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       Cooley Graduate Serves Those in Need
       Cooley Law School Staff Attorney Misty Davis (center) discusses an Access to Justice case with Cooley Law School
       student Amy Riley (right) and Davenport University paralegal student Adam Kumler.




                                                                                                           ONE LAW                                “In the National Diet, we make new laws for Japan
                                                                                                                                                  every day. While knowing U.S. law doesn’t directly
                                                                                                           DEGREE,                                help [when working with Japanese law], a legal
                                                                                                                                                  education really trained me to have a legal mind
                                                                                                           MULTIPLE                               and to think logically, theoretically and critically,
                                                                                                                                                  and I’m able to express myself clearly.”
                                                                                                           USES.                                  Hiroe “Ruby” Makiyama (Lawrence Class, 1991)




                                                                                                                                INSIDE
                                                                                                                                COOLEY OFFERS MORE SUPPORT FOR SOLDIERS
                                                                                                                                RACE FOR EDUCATION: 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY
                                                                                                                                DISCOVERING THE BENEFITS, CHALLENGES OF E-DISCOVERY
                                                                                                                                ONE LAW DEGREE, MULTIPLE USES
                                                                                                                                THE LAW LIBRARY OF TOMORROW
                                                                                                                                ADVANCING OPPORTUNITIES
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 WELCOME
                                                                                                               Dear Thomas M. Cooley Law School Graduate:                                       Thomas E. Brennan Law Library the nation’s second largest
                                                                                                                                      It is an exciting time at Cooley Law                      law library in physical size (see The Library of Tomorrow).
                                                                                                                                      School. It’s graduation season, the                       But we need your help. The $6 million expansion project is
                                                                                                                                      time when another group of talented                       dependent on your generous philanthropic support.




 TO THE
                                                                                                                                      professionals become part of the                          To build the Center for Research and Study library
                                                                                                                                      exclusive club called Cooley alumni.                      expansion, we are asking alumni and friends of Cooley
                                                                                                                                      Cooley graduates are all over the globe,                  to contribute $3 million as part of our Campaign for
                                                                                                                                      serving as leaders in law, government,                    Knowledge.




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                                                                                                               their communities, and countless other fields of endeavor.                       We are off to an excellent start, having already raised
                                                                                                               In this edition of Column, you’ll find stories about how:                        more than $1.5 million for the expansion. But there is
                                                                                                                 • Our school and its graduates are serving in-need                             more work to be done to ensure that Cooley students
                                                                                                                   populations (Cooley Graduate Serves Those in Need)                           have access to the library resources that they need,
                                                                                                                                                                                                when they need them. As you know, a state-of-the-art law



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                                                                                                                   and (Cooley Offers More Support for Soldiers)
                                                                                                                                                                                                library is one of the most valuable assets of any leading
                                                                                                                 • A Cooley graduate is now an elected leader in her
                                                                                                                                                                                                law school. It is a place where the rules of the justice
                                                                                                                   native Japan (One Law Degree: Multiple Uses)
                                                                                                                                                                                                system are found and examined.
                                                                                                                 • The world of law is changing (Discovering the
                                                                                                                                                                                                I invite you to learn more about the Campaign for
                                                                                                                   Benefits and Challenges of e-Discovery), and
                                                                                                                                                                                                Knowledge by calling me at 517-371-5140 ext. 2045,
                                                                                                                   (Advancing Opportunities)
                                                                                                                                                                                                or visiting www.cooley.edu/giving.
   It is an exciting time at Cooley Law School.                                                                The world of Cooley Law School is changing as well. As
                                                                                                                                                                                                Sincerely,
                                                                                                               we continue to provide practical legal education to growing
   It’s graduation season, the time when another                                                               numbers of students from near and far, we take pride in
   group of talented professionals become part                                                                 knowing that the quality of our curriculum, faculty, and
   of the exclusive club called Cooley alumni.                                                                 facilities supports a world-class legal education from our
                                                                                                               three campuses in Michigan.
                                                                                                                                                                                                James D. Robb
                                                                                                                                                                                                Associate Dean of Development and Alumni Relations
                                                                                                               At our campus in Lansing, we are ready to embark                                 robbj@cooley.edu
                                                                                                               on an unprecedented expansion that will make the




