beverly A. Clark; Mary M. Clark; Martha M. Myron; Stephen V. Nielsen (Lawrence Class, 1991);
Ashley E. Lowe; Suzanne E. Lowe (Long Class, Climo; Marlene W. Coir; Joseph A. Collins (Felch John F. Nocita (Turner Class, 1991); Christina T.
1981); Scott Mandel; Salvatore Marabondo Class, 1977); Robert G. Collins (Adams Class, Novajosky (Stone Class, 1996); Cristy N. Oakes
(Whipple Class, 1985); John H. Marks; Kathy A. 1997); Mary Anne Coon; J. Mark Cooney (Edwards Class, 2006); Michael J. O'Connor
Martin (Weadock Class, 1999); Mable Martin-Scott; (Montgomery Class, 1992); Edward S. Cooper (Sherwood Class, 1986); Marcella Pajak; Geraldine
Kenneth J. Mattern (Iredell Class, 2001); Daniel (Copeland Class, 1989); Patrick E. Corbett; Dominic Parfitt; Carey R. Parks (O'Hara Class, 1983); Donald
Matthews; Thomas A. Matthews (Marston Class, J. Cornelius (Kuhn Class, 1995); Anita E. Cote; Petersen; Norm Plate; Rowland Plutchak; Barry V.
1978); Patrick D. McCoy (Ransom Class, 1978); Edward O. Cousineau (Stone Class, 1996); Sara M. Price (Moore Class, 1993); Jill K. Pullum; Martha H.
Keeley A. McDonald-Riddle (Sharpe Class, 1998); Covill (Edwards Class, 2006); Michael P. Cox and Quain; Elizabeth H. Rainey (Paterson Class, 2002);
Douglas J. McFadden (Marston Class, 1978); James Hillie Van Asdonck Cox; Barbara A. Craft (Ransom Nancy L. Ramsey; Susan Rankin; Michael Reed; Frank
C. McLaughlin (Morell Class, 1985); D. Daniel Class, 1978); Kelly L. Crosser (Blair Jr. Class, 2001); Rehor; Carol E. Reiss (Chandler Class, 1983); Allan G.
McLellan; Merck Partnership for Giving; Merrill Jeffrey Cuthbertson; Eugene E. Dalebout; Bernice A. Richens; Ronald Richmond; William R. Roberts
Lynch & Co Foundation Inc.; Midwest Epoxy; Gerald Davenport; Brent A. Davis (Voelker Class, 1997); (Wilson Class, 2001); Amanda L. Roggenbuck
D. Miller (Green Class, 1988); Robert C. Miller Colleen M. Davis (Toy Class, 2003); Kimberly Dean; (Swainson Class, 2003); Joan E. Rosema David (Jay
(O'Hara Class, 1983); Martha Moore; Monty C. Mary Ellen Debelak; Valerie Debler; David Dee; Class, 2000); Gale Rosen; Grace L. Ross; Michael
Moyer; Myers Nelson Dillon & Shierk, P.L.L.C.; Katharine E. Dierks; Robert J. DiVito (Lawrence Rubner; Alecia M. Ruswinckel (Swainson Class, 2003);
Joseph Nelson; James A. Newton (Blair Class, Class, 1991); Sally C. Dow; Judith Dzierbicki; Vickie Brett J. Rycus; Ruth L. Sablich; Harry Saites; John W.
1983); Thomas B. North (Long Class, 1981); Eggers; Telford E. Elders (Turner Class, 1991); Schmieding (Moore Class, 1993); Valinta Schnable;
Monica Nuckolls; Kimberly O’Leary; Lucille H. Walter L. Eschtruth; Michelle R. Esperance Suzanne M. Schramski; Shirleyetta Sernick; Michael
O'Connor (Moore Class, 1993); Barbara H. Olson; (Weadock Class, 1999); Kathryn Falk-Fehrman; Sexton; Christopher A. Shafer (Hooker Class, 19993);
Gail Pamukov; Peter G. Pangis (Hooker Class, Jerome A. Fallon; J. Michael Fedewa; Susan A. Lawrence Shanker; William M. Sherman; Briget Sierra;
1993); James Papazian; Bunnie M. Perrine; Stephen Fedewa; Andrea H. Fenn (Long Class, 1981); Jodi E. Silberman; Robyn A. Sisti Devine (Moore Class,
H. Pierpoint (Miles Class, 1986); Michael W. Podein Margaret A. Fischer (Steere Class, 1995); Leah K. 1993); James A. Siver (Kavanagh Class, 1981); Kim
(Wiest Class, 1979); Alan R. Pollack; Brenda Fitch; Hon. E. Thomas Fitzgerald; Paul J. Gallo Smith; Norm Smith; Kirsten K. Sparks (Swift Class,
Popplewell (Adams Class, 1997); Darin S. Portnoy (Moody Jr. Class, 1996); Eric P. Galuszka (Paterson 2004); David L. Steeno (Campbell Class, 1976);
(Witherell Class, 1990); Stephen H. Pottinger Class, 2002); Robert L. Gariepy (Graves Class, Daniella Steger; Annette Steinborn; Larry Stephens;
(Krinock Class, 1991); Christopher M. Quick 1977); Martha M. Gasparovich; Margaret J. Gentry; Jeanne Stieglitz; Otto Stockmeyer; Crystal Stokes;
(Lawrence Class, 1991); Andrew Quinn; Richard Hon. Jacqueline P. George (Campbell Class, 1976); Donald C. Stolz; Allen R. Stout (Long Class, 1981);
A. Randall (Long Class, 1981); Daniel Ray; Rhoades Stephen J. Gobbo (Bird Class, 1995); Donald Phillip A. Strehle (Champlin Class, 1987); Philip C.
McKee PC; Linda M. Rhodus (Long Class, 1981); Gochberg; Ed Graves; Jason J. Guari (Steere Class, Strother (Fellows Class, 1997); Natasha M. Summit
Lauren A. Rousseau; Sally Rutledge; Marisa 1995); Zead A. Haddad (O. Smith Class, 2003); (Voelker Class, 1997); Karl Suni; Jerry Sutton (Cooley
Saltzman; Gale Schiamberg; Stephen Schuesler; Maroun J. Hakim (Marston Class, 1978); Lisa K. Class, 1976) and Linda L. Sutton (Dethmers Class,
Michael Serling; Margie Simmons; Laura A. Halushka; Patricia A. Hand; Michael R. Hasse 1981); Kathy Swedlow; Amy Swope; David J. Tarrien
Simoldoni (Moore Class, 1993); John P. Smirnow (Lawrence Class, 1991); Christopher Hastings; Hon. (Chase Class, 2002); Robert J Taylor; Marie S.
(Ostrander Class, 1994); Dennis Smith; Patricia Janet A. Haynes (Kavanagh Class, 1981); David W. Templo-Capule (Wilson Class, 2001); Amy Timmer
Smith; Ross T. Smith (Needham Class, 2004); Heeke; Jane E. Hegarty; Robert Henige; John C. (Pratt Class, 1988); Jack G. Trommater; Christopher
Sandra S. Snapp (Hooker Class, 1994); Vincent P. Herbstreit; M. Diane Hodson (Wing Class, 1982); R. Trudeau (Chase Class, 2002); James R.
Spagnuolo (Wiest Class, 1979); Shirley Spangler; Carol M. Hogan (Manning Class, 1984); Helen B. Underwood (Weadock Class, 1999); Sandra K. Van
Heather R. Spielmaker; Ronald L. Starr; Robert J. Holihan; Janice L. Hunt; Mulumebet Hussein; Enk (Manning Class, 1984); Beady Waddell; Joseph
Stommel (Turner Class, 1991); Student Bar Lawrence Isaacson; M. Charlotte Israel; Robert P. Wald; Shannon N. Walker (T. Johnson Class, 2002);
Association, TMCLS; John Taylor; Laurie A. Taylor; Jacobson; Erin M. Jerick; C. Bernard Johnson; Debra Travis A. Walker (Rutledge Class, 2000); Keith R.
Gil Wanger; Bruce Wein; William P. Weiner and Johnson; Shannon Kahne; Joan H. Kane; Kirk D. Ward; Marlene R. Watson; Tracey D. Weaver;
Paula Latovick; Mardelle Weymouth; David C. Kaplan (Stone Class, 1996); Forrest Kelsey; Eric C. Dionne E. Webster (Edwards Class, 2006); Michael F.
Whipple (Butzel Class, 1979); Louis E. Wirbel; Kennedy; Kent County Defenders; William H. Wein; Ingeborg Weinberger; Jerrold Weiss; Carol
Shelley K. Woodworth; Ken Wyniemko Foundation; Kerbin, Jr.; Raymond C. Kinzel; Vicki Kirsch; Welch; Brandi N. West (Reid Class, 2006); Tara
Sherida Wysocki Thomas A. Klug (Campbell Class, 1976); Gwen V. L.Whitaker (Toy Class, 2003); Willis & Willis PLC;
Cooley Club – Up to $99 Knight; Sheldon L. Knoespel; Garry J. Kregelka Wilson and Brown Law Offices, P.L.L.C.; James
Frank Aiello; Hon. Louise Alderson (Sherwood (Paterson Class, 2002); Jenny L. Kronk (Pratt Class, Wilson; Mary Jane Wilson; Patricia M. Wilson; Erin
Class, 1986); Richard J. Allen; Joseph J. Allessie 1988); Sylvia Kruger; Stephen P. Krupp (Steere Wiseman; David Wood; Jeffrey J. Wood (O'Hara
(Witherell Class, 1990); Robert L. Anderlie (Morell Class, 1995); Cynthia J. Kruska; Michael Kukielka; Class, 1983); Scott Wood; Eric T. Wooden (Durand
Class, 1985); J.V. Anderton; Kimberly Armbruster; Dawn M. LaCasse (Carpenter Class, 1993); Lansing Class, 1992); Pamela Wynn-Quada (Stone Class,
William Arnold; J. Sumner Bagby; Glen R. Baker Lugnuts; Joni D. Larson; Jeffery B. Lesperance 1996); Hannah J. Yancy; Kelly Yarboro; Marc E.
(Ostrander Class, 1994); Elie Banna (T. Johnson (Johnson Class, 2002); Brooxie N. Letts; Helen N. Yonker (Ostrander Class, 1994)
2006 Annual Giving By 1980 1984 1989
Graduation Class Potter Class: $105,146.86 McAlvay Class: $3,575.00 Copeland Class: $1,150.00
Dennis E. Benner Jeanne M. Heran Edward O. Blews, Jr.
Christine M. Campbell Dale E. Malewska Edward S. Cooper
Cooley Class: $14,820.00
Anthony H. Gair William C. Mathewson Thomas R. Garland, II
David G. Cotter
John D. Golden Robert A. Pecchio 1989
Hon. Brent V. Danielson
1980 Joseph J. Piperato, III D. Johnson Class
William L Ferrigan
Bushnell Class: $3,861.08 1984 Marion M. Hilligan
James T. Heos
Lawrence P. Nolan Hon. H. Kevin Drake Carr Class
Terry E. Heiss 1990
William I. MacDonald Witherell Class: $1,800.00
Helen P. Mickens 1984 Joseph J. Allessie
Campbell Class: $11,746.80
1980 Manning Class: $48.72 William D. Cox
James P. Colbert
North Class Carol M. Hogan Aletha L. Honsowitz
M. Dennis Esmay
Peter B. Cagle Sandra K. Van Enk Darin S. Portnoy
Hon. Jacqueline P. George
Thomas A. Klug 1981 1985 1991
Hon. Jeffrey L. Martlew Dethmers Class: $705.93 T. Smith Class: $5,200.00 Turner Class: $2,706.00
G. Michael Stakias Hon. Gregory D. Bill Patrick L. Fuller Jeanette R. Buttrey
David L. Steeno Bruce D. Hunting Bernard T. Kennedy Sean F. Carroll
1977 Hon. Jane E. Markey 1985 Telford E. Elders
Christiancy Class: $1,200.00 Linda L. Sutton Morell Class: $606.70 Joseph D. McCormack
Phyllis D. Groenewoud 1981 Robert L. Anderlie John F. Nocita
Robert T. Meeks Kavanagh Class: $1,648.40 Susan R. Fortino-Brown Robert J. Stommel
Gary R. Chopp James C. McLaughlin 1991
Felch Class: $589.95 Hon. Janet A. Haynes 1985 Lawrence Class: $730.55
Joseph A. Collins James A. Siver Whipple Class Robert J. DiVito
Byron J. Johnson Charles R. Toy Salvatore Marabondo Michael R. Hasse
F. Georgann Wing 1981 1986 Stephen V. Nielsen
Long Class: $513.40 Mundy Class: $1,007.00 Christopher M. Quick
Andrea H. Fenn Curt A. Benson Evelyn K. Tombers
Graves Class: $548.40
Mary Ann Cartwright Suzanne E. Lowe Judith A. Frank 1991
Robert L. Gariepy Hon. Thomas B. North 1986 Krinock Class: $200.00
Richard A. Randall Miles Class: $300.00 Donald E. Hood
Linda M. Rhodus Paul C. Hillegonds Stephen H. Pottinger
Marston Class: $1,966.86
Allen R. Stout Stephen H. Pierpoint 1992
Gordon C. Boardman
Hon. Thomas E. Brennan, Jr. 1982 1986 Montgomery Class: $4,158.00
Maroun J. Hakim Wing Class: $3,118.31 Sherwood Class: $179.24 Elizabeth S. Beckley
Lawrence J. Kish Virginia P. Allen Hon. Louise Alderson Carey Scott Bernstein
Nell M. Kuhnmuench Arthur A. Busch Michael J. O’Connor J. Mark Cooney
Thomas A. Matthews M. Diane Hodson John Burns Earle, III
Douglas J. McFadden Dermot F. Kennedy 1987 Catherine Groll
Steven A. Transeth Champlin Class
1978 Phillip A. Strehle 1992
Ransom Class: $11,088.66 1982 Durand Class: $2,548.95
John C. Colpean Goodwin Class 1987 Cindy E. Faulkner
Colleen L. Conlin Timothy M. Ayres Morse Class: $515.00 Steven H. Schinker
Barbara A. Craft Robert C. Ellis Michelle A. Simmons-Brown
1983 Thomas C. Rombach
Gerald B. Eisman O'Hara Class: $130.00 Eric T. Wooden
Patrick D. McCoy Robert C. Miller 1987 1993
James J. Vlasic Carey R. Parks Grant Class Hooker Class: $3,111.38
1978 Jeffrey J. Wood Charles Kleinbrook Peter G. Pangis
Kelly Class 1983 1988 Eldonna M. Ruddock
Nancy A. Wonch Chandler Class: $1,366.71 Green Class: $525.00 Stephanie M. Sewak
Diane J. Britt Gary P. Bauer Christopher A. Shafer
Gerald D. Miller Sandra S. Snapp
Butzel Class Michelle A. Flewelling
David C. Whipple Kevin J. McQuillan 1988 1993
Carol E. Reiss Pratt Class: $54.33 Moore Class: $1,285.58
Marjorie P. Russell Jenny L. Kronk Tammy L. Asher
Wiest Class: $768.10
1983 Amy Timmer George M. Betts
Hon. Steven M. Basha
Blair Class David G. Chopp
Darryl J. Parsell
James A. Newton Karl E. Hand
Michael W. Podein
Lucille H. O'Connor
Vincent P. Spagnuolo
28 BENCHMARK MICHAELMAS 2006
Barry V. Price 1998 2003 John W. Fitzgerald
John W. Schmieding McDonald Class: $240.00 Swainson Class: $478.30 Michael R. Foreback
Laura A. Simoldoni Evan B. Barenbaum Amy M. Moya Judith A. Frank
Robyn A. Sisti Devine Julie A. Clement Amanda L. Roggenbuck Michael J. Gibson
1993 1998 Alecia M. Ruswinckel Phyllis I. Groenewoud
Carpenter Class: $1,970.10 Snow Class: $105.93 Miguel A. Terc Keith J. Hey
Andrew P. Gozinsky Brendan T. Beery 2003 James M. Hicks
Dawn M. LaCasse Elissa A. Caropreso O. Smith Class: $45.00 Marion M. Hilligan
Henry J. Legere, Jr. Patricia S. Boguslawski Aletha L. Honsowitz
1999 Vivian Jackson-Boko
1994 Flannigan Class: $709.65 Zead A. Haddad
Peter D. Jason
Ostrander Class: $1,403.60 Cherie L. Beck 2003 Peter M. Kempel
Glen R. Baker Gary R. Campbell Toy Class: $69.33 R. Joseph Kimble
Raymond B. Lail 1999 Colleen M. Davis Paula Latovick
John P. Smirnow Weadock Class: $158.72 Kelly J. McDoniel Don LeDuc
Michele S. Teny-Borsellino Michelle R. Esperance Tara L. Whitaker Dan L. McNeal
Marc E. Yonker Kathy A. Martin 2004 Helen P. Mickens
1995 James R. Underwood Cross Class M. Ann Miller
Bird Class: $68.50 John M. Gear Lawrence W. Morgan
Stephen J. Gobbo Monty C. Moyer
Jay Class: $527.00 2004
Deborah A. Liverence Joseph Nelson
Ann M. Marks Needham Class: $165.00
Susan M. Maul John R. Nussbaumer
Joan E. Rosema-David Patrick A. Beatty
Charles A. Palmer
1995 2000 Jodi D. Copenhaver-Liukkonen
Darryl J. Parsell
Steere Class: $185.56 Rutledge Class: $41.70 Ross T. Smith
Nora J. Pasman-Green
Kathryn A. Bielefeldt Erica L. Cicchelli 2004 Ernest A. Phillips
Margaret A. Fischer Travis A. Walker Swift Class: $125.10 Stephen H. Pierpoint