                                                                                                                 COOLEY LAW SCHOOL OFFERS MORE


                                                                                                    SUPPORT
                                                                                                  FOR SOLDIERS
                       STATE’S MILITARY MEMBERS STAND TO BENEFIT FROM NEW MICHIGAN
                            JUDGE’S GUIDE TO THE SERVICEMEMBERS CIVIL RELIEF ACT
   The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) offers            “While most judges generally are aware of the
   special protections to soldiers against civil actions like   SCRA, there often is confusion about its application
   divorce and foreclosure while they are deployed.             due to varying state laws and interpretations over the
   However, varying state laws and interpretations can          years,” said Disbrow. “The guide references case law
   produce confusion in the law’s application.                  from Michigan courts with the purpose of assisting
   A new effort among the Thomas M. Cooley Law                  the judiciary and other members of Michigan’s legal
   School and attorneys with the Detroit office of              community in understanding SCRA and its protec-
   Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP is bringing            tions for military personnel and their families.”
   clarity to SCRA’s application for Michigan’s courts          Supported by a grant from the Michigan State Bar
   and, ultimately, providing another layer of support to       Foundation, the user-friendly guide will be distributed
   Michigan servicemen and women.                               to every Michigan judge and Friend of the Court
   Created by Honigman partner Matthew S. Disbrow               office in the state. The full guide, which features a
   and associate Shanta S. Anderson-Williams in the             foreword by Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice
   firm’s Labor and Employment Department, the                  Marilyn Kelly, is also accessible at cooley.edu/ethics.
   Michigan Judge’s Guide to the Servicemembers Civil           “This document couldn’t come at a better time with
                                                                                                                           From left to right: Partner Matthew S. Disbrow of the Detroit office of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP; Heather Spielmaker, director of Cooley’s
   Relief Act offers a state-specific view of the SCRA’s        thousands of military personnel returning to Michigan      Center for Ethics, Service and Professionalism; Honigman associate Shanta S. Anderson-Williams; and Cooley graduate Ryan Plecha.
   application for everything from procedural                   from deployment this year,” said Heather Spielmaker,
   requirements to general provisions concerning                director of Cooley’s Center for Ethics, Service and
   evictions, auto leases, and termination of cell              Professionalism which houses Cooley’s Service to                    Enacted by Congress in 2003, the Servicemembers
   phone service contracts. Cooley graduate Ryan                Soldiers: Legal Assistance Referral Program.
   Plecha (Clark Adams Class, 2008) assisted in
                                                                                                                                    Civil Relief Act was designed to protect the personal
                                                                Enacted by Congress in 2003, the SCRA was designed
   developing the guide.                                        to protect the personal interests of servicemen and                 interests of servicemen and women at home while
                                                                women at home while they protect the interests of our
                                                                country abroad.
                                                                                                                                    they protect the interests of our country abroad.




 ALUMNI DATABASE
 The user name will always remain the word alumni. The password changes each term and will be disclosed in the Benchmark Column on the inside front cover. Please call the Alumni Relations Office at (800) 243-ALUM (in the Lansing area,
 call 517-371-5140, ext. 2038), or e-mail alumni@cooley.edu if you have any problems.


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                                                                                                      Friday, June 5, 2009
                                                                                                      Register now at cooley.edu
                                                                                                      or active.com




                               SUPPORTING SCHOOLS: COOLEY’S 5K
                               RACE FOR EDUCATION CELEBRATES 10TH
                               ANNIVERSARY AND COMMITMENT TO
                               STRENGTHENING OUR SCHOOLS.
                               The nation’s economic crisis is impacting everyone,          one educational institution receives the $1,000         the school had received funds from the 2008 Race for        pants including Cooley alumni, students, faculty, and
                               including many schools. Programs are being slashed,          Cooley Award.                                           Education. “The Kids Program is an after-school and         attorneys. Lansing’s own Jef Mallett, creator of the
                               budgets cut and administrators are looking for any           The Cooley 5K Race for Education is an extension        summer childcare program for the DeWitt community           nationally syndicated Frazz comic strip, also has
                               way possible to raise a few extra dollars to help            of Cooley Law School’s mission of serving the com-      and we'll be able to use the money toward various           participated in the race festivities.
                               support needed initiatives. Cooley is pleased to             munity, explained race director Terry Carella, who      activities, including field trips and different artists     All race participants, regardless of their speed, are
                               offer one way for anyone to support a school –               also is Cooley’s director of communications. “The       and acts for the children.”                                 supporting their schools of choice and have an equal
                               its Cooley 5K Race for Education.                            race is an opportunity for the community to gather      The race also gives adrenalin-charged runners an            chance to win a portion of the race proceeds or the
                               On June 5, hundreds of adults and youth will walk,           in support of education, especially at a time when      opportunity to compete. In addition to overall male         Cooley Award for nominated institutions, Carella
                               run, and dash their way along a race course that begins      schools need every boost possible,” she said.           and female winners’ categories, the race includes           explained. Families often walk the 5K course, enjoying
                               at the Michigan State Capitol and takes participants                                                                 prizes to male and female master’s (ages 40-49) and         the tour of downtown Lansing and neighborhoods on
                                                                                            Last year, Cooley awarded more than $10,000 to
                               through the historic downtown Lansing area in support                                                                grand master’s (ages 50 and up) categories. The race        the race route. The event also offers the Kids’ Race
                                                                                            schools. Schools ranging from a community college
                               of educational institutions. Celebrating its 10th anniver-                                                           is part of the Playmakers Greater Lansing Race              around the Michigan Capitol (approximately ½ mile)
                                                                                            to elementary schools received funds.
                               sary this year, the race has become a Cooley tradition,                                                              Series, a 12-race running series in which runners           and the Kids’ Capitol Dash (100 yards).
                                                                                            Schavey Road Elementary in Dewitt, Michigan used
                               raising more than $70,000 for schools since its inception                                                            compete for prizes.                                         The 10th anniversary Cooley Law School 5K Race
                                                                                            the extra dollars to support its Kids Program.
                               in 2000. Each year, race participants nominate schools                                                               While the race is popular among many mid-Michigan           for Education will be held on Friday, June 5, 2009
                               for a drawing, out of which Cooley awards five schools       “What a surprise,” said Pat Howard, Schavey’s com-                                                                  (register online at cooley.edu or active.com).
                                                                                                                                                    running groups, it also attracts a wide range of partici-
                               with a percentage of the total race proceeds. In addition,   munity education director, upon hearing the news that




                                      Q&A            What was your motivation
                                                     for establishing the Cooley
                                                                                                                                           QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS WITH
                                                                                                                                           COOLEY’S 5K RACE FOR EDUCATION
                                                                                                                                           DIRECTOR, TERRY CARELLA

                                                                                            races, anything from 5Ks to marathons and running
                                                                                            relays, I’ve lived and learned what kinds of things
                                                                                                                                                    We managed to bring in 200 or more runners and
                                                                                                                                                    walkers our very first year, which made the Cooley
                                                                                                                                                                                                                You are an experienced runner and are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                very involved in the running community;
Terry Carella, Race Director




                                                     5K Race for Education?                 people want from a race. We have a fantastic race in    5K Race for Education one of the largest races in the       what is special about this race from a
                                                     Not surprisingly, I came up with       downtown Lansing. We have a huge, fun party             area at the time. Since that first race in 2000, we have    runner’s perspective?
                                                     the idea of doing a Cooley race        on the Capitol lawn, including the rhythm-and-blues     seen the success of the Cooley race grow and grow           The most unique and special feature of the Cooley
                                                     during one of my long runs over        sounds of the Uptown Band, a food spread to             each year. People look forward to the race and make         5K Race for Education is that every participant has
                                                     10 years ago. At the time, I did       please anyone, children’s activities and races, very    sure to put it on their calendars.                          the opportunity to win race proceeds for the edu-
                               a lot of local 5K runs and really missed doing The           cool shirts, coveted prizes and awards, and, of         What do you see in the future for the                       cational institution of their choice. Other runs are
                               Michigan Run, a straight, 3.1-mile run down Michigan         course, the excitement of the possibility of winning    Cooley 5K?                                                  designed to benefit one specific cause. Cooley’s
                               Avenue to the Capitol. I thought, “A race downtown           proceeds for your school of choice.                     I see the Cooley 5K Race for Education continuing           race participants can feel good about knowing that
                               would be the perfect way to bring people to the State        The Cooley 5K Race for Education will                   to grow through the years, and we will be able to           they all have an equal opportunity to truly benefit
                               Capitol, run them around all the Cooley facilities and       celebrate its 10th anniversary this year;               give hundreds of thousands of dollars to support            the school or educational institution that is most
                               the historic downtown district – plus significantly help     what has surprised you most about this                  education through our effort. I’m sure we’ll be able        near and dear to their hearts.
                               to support education at the same time.                       race during the past decade?                            to build up what we do at the race to include other
                               What excites you most about this race?                       I don’t know if I’m surprised, but I know that when     activities, events, and the benefits that Cooley Race
                               It’s exciting to me knowing that the Cooley race really      I first concocted this idea, there were a number of     participants receive through their support of the race
                               has something for everyone. Having run many, many            skeptics on whether or not it would amount to much.     and for education.
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 Faculty
 Briefs
                                                                        e-
                                                                         DISCOVERY
                   Frank C. Aiello,
                   Assistant Professor
                   Presented, “Michigan Model                                                         D ISC OVE RING THE BENEFITS AND CHALLENGES OF
                   Conservation Easement Revision
                   Project Status Update” at the
                   Heart of the Lakes Center for Land
 Conservation Policy Member Summit, Dec. 2, 2008,
 in Lansing, Mich.
 Represented, the Six Rivers Regional Land Conser-
 vancy with approximately 60 hours of pro bono legal
 service in Hilary Term 2009.
                   Ron Bretz, Professor
                   Published, an article, “New Era
                   or Will the High Court Retain Its
                   Radical Ways?” in Dome Magazine,
                   February 2009, online at
                   domemagazine.com.
 Lectured, with Professor Jim Peden, Criminal Law
 Update, Wayne County Criminal Advocacy Program,
 Detroit, Mich., Nov. 21, 2008.
 Spoke, at Lansing Community College’s Constitution
 Day Symposium, Sept. 17, 2008.
 Lectured, on “The Michigan Criminal Justice System”
 at the People’s Law School, Lansing, Mich., Oct. 21, 2008.
                   Mark Cooney,
                   Associate Professor
                   Published,”The Runaway Verdict,”
                   in Vol. 88, No. 2 Michigan Bar
                   Journal. 40 (February 2009).
                  Appointed, to the State Bar
 of Michigan’s Standard Criminal Jury Instructions
 Committee.
                   Mary Phelan D’Isa, Professor
                  Published, “The Removal-Remand
                  Shuffle: Is a Remand Order Based on a
                  Discretionary Decline of Supplemental
                  Jurisdiction Reviewable?” PREVIEW of
                  United States Supreme Court Cases
 (ABA Div. for Pub. Ed.) Issue No. 5, Vol. 36, Pg. 307,
                                                                                     Derek S. Witte, an e-discovery expert and assistant
 Feb. 23, 2009, 2008-2009 Term.                                                      professor at Cooley Law School’s Grand Rapids campus
 Published, “What is the Appropriate Standard of
 Review for Forfeited Error?” PREVIEW of United States
 Supreme Court Cases (ABA Div. for Pub. Ed.) Issue             THE SMOKING GUN IN AN INCREASING NUMBER OF LEGAL CASES ISN’T A SURPRISE
 No.4, Vol. 36, Pg. 247, Jan. 12, 2009.
                   Norman Fell, Professor
                                                               WITNESS, IT’S A DELETED E-MAIL, TEXT MESSAGE, OR VOICE MESSAGE.
                   Attended, the 2009 Innocence                Yet tracing the e-trail of potentially explosive data during             Many states are now just catching up with the speed        As e-discovery becomes a core competency of practice,