Jason J. Guari Dennis W. Carter
2000 Plante & Moran PLLC
Stephen P. Krupp William C. Hawley
Cushing Class: $265.26 Brenda Popplewell
1995 Laurie A. Berner Kirsten K. Sparks Philip J. Prygoski
Kuhn Class: $63.40 Robert M. Buzaitis 2005 Danny R. Quesenberry
Dominic J. Cornelius Gary M. Lobel McAllister Class Thomas C. Rombach
Mary Jo Murtaugh Mark C. Miller Marjorie P. Russell
1996 Charles J. Senger
Wilson Class: $211.70 2005
Stone Class: $582.33 Amy Timmer
Brian C. Casterline Starr Class
Edward O. Cousineau William P. Weiner
William R. Roberts Henry D. Kopicko
Lee W. Davis F. Georgann Wing
Marie S. Templo-Capule 2006
Kirk D. Kaplan Shelley K. Woodworth
Christina T. Novajosky 2001 Reid Class
Pamela Wynn-Quada Blair Jr. Class Brandi N. West
Kelly L. Crosser 2006 Every gift makes
2001 Edwards Class: $196.69
Moody Jr. Class
Paul J. Gallo Iredell Class: $106.70 Min-Cheng Chen a real difference
Elizabeth A. Lindsay-Ochoa Sara M. Covill
Adams Class: $213.40
Kenneth J. Mattern Marcie K. McWayne in the lives of
Cristy N. Oakes
Robert G. Collins
T. Johnson Class: $163.40 Dionne E. Webster our students and
The Cooley Continuity Club
(Giving over ten consecutive years)
is an investment
Voelker Class: $26.80
Brent A. Davis
Jeffery B. Lesperance
Shannon N. Walker
Virginia P. Allen
Anthony R. Alvarado
in their careers
Natasha M. Summit
Paterson Class: $501.23
Gary P. Bauer
as future lawyers,
Fellows Class: $2,950.40
Eric P. Galuszka
Bradley F. Hubbell
Dawn C. Beachnau
Cherie L. Beck
Joseph F. Dursi, Jr.
Audra A. Foster
Garry J. Kregelka
Elizabeth H. Rainey
Gordon C. Boardman
David G. Chopp
Brian L. Petrequin
Philip C. Strother
Hector L. Ramos-Vega Michael P. Cox
Brent V. Danielson
Chase Class: $75.40
Mary E. D'Isa
William H. Kerbin, Jr.
Keeley A. McDonald-Riddle David J. Tarrien
H. K. Drake
J. Michael Fedewa, Jr.
Christopher R. Trudeau Norman Fell
Trés chic! C’est magnifique! Alumni Appreciation: Admissions
Comme splendide! “Cooley Law School is fortunate to have supportive alumni who volunteered to
These words were echoed during “An help the Admissions Office at recruitment events around the country in 2006,”
Evening of Good Taste,” in the Cooley said Assistant Dean of Admissions Stephanie Gregg. “We appreciate the unique
Law Auditorium at the Cooley Law perspective that alumni add when speaking with prospective students. We want to
School Alumni Association’s Wine acknowledge all of our alumni who attended alumni receptions around the country
Tasting & Silent Auction on Saturday, last year, and especially those who took the time to chat with prospective students
Nov. 18, 2006. The event was attended who were invited to join alumni at several of these receptions. The feedback from
by alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of the incoming students who have spoken with Cooley graduates has been positive —
Cooley. they enjoyed learning more about the law school and about the practice of law.”
Wine can be intimidating. Knowing Alumni receptions were held in Phoenix, Ariz.; West Palm Beach and Tampa, Fla.;
which bottle of red or white to order Rochester, Grand Rapids, Indian River, Traverse City, and Lansing, Mich.; Seattle,
from the wine list at a restaurant can Wash.; Dallas, Texas; Toronto, Ont.; Atlanta, Ga.; Denver, Colo.; New York City,
often be a shot in the dark for those N.Y.; Newark, N.J.; Washington, D.C.; and Chicago, Ill.
who don’t know about wines. Which
Thanks to the efforts of the Alumni Student Recruitment Committee, the follow-
bottle of red perfectly compliments that
ing alumni worked with Deputy Director of Admissions Tony Alvarado at various
hearty steak? Or which bottle of white
events last year: Robert DiVito at the LSAC Law School Forum in Atlanta, Ga.;
will please those with the most discern-
Adam Filthaut at the University of Tampa and Marcia Langlois at Stetson
ing of tastes? It can all get just a bit
University, as part of the Florida Law Caravan; Donald Hood and Richard Reister at
the LSAC Law Forum in Dallas; and Beverly Smith, at the University of Texas/San
Thanks to Dusty’s Cellar, well-known Antonio, Texas.
wine consultants from Okemos, our
Alumni who recruited with Assistant Director of Admissions Allen Chung includ-
friends and guests were treated to an
ed Joe Collins at the Greater Western NY Law School Fair in Buffalo, N.Y.; Rose
evening of good tastes from the vine-
Billeci at the LSAC Law Forum in Boston, Mass.; Maurice Williams and Tiffany
yards of Australia, France, Italy, and the
Foskey at the LSAC Law Forum in New York, N.Y.; and Oneika Duncan at the
United States. It was an evening of hors
Mid-Atlantic HBCU Recruitment Fair, at the University of District of Columbia in
d’oeuvres and Champagne, Burgundy,
Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon
Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Pinot The following alumni represented Cooley Law School at the school’s Open Houses
Noir wines. It was an evening that held at each of Cooley’s three campus locations in March and October 2006: Ron
produced wine experts and wine Grim, Harilaos (Harris) Sorovigas, Michelle Esperance, Demetrius Ford, Markeisha
enthusiasts. Thompson, Phil Vera, David Campbell, Jim Amberg, Maureen Burns VanHoven,
Lisa Pohl, Pat Gelderloos, Jim Siver, Cynthia “Jill” Goodell, Darryl Parsell, Colleen
The evening concluded with the naming
Davis, Palmer Parrott, and Barbara A. Shutler.
of three raffle winners who won prizes
of $1,500, $750, and $250. Thanks Members of the Alumni Student Recruitment Committee in 2006 included the fol-
to the Silent Auction consisting of 30 lowing alumni: Co-Chair Larry R. Betz, Co-Chair Laurie Berner, Brian Casterline,
items and a raffle, a total of $10,000 Allen Chung, Joseph Collins, Colleen Davis, Robert DiVito, Michael Ellis, Vaughn
was raised for the Cooley Law School’s Fisher, Demetrius Ford, Ron Grim, Helen Haessly, Elizabeth Lindsay-Ochoa, Dr.
Alumni Memorial Scholarship Fund. Gary Lobel, Helen Mickens, John Nocita, Palmer David Parrott, Darryl Parsell,
With special gratitude, we thank the Audra Ricketts-Belmamoun, Barbara Shutler, Jim Siver, Harilaos (Harris) Sorovigas,
family of Thomas M. Cooley, Charles and Maureen Burns VanHoven. Staff members included William Arnold, director of
and Mary Ellen Toy, Bruce and Virginia the Enrollment Programs and Student Services Department; Terry Carella, director
Allen, and Mary Ann Cartwright for of the Communications Department; and Ms. Gregg. Many of the committee mem-
their special underwriting of gifts for bers live far from Lansing but they are able to participate in the regularly scheduled
this event. meetings via conference call.
30 BENCHMARK MICHAELMAS 2006
U.S. Supreme Court Swearing-In
The Special Events Committee of the TMCLS Alumni Association invites you to join us for
a Group Admission to the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, Jan. 14, 2008. Limited space is
available and will be filled first come, first served. Look for details in the next issue of the
Benchmark. For further information on admission requirements, please go to the USSC
website at http://www.supremecourtus.gov/ and click on Bar Admissions.
Special Events Committee In Michigan, we have had several alumni and Washington, D.C. alumni, and other events are
alumni/student mixers in Grand Rapids and being considered. Lara Edelstein (Steere Class,
Hello from the Special Events Committee of
Rochester (Oakland campus), as well as Indian 1995) is heading up the committee working on
the Alumni Association. The Special Events
River, Traverse City, Lansing, and the State Bar this project. More details will follow as plans
Committee is made up of alumni from across
Alumni Reception in Ypsilanti. If you would like to are finalized.
the country. From Florida, Lara Edelstein; from
have an alumni mixer in your area, please contact We all have memories of Cooley and of the
Michigan, Rhonda Ames, Julie Clement, Michelle
the Alumni Office by e-mailing email@example.com or friends that we made while at Cooley. Alumni
Esperance, Stephen Gobbo, Cassandra Green,
calling (800) 243-ALUM. It is always easier to put events are a way to re-connect with those that we
Jeff Haarer, Aletha Honsowitz, Michelle Johns,
on a mixer if local alumni are involved in planning may not have seen for a long time. We are con-
Linda Mullins-Kisabeth, Amanda Roggenbuck, Lisa
and hosting — another reason for joining the tinuously looking for events that alumni would be
Pohl, and F. Georgann Wing; and from South
Alumni Special Events Committee. interested in and are willing to assist with planning
Carolina, Tynika Adams. We are always looking
for new members and especially those from other The Special Events Committee also worked on events in your area. To that end, we developed a
states. We meet via conference call, so it is easy our very popular golf outing in July 2006 and the survey that alumni may fill out indicating the kinds
for alumni from across the country to join us. successful wine tasting event held in Lansing in of activities that you would like to see for alumni
November 2006. Both of these events have sig- in your area. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or
We have an active committee. In conjunction with
nificantly increased the money in the Alumni call (800) 243-ALUM to obtain a survey.
the Alumni Office, we have hosted successful
Memorial Scholarship Fund. We are currently We hope that as the Special Events Committee
alumni mixers across the country in the following
working on a Lansing Symphony event in May. grows, we can offer more opportunities for
areas: New York City; Newark, N.J.;
Washington, D.C., Indianapolis, Ind.; Atlanta, Ga.; At the national level, we are in the planning stages alumni to gather together, share, reminisce, and
Denver, Colo.; North Carolina; Las Vegas; for a Thomas Cooley alumni swearing-in ceremo- enjoy reuniting with friends, faculty, and staff of
Chicago; Philadelphia; Phoenix; Toronto; Palm ny at the U.S. Supreme Court. Cooley alumni will Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
Beach; Seattle; Tampa; and Dallas, Texas. be sworn in as a group to practice before the Aletha L. Honsowitz (Witherell Class, 1990)
Supreme Court. A reception will be planned with Chair, Special Events Committee
Lisa Pohl (Kuhn Class, 1995)
alumni matters 21
“…there are lots of ways to support Cooley — holiday wreath program, wine
News from October Annual for Rochester and Grand Rapids, balancing the dollars to support Cooley’s professional explo-
Alumni Meeting attendance among the three campuses. ration program, which is an alternate admissions
Last year, Cooley has opened the third and program that uses the essay portion of the LSAT.
The membership of the Thomas M. Cooley Law
fourth floors of the Cooley Center. The LSAT essay portion is graded and is used to
School Alumni Association met on Saturday, Oct.
Improvements were also performed on the predict success in law school.
21, 2006 at the Cooley Center in Lansing, with 56
alumni, faculty, staff, and friends in attendance. Temple Building. The Board of Directors has The inauguration of the Thomas Cooley Society
approved the purchase of the Grand Rapids facili- was held last February. Top donors were invited
President Diane Britt called the meeting to order
ties. Cooley’s tuition fee is still one of the lowest and a donor wall was unveiled. To be included in
at 7:30 p.m. She introduced President and Dean
among private schools. The externship program the donor wall, one must have cumulative lifetime
Don LeDuc, the faculty and staff guests, the
is continuing to expand. President LeDuc gifts to Cooley of a minimum of $2,500. From
Executive Committee members and the commit-
thanked the alumni because many of our stu- January 1 to October 31, 2006, Cooley is ahead
tee chairs. Alumni Relations Director Darryl
dents are placed with them and they do an excel- 60 percent from where it was last year. Cooley
Parsell also greeted the guests and thanked
lent job. Cooley was honored by the ABA for its has also tripled the number of gifts. There are
President and Dean LeDuc for his support of the
Professionalism Program. Cooley was selected to more people giving and they are giving more.
receive the E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Robb indicated that there are lots of ways to sup-
President and Dean Don LeDuc then gave the
Award. Furthermore, Cooley has received other port Cooley; including the holiday wreath program,
President’s Report relating to events since the last
awards from civic organizations in the Lansing wine tasting event, and golf outing, where the pro-
annual meeting of the Alumni Association. He
and Grand Rapids community indicating the con- ceeds go to the alumni scholarship fund. The gifts
spoke on the ABA’s acquiescence for both branches
tribution Cooley has made in the community. that Cooley receives are used for scholarship,
in Rochester and Grand Rapids to offer 90 credits.
President LeDuc also reported on the lobbying externship, academic programs, moot court teams,
He noted that Cooley placed third (74 percent) on
work he did with Cooley’s ABA problems and met and trial practice teams. Cooley received a couple of
the bar results from February 2006. Cooley has
with people from the U.S. House of $10,000 gifts from a foundation to support stu-
launched two new joint degree programs with
Representatives and Senate. President LeDuc dents who go on competitions around the country.
Oakland University on their campus — Masters
appealed to all to raise more money to leverage It has also been a good year for alumni relations.
of Public Administration (MPA) with Juris Doctor
the money to do better things with our facilities Currently, there are 11,143 Cooley graduates and
(JD) and Masters of Business Administration/Juris
and programs. President LeDuc ended his report they are located in every state in the nation and in
Doctor (MBA/JD). Cooley is now in the final
by reiterating that Cooley had a good year and other countries. Cooley professors have also par-
stages in putting together the MBA/JD program
thanked the alumni for its support. ticipated with alumni relations by going to different
at Western Michigan University which will join
the existing MPA/JD program. Associate Dean of Development and Alumni cities to meet with alumni and prospective and
Relations James Robb reported that Cooley admitted students. Events have been held in New
LeDuc said that enrollment was at a record level
received a generous donation of $500,000 from York; Newark, N.J.; Washington, D.C.;
this fall; and that Cooley has hit the target that
Dennis Benner (Potter Class, 1980). The court- Philadelphia, Penn.; Charlotte, N.C.; Tampa, Fla.;
was set up for enrollment for the three locations,
room on the fifth floor has been named the Atlanta, Ga.; Chicago, Ill.; Dallas, Texas; Seattle,
a total of 700 students for Rochester and Grand
Benner Family Courtroom. The school has been Wash.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Las Vegas, Nev.; and
Rapids and 2,900 in Lansing. The goal is to get
awarded a grant for more than a quarter million throughout Michigan.
1,600 students for Lansing and a total of 1,600
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tasting event, and golf outing — the proceeds go to the alumni scholarship fund.”
Dean Robb thanked and congratulated everyone. Student Recruitment Committee Co-Chair 8.120 – that allow interns or externs to
It used to be that the alumni job was done by a Laurie Berner reported that the committee has appear in court.
handful of people, now there are eight committees 23 members in six states. The committee has
Constituent Alumni Club Committee Chair
that do the work. Robb reminded everyone that supported the admissions program by providing
Christine Campbell mentioned the survey that
they do not have to be physically present to attend alumni representation for Cooley open houses at
the committee e-mailed to the members. The
or to join in meetings — phone conferences are all three campuses. It has also provided alumni
members want more get-together events. There
now being used in meetings. He encouraged representation at LSAC forums across the coun-
are 10 members of the committee from seven
try. Currently the committee is recruiting for
everyone to invite one or two alumni to join the different states.
alumni representation for 10 events.
Fundraising Committee Chair Mary Ann Vice President Clement recognized President
President Britt reported the highlights of the Diane Britt as the first president of the newly
Cartwright focused on the wine tasting event in
association actions for this year. She reported formed association. She then read the resolution
November. She thanked Development Director
that Timisha Brooks received the Alumni that the board adopted and presented it to
Tom Garikes for his help and hard work with the
Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $2,475. event. She also mentioned that there will be a President Britt. President Britt received the
The association granted six Distinguished Student revamped 2007 alumni golf outing held at the award and gave her thanks.
Awards for this year. The annual golf outing was Lansing Country Club.
Nominating Committee Chair Diane J. Britt
a success and made over $13,000 for the Alumni
Membership & Outreach Committee Co-Chair noted that the recommendations of the
Scholarship Fund. President Britt also attended
Alecia Ruswinkle gave the committee’s report. Nominating Committee were included in the
the February 2006 Cooley Society award cere- The committee sent a mailing asking alumni to board meeting packet. The slate of officers was
mony and accepted on behalf of the association join the organization. There are new benefits for included in the board meeting packet and was
recognition for the donations that the association alumni; one of them is that they can now keep
unanimously approved as presented. The new
has made. their Cooley e-mail address after they graduate.
Alumni Association officers elected to one-year
After 11 years of service, this is the last treasurer’s The committee will be publishing articles in some
terms are: President: Julie Clement (McDonald
report that Hank Legere will give. He reported of the local bar magazines.
Class, 1998), Vice President: Diane M. Smith
that there is over $130,000 in the Alumni Student Services Committee Chair Garry (North Class, 1980), Secretary: Marie Templo (J.
Memorial Scholarship Fund and made an appeal Kregelka reported that, starting next year, Dean Wilson Class, 2001), and Treasurer: Michelle
for everyone to support two fund raising programs Amy Timmer will chair the committee and Audra Esperance (Weadock Class, 1999). The directors
which need more support, the Holiday Wreath Foster will be the vice-chair. He mentioned the elected to three-year terms are Christine M.
Program and the MBNA Royalty Program, both of highlights of his report which included recruiting Campbell, Judith Frank, Kristin Heyse, Larry
which fund student organizations. For example, last new members for the committee and a new Kish, Garry Kregelka, Kamal Nawash, Matthew
year the association helped alumni and students meeting schedule. The committee also initiated Romashko, Diane M. Smith, and Tom Rombach.
who were affected by Hurricane Katrina. In the the Mentor Program for new students, not just
Next year’s Annual Alumni Association meeting
MBNA Royalty Program, the association receives new graduates. He urged everyone to join the
has tentatively been set for Saturday, Oct. 27 at
funds every time an alumni uses the credit card. Mentor Program or recruit new graduates to join
the Cooley Center in Lansing.
Past Presidents Committee Chair Virginia Allen the program. The committee also looked at the
indicated that the recipient for the Distinguished new proposed changes in the court rules – MCR
Alumni Service Award is Darryl Parsell. Chair
Allen read the resolution and Alumni Director
Parsell accepted the award and thanked the
Special Events Committee Chair Aletha
Honsowitz commented on some of the events
that the committee is working on: The Alumni
Night at the Lansing Symphony will be in early
2007, and a Swearing-In Ceremony for Cooley
Alumni before the U.S. Supreme Court is in the
Alumni Appreciation: Directors Alumni Appreciation:
Cooley alumni have generously given of their time to represent classmates as the Alumni Association’s Career Services
directors, by attending the spring meeting in May and the annual meeting in Lansing each October. The Career and Professional Development
Some members of that group have gone “above and beyond the call of duty” by giving additional Office would like to acknowledge the following
service on the executive committee as officers and operating committee chairs. graduates who generously donated their time
The following alumni are members of the current board of directors: and expertise throughout the year with pro-
grams such as Alumni Access, Cooley Volunteer
Three-Year Term of Office (Beginning October 2006)
Corps, Lunch with a Lawyer, Excursions to the
Christine M. Campbell (Potter Class, 1980), Judith Frank (Mundy Class, 1986), Kristin Heyse (Swift Legal Community, Mock Interview Program,
Class, 2004), Larry Kish (Marston Class, 1978), Garry Kregelka (Paterson Class, 2002), Kamal and the Small Firm and Solo Practice Fair. We
Nawash (Black Class, 1996), Matthew Romashko (Flannigan Class, 1999), Diane M. Smith (North appreciate the help of our Cooley Alumni, as
Class, 1980), and Tom Rombach (Morse Class, 1987). well as faculty and staff whose participation
Two-Year Term of Office (Beginning October 2005) has been invaluable to our students.
Daryl Wood, Law Office of Raymond A. Cassar
Laurie Berner (Cushing Class, 2000), Sharon Ellis (North Class, 1980), Audra A. Foster (Fellows Class,
Donald Frank, Meridian Law Center P.C.
1997), Katherine S. Gardner (Blair Class, 2001), Ron Grim (Flannigan Class, 1999), Helen Haessly
John K. Cooper Jr., Michigan Department of Labor
(Cushing Class, 2000), Kathy A. Martin (Weadock Class, 1999), Lisa M. Pohl (Kuhn Class, 1995),
& Economic Growth Workers Compensation
Alecia M. Ruswinckel (Swainson Class, 2003), Kristin M. Smith (Krinock Class, 1991), Jim Siver
John M. Naber, Dickinson Wright P.L.L.C.
(Kavanagh Class, 1981), and Stella Sorovigas (Swift Class, 2004).
Hon. Louise Alderson, 54A District Court
Three-Year Term of Office (Beginning October 2005) Kevin Schumacher, Glassen, Rhead, McLean,
Campbell & Schumacher
Virginia P. Allen (Wing Class, 1982), M. Carol Bambery (Morell Class, 1985), George Betts (Moore
Professor Chris Shafer, Cooley Law School
Class, 1993), Larry R. Betz (Clark Class, 1979), Diane Britt (Chandler Class, 1983), Mary Ann
Roy Kranz, Isabella County Prosecutor’s Office
Cartwright (Graves Class, 1997), Julie Clement (McDonald Class, 1998), Jeff Haarer (Copeland Class,
Geoffrey Seidlein, Hubbard, Fox, Thomas, White &
1989), Henry Legere, Jr. (Carpenter Class, 1993), Darryl J. Parsell (Wiest Class, 1979), Michael J. Bengtson, P.C.
Pelot (Martin Class, 1988), Brenda Popplewell (Adams Class, 1997), Marie Templo (Wilson Class, Sharon Alston Ellis, Law Office of Sharon Alston
2001), and Charles R. Toy (Kavanagh Class, 1981). Ellis
Brian R. Laxton, The Reynolds Law Firm, P.C.
The operating committees are comprised of the following areas of responsibility:
Charity A. Olson, Plunkett & Cooney, P.C.
The Constituent Alumni Club Committee chaired by Diane Britt (Chandler Class, 1983), the Alumni David Gregory, Kelley Cawthorne
Fundraising Committee chaired by Mary Ann Cartwright (Graves Class, 1977), the Alumni Christopher P. Ambrose, Worker’s Compensation
Membership & Outreach Committee chaired by Alecia M. Ruswinckel (Swainson Class, 2003), the Past Board of Magistrates
Presidents’ Committee chaired by Virginia P. Allen (Wing Class, 1982), the Special Events Committee Karen Folks, YWCA of Greater Flint
chaired by Aletha Honsowitz (Witherell Class, 1990) and Lisa M. Pohl (Kuhn Class, 1995), the Student Anthony J. Garczynski, Anthony J. Garczynski,
Recruitment Committee chaired by Larry R. Betz (Clark Class, 1979) and Laurie Berner (Cushing
Linda Maloney, Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office
Class, 2000), and the Student Services Committee chaired by Amy Timmer (Pratt Class, 1988) and
Melissa A. Redmond, Law Office of Melissa A.
Audra A. Foster (Fellows Class, 1997).
Executive committee members and operating committee chairs meet on a monthly basis at Cooley Law Laurie B. Schmidt, Internal Revenue Service Office
School to transact the ongoing business of the alumni association. Further, the executive committee of Chief Counsel
members, committee chairs, and many directors have helped the school by planning and staffing Kevin Thom, Assistant Attorney General,
events, including our Grand Rapids Law Day lunch, the annual Alumni Memorial Scholarship Golf
Wm. Burt Burleson, Wm. Burt Burleson, P.L.L.C.
Outing, the Cooley wine tasting fundraiser for the alumni scholarship, and the alumni reception at the
Geoffrey Ehnis-Clark, Guyselman & Ehnis-Clark
annual meeting of the State Bar of Michigan. Attorneys at Law
The Alumni Executive Committee members are as follows: President Julie Clement (McDonald Class, Shannon L.W. Schlegel, Law Office of Shannon
1998), Vice President Diane M. Smith (North Class, 1980), Secretary Maria Templo (J. Wilson Class,
Professor Gary P. Bauer, Cooley Law School
2001), Treasurer Michelle Esperance (Weadock Class, 1999), Executive Secretary Darryl J. Parsell
Sally B. VanDenBerg, Law Office of Sally B.
(Wiest Class, 1979), and Past President Diane Britt (Chandler Class, 1983). VanDenBerg, P.C.
Stacey L. Dinser, Attorney at Law
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Keith Morris, Elder Law of Michigan, Inc.
William Milzarski, Michigan Commission on Disability
Michelle Brya, Hubbard, Fox, Thomas, White &
James J. Vlasic, Sommers Schwartz, P.C.
James F. Mauro, Dickinson Wright, P.L.L.C
John W. Ujlaky, John W. Ujlaky, J.D.
Robert J. Alpiner, QDRO Express, L.L.C.
Charlotte L. Allen, Charlotte L. Allen, P.L.C.
Dr. Elie Banna
Jeff Haarer, Michigan Department of Agriculture
Lee Reimann, Willingham & Coté, P.C.
Joel Walker (Swift Class, 2004) Catherine Cary (Jay Class, 2000)
Lawrence Kish, Life Insurance Association of Michigan
If you would like to volunteer for any of the Sylvia Brown (Swainson Class, 2003) Brad F. Hubbell (Needham Class, 2004)
above mentioned programs, please contact the
Career and Professional Development Office at
Jerry Traud (Cross Class, 2003) Amy Karpf (Swift Class, 2004)
(517) 371-5140 ext. 4110.
Alumni Appreciation: Mentoring Joseph K. Chancellor (Wilson Class, 2001) Brian Cook (Starr Class, 2005), Ray Gutierrez
First-Year and Traditional Alumni Michigan (Iredell Class, 2000)
Mentoring Programs Natalie Alane (Chase Class, 2002), Vicki Armstrong Wisconsin
Cooley now has two alumni mentoring programs. (Swainson Class, 2003), Dana L. Cilla (Needham Dawn N. Klockow (Chase Class, 2002), Steven R.
Class, 2004), Joseph J. Dadich (Blair Class, 2001), McDonald (Jay Class, 2000)
The First-Year Alumni Mentor Program gives Paul DeCailly (Rutledge Class, 2000), Eric B.
beginning law students the advice and counsel Dodson (Blair Class, 2001), Heather Dunbar (Blair Traditional Alumni Mentoring Program
Class, 2001), Herbert Gaylord (Cross Class, 2004),
they need to make a good start at Cooley. Cooley’s traditional Alumni Mentoring Program
Gordon R. Haan (Swainson Class, 2003), John T.