                   Network Conference, March                   the discovery phase of a case can be an overwhelming                     and sophistication of e-discovery. In January, Michigan    Cooley continues to offer students a variety of course
                   19-22, 2009, in Houston, Texas.             and costly process. It can also mean the difference in                   adopted a series of electronic discovery amendments,       options, including Advanced Document Discovery.
              Attended, the National Institute of              winning or losing a case; consider Clark Hill PLC’s                      including a party’s ability to object to a subpoena for    Cooley grads ready to navigate e-discovery
              Justice Post-Conviction DNA Case                 (Detroit office) DaimlerChrysler Motors v. Bill Davis                    e-files based on “reasonable inaccessibility.”             In addition to teaching students about the latest
 Management Symposium Jan. 21-23, 2009, in Palm                Racing, Inc. (2005 WL 3502172 [E.D. Mich.]), which                       Cooley takes the lead in e-discovery                       approaches to successful e-litigation, Witte ensures
 Harbor, Fla.                                                  netted a $6.5 million settlement for Chrysler based on                   conversation, education                                    students are armed with solid e-litigation prevention
 Attended, the National Association of Criminal                spoliation or destruction of e-evidence.                                 Cooley is taking a lead role in educating the legal        policies.
 Defense Lawyers “A New Legal Architecture – Litigating
                                                               “It’s a vast sea of data out there in the e-universe, which              community – and its students -- about the implications     “I am always amazed at the number of sophisticated
 Eyewitness Identification Cases in the 21st Century,”
                                                               can often be more retraceable than not,” said Derek S.                   of these new rules.                                        businesses that do not have a company policy for
 March 14-15, 2009, at New York University Law School.
                                                               Witte, an e-discovery expert and assistant professor                     Witte recently moderated Tackling Michigan’s new           basics like e-mailing, document storage, and retrieval,”
 Spoke, on “Wrongful Convictions, Actual Innocence and
                                                               at Cooley Law School’s Grand Rapids campus. “Many                        E-Discovery Rules and Cross-Examining the Experts, a       explained Witte. “Instant messaging, which by its
 the Innocence Project,” at The Wrongful Convictions and
                                                               companies and individuals have no idea how long and                      major panel discussion at Cooley’s Grand Rapids cam-       nature fosters a more relaxed, less professional form
 the Innocence Project Presentation on Jan. 26, 2009, at
                                                               how deep e-mails, text messages, instant messages, and                   pus for area attorneys and Cooley students, hosted by      of communication between two people, can be
 the University of Michigan Law School.
                                                               voice messages can exist in cyberspace. This has a lot of                Cooley and sponsored by Lumen Legal and the Grand          another danger zone for a company,” he said. “That
 Spoke, on “Ineffective Assistance of Counsel and the
                                                               implications for litigation, and the ultimate question is                Rapids Bar Association. The roundtable featured a slew     data is more recoverable than people think. People
 Wrongly Convicted; The Public Defender Clinic,” at The
                                                               whether e-discovery helps or hinders cases.”                             of experts on the topic, ranging from computer forensic    need to ask themselves if this were (broadcast) on the
 State of Indigent Defense in Michigan on Feb. 26, 2009
 at Cooley Law School.                                         No e-mail is safe from discovery                                         professionals to a trial and litigation attorney.          front page, how would I feel about it. Just because it’s
 Spoke, on “Criminal Justice and Actual Innocence,”            For instance, Witte explained that one e-mail can                        “It’s about being on the forefront of this growing issue   marked ‘private,’ it’s not. In litigation, you have to
 at the Criminal Justice Department Presentation on            “live” on a multitude of servers, even after the e-mail                  and helping the legal community and Cooley students        disclose all data sources.”
 March 2, 2009 at the University of Michigan                   has been deleted. “Assume that it will never be totally                  become very comfortable and skilled in navigating          According to Gary Hayden, director of Intelligent
 Department of Criminal Justice.                               gone,” said Witte.                                                       through this area,” said Curt Benson, a Cooley associate   Discovery Solutions, Arlington, Va. and adjunct
 Spoke, on “Wrongful Convictions, Actual Innocence             The plethora of data, combined with its “staying                         professor and panelist. Benson is a member of the          professor at Cooley Law School, Cooley students
 and the Innocence Project,” at the Michigan Psychiatric       power,” presents a multitude of legal and IT issues                      Rules Committee responsible for drafting the new           are well prepared to tackle this growing area of
 Society Annual Meeting Nov. 14, 2008, at the Center           for businesses and individuals, many of whom may                         e-discovery rules.                                         discovery and litigation.
 for Forensic Psychiatry in Ann Arbor, Mich.                   never be part of any future litigation but should consider               Because e-discovery can be a big expense on a case         “This area of law continues to grow and will continue
 Named, A Leader in the Law, by Michigan Lawyers               preventative policies to keep potentially reckless e-data                (basic e-discovery activities can carry a $50,000 price    having a profound impact on our students’ careers,”
 Weekly, on March 25, 2009.                                    from surfacing.                                                          tag), e-discovery can pose ethical implications as it      said Hayden. “Cooley is committed to helping our
                   Alan Gershel, Associate Professor           “People can become very informal and unprofessional in                   may prohibit smaller cases from going to trial.            students and the legal community keep ahead of
                   Appointed, Chair, of the United             all of the new ways there are to communicate, and that                   “Unfortunately, in these economic times, companies         the curve; e-discovery is here to stay.”
                   States Federal Magistrate Judge Merit       is often how missteps are made,” said Witte. In the                      don’t want to spend the money on the front-end; yet, if
                   Selection Committee by Chief Judge,         Chrysler v. Bill Davis case, for instance, the racing                    there is ever a legal issue, the costs to comb through
                   United States District Court, Eastern       company was found guilty of passing confidential                         mountains of data can be staggering,” said Witte.
                   District of Michigan.                       information to Toyota based on e-mails sent from the
                                                               private AOL account of one of Bill Davis’ engineers
                              (continued on following pages)   to a Toyota employee.



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                                                                                     One Law Degree;
                                                                                     Multiple Uses
                                                           A growing number of Cooley graduates are using their degrees to
                                                           bolster current careers or open doors to new ones

Although she’s been an attorney for 16 years, Hiroe        U.S. Senator. Her journey spans more than 25 years                                  In her precious free moments at the TV station,                                    “I always dreamed of doing something bigger,” she
“Ruby” Makiyama has spent very little time presenting      and 8,000 miles, and first took root in an unlikely                                 Makiyama secretly studied for the LSAT in the com-                                 said. “I wanted to do more for those people who are
cases before a judge. Yet that hasn’t stopped the          place – the Tokyo Broadcasting System, one of the                                   pany’s bathroom. Of all the U.S. law schools, she se-                              really tortured and are suffering from serious disease
43-year-old lawyer from taking full advantage of her       largest national broadcast networks in Japan.                                       lected Cooley, not only for its sound reputation, but for                          and hunger.”
Cooley degree in her native Tokyo. In fact, Makiyama       At 21, Makiyama held the demanding position as                                      its flexible scheduling that fit her fast-paced career path.                       She views her position in the National Diet as an
continues to credit the outstanding legal education she    director of the network’s entertainment and celebrity                               “I saw a Cooley brochure and thought, ‘wow,’ this                                  opportunity to prominently highlight social injustice
received at Cooley two decades ago with opening new        news program. While she enjoyed her work, the                                       school might be perfect for me because I can finish in                             issues, as well as to bring attention to how difficult
career doors and helping her to be an inspiration to       position went far beyond the normal demands of a                                    two years,” she said. By January of 1988, Makiyama                                 it is for Japanese women to maintain their careers
other Japanese women.                                      high-powered career: Makiyama worked 20 hour                                        was living in Lansing and taking classes at Cooley.                                while raising children.
This working mother of two is part of a growing            days and even slept at the station because she didn’t                               Twenty years later, Makiyama is confident her                                      “Housewives who were never interested in politics
number of Cooley graduates who are flexing the             have time to travel home. She became increasingly                                   Cooley law degree continues to reap benefits. She has                              before became interested because of me,” she said.
value of a legal education in non-traditional ways.        determined to take the next step in her career.                                     worked in the legal departments of various entertain-                              “They thought, ‘Maybe she will represent us because
According to the most recent Employment Report             “I had always wanted to work in the entertainment                                   ment businesses, including the largest and oldest film                             she is in the same shoes.’”
and Salary Survey (ERSS), about 45 percent of Cooley       world, but while I was working at the TV station, I                                 and production company in Japan, and started her                                   Makiyama also pointed out that her campaign posters
graduates were employed in positions other than            knew I wanted to do something more to differentiate                                 own charity club (non-profit) called Budokai. In 2007,                             prominently touted her background as a U.S. lawyer,
private practice, echoing a trend at the national level.   myself,” Makiyama said. “I wanted to have a specialty                               Makiyama was elected to the House of Councillors in                                which is something she feels was key to her election.
“The ERSS statistics show that law school graduates,       that other directors didn’t have.”                                                  the National Diet of Japan and began a new full-time
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  “In the National Diet, we make new laws for Japan
more than most other professionals, have the ability       Makiyama credits a 1987 newspaper article for                                       career as a government official. Makiyama represents
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  every day. While knowing U.S. law doesn’t directly
to be very creative in the use of their degree, and in     sparking her interest in the ways a degree from a                                   the Kanagawa-ken region, the second-most populated
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  help [when working with Japanese law], a legal educa-
this economy, being flexible, knowledgeable, and           U.S. law school could propel her career in Japan’s                                  prefecture in Japan and the equivalent of a U.S. state.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  tion really trained me to have a legal mind and to
experienced in a variety of areas can help distinguish     burgeoning entertainment industry. The article fea-                                 Makiyama’s position with the National Diet of Japan                                think logically, theoretically and critically, and I’m able
a candidate more than anything,” said Charles R. Toy,      tured the first female Japanese national to earn her                                allows her to advocate for underserved populations.                                to express myself clearly,” she said.
Cooley’s associate dean of career and professional         law degree in the U.S. and return to Japan to apply                                 Budokai, the charity club that Makiyama founded,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  “My law degree has opened many new doors, and
development.                                               her studies. This was the unique advantage Makiyama                                 flourished from 10 friends to over 300 members
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  allowed me opportunities to grow personally and
Today, Makiyama holds a prestigious seat with the          was looking for.                                                                    under her leadership. While it was successful in raising
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  professionally beyond my dreams.”
National Diet of Japan, the equivalent of serving as a                                                                                         money for the underserved, Makiyama wanted to
                                                                                                                                               make a larger impact.