Mentors are solicited from the pool of recent Haarala (Boyles Class, 2005), Dominic N. Hamden puts senior year law students and recent gradu-
graduates. First-year mentors are: (Needham Class, 2004), Gary Huggins (McAllister ates in touch with Cooley Law School alumni for
Class, 2005), Nadine Huggins (Starr Class, 2005),
networking purposes. After a student has spent
Alabama Juanita Johnson-Haynes (Cushing Class, 2000),
James D. Patterson (Swainson Class, 2003) Aaron J. Kenyon (Needham Class, 2004), Garry J. three years at Cooley, he or she can appreciate
Kregelka (Patterson Class, 2002), Denise M. LaFave having contact with an experienced attorney in
Arizona Smith (Chase Class, 2002), Marc Lawrence (Smith
Class, 2003), Maureen T. Magras (Chase Class, the area where the student plans to return after
Adam K. Zickerman (Swainson Class, 2003)
2002), Bruce A. Mayrand (Boyles Class, 2005), graduation. Traditional mentors are:
California Adam D. Mittman (Boyles Class, 2005), Keith L.
Yvette Valencia (Iredell Class, 2001) Morris (Smith Class, 2003), Somchit Alabama
Mounsamrouath-Hart (McAllister Class, 2005), Lawrence Boswell (Bird Class, 1995)
Colorado Mark L. Nawrocki (Boyles Class, 2005), Bethany
Linda S. Kreusel (Chase Class, 2002) Pierpont (Boyles Class, 2005), Corrie Schmidt Arkansas
(Boyles Class, 2005), Derek Scott (Swift Class, Tim Cribb (Durant Class, 1992)
Florida 2004), Steven Shelton (Boyles Class, 2005),
Jennifer Shephard (Smith Class, 2003), Stella A. Arizona
Jeff Cunningham (Smith Class, 2003), Debbie L. Jones
Sorovigas (Swift Class, 2004), Jeffery S. Sprys
(Needham Class, 2004), Orlando Valle (Wilson Class, Jeremy Bogart (Iredell Class, 2001), Larry Boswell
(McAllister Class, 2005), Marcella Stewart (Boyles
2001) (Bird Class, 1994), Deborah A. Liverance (Bird
Class, 2005), Jennifer L. Thompson (Smith Class,
Class, 1995), Marc Offenhartz (Goodwin Class,
Georgia May 2003), Sherri A. Wellman (Mundy Class,
1982), Rick Poster (Black Class, 1996), David W.
Kimani I. King (Cross Class, 2004), Sherita Strange Reichel (Black Class, 1996), Adam K. Zickerman
Peeler (Paterson Class, 2002), Nikki S. Wright-Smith New Jersey (Swainson Class, 2003)
(Smith Class, 2003)
Dr. Gary M. Lobel (Cushing Class, 2000), Jason California
Illinois Schlesinger (Boyles Class, 2005)
Michael Anderson (Felch Class, 1977), Tom Borchard
Mark Broderick (Steere Class, 1995), Bill O’Brien New York (North Class, 1980), Lisa Edgar Dickman (Wilson
(Starr Class, 2005), Jennifer Smith (McAllister Class, 1990), Mitchell A. Goldman (Montgomery
Stacey Bradbury (Boyles Class, 2005), Samuel Class, 1992), Kevin McQuillan (Chandler Class,
Finnessey, Jr. (Cushing Class, 2000), Scott Morley 1983), Eugene Oak (Bacon Class, 1990), Scott Sachs
(Rutledge Class, 2000) (Cushing Class, 2000), Evan Scheffel (Kuhn Class,
1995), Thomas Watt (Dethmers Class, 1981)
Our thanks go to those that have volunteered and served as
Colorado Illinois Lipscomb (McDonald Class, 1998), Marc Ominsky
(Stone Class, 1996), Susan Polaski-Tibbs (Kuhn
Karl Berg (Wilson Class, 1990), Alison Goldenberg Mark Broderick (Steere Class, 1995), Angela
Class, 1995), Ernie Rafailides (Steere Class, 1995),
(Steere Class, 1995), Sue Kokinos (Reid Class, Brown (Bird Class, 1995), Samuel Collins (Cross
Jon Sandler (Marston Class, 1978)
2006), Elizabeth Lindsay-Ochoa (Iredell Class, Class, 2004), Thomas Crawford (Montgomery
2001), Mark G. Lukehart (Kuhn Class, 1995), Class, 1992), Richard Fonfrias (Stone Class, 1996), Massachusetts
Douglas Romero (Blair Class, 2001) Nicholas Johnson (McAllister Class, 2005), George
G. Leynaud (Chandler Class, 1983), Ryan Lynch Richard Byers (Steere Class, 1995), Joseph
Connecticut (Cushing Class, 2000), Marcia J. Nawrocki- Chancellor (Wilson Class, 2001), Joseph Correnti
Verburgt (Lawrence Class, 1991), John Nocita (Green Class, 1988), Anthony A. Fatemi (Sharpe
Claurisse A. Campanale-Orozco (Hooker Class,
(Turner Class, 1991), Christopher Nudo (Moore Class, 1998), Murray Hershman (Kelly Class,
1993), Christopher Dolberry (Flannigan Class,
Class, 1993), Judith Parker (Moore Class, 1993), 1978), Anthony Keck (Carr Class, 1984), Howard
1999), Laurel Fedor (Montgomery Class, 1992),
Mary Anna Planey (Jay Class, 2000), Carlo Reyes Lewis (Carpenter Class, 1993), Mark Lukehart
Michael R. Hasse (Lawrence Class, 1991), Michael
(Fead Class, 1999), Adele M. Saaf (Kuhn Class, (Kuhn Class, 1995)
D. Quinn (Black Class, 1996)
1995), Timothy Stratton (Fead Class, 1999)
Indiana Rebecca Abraham (Cushing Class, 2000), Joann
Manuel Alvarez (Stone Class, 1996), David
Mark D. Altenhof (Smith Class, 2003), Patrick Vallarelli Adam (Krinock Class, 1991), Deborah A.
Brandwein (Steere Class, 1995), Shannon Brown
Baker (Moody Class, 1996), Jeremy Braunstein AdeOjo (T. Johnson Class, 2002), Christopher
(Voelker Class, 1997), Bradley D. Bryant (Fead
(Cushing Class, 2000), Michelle Simmons Brown Anderson (Blair Class, 1983), Omar Anderson
Class, 1999), Lisa Davis (Fead Class, 1999),
(Durand Class, 1992), Dale S. Coffey (Steere (Rutledge Class, 2000), Michael D. Blumeno
Charles DeMaso (Fellows Class, 1997), Cassandra
Class, 1995), Donald J. Engel (Flannigan Class, (Smith Class, 2003), Barry Brickner (Campbell
L. Denmark (Johnson Class, 2002), Lara Edelstein
1999), William Fisher (E. Wilson Class, 1990), Class, 1976), Terrence Bronson (Campbell Class,
(Steere Class, 1995), Cristina Escobar (Carpenter
Linda Loepker (Manning Class, 1984), Ken 1976), William Carmody (Chandler Class, 1983),
Class, 1993), Christopher A. Ferry (Fead Class,
Mattern (Iredell Class, 2001), Kenneth Owens James Carolan (Miles Class, 1986), Margaret
1999), Mitchell Fox (Manning Class, 1984),
(Witherell Class, 1990), Kimra Schleicher (Hooker Chamberlain (Fellows Class, 1997), Matthew
William F. Gallese (Douglass Class, 1989), George
Class, 1993), Holli Shorter-Pifer (Green Class, Coffey (Douglass Class, 1989), Bill Colovos (Carr
M. Gingo (Johnson Class, 1989), G. Donald
1988), Michael Smith (Douglass Class, 1989), Class, 1984), Shari Stowers Craig (Snow Class,
Golden (Voelker Class, 1997), Jason J. Guari
Allen Stout (Long Class, 1981), Lynne A. Taft 1998), Charles Cuzydlo (Adams Class, 1997), Ron
(Steere Class, 1995), Edgar J. Guzman (Wilson
(Morse Class, 1987), Deborah A. Vian (Lawrence David (Carr Class, 1984), Terry Dawes (Hooker
Class, 2001), Sharon Hanlon (Goodwin Class,
Class, 1991), Todd Whitehurst (Swift Class, Class, 1993), Jay Drick (Cooley Class, 1976),
1982), Jason Helfant (Jay Class, 2000), Harvey
2004), Randi Zimmerman-Irgang (D. Johnson Geoffrey Ehnis-Clark (Iredell Class, 2001), Michelle
Hesse III (Moody Class, 1996), Michael Horowitz
Class, 1989) Esperance (Weadock Class, 1999), John Farrell
(Douglass Class, 1989), Bruce R. Insana (Black
(Felch Class, 1977), Gary Fineman (Pratt Class,
Class, 1996), Luis E. Insignares (Martin Class,
1988), Anthony Kunasek (Williams Class, 1994), Iowa 1988), Allison Folmar (Flannigan Class, 1999),
Lawrence Friedman (Carr Class, 1984), Ben K.
Andrew Marchese (Steere Class, 1995), James Aaron Siebrecht (McDonald Class, 1998),
Frimpong (O. Smith Class, 2003), Anthony J.
Martino (Kuhn Class, 1995), Angela (Tyree) Miller Cathleen Siebrecht (McDonald Class, 1998), Joel
Garczynski (Williams Class, 1994), Robert L.
(Miles Class, 1986), David Oaks (Clark Class, Walker (Needham Class, 2004)
Gariepy (Graves Class, 1977), Beth Gibson
1979), Julie Parker (J. Wilson Class, 2001),
Kansas (Montgomery Class, 1992), David M. Gilbert
Michelle Reddin (Flannigan Class, 1999), Michael
(Clark Class, 1979), Gerald R. Gray, Jr. (Campbell
Rubin (Douglass Class, 1989), Lorna J. Scharlacken Price Banks (Brooke Class, 1982), Yvette L.
Class, 1976), Ron Grim (Flannigan Class, 1999),
(Black Class, 1996), Brad Sherman (Adams Class, Wilson (Stone Class, 1996)
Kelly Harrigan (Toy Class, 2003), MaryBeth
1997), Samantha Stevins (Rutledge Class, 2000),
Kentucky Hudgens (Fead Class, 1999), Brenda Hutson
Victor Veschio (Sharpe Class, 1998), Steven
(Sharpe Class, 1998), Lisa Imerman (Sharpe Class,
Waldman (Moody Class, 1996), Tod Weston Paul Couch (Cushing Class, 2000), Mike Farmer 1998), Julie Jensen (Montgomery Class, 1992),
(Douglass Class, 1989), Jack Wilkins (Fellows (Wilson Class, 1990), Reid Glass (Hooker Class, Jody Jernigan (Fead Class, 1999), Dale Kelly
Class, 1997), Ralph Yazdiya (Adams Class, 1997) 1993), Vincent Johnson (Durand Class, 1992), (Kavanagh Class, 1981), Charles Kleinbrook
Earl-Ray Neal (Stone Class, 1996), Stephen H. (Grant Class, 1987), Timothy Kovach (Whipple
Poindexter (Cross Class, 2004), Leslie Howton Class, 1985), Roy Kranz (Sharpe Class, 1998),
Cicely Tabb Barber (Rutledge Class, 2000), Philip Rudloff (Flannigan Class, 1999) Dawn LaCasse (Carpenter Class, 1993), Julie A.
Botwinik (Williams Class, 1994), Tim Chandler
LaCost (Pratt Class, 1998), Ron Lowe (Wing
(Black Class, 1996), Robert J. DiVito (Lawrence Maine
Class, 1982), Ross Luxon (Lawrence Class, 1991),
Class, 1991), Vaughn Fisher (Steere Class, 1995), Richard Byers (Steere Class, 1995), Joseph C. Timothy Lynch (Morrell Class, 1985), George
Karen Fultz (McDonald Class, 1998), Brenda Correnti (Green Class, 1988), Calien Lewis (North Lyons (Moody Class, 1996), Marvin Marks
Godfrey (Stone Class, 1995), L. Paul Hudgins Class, 1980) (Goodwin Class, 1982), Paul C. McDonagh
(Montgomery Class, 1992), Jefferson Kennelly
(Adams Class, 1997), Nicholas Meier (Cushing
(Hooker Class, 1993), Ray Lail (Ostrander Class, Maryland
Class, 2000), Tina Meyer (Flannigan Class, 1999),
1993), Michael Lanier (Reid Class, 2006), T. H. Heather Camp Burns (Flannigan Class, 1999), Sheila A. Miller (Wilson Class, 1997), Keith Moore
Pierce (Weadock Class, 1999), Sheri Rosenthal Anthony A. Fatemi (Sharpe Class, 1998), Rebecca (Cushing Class, 2000), John Moritz (Wing Class,
(Steere Class, 1995), John P. Rutkowski (Bird L. Freeland (Williams Class, 1994), Lawrence A. 1982), William Morrison (Cushing Class, 2000),
Class, 1995), Sherita V. Strange (Paterson Class, Friedman (Carr Class, 1984), John Kaden Marjorie Nanian Mugerian (Goodwin Class, 1982),
2002) (Carpenter Class, 1993), Loretta Kendall Leslie M. Nye (Wing Class, 1982), Julie O’Neil (T.
(Swainson Class, 2003), Alison P. Kramer (Kuhn Johnson Class, 2002), Brian Potestivo (Douglass
Class, 1995), Joseph R. Laumann (Fellows Class, Class, 1989), Randy Price (Adams Class, 1997),
Vaughn W. Fisher (Steere Class, 1995) 1997), Jennifer Light (Lawrence Class, 1991), Chip Steven Reed (Krinock Class, 1991), Robert
36 BENCHMARK MICHAELMAS 2006
mentors to these students and recent graduates.
Rollinger (Campbell Class, 1976), Tom Rombach (Montgomery Class, 1992) Class, 1993), Ryan Mulderig (Flannigan Class,
(Morse Class, 1987), Cheryl Ronk (Kuhn Class, 1999), Christina T. Novajosky (Stone Class, 1996),
1995), Shannon Watkins Schlegel (Rutledge Class, New Mexico Russell J. Ressler (Stone Class, 1996), Michael S.
2000), Sam Silverman (Moore Class, 1993), Brian Jennings (Potter Class, 1980), Bill Keeler Travis (Stone Class, 1996), Joseph Vaccaro
Richard Soranno (Bushnell Class, 1980), Stella (Voelker Class, 1997), Timothy Steider (Carpenter (Flannigan Class, 1999), Gladys Wiles (McDonald
Sorovigas (Swift Class, 2004), John Streby Class, 1993) Class, 1998), Jeff Wood (O’Hara Class, 1983),
(Campbell Class, 1976), Andis Svikis (Chandler Anthony W. Ziccardi (Stone Class, 1996)
Class, 1983), Lynne A. Taft (Morse Class, 1987), New York
Debbie Taylor (Flannigan Class, 1989), Desmond Puerto Rico
Stuart Altman (Kuhn Class, 1995), Dana E. Brown
Tibbs (Smith Class, 2003), Amy Timmer (Pratt (Kuhn Class, 1995), Matthew Butler (Flannigan Michael Hasse (Lawrence Class, 1991), Hector L.
Class, 1988), Roger Treice (Carpenter Class, Class, 1999), Claurisse Campanale (Hooker Class, Ramos (Paterson Class, 2002)
1993), Joseph VanderHorst (Hooker Class, 1993), 1993), Mark Carney (Champlin Class, 1987),
Joseph P. Villarosa (Kuhn Class, 1995), Rebecca Joseph R. Costello (Sharpe Class, 1998), James
Eaton Walsh (Lawrence Class, 1991), Stacey DeFilippo (Sharpe Class, 1998), David Elibol (Kuhn James Devine, Jr. (Moore Class, 1993), Steven
Walters (McDonald Class, 1998), David Warren Class, 1995), Samuel J. Finnessey, Jr. (Cushing Hartford (Witherell Class, 1990), Robyn Sisti
(Dethmers Class, 1981), R. Scott Weidenfeller Class, 2000), Mark Gugino (Bird Class, 1995), (Moore Class, 1993)
(Voelker Class, 1997), Jessica Weiler (T. Johnson Erol Gurcan (Green Class, 1988), Anthony J.
Class, 2002), David Whipple (Butzel Class, 1979), Hatab (Blair Class, 1983), Kolette Kresses-Piasecki South Carolina
Pamela Wynn-Quada (Stone Class, 1996) (Lawrence Class, 1991), David Martin (Sherwood Trent Chambers (Black Class, 1996), Monty Desai
Class, 1986), Michael Metzger (Lawrence Class, (McAllister Class, 2005), Rose M. DeVries
1991), Christian T. Novay (Fellows Class, 1997), (Weadock Class, 1999), Tammie Hoffman
Richard Edinger (Stone Class, 1996) Brandon Piasecki (Lawrence Class, 1991), Lorne (Flannigan Class, 1999), Memminger E. Wiggins
M. Reiter (Kuhn Class, 1995), Doug Stiller (Kuhn Class, 1995)
Missouri (Lawrence Class, 1991), Louis P. Violante
John E. Cozean (Sharpe Class, 1998), Robert (Weadock Class, 1999), James E. Walsh (Stone Tennessee
Johnson (Mundy Class, 1985), Michelle Rine (Swift Class, 1996), Todd J.W. Wisner (Durand Class, Kevin James Havens (Wilson Class, 2001), Hershel
Class, 2004), Kenneth Schwartz (Person Class, 1992) Koger (Montgomery Class, 1992), Aimee Tenaglia
1994) (Black Class, 1996)
Montana Hal Berger (Voelker Class, 1997), Gregory Bokar Texas
Deborah (Elmore) Butler (Douglass Class, 1989) (Steere Class, 1995), Angela Brown (Bird Class, Chad Berry (Voelker Class, 1997), Catharine
1995), Paul Mediratta (Jay Class, 2000), Robert G. (Caeli) Blount (Bacon Class, 1990), R. Nathan Brin
Nevada Scott (Flannigan Class, 1999) (Graves Class, 1977), Jeff Garcia (Smith Class,
George Beckingham (Durand Class, 1992), Ellen 2003), Diane M. Hamelin Given (Brooke Class,
Bezian (Black Class, 1996), Steven Goldstein Ohio 1982), David G. Karlen (Krinock Class, 1991),
(Voelker Class, 1997), Bob Gronauer (Moody Patrick Baker (Rutledge Class, 2000), Robin Stephen P. Krupp (Steere Class, 1995), N. Jude
Class, 1996), Tracy L. Itts (Voelker Class, 1997), Bohnert (Morse Class, 1987), David Carter Menes (Fellows Class, 1997), Randall Reynolds
Matthew Johnson (Moody Class, 1996), Kirk (McDonald Class, 1998), James Garvin (Steere (Lawrence Class, 1991), Patrick Thornton (Green
Kaplan (Stone Class, 1996) Class, 1995), Judge William Harsha (Wing Class, Class, 1988), Briar Wilcox (Needham Class,
1982), John Kahler II (Stone Class, 1996), Andrea 2004)
New Hampshire J. Kochensparger (Moore Class, 1993), Ryan W.
Robert S. Ross (Wilson Class, 1990) Lynch (Cushing Class, 2000), John Martin Murphy Utah
(Stone Class, 1996), Thomas Perotti (Steere Class, Scott Charlier (Lawrence Class, 1991), Jessica
New Jersey 1995), Jeannine Notaro Pratt (Carpenter Class, McAuliffe (Cross Class, 2004)
Gail Abrams-Gornstein (Person Class, 1994), Ron 1993), Scott Singer (Stone Class, 1996)
Bar-Nadav (Black Class, 1996), Heather Blitz Vermont
(Montgomery Class, 1992), Christopher Oregon
Jeffery Tobin (Morse Class, 1987)
Cronenwett (McDonald Class, 1998), Christopher Ronald Guerra (Lawrence Class, 1991), David
Garibian (Adams Class, 1997), Heather Gray Weiss (Wilson Class, 1990) Virginia
(Montgomery Class, 1992), Ted Hanratty (Voelker Stephen P. Cook (Patterson Class, 2002), Steven
Class, 1997), Patricia Horsting (Bird Class, 1995), Pennsylvania
Frank (Witherell Class, 1990), John Paul Gregorio
Robert J. Kane (Steere Class, 1995), Charles Gail Abrams-Gornstein (Person Class, 1994), Brad (Kuhn Class, 1996), Manolita Marmol Holadia
Koernig (Lawrence Class, 1991), David A. Krenkel Allen (North Class, 1980), Franklin A. Bennett III (McGrath Class, 1992), Stephen Julias (Sharpe
(Bird Class, 1995), Kimberley LaMountain (Bird (Toy Class, 2003), Barry Bohmueller (Steere Class, Class, 1998), Steven Y. Lee (Moody Class, 1996),
Class, 1995), Siegfried Limjoco (Fellows Class, 1995), William Braslawsce (Montgomery Class, Neil Motter (Turner Class, 1991), Shawna L.
1997), John Marabondo (Mundy Class, 1985), 1992), Heather Camp Burns (Flannigan Class, Pagliaro (Smith Class, 2003), Anetra Robinson
Stephen McCurrie (Montgomery Class, 1992), 1999), Dean E. Collins (Moody Class, 1996), (Swainson Class, 2003), Michael J. Seck (Blair
Otto Nicholas Monaco (Flannigan Class, 1999), Diane L. Dagger (Swainson Class, 2003), Angela Class, 2001), Nicole Michelle Spicer (Person Class,
Lee Perlman (Carpenter Class, 1993), Brian L. Dobrinoff (Lawrence Class, 1991), Andrew 1994), Philip Carter Strother (Fellows Class,
Petrequin (Fellows Class, 1997), Stephania S. Edelberg (Person Class, 1994), Warren Hampton 1997), H. Evans Thomas (Black Class, 1996), John
Saienni (Sharpe Class, 1998), John T. Somohano (Douglass Class, 1989), Billy Love (Morse Class, Wheelock (Williams Class, 1994), Daniel Zavadil
(Cushing Class, 2000), Gerard Tamburino 1987), Irene Lubin (Moore Class, 1993), Frank (Montgomery Class, 1992)
(Durand Class, 1992), Jennifer (Kovach) Martocci (Krinock Class, 1991), Joseph McIntosh
VanderWiele (Hooker Class, 1993), Stephen (Adams Class, 1997), Stephen P. Moschetta Washington
Vanna (Sharpe Class, 1998), Andrew Young (Sharpe Class, 1998), Kristen Morris (Carpenter David S. Engle (Montgomery Class, 1992), Megan
Goodrick (Montgomery Class, 1992), Jason M.
Hanson (Fead Class, 1999), John Kapuza (Kuhn
Class, 1995), Catherine Needles-Sharpley (Fead
Class, 1999), Richard D. Seward (Potter Class,
1980), Asia Vue (Needham Class, 2004), Mark D.
Walters (Steere Class, 1995)
Dennis Cuevos (Ostrander Class, 1994), John
Dodds (Sharpe Class, 1998), John J. Karasek
(Lawrence Class, 1991), Murat Ozgu (Kuhn Class,
1995), Jeffrey R. Sural (Williams Class, 1994)
Jeffrey Barton (Stone Class, 1996), William Alumni Reconnect During the Michigan Bar Association’s
Valentino (Ostrander Class, 1994) Annual Meeting
Wisconsin The 71st annual meeting of the State Bar of Michigan took place Sept. 14-15 in Ypsilanti. Eighty-
Robert Dorf (Moody Class, 1996), Mary Ellen one graduates, faculty, staff, students, and friends gathered for Thomas M. Cooley Law School’s
Doucette-Lunstrum (Bacon Class, 1990), Michael
alumni reception in the Ypsilanti Marriot at Eagle Crest on Sept. 14. Cooley Associate Dean of
Fitzpatrick (Ostrander Class, 1994), Peter A.
Flessas (Krinock Class, 1991), Dawn Klocklow Development and Legal Counsel James Robb greeted the guests and served as master of cere-
(Chase Class, 2002), David Knaapen (Manning monies, assisted by Alumni Relations Director Darryl Parsell (Wiest Class, 1979).
Class, 1984), Ron Niesen (Witherell Class, 1990),
Mark G. Pierquet (Iredell Class, 2001), Martin Cooley Board of Directors member and Alumni Association Past President Charles R. Toy (Kavanagh
Stein (E. Wilson Class, 1990), Rick Steinberg
Class, 1981), said, “I always feel a deep sense of camaraderie when I meet alumni and I enjoy listening
(Adams Class, 1997), Bradley Stern (Rutledge
Class, 2000) to their interesting stories of court battles. It is nice to reminisce with students and faculty who were
at Cooley when I attended and to get to know alumni who attended Cooley before or after I attend-
ed.” Mr. Toy is also currently serving as the Secretary of the State Bar of Michigan.
Janelle Benjamin (Starr Class, 2005), Jim
Koumarelas (Iredell Class, 2001), George O. Another distinguished guest, Judge Ron Lowe (Wing Class, 1982), observed that it was always a
White (Blair Class, 2001)
joy to discover people in attendance whom he had not seen since law school and to catch up on
Our thanks go to those that have volunteered their lives. “That alone makes it worth attending the alumni events,” he said.
and served as mentors to these students and
Finally, alumnus Stephen J. Gobbo (Bird Class, 1995) found the reception to be an excellent oppor-
recent graduates. If you would like to become a
tunity to catch up with some friends and to meet new persons with a common interest in the law
mentor, please e-mail email@example.com or
profession. He said it was positive to hear an update about the recent accomplishments of Cooley
call (800) 243-ALUM for more information.
Law School, including the ABA acquiescence of the Oakland and Grand Rapids campuses. “These
accomplishments validate the vision and ongoing collective efforts at the school,“ he said.
Thanks! This year’s guests socialized with Cooley Board Member Lawrence Nolan (Cooley Class, 1976),
former Cooley Board Member and Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Roman S. Gribbs, and
Michigan Court of Appeals Judge William Murphy. Cooley faculty and staff members at the recep-
tion included Coordinator of Student Services & Diversity Goldie Adele (Paterson Class, 2002),
Prof. Gary Bauer (Green Class, 1988), GR Library Head of Public Services and Alumni Committee
Chair Aletha Honsowitz (Witherell Class, 1990), Professor Joseph Kimble, Associate Dean of
Community Relations Helen Pratt Mickens (Bushnell Class, 1980), Associate Dean of Information
and Technology Charles Mickens, GR Campus Assistant Dean Nelson Miller, Assistant Career
Services Director Julie Mullens, Professor Daniel Ray, Alumni Relations Executive Assistant Amy
Swope, Professor Evelyn Tombers (Lawrence Class, 1991), OU Campus Assistant Dean Joan
Vestrand, and Associate Dean of International & Graduate Programs William Weiner.
The alumni guests included Austin Anderson (Chandler Class, 1983), Richard Baron (Long Class,
1981), Barry Brickner (Campbell Class, 1976), Judge William Carmody (Chandler Class, 1983),
Stacey Dinser (Jay Class, 2000), Brian Fenech (Boyles Class, 2005), Mike Fraleigh (Carr Class,
1984), Robert Gardella (Durand Class, 1992), Laura Graham (Cushing Class, 2000), Jake Gunter
(Cross Class, 2004), Maroun Hakim (Marston Class, 1978), Mark Henne (Copeland Class, 1989),
38 BENCHMARK MICHAELMAS 2006
Catherine Hoort (Turner Class, 1991), Tomika Horne (Starr Class, Cooley Law School and the Illinois Alumni Club
2005), Charles (Chip) Kleinbrook (Grant Class, 1987), David Kortering Host December Chicago Lunch
(Moody, Jr. Class, 1996), Alumni Committee Chair Garry Kregelka
Cooley Law School and the Illinois Alumni Club hosted an alumni lunch in
(Paterson Class, 2002), Dawn LaCasse (Blair, Jr. Class, 2001), Lew
Chicago on Dec. 12. Twenty-five Illinois alumni, prospective students, and
Langham (Blair Class, 2001), Marc Lawrence (Smith Class, 2003),
friends joined state alumni leaders Marcia Nawrocki-Verburgt (Lawrence
Douglas Lewis (Potter Class, 1980), Peggy MacDougall (Manning Class,
Class, 1991), John Nocita (Turner Class, 1991) and Alumni Relations
1984), Randall Mattson (Edwards Class, 2006), Marjorie Nanian
Director Darryl Parsell (Wiest Class, 1979) at Maggiano’s Little Italy
(Goodwin Class, 1982), Jamie O’Brien (Wilson Class, 2001), Charity
Restaurant in downtown Chicago.
Olson (McAllister Class, 2005), Ronald Russell (Pratt Class, 1988),
Alumni Special Events Committee Chair Aletha Honsowitz (Witherell
Thomas Rombach (Morse Class, 1987), Rhonda Sanders (Wilson Class,
Class, 1990) was the guest of honor, traveling from Grand Rapids, Mich.,
2001), Angela Sherigan (Blair, Jr. Class, 2001), Judge Lisa Sullivan
to discuss the work of her committee with the guests. Steven Heisler
(Williams Class, 1994), Jeff Thornburg (Smith Class, 2003), Dionne
(Iredell Class, 2001) came even further to join the group, from his home
Webster (Edwards Class, 2006), R. Scott Weidenfeller (Voelker Class,
base in Marine City, Mich., located north of Detroit.
1997), and Kim Winokur (Grant Class, 1987).