                                                           Hiroe “Ruby” Makiyama (Lawrence Class, 1991) credits her Cooley law degree with her election to National Diet of Japan, the equivalent of serving as a U.S. senator.



15% GOVERNMENT

4% ACADEMIC

4% PUBLIC INTEREST
                                                                                                             OPPORTUNITY
                                                                                                             Cooley graduates use their law degree in a variety of ways. About 45%
5% JUDICIAL
   CLERKSHIP                                                                                                 of Cooley’s 2008 graduates hold positions other than private practice,
                                                                                                             echoing a trend at the national level.
                                                                                                             “The Employment Report and Salary Survey statistics show that law
17% BUSINESS
                                                                                                             school graduates, more than most other professionals, have the ability to
                                                                                                             be very creative in the use of their degree, and in this economy, being
                                                                                                             flexible, knowledgeable, and experienced in a variety of areas can help
2% OTHER                                                                                                     distinguish a candidate more than anything.”
53% PRIVATE PRACTICE                                                                                         Charles R. Toy, Cooley’s associate dean of career and professional development



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               KNOWLEDGE. SKILLS. ETHICS.
SCHOOL NEWS

                   Christopher Hastings,
                   Associate Professor




                                                               THE LIBRARYOF
                Appointed, as chair of the Standing
                Committee on the Unauthorized Prac-
                tice of Law for 2008-2009, State Bar
                of Michigan, by State Bar President
 Edward M. Pappas.
                   Victoria Kremski,




                                                               TOMORROW
                   Assistant Professor
                   Spoke, “On Blizzard Lines, Atticus
                   Finch & Not Getting Lost: What it
                   Means To Be a Lawyer in These Times
                   & How to Deal With Difficult Opposing
 Counsel,” at the South Carolina Bar Convention on Jan.
 24, 2009, in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
                   Daniel W. Matthews,
                   Associate Professor
                   Published, an article, “‘Joe the
                   Plumber Redux’ and a Discussion of
                   the Obama Tax Plan,” which was fea-



 Income Taxation.
                   tured as the February 2009 spotlight
 article in the Mertens Treatise on the Law of Federal


 Organized, and supervised the Volunteer Income Tax
                                                               To ensure that Cooley students have
 Assistance (VITA) program for the Auburn Hills campus.
 Eight Cooley students volunteered to prepare tax returns
 for low income taxpayers in Pontiac. This was the third
 year of the program and about 50 taxpayers were assisted.
                                                               the very best resources available to
 Co-authored, with Cooley Professor Emily Horvath, a
 survey article on “Trusts and Estates,” in the Wayne Law
 Review - 54 Wayne Law Review 476 (2008).
                   Donna McKneelen,
                                                               them, the school is ready to embark on
                   Assistant Professor
                   Published, an article, “Legal
                   Barriers to Post-Conviction DNA
                   Testing,” in CDAM The Right to
                                                               an unprecedented expansion of its law
                   Counsel.
 Presented, on Feb.12, 2009, “The Innocence Project —
 What Do We Do?” before the Oakland County Bar
 Association in Novi, Mich.
                                                               library in Lansing.
 Presented, on March 3, 2009, “Criminal Justice and
 Actual Innocence” at the University of Michigan in
 Ann Arbor.
 Presented, on March 17, 2009, “Seeking Justice” at
 the Thomas Cooley Law School Auburn Hills campus
 ACLU meeting.
 Interviewed, and appeared in the Artis White
 production, “Living Accused” shown at the Lansing
 Mall Cinema on Feb. 18, 2009.
 Argued, and won DNA testing in the following
 Innocence Project post-conviction cases: People v
 James Harris and People v Charles Evans.
                                                                  The Library of Tomorrow                                                           Unprecedented expansion
 Attended, the NACDL Mid-Winter Conference,
 “Jazzing Up Your Defense,” in New Orleans, La.,                  The layout of the Lansing campus’ Thomas E. Brennan Law Library is                To ensure that Cooley students have the very best resources available
 on Feb. 25, 2009.                                                engrained in the memories of many Cooley graduates. Countless students            to them, the school is ready to embark on an unprecedented expansion
 Attended, the National Institute of Justice Post                 have spent hours upon hours in the library that fills what was a retail space     of its law library in Lansing. Once completed, the library will nearly double
 Conviction DNA Case Management Symposium, on                     at the corner of South Washington Square and West Kalamazoo                       in size to over 138,600 square feet, becoming the nation’s second largest
 Jan. 22-23, 2009, in Palm Harbor, Fla.                           Street, one block east of the Cooley Center and one block south of                law library in physical size. The $6 million project will be funded in part
                           .
                   Nelson P Miller, Associate Dean                the Temple Building.                                                              by Cooley’s first-ever capital fundraising effort called the Campaign for
                   and Associate Professor                        Time spent in a law library is part of becoming a lawyer, a reminder of the       Knowledge. More than $1.5 million has already been raised toward
                                                                  importance of research. And now, more than ever before, law libraries             the library’s fundraising goal of $3 million. The Campaign for Knowledge
                   Published, “Beyond Bias: Cultural
                   Competence as a Lawyer Skill,”                 are at the core of providing a top-notch legal education to the lawyers of        also creates an endowed scholarship fund (see next page).
                   in 87/6 Michigan Bar Journal 38                tomorrow. Law libraries today are about more than just books, instead             “We’re extremely pleased with the early support that we’ve seen from the
                   (2008).                                        serving as centers of study, topical discussions, and social interaction.         Cooley family,” said James D. Robb, Cooley Law School’s associate dean of
                   Monica P Navarro,
                             .                                                                                                                      development and alumni relations. “The need for this expansion is great,
                   Visiting Professor                                                                                                               and the early donations show that student access to a top-notch center
                   Appointed, to the Editorial Board                                                                                                filled with legal resources is a passion shared by many.”
                   of the ABA’s Health Lawyer.
                   Named, a Michigan Super Lawyer
                   by Law and Politics Magazine.
 Elected, into the Top 50 Women Lawyers by Law and
 Politics Magazine.
 Appointed, Co-Chair of the Health Law Committee of
 the Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan.
 Presented, Health Care in America, Due Process,
 Channel 56 Detroit Public Television, December 2008.                                                                                     Cooley
                                                                                                     Knapps             Existing Cooley                                          Future Growth Space
                                                                                                                                            Law
 Published, “Never Discount the Importance of                                                        Building             Parking Lot
                                                                                                                                          Library
 Having a Plan to Combat Allegations of Unprofessional
 Behavior,” in Michigan Medical Law Report, Fall 2008.
 Attended, Emerging Issues in Health Law, Annual
 Conference of the American Bar Association,
 Orlando, Florida.
                                                                                                                                                      Study Center, Floor Plan
                                                                        Study Center, Site Plan