The alumni guests also included Juan Baltierres (Edwards Class, 2006),
Grand Rapids Area Graduates, Staff, and Students
David Barry (Montgomery Class, 1992), John Ekonomou (Williams
Socialize in September
Class, 1994), Lillian Gonzalez (Edwards Class, 2006), Michelle Gonzalez
Cooley’s western Michigan alumni and current students gathered on
(Edwards Class, 2006), Adam Ingber (Stone Class, 1996), Emily Koch
Sept. 8 at McFadden’s Restaurant & Saloon on Ionia Ave. SW in down-
(Swift Class, 2004), Ryan Lynch (Cushing Class, 2000), Jenn MacDougall
town Grand Rapids, Mich. A large number of current students, as well as
(Needham Class, 2004), Rashidatu Mahama (Reid Class, 2006), Natalia
faculty, staff, and alumni of the law school joined the hosts of the stu-
Moore (Fitzgerald Class, 2006), William O’Brien (Starr Class, 2005),
dents’ Welcome Back party to start Michaelmas Term 2006 off right.
George Oparanozie (Fitzgerald Class, 2006), Dana Palmer (Krinock
Alumni Relations Director Darryl Parsell (Wiest Class, 1979) and Alumni Class, 1991), William Roberts (Wilson Class, 2001), Carl Lloyd Santos
Special Events Committee Chair Aletha Honsowitz (Witherell Class, 1990) (Paterson Class, 2002), and Aaron Sumrall (Edwards Class, 2006).
assisted the faculty hosts as they welcomed the guests and awarded the
Prospective student Michael Borsos said, “The alumni lunch in Chicago was
prizes for a scavenger hunt. It was a great evening for the newest Cooley
both educational and exciting. Everyone went out of their way to make me
students to get to know the more senior students, faculty, and alumni.
feel welcome and part of the event. Both the faculty and alumni reflect the
Northern Michigan Alumni Join Cooley Directors high ideals that make Thomas M. Cooley Law School exceptional.”
Heos and Parsell at Two Local Receptions Alumni Join the Graduation Celebration for Cooley
In the midst of several days of very early winter weather, Cooley Law Students at Oakland University
School held two northern Michigan alumni receptions in mid-October.
Cooley Law School hosted a grand reception at Meadowbrook Hall Sept.
The first reception was on Oct. 12, and was hosted by Development
14, 2006 celebrating the graduation of its students who attended
Director Pamela Heos.
Cooley’s Rochester/OU campus. Thirty guests, including graduates from
Jessica Marsh (Jay Class, 2000) joined her at Vivio’s Restaurant located the southeastern Michigan area alumni club and current students, joined
in Indian River. Marsh said that “…as far as Cooley goes, I was very Associate Dean of the Oakland University Campus John Nussbaumer
happy to see that our rankings have gone way up and very excited to and President Don LeDuc. The event honored the graduates of three
hear about the new acquiescence … I am glad to see it is finally gaining classes: the Neil E. Reid Class (January 2006), the Edwards Class (May
the respect it so richly deserves.” 2006), and the John W. Fitzgerald Class (September 2006).
The second reception was on Oct. 13, and the host was Alumni Relations The Cooley contingent also included professor Frank Aiello, David Berry,
Director Darryl Parsell (Wiest Class, 1979). It took place at TraVino Karen Chadwick, Mark Cooney (Montgomery Class, 1992), Gerald Fisher,
Traverse Wine & Grille located in the Acme/Williamsburg area, and Patrick Kruse, Ashley Lowe, Dan Matthews, Martha Moore, John Taylor, and
Darryl Johnson (Lawrence Class, 1991) and Sima Patel (Boyles Class, Gerald Tschura. The staff members attending were: Administrative Assistant
2005) braved the elements to attend. Ms. Patel said, “I enjoyed the Valerie Debler, Oakland Campus Director Audra Foster (Fellows Class,
Cooley reception and appreciate the effort that was put into organizing 1997), Oakland Library Head of Public Services Helen Levenson, Reference
it. It was a good way to meet other alums in the area and network.” Librarian Marlene Coir, Oakland Campus Deputy Director Lee McNew, and
Enrollment/Student Services Coordinator Val Schnable.
Cooley Law School Hosts
November Student/Alumni Mixer
at Oakland University
Cooley Law School hosted an alumni reception
and student mixer at OU’s Oakland Center on
“Every Cooley event I attend,
Nov. 8. Thirty-one guests, including graduates I learn firsthand (about) all of the new things
from the southeastern Michigan area alumni they have for students and alumni.”
club, and current and prospective students,
joined Associate Dean of the Oakland Carol M. Hogan said, “It was delightful to go back to network with Cooley alumni. As a current
University Campus John Nussbaumer, Associate in time by talking to a student about preparing to student, it was exciting to hear practical stories
Dean of Development and Alumni Relations take the bar exam, especially since I’ve already from Cooley alumni and to hear that they are
James D. Robb, and Alumni Relations Director passed it! I suggested she take advantage of all of so successful. I am thinking about opening my
Darryl Parsell (Wiest Class, 1979) for the the review opportunities and she told me Cooley own law firm down the road, and one alumnus
evening in Rochester. Deans Nussbaumer and has a 14-week review course. That’s great! When stated that he opened his firm right out of
Robb described the ABA’s acquiescence in the I was in her situation, Cooley had just started law school and he is swamped. That gave me
full 90-credit program at OU and in Grand offering a practice exam.” inspiration and confirmed that I am able to do
Rapids, and gave a brief talk about the law Hogan added, “Every Cooley event I attend, it also. This event is highly suggested to anyone
school’s plans. Cooley/OU Reference Librarian I learn firsthand (about) all of the new things interested in Cooley, currently enrolled in
Marlene Coir talked about services available to they have for students and alumni. Cooley Cooley, or already graduated from Cooley, as
alumni and then the guests introduced themselves keeps dynamically expanding its facilities and it provides you with insight about where the
and reminisced about their time at Cooley. services at OU and overall. It was uplifting to school was and where it is headed.”
The Cooley faculty and staff present also hear about the diversity of the current student James Campbell said, “Many of the alumni that
included professor Frank Aiello, Karen body the day after Proposal 06-2 banning affir- I met discussed their law school experiences as
Chadwick, Mark Cooney (Montgomery Class, mative action programs passed.” well as the impact it had on their careers. It was
1992), Patrick Kruse, and Dan Matthews; faculty Jim Carolan noted, “It was a great opportunity reassuring to meet many who worked full time
secretary Valerie Debler, Oakland Campus to meet up with area alumni and to talk with while taking classes and had used the law school
Director Audra Foster (Fellows Class, 1997), current (and prospective) students about the experience to enhance or transform their voca-
Cooley/OU Library Head of Circulation Jie Li, Cooley experience. The strides made by the tions. I also enjoyed the opportunity to meet
and Enrollment/Student Services Coordinator school since its beginnings were evident from the faculty in an informal setting.”
Val Schnable. the social discussion time with other alumni. Jeffrey Cuthbertson said, “I enjoyed meeting
The alumni guests included Tammy Asher The sharing of information about the continued alumni in the metro Detroit area. It was very
(Moore Class, 1993), Elie Banna (Johnson growth and expansion to a full law school on the encouraging to see graduates from among the
Class, 2002), James Carolan (Miles Class, Oakland University campus was appreciated.” very first classes to the most recent in atten-
1986), Mike Cianciolo (Long Class, 1981), Current Cooley students also attended the event, dance. I look forward to more of these events,
James Colbert (Campbell Class, 1976), Daniel including James Campbell, Jeffrey Cuthbertson, especially as an alumnus next term.”
Finwall (Smith Class, 2003), Richard Graving Krystal Johnson, and Barry Malone.
(Copeland Class, 1989), Carol Hogan (Manning
Ms. Johnson said that she thought “the alumni
Class, 1984), Carolyn Jackson (Williams Class,
event provided prospective students, current
1994), Monika Sullivan (Edwards Class, 2006),
students, and recent graduates an opportunity
and Chih-Chin Wang (Boyles Class, 2005).
“This event is highly suggested to anyone interested in Cooley, currently
enrolled in Cooley, or already graduated from Cooley, as it provides you
with insight about where the school was and where it is headed.”
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D.C. Area Alumni Join President LeDuc and Congressman Letter from the Alumni President
Stupak at December Reception Greetings!
Many of Cooley’s Washington, D.C. area alumni congregated Dec. 5 with guest of I hope this issue of Benchmark finds you happy and healthy.
honor U.S. Rep. Bart T. Stupak (Dethmers Class, 1981), President and Dean Don As the current president of the Thomas M. Cooley Alumni
LeDuc, Associate Dean James Robb, and Director of Alumni Relations Darryl Parsell Association, I invite you to join the organization and take an
(Wiest Class, 1979) at Sonoma Restaurant + Wine Bar in Washington, DC. active role in shaping the law school’s future. In addition to
Fifty-five Cooley alumni, current students, and friends attended. The reception’s our colleagues who serve on alumni association committees,
alumni guests shared stories of their days at Cooley with the current students. hundreds more have stepped forward to help our students
Everyone also enjoyed having a chance to get to know the other Cooley graduates directly — through externships, mentoring, financial donations,
in the area. Dan Lundstedt (Boyles Class, 2005) said, “I had a wonderful time. and volunteerism. It is truly amazing to see what we can do
The setting was intimate, the turnout was good, and everybody was jovial. I plan when we work together.
to attend next year, as well.” The “new” alumni association has survived its first year, and
The alumni guests included Eric Alifo (Edwards Class, 2006), Mina Bahgat (Toy Class, we are stronger than ever. Through the work of our Student
2003), Past Alumni President M. Carol Bambery (Morell Class, 1985) Andrea Bellaire Services and Student Recruitment committees, we have begun
(Moody Class, 1996), Denise Bellamy (McAllister Class, 2005), David Brink (Person inviting potential students to some of the alumni mixers, and
Class, 2004), Scott Carrington (Smith Class, 2003), James Charles (North Class, the results are amazing. I hope you’ll be able to participate in
1980), Vanessa Chauhan (Reid Class, 2006), John Doud (Reid Class, 2006), J. Burns one of these mixers soon.
Earle III (Montgomery Class, 1992), Benjamin Gielow (Boyles Class, 2005), Kristine The Fundraising and Special Events committees are working
Gielow (Boyles Class, 2005), Andrew Gozinsky (Carpenter Class, 1993), Camille hard to bring our annual Alumni Memorial Scholarship Golf
Gray (Boyles Class, 2005), Nadika Gunathunga (Swift Class, 2004), Gary Huggins Outing up to a new level this year. We hope you’ll join us at
(McAllister Class, 2005), Nadine Huggins (Starr Class, 2005), Jordan Jackson (Reid the Lansing Country Club on August 13. Our Membership and
Class, 2006), John Jakubowski (Smith Class, 1985), Juria Jones (Blair Class, 2001), Outreach Committee and Constituent Alumni Club Committee
Leonard Jones (Montgomery Class, 1992), Jayad Khan (Needham Class, 2004), Scott are working to bring even more benefits to alumni — insurance
Kilgore (Smith Class, 1985), Minyoung Kim (Cross Class, 2004), Andrew Langreich benefits, a variety of discounts, networking opportunities, and
(McGrath Class, 1992), Christopher Malinowski (Fead Class, 1999), Ian Meyeroff more. And finally, the Past Presidents Committee, along with
(Johnson Class, 2002), Michael Miller (Reid Class, 2006), Cindy Najhram (Starr Class, the Executive Board, selected a wonderful recipient for the
2005), Kamal Nawash (Black Class, 1996), Dipti Nayyar (Boyles Class, 2005), Erik 2006-2007 Alumnus of the Year Award: Darryl Parsell. Who
Necciai (Fitzgerald Class, 2006), William Niner (Toy Class, 2003), Murat Ozgu (Kuhn works harder than Darryl to support over 11,000 of us?
Class, 1995), Cyrus Picken, Jr. (Butzel Class, 1979), Jennifer Riskie (Edwards Class,
I hope you will take the time to read about the exciting things
2006), John Smirnow (Ostrander Class, 1994), Sandra Snapp (Hooker Class, 1993),
your colleagues are doing and that you’ll consider joining
Imad Soubra (Boyles Class, 2005), Jeffrey Sural (Williams Class, 1994), Megan
the alumni association. Together, we can achieve amazing
Wallace (Voelker Class, 1997), and Santha Walters (Starr Class, 2005).
things for the school and especially for our students. E-mail
The current students at the event included Jessica Leiken and Heather Page. Ms. firstname.lastname@example.org or call (800) 243-ALUM to take part in
Leiken said, “I was very impressed and encouraged about how kind and approach- your alumni association.
able the alumni were when they saw I was an extern and were so willing to give
me advice regarding the bar exam and looking for jobs. It was a really nice event
and it was great that I just happened to be in D.C. doing my externship when it
was held!” Julie Clement
McDonald Class, 1998
NYC and Newark, NJ Area Alums Meet Dean Robb and Director
Heos at October Receptions
Cooley’s New York City area alumni gathered in Manhattan on Oct. 18 for an alumni reception at Luna
Piena Ristorante Italiano, hosted by Associate Dean James Robb and Development Director Pamela
Heos. Thirty-eight Cooley graduates, friends, and prospective students joined the hosts at the reception.
Alumni guests included Aisha Alleyne (Reid Class, 2006), Omar Anderson (Rutledge Class, 2000),
Stephen Arber (Carpenter Class, 1993), Richard Borzouyé (Iredell Class, 2001), Stacey Bradbury
1. Richard Azikiwe 2. Kortney Swanson (Boyles Class, 2005), Brian Charles (Cross Class, 2004), Nigel Daniels (Boyles Class, 2005),
NY and NJ Alum Scholarships Patrick Dunn (Blair Class, 2001), Tiffany Foskey (Smith Class, 2003), Andrew P. Gozinsky
Granted (Carpenter Class, 1993), Veronika Hoka (Edwards Class, 2006), Joseph Jones (Boyles Class,
Cooley Alumni Association President Julie 2005), Do Kyung Kim (McAllister Class, 2005), Cheryl Liebman (Moody Jr. Class, 1996), Maurice
Clement (McDonald Class, 1998) presented Maitland (Toy Class, 2003), Kimberly Mossel (Starr Class, 2005), Moshood Muftau (Edwards
the New York and New Jersey Alumni Class, 2006), Chris Mularadelis (Green Class, 1988), Annel-Stephan Norgaisse (Cross Class,
Scholarships at the Honors Convocation of 2004), Charles Domenico Parisi (McGrath Class, 1992), Samanda Rene (Starr Class, 2005), Philip
Michaelmas Term 2006. Donations from New Roman (Wing Class, 1982), Mariusz Segal-Gebski (Boyles Class, 2005), Miguel Terc (Swainson
York and New Jersey alumni were used to Class, 2003), and Essienubong Udo (Wilson Class, 2001).
found the scholarships, and preferences were Miguel Terc noted, “I want to thank Cooley for hosting the NYC Alumni reception and for bringing
given to applicants from those states. The stu- both classmates and entering first termers together to share their experiences. I was so glad to see
dents furnished a variety of information, includ- all of my fellow classmates, regardless of graduating class, doing well, and enjoying the fruits of our
ing résumés and financial information. hard earned labor.”
The New Jersey scholarship was awarded to The second reception followed on the next day, Oct. 19, at Brasilia Grill, located in Newark, and
current student Kortney Swanson. She cited drew 18 alumni and prospective students. Alumni guests included Yesenia Arevalo (Reid Class,
Dr. David Burns, who advised to “ ‘Aim for 2006), Katerina Arvanitakis (Reid Class, 2006), Jeremias Batista (Boyles Class, 2005), David
success, not perfection. Never give up your Bressler (Moore Class, 1993), Ivan Dodeles (McAllister Class, 2005), Andrew Gozinsky
right to be wrong, because then you will lose (Carpenter Class, 1993), John Havrilchak (Montgomery Class, 1992), Node Kludze (Edwards
the ability to learn new things and move for- Class, 2006), Kathy Martin (Weadock Class, 1999), Joseph Molinaro (Ostrander Class, 1994),
ward with your life.’ As the recipient of the Moshood Muftau (Edwards Class, 2006), and Samanda Rene (Starr Class, 2005).
New Jersey Alumni Scholarship, I am confident
Alumna Kathy Martin said that the alumni event held in Newark, N.J., on Oct. 19, 2006, offered a
it will assist me in continuing my aim for success
wonderful opportunity for seasoned Cooley alumni to exchange notes on business practice in the
as a candidate for the Juris Doctor. I am very
northern New Jersey area, to network with recent Cooley alumni, and for prospective Cooley
grateful and appreciative of this award.”
alumni to learn about what to expect during their years at Cooley and what it’s like to live in and
The New York scholarship was awarded to stu- attend law school in Lansing, Mich.
dent Richard Azikiwe. His reaction was that
Andrew Gozinsky attended both events. “It is great to catch up with old friends and meet new
“I’m glad I chose Thomas M. Cooley Law
friends. The meetings are designed for you to meet fellow graduates who have shared very similar
School for my legal education because I might
experiences and how those experiences in Lansing shaped you into who you are today. I strongly
be able to get a J.D. from any law school in the
urge each graduate to take the time and attend. I walked away from the meeting knowing that
nation, but at Thomas M. Cooley Law School, I’m
Cooley Law School will continue to teach people what it takes to succeed in the law or any other
earning my J.D. through hard work and a cur-
career they venture into,“ Gozinsky said.
riculum that forces me to apply what I learn.”
Moshood Muftau also came to both the New York and New Jersey receptions. “The alumni events were
Mr. Azikiwe and Ms. Swanson expressed their
a great way to network with other Cooley graduates who are practicing (in) different areas of law in the
appreciation to the scholarship donors in New
New York/New Jersey area. It’s great to see Cooley alums making a difference in the legal profession in
York and New Jersey who generously made
the New York/New Jersey area, and to hear about the older alumni experiences. It’s my belief, based
this assistance possible. Please e-mail
on the turnout at the alumni event, that Cooley alumni will continue to have an impact in the tri-state
email@example.com for information on how you
area. The food was great, the atmosphere was extremely comfortable, and it was great to share and
can support scholarship funds to assist current
hear Cooley memories. I can’t wait for next year! It was great to meet someone at the alumni event and
see him the next day in the halls of the courthouse,” Muftau said.
42 BENCHMARK MICHAELMAS 2006
class notes The Benchmark encourages all graduates to contribute information
to the Class Notes. Please include graduating class name and year
when submitting your information. We encourage information about
your law practice and other accomplishments in the legal profession.
You can e-mail your Class Notes information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Benchmark has a policy of not printing bar passage information.
1976 Cooley Class tice and paralegal studies program, Bushnell Class years with the company. Previous
Valkanoff, Dennis, was and was the founding instructor of Downing, Daniel D., a U.S. to Auto-Owners, she was a pre-
appointed senior vice president of the Belding Police Reserve Navy Reserve Commander, was hearing attorney with the Michigan
Chromcraft Revington, Inc., in Academy, where he teaches crimi- recalled to active duty in Court of Appeals, and an assistant
West Lafayette, Ind. He serves as nal and constitutional law. November 2005 and continues to city attorney for Lansing, Mich.
president of CR Home Sales and serve as part of Operation Iraqi
Ransom Class 1981 Dethmers Class
provides overall leadership to sales Freedom. He is a member of the
Vlasic, James, was named Hemker, Joseph B., of
management for the company’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps,
chairman of the Cranbrook Howard & Howard’s Kalamazoo,
residential businesses. assigned to the Plans Division,
Educational Community Board of Mich., office was named to
Essential Services Division, and is
1977 Felch Class Trustees in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Michigan Super Lawyers in
working on municipal service
Rohe, John, has been named He is a senior shareholder, presi- Mergers & Acquisitions, by a sur-
restoration issues and plans
program director of a charitable dent, and chairman of the execu- vey of Law & Politics Media, Inc.
throughout Iraq. He is a partner in
foundation in Pennsylvania that is tive committee for the board of
the firm of Downing, Glaser, and Kavanagh Class
involved in land conservation, directors at Sommers Schwartz,
Eifler, Associates, P.C., in Battle Berlin, Ross, has been named
water protection, and other envi- P.C. He is a member of the
Creek, Mich. In civilian life he has to the executive team for the PGA
ronmental causes. Previously, he Cooley Board of Directors.
served as a city planner, develop- Tour. Berlin was most recently the
practiced law in Petoskey, Mich., er, and policy maker.
1979 Butzel player agent for Michelle Wie
for 28 years.
Sepic, Michael, has been through his affiliation with the
Neal, Stephanie A., of the law
Graves Class appointed Chief Assistant William Morris Agency. Berlin’s
Miller, Kenneth V., was elect- Prosecuting Attorney for Berrien appointment marks his return to
ed vice chair of the Western County, Mich. He served as Chief the PGA Tour, which he served
& Roegge, in
Michigan University Board of Trial Attorney for the last three from 1999-2005 in a variety of
Trustees for 2007. He was first years and has been a Berrien management roles.
appointed to the WMU board in County Assistant Prosecutor since
received a cer- Long Class
2002, and leads the search 1988. Phone: (269) 983-7111, ext
tificate of Pahl, James B., was elected
process for the university’s next 8314.
completion in Commander-in-Chief of the
president. Mr. Miller is vice presi- the areas of probate and estate
Wiest Class national organization Sons of
dent and chief operating officer of planning, issued by the Institute of
Gottlieb, Siri, has been elected Union Veterans of the Civil War,
Havirco, a Kalamazoo investment Continuing Legal Education and
the 2007 president of the at the organization’s national
management firm that he’s co- the Probate and Estate Planning
Collaborative Law Institute of encampment in Harrisburg, Penn.,
owned since 1983. He is also the Section of the State Bar of
Michigan, the multidisciplinary in August 2006. E-mail:
owner of the Millennium Michigan. She practices in the
state organization for the practice email@example.com.
Restaurant Group. He previously areas of estate planning, tax law,
of collaborative law.
was director of the WMU employee benefits, medical mal- 1982 Wing Class
Foundation. 1980 Potter Class practice, and professional liability. McKeen, Brian J., a medical
Reck, Susan, has retired from She serves on the board of direc- malpractice attorney, has been
1978 Marston Class
the bench. For the last 18 years, tors of Deaf and Hard of Hearing named by Michigan Lawyers Weekly
McFadden, Doug, has been
she has served as Livingston Services. Phone: (616) 774-8000. as one of the Top 10 Lawyers of the
named Chief Assistant Prosecutor
County (Michigan) Probate Court Year for 2006. His firm, McKeen &
for Montcalm County, Mich. North Class
Judge and was the first woman Associates, was founded in 1998
Previously, he was in private prac- Maisch, Gwendoline A.,
elected to the bench in Livingston after years of trial practice. He is a
tice in Belding, Mich., where he retired from her position as vice
County. Before she joined the coach for the American Association
also served as city attorney. He is president and assistant general
court, she was in private practice for Justice’s medical negligence
an instructor in Montcalm counsel of Auto-Owners Insurance
for eight years. exchange group. He lectures fre-
Community College’s criminal jus- Company Jan. 1, 2007, after 23
quently on developments in medical Stone, P.L.C., has been selected practice on commercial and inter- nel director for Fenton (Michigan)
malpractice law. for inclusion in the environmental national matters. Previously, he Area Public Schools.
law section of the 2007 Best was in private practice for 18
Goodwin Class Lawyers in America. He specializes years. He was the first Arab-
Fox, Mark R., has been elected
Smolenski, Sara, Chief Judge as president of
in occupational safety and health American to be appointed to the
of the 63rd District Court in the law firm of
law. He previously served as a Michigan Civil Rights Commission,
Michigan, was named the 2006 Fraser
Special Assistant to the Michigan and served two terms, 1991-1998.
Athena Award recipient. The Trebilcock
award is given annually to honor Cunningham, Janice K., has Davis &
an individual who demonstrates Lowney, Stephen J., an been selected as one of the top Dunlap, P.C.,
leadership in her/his field and attorney with the law firm of family law attorneys in the state of with offices in
opens doors in the community for Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C., Michigan by the national publica- Lansing and
opportunities for women. has been named to the 2007 Best tion, Law & Politics, in its Michigan Detroit. He practices in the areas
Lawyers in America in the Super Lawyers for 2006 issue. She of commercial and intellectual prop-
Brooke Class employee benefits law division. is the only attorney chosen from erty litigation. He was appointed by
McCargar, Ian D., is now a
the mid-Michigan area for this Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm
member of the firm, Frey & Morrell Class honor. She is a partner in the law as legal counsel to the 2007
McCarger, L.L.C., of Ft. Collins, Trusock, Mark A., was sworn
firm of Mallory, Cunningham, Granholm-Cherry Inaugural
Colo. Previously he was with Frey, in Dec. 8, 2006, as a judge in the
Lapka & Scott, P.L.L.C., in Lansing, Committee. He served as legal
Korb, Haggerty & Michaels, P.C. 17th Circuit Court in Kent County,
Mich. She is an adjunct professor counsel to the Granholm for
Phone: (970) 482-0212; Mich. He previously was a partner
at Cooley. Governor Committee during
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. with Lannen & Trusock since
the 2006 campaign. Phone:
1985. Phone: (616) 454-5100. Miles Class (517) 482-5800;
Simon III, Charles W. (Tad),
Nash, Wanda, an attorney in
was elected to a six-year term on Whipple Class e-mail: email@example.com.
Marshall, Mich., has had an award
the Probate Court bench in Johnson, Judy, was appointed
named in her honor by the State Marutiak, Patrick J., was
Montcalm County, Mich. He previ- Support Magistrate assigned to the
Bar of Michigan Animal Law named Boss of the Year by the
ously had a law office in Stanton, Niagara County Family Court by
Section. The annual award will be Legal Secretaries of Shiawassee
Mich. the New York State Office of
given annually to a Michigan law County, Mich. He was nominated
Court Administration, 8th Judicial
Stein, Sherry A., an attorney student for outstanding contribu- by his secretary.
District.She hears cases concern-
with the law firm of Foster, Swift, tions to animal law. Nash’s weekly
ing paternity, and child support
newspaper column, Animal Scribe,
Collins & Smith, P.C., has been
establishment and enforcement. Love, Billy, Chief Hearing Master
named to the 2006 Best Lawyers in appears in the Marshall Chronicle.
Phone: (716) 278-1890; e-mail: for the Philadelphia Municipal
America in the area of employee
firstname.lastname@example.org. Sherwood Class Court Emergency Domestic
Rourke, Krystal Kay, Violence Unit, has been appointed
Marabondo, Salvatore, has
1984 Manning Class rejoined the Legal Division of the as a visiting lecturer on criminal jus-
relocated his offices to 921
Legislative Service Bureau in tice at the Community College of
Mengebier, David, was selected Bergen Avenue, Suite 915, Jersey
Lansing, Mich., after spending Philadelphia for a one-year term.
to serve as the chief compliance City, N.J. 07306. His telephone
seven-and-a-half years as deputy He continues in his position with
officer for CMS Energy in Jackson, and fax numbers remain the same.
commissioner of the Office of the court.
Mich. He continues as senior vice He continues to practice personal
Financial and Insurance Services.
president of governmental and pub- injury litigation, and serves as a
Phone: (517) 373-9425; e-mail:
1988 Martin Class
lic affairs/community services with court- and party-appointed media- May, Berton K., was appointed
CMS. He is also president of the tor and arbitrator, as well. Phone: to the State Bar of Michigan
charitable foundations for CMS (201) 792-0900; fax: 1987 Champlin Class Character & Fitness Committee in
Energy and its Michigan utility, (201) 656-3939; e-mail: Davis, Elizabeth, was named January 2007. He is also a member
Consumers Energy. Marabondolaw@optonline.net. director of human resources for of the State Bar Special Committee
Henry Ford Community College. on Attorney Grievance. He is the
1985 T. Smith Class 1986 Mundy Class She is responsible for contract managing partner at May & Sucher,
Crim, Attalla, Tim
negotiation and administration, P.L.L.C. in West Bloomfield, Mich.,
Douglas A., has joined
planning and administering profes- specializing in commercial litigation,
W., a princi- the firm of
sional development programs, personal injury, and professional lia-
pal in the Miller Canfield
dealing with employee and labor bility matters. Phone:
Lansing office as a senior
relations issues, supervising (248) 626-5555;
of Miller, counsel in the
employee benefits and human e-mail: email@example.com.
Canfield, Detroit office.
resources policy administration.
Paddock & He focuses his
She most recently was the person-
1989 Douglass Class
44 BENCHMARK MICHAELMAS 2006
Telgenhof, Allen, has joined 1991 Turner Class Williams Class Kuhn Class
the Blanton, Derek, was named a Martin, Todd, has been named Covell, David P., has opened
Charlevoix, Distinguished Alumnus of the Year as a Chief Deputy Assistant State The Law Offices of David P.
Mich., office of for 2006 for Coastal Carolina Attorney in Illinois. Martin joined Covell, P.L.L.C., 316 Morris, Ste.
the law firm of University. He is a magistrate and the state’s attorney office in 1994. 300, Muskegon, Mich. He concen-
Running, Wise municipal judge for Surfside Beach. He prosecuted traffic, and then trates his practice on estate plan-
& Ford, P.L.C. felony cases before leaving to join ning, probate matters, Medicaid
He was previ- Reader, Carol Sue, was elected
the LaSalle, Ill., law firm of planning, elderlaw issues, and resi-
ously with the to a six-year term on the district
Herbolsheimer, Lannon, Henson, dential real estate. Phone:
firm of Hayes, Telgenhof, court bench in Livingston County,
Duncan & Reagan, P.C., where he (231) 725-2128.