                   John Nussbaumer,
                   Associate Dean and Professor                                                                                                                                  Future Growth Space   Classroom 38 Seats
                                                                                                   301
                                                                                                  Building       Existing                                                                              Classroom 38 Seats
                   Presented, updated research                                                                                                                                                                              Study Area
                                                                                                                 Building                                                                                                   353 Seats
                   findings on minority law school                                                                to be
                                                                                                                Demolished
                              (continued on following pages)


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       “The expansion of the Thomas E. Brennan Law Library with the Center for Research
       and Study will form a crown jewel in downtown Lansing to be noted by legal libraries
       around the country,” said Cooley President and Dean Don LeDuc. “We’re pleased
       that Cooley alumni and friends are stepping up so quickly to support this growth.”




                                                                                                                                                              Once completed, the library will nearly double in size,
                                                                                                                                                              becoming the nation’s second largest law library in
                                                                                                                                                              physical size. The $6 million project will be funded in
                                                                                                                                                              part by Cooley’s first-ever capital fundraising effort
                                                                                                                                                              called the Campaign for Knowledge.




When the Brennan Law Library opened in 1993, Cooley’s student                   The expansion, called the Center for Research and Study, will provide        “Because of its design, the floors above the basement lack sufficient
enrollment was 1,566, and the library contained 307,000 volumes.                greatly expanded study space throughout the rest of the structure as         load bearing capacity to support standard library shelving, limiting our
Cooley now has 2,600 students at its Lansing campus, and the Brennan            well. Seating for approximately 270 students will be added to the spa-       ability to add texts. To compensate, the basement level was trans-
Library now houses nearly 600,000 volumes. The library is thus nearing          cious study center on the upper floor, including two 38-seat classrooms      formed with moveable shelving for both books and microfiche, but it is
the limit of its capacity in all respects as demand for library resources has   and many private study rooms. This area will be the building’s hub for       now reaching its limits.”
increased by two-thirds since its opening in 1993.                              individual study, small group meetings, and informal gatherings that         The expansion also will update the library’s technology to the latest
In keeping with Cooley’s dedication to rehabilitating existing structures       enrich the educational experience at Cooley.                                 standards.
rather than building new ones, the library will expand to the west into         “The need for additional seating for study areas in the library is acute,”   “When we renovated the current library structure in 1993, we did not
the neighboring two-story Town Center Building at 333 Capitol Avenue            said Robb. “The limitations of available library study space have led us     anticipate the transformation in technology that affects how students study,
across from the Cooley Center. The newly expanded library will offer            to use the lobby of the Cooley Center as a study hall, a use that is not     learn, and use of the library resources,” said Robb. “This expansion will
24-hour student access to the study hall on the first floor of the expansion.   completely satisfactory for students.”                                       allow us to update the technology to the very best in legal academia.”
The area will have seating for more than 100 students and will include a        Most of the expansion’s first floor will hold additional volumes of legal    Preliminary work on the expansion began in the spring of 2009.
43-seat student lounge.                                                         writings. Built on a slab floor, this area has the unique load-bearing
                                                                                                                                                             “The expansion of the Thomas E. Brennan Law Library with the Center
“Offering access to our library 24 hours a day is a great step for              capacity needed by Cooley.
                                                                                                                                                             for Research and Study will form a crown jewel in downtown Lansing to
Cooley,” said Cooley Law School President and Dean Don LeDuc.                   “We have been running out of room to add legal texts for some time,”         be noted by legal libraries around the country,” said LeDuc. “We’re
“We need to be available when our students are available, and this              said LeDuc. “The current library building was not designed to serve as       pleased that Cooley alumni and friends are stepping up so quickly to
expanded center will allow us to do so.”                                        a library at all. In fact, it originally was a JC Penney department store.   support this growth.”