Turkelson & Groat, P.C. He Mich. She was previously in private
focused on insurance defense and
focuses his practice on corporate practice. Stawiarski, Lawrence V., an
criminal law. In his new position,
and business formation and associate principal with the law
Lawrence Class Martin serves as the office manag-
litigation, municipal law and insur- firm of Foley, Baron & Metzger,
Abood, Jerome F., is the er and is responsible for non-drug
ance defense. He is a former P.L.L.C., in Farmington Hills,
senior vice president of Signature felony cases. He shares civil
Charlevoix school board president Mich., was appointed chair of the
Associates-ONCOR International’s responsibilities.
and city planning commissioner. Livingston-Washtenaw Legislative
Lansing, Mich., office. Phone:
He is also the varsity baseball Perfetti, Patrick A, a U.S. League. As chair, he is responsible
(517) 827-3000; e-mail:
coach for Charlevoix High School. Navy Reserve Commander, was for keeping small business owners
recalled to active duty in in the two communities informed
Johnson Class Costigan, J. Casey, has been November 2005 and continues to of legislation and legal rulings
Grosek, Debra B., was elected appointed an associate judge in serve as part of Operation Iraqi affecting the organization, and
to the execu- the 11th Judicial Circuit, in Freedom. He is a Legal Affairs serves as the group’s newsletter
tive commit- Bloomington, Ill. He previously Liaison Officer within the Civil editor. He concentrates his law
tee of the was in private practice in Military Operations Directorate. practice in the areas of complex
Wilkes-Barre Bloomington since 1991, and most He is a member of the Combined business litigation, general corpo-
Law and recently was a partner in the law Review and Release of Detainees rate, product liability, and intellec-
Library firm of Costigan & Wolrab. Board and the Joint Detainee tual property matters. He also
Association. Review Committee. He is also serves as local and national coun-
She was also Guerra, Ron G., has joined assigned as the data analyst to the sel throughout the United States
elected vice president of the board Jordan Schrader, P.C., in Portland, Internally Displaced Persons for several multi-national corpora-
of trustees for the Marian Ore. He focuses his practice on Working Group. In civilian life, he tions and has expertise in repre-
Sutherland Kirby Library in property, contract, and employ- is in private practice in Cortland, senting start-up and high-tech
Mountaintop, Penn., where she ment discrimination litigation, and N.Y., and also works as corpora- companies. Phone: (248) 488-
lives with her husband and two wage, hour, and pension benefits. tion counsel for the village of 1533; e-mail:
sons. She specializes in plaintiff’s Homer, N.Y. firstname.lastname@example.org.
1992 Montgomery Class
personal injury in northeastern
Grasso, David S., of Liverpool, 1995 Bird Class 1996 Stone Class
Pennsylvania. She can be reached
N.Y., joined the law firm of Gugino, Mark C., was married Chalgian, Douglas G., of
through her website,
Russell, Russell & Grasso, P.L.L.C. on Sept. 23, Chalgian &
He focuses on civil litigation and 2006 to Leah Tripp Law
1990 Wilson Class trial practice. Glogowski, a Offices in
Fisher Jr., William, was elect- registered Lansing,
1994 Ostrander Class
ed to the bench for Decatur nurse at Jackson, and
Cuevas, Dennis P., was
Township Small Claims Court in Cayuga Ithaca, Mich.,
appointed Consumer Protection
Marion County, Ind. Medical has authored a
Project Director and Chief
Center.Gugino book, The
Witherell Class Counsel at the National
is a partner in the firm of Ravo Michigan Medicaid Planning
Honsowitz, Aletha, Head of Association of Attorneys General
and Gugino in Ithaca, N.Y., where Handbook, published by the
Public Services for the Cooley Law (NAAG), based in Washington,
they mainly work in the areas of Michigan Institute of Continuing
Library at the Grand Rapids cam- D.C. Founded in 1907, NAAG is
personal injury, bankruptcy, family Legal Education. The book, written
pus, was one of 11 Grand Rapids, the association of State Attorneys
law, and real estate. Gugino also for attorneys and other profession-
Mich., area women nominated for General. Before his recent
owns a title company, is a licensed als, is a comprehensive authority on
the 2006 Grand Rapids Athena appointment, he was NAAG’s
real estate broker, and a farmer. the rules regarding Medicaid eligibili-
Award. Consumer Protection Project
E-mail: email@example.com. ty for people in nursing homes and
Manager and Counsel for nine
needing long-term care assistance.
years. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Phone: (517) 927-8558.
Lucido, Sebastian, was sworn Fellows Class 2000 Jay Class 2001 Wilson Class
in as judge of the 41-B District Ross, Ken, chief of staff for the Redick, Ronald M., a member Lando, Shannon, has joined the
Court in Macomb County, Mich. Michigan Office of Financial and of the law firm Mika Meyers Rock Hill, S.C., law firm, the
Previously he was president of Insurance Services, is the new Becket & Jones, P.L.C., in Grand Morton & Gettys Firm, as an associ-
Sebastian Lucido & Associates, P.C. mayor pro tem in DeWitt, Mich. Rapids, Mich., was reappointed for ate. She focuses on estate, criminal
He was re-elected to a second a fifth term as chair of the Grand law, and real estate matters.
Tacia, John D., has been named
four-year term on the DeWitt City Haven Charter Township Planning
Agency Services Manager for Blair Jr. Class
Council in November 2006. Commission. He practices primari-
Michigan for Stewart Title Dunbar, Heather, joined
ly in the areas of municipal and
Guaranty Co. 1998 McDonald Class Cooley full-time as the Deputy
administrative law, and litigation.
Winters, J. Kevin, has become Director of the Academic Resource
a shareholder in the law firm of Rutledge Class Center. She has served five years as
Quinn, Michael D., was named
Foster Zack Little Pasteur & Habeck, Melissa K, an associ- an instructor in Introduction to Law
a partner in the law firm of
Manning, P.C., in Okemos, Mich. ate with Forsberg & Umlauf, in and four years as an adjunct profes-
Weigand, Mahon & Adelman, P.C.,
His areas of practice are employ- Washington, was selected as a sor in Pretrial Skills.
in Meriden, Conn. His practice
ment law and litigation, real estate Rising Star by Washington Law &
areas include workers’ compensa- 2002 Chase Class
law and litigation, and intellectual Politics in a survey of ‘Super
tion, personal injury, and criminal Serrano, Cathy, accepted a posi-
property and litigation. Phone: Lawyers.’ She practices general
defense. Phone: (203) 238-1010; tion as the human resources attor-
(517) 706-5772; e-mail: kevin.win- civil litigation with a focus on
e-mail: email@example.com. ney for Allen County, Ind. She is
firstname.lastname@example.org asbestos tort litigation, personal
also an adjunct faculty member at
1997 Adams Class injury, and construction defect
Snow Class litigation.
IPFW, teaching Hospitality Law,
Appel, Catherine, operates
Catalano, A. Joseph, was and at IVY Tech, in the paralegal
her own law practice in Wyoming,
honored at the Business First Pike, Victoria, of the Hill studies division.
Mich., and runs the legal franchise,
Annual “Forty Under Forty.” He Boren Law Firm in Jackson, Tenn., Phone: (260) 449-7455.
We The People, in Lansing. The
is a sole practitioner in the Buffalo, has been certified as a Social
franchise provides legal-document 2003 Swainson Class
N.Y., area focusing on criminal Security Disability Advocate by the
preparation for people who repre- Klein, Ronald D., was elected
and family law. National Board of Trial Advocacy.
sent themselves in simple, uncon- to the board of directors of
Certified attorneys represent their
tested legal matters. 1999 Flannigan Class Michigan Land Trustees, a non-prof-
clients at the state agency level,
Phone: (517) 327-3240. Nichols, Michael J., and it organization dedicated to revital-
the hearing level, at the appeals
Wendy M. Schiller-Nichols izing rural and urban communities
Boer, Cindy A., has been council, and in federal court.
(Rutledge Class, 2000), announce by promoting responsible land use
named a Phone: (731) 423-3300.
the opening of The Nichols Law and the development of localized
Firm, P.L.L.C’s new building at Schiller-Nichols, Wendy M., food and energy systems. He is
the law firm of
3452 E. Lake Lansing Rd., East and Michael J. Nichols (Flannigan chair of the biotech consortium
Lansing, Mich. Phone: Class, 1999), announce the open- K-Pharm Alliance, and a solo practi-
Rice & Roegge,
(517) 432-9000. ing of The Nichols Law Firm, tioner. He was recently a guest
P.L.L.C’s new building at 3452 E. lecturer for the Western Michigan
Rapids, Mich. Fead Class Lake Lansing Rd., East Lansing, University College of Engineering
She practices Czaplicki, Tatiana, now
Mich. Phone: (517) 432-9000. and Applied Sciences on
in the area of medical malpractice works for Kolpak & Lerner in
“Intellectual Property and Patents:
defense. Phone: (616) 774-8000. Niles, Ill., practicing transactional Cushing Class Issues of Inventorship and Property
law, residential and commercial Graham, Laura M., has joined
Voelker Class Rights.” He is also an adjunct pro-
real estate, and land use and zon- the State Bar of Michigan as pro-
Giacomazza, Michael A., fessor at Cooley.
ing in Chicago and surrounding gram manager in the justice initia-
was lead defense counsel in a three- Phone: (269) 375-3073;
areas. Phone: (847) 647-0336. tives division, working on equal
week jury trial in a Maryland state e-mail: email@example.com.
access issues. She most recently
circuit court, and won a defense Martin, P. Jeff, was married on
worked as a criminal defense trial Roggenbuck, Amanda L., of
verdict in a complex toxic tort case. Nov. 11, 2006, to the former
attorney with the Washtenaw Cass City, Mich., received a certifi-
He practices in Baltimore City, Md., Angela Marie Adolphson, of
County Public Defender’s Office. cate of completion in the areas of
with Rollins, Smalkin, Richards & Salem, Ohio. He is a registered
probate and estate planning from
Mackie, L.L.C., where he concen- patent attorney and partner of
trates on the defense of medical The McGougan Law Firm, L.L.C.,
malpractice, toxic torts, and med- in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.
ical device and pharmaceutical Phone: (843) 281-9901; e-mail:
products liability. Phone: (410) firstname.lastname@example.org.
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the Institute of Continuing Legal Johnson, Jennifer, has joined Edwards Class
Education and the Probate and the law firm of Zanck, Coen & Collins, Paul M., has joined
Estate Planning Section of the State Wright, P.C., in Crystal Lake, Ill., Garrett, Nina Marie (Reid
the law firm
Bar of Michigan. She owns and as an associate. Her practice focus- Class, 2006), passed away Sept.
operates a general law practice in es on litigation. Previously, she was 29, 2006, in St. Louis, Mo.
Cass City, practicing in the areas of a city attorney in Chicago, in the an associate Martin, Jan C. (Smith Class,
estate planning and family law. municipal prosecutions division. in the firm’s 1985), 70, passed away Jan. 1,
Environmental 2007 in Grand Rapids, Mich. He
Smith Class Webb, Margaret, has moved
and Regulatory was in private practice in Big
Heigley, Kerri Smith, and her law practice to 1668 142nd
Practice Rapids, Mich.
her husband Brock announce the Ave., Dorr, Mich. She specializes
Group, in Lansing, Mich.
birth of their first child, Brooke in family law, including child abuse Meany, Edward A., (Butzel
Madison, born on November 16, issues, divorce, child custody, and Poe, Laurel, has accepted a liti- Class, 1979), 86, passed away
2006. Kerri is employed with estate planning. gation position with the Feb. 1, 2007. He was in solo prac-
Goldberg, Persky & White, P.C., Phone: (616) 681-0100. Department of Homeland tice in Harbor Springs for many
in Pittsburgh, Penn. Security, Customs and Border years before he ceased active
Patrol in Laredo, Texas. She also practice in 1996. He received the
Henninger, Kristen, was mar- Licari, Adam, is an attorney
was a winner at the first annual State Bar of Michigan’s Pro Bono
ried on Oct. 6, 2006, to Matthew with Colosimo, Patchin, Kearney
Legal Authors Award for excel- Award in 1993. He spent his
Holland. They live in Little Egg & Brunfelt, Ltd., in Virginia, Minn.
lence in writing from the Cooley retirement writing a book on the
Harbor, N.J. Kristen is a staff He is a general practice attorney
Legal Authors Society for her spy- Second Amendment and compiling
attorney in the Family Unit at with concentrations in family law,
ware article. other books. At the time of his
Ocean Monmouth Legal Services real estate law, will preparation,
in Toms River, N.J. and elder law. death, he was working on a novel
Simaytis, Brendan D., has
Phone: (218) 741-4500. based on a 1968 northern
joined the law firm of Williams
Toy Class Michigan mass murder, which
Venker & Sanders, in St. Charles
Ortiviz, Ted, was named direc- 2006 Reid Class his wife, Diane M. Smith, will
County, Mo., as an associate. His
tor of Housing and Human Braem, Michael A., opened complete.
practice is primarily devoted to
Services in Pueblo County, Colo. Braem Law Office, P.L.L.C., in
the defense of personal injury Mills, Robert P. (Smith Class,
He previously worked in the Social Lansing, Mich., on Oct. 1, 2006.
claims. 2003), 30, of Norton, Mass.,
Services Department. The practice focuses on general
civil and criminal litigation. passed away Sept. 28, 2006 at
Sullivan, Monika L., has been
2004 Needham Class Phone: (517) 323-6330. home.
hired as an associate by the firm
Rettinghouse, Heidi, has
of Collins, Einhorn, Farrell & Sartorelli, Joseph (Miles Class,
joined The Law Offices of James Ernst, Joseph, has joined
Ulanoff. She concentrates her 1986), 52, Iron County (Michigan)
C. Egan, P.L.L.C., in Seattle, Canady Law Offices in Lansing,
practice on the defense of Prosecuting Attorney, passed away
Wash., as a junior associate attor- Mich. He focuses his practice on
asbestos litigation, product liability Nov. 24, 2006 from injuries sus-
ney practicing personal injury and family law, personal injury, crimi-
litigation, attorney malpractice, tained in an automobile accident.
criminal defense law. nal, and probate matters.
and trial-level briefing.
Swift Class Hyder, Steven, opened his own
Rossman, Todd A., has joined law firm, Priority One Law, in
DeRouin, Amy, was married
the firm of Wolf Block Brach Livingston County, Mich.
Aug. 12, 2006, to Timothy Bean
Eichler in New Jersey. His practice Previously he was a paramedic
Simmons. She is employed by
area is business litigation. with Livingston County.
Loomis, Ewert, Parsley, Davis &
2005 McAllister Class Wujcik, James M., has joined Gotting, P.C.
Dodeles, Ivan, joined the Law the law firm of Rodgers &
Firm of Patrick Patek, P.C., in Coppola, L.L.P., in Buffalo, N.Y., as
Jersey City, NJ, as an associate an associate in the litigation depart-
attorney. His practice includes per- ment. His practice focuses on insur-
sonal injury, criminal defense, ance defense. Before entering law,
workers’ compensation, and he was a social studies teacher at
municipal defense. the Buffalo Academy for the Visual
Phone: (201) 656-6504; and Performing Arts, and was an
e-mail: email@example.com. assistant baseball coach at
D’Youville College in Buffalo.
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