                                                                 Cooley Law School’s Campaign for Knowledge is the school’s first major fundraising
                                                                 campaign. The campaign has two components.
                                                                 1. The renovation of the Town Center Building next to the Brennan Law Library into a Center
                                                                 for Research and Study to provide more student study space, student gathering space, library
                                                                 stack area, conference rooms, and small classrooms. The campaign aims to raise $3 million for
                                                                 the $6 million library expansion. More than $1.5 million already has been raised.                              Make your Mark
                                                                 2. The creation of an endowed scholarship fund for students with financial need. The campaign
                                                                 aims to raise $1 million. Cooley also will contribute $1 million to the fund. Approximately
                                                                 $750,000 has been donated already by alumni and friends.
                                                                                                                                                                                 on Greatness
                                                                 Alumni and friends interested in contributing to the Campaign for Knowledge
                                                                 should call the Cooley Development Office at (517) 371-5140 ext. 2045 or visit
                                                                 www.cooley.edu/campaignforknowledge




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 enrollment at the American Association of Law Schools
 2009 Annual Meeting program
 titled “Progress? The Academy, the Profession,
 Race and Gender.”
 Appointed, to the Eastern District of Michigan
 Federal Bar Association Diversity Task Force.
 Moderated, the State Bar of Michigan Equal Access
 Initiative at Cooley-Auburn Hills on March 6, 2009, titled
 “We Can, We Will, We Must: Creating Opportunities for
 the Next Generation of Lawyers.”
 Invited, by Admiral Bruce MacDonald of Navy JAG
 to become a consultant to the Navy JAG Diversity
 Task Force.
 Provided, pro bono legal services to Alpha Company,
 125th Combat Infantry Battalion, as part of Cooley's
 Service to Soldiers Program.
                   Donald Petersen,
                   Associate Professor
                   Appeared, on numerous radio stations
                   to discuss sports law issues.
                   Performed, stand-up comedy in
                   Michigan and surrounding states.
 Authored, a supplement to Security Interests in
 Personal Property, 3rd Edition, 2008-2009,
 Thomson/West Publishers.
 Authored, Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 in Cyber Liability &
 Insurance: Managing the Risks of Intangible Assets, pub-
 lishing in 2009. Chapter 1 is “Understanding Intangible
 Assets” and Chapter 2 is “Valuation of Intangible Assets.”
 Authored, Chapter 6 titled “Foreclosure Sales &
 Disposition,” in Raymond Nimmers’ Commercial Asset
 Based Financing, publishing in 2009.
                   James D. Robb, Associate Dean
                   of Development and Alumni
                   Relations/General Counsel
                   Published, “Who Is the Client?,” an
                   essay concerning the value of in-house
                   corporate counsel as a lawyer-statesman
                                                                                                                           A-d-v-a-n-c-i-n-g
 in times of corporate trouble, in 23 Michigan Lawyers
 Weekly, pg. B1, Feb. 16, 2009.
 Appointed, chairperson of the city of Birmingham,
 Michigan’s Board of Ethics. He has served on the board
 since 2003.
                   John Rooney, Professor
                                                                                                OPPORTUNITIES
                   Translated, a speech of Professor                                    New Corporate Law and Finance Program Adds to Cooley’s Master
                   Rooney’s called 'The Misuse of
                   Language in the Pursuit of Justice’ has
                                                                                        of Laws Degree Offerings
                   been translated into Portuguese and
                   will soon be published in Recife, Brazil.                            As today’s global marketplace becomes more complex,                 vant curriculum based on his years of experience as a            Expert Faculty
                   Marjorie Russell, Professor                                          so do the laws that shape, define, and regulate a new               practicing attorney and as vice president and general            Directors of the other master of laws programs at
                   Presented, on trial skills, Making                                   breed of business transactions.                                     counsel at General Motors North America.                         Cooley also bring their in-depth and pertinent experi-
                   Your Case Come to Life, for the Cali-                                That is why Cooley Law School is broadening its                     “I am blessed to have served with a group of extraordi-          ence to their respective programs. Gina Torielli,
                   fornia DUI Lawyers Association,                                      advanced degree program offerings for students                      nary professionals on the GM legal staff for 20 years,           director of the Taxation master of laws program,
                   March 21, 2009, San Francisco, Calif.                                interested in deepening the knowledge, skills, and                  and my goal is to translate that experience into training        led a legal team of more than 100 attorneys in her
                   Devin Schindler,                                                     ethics they will need in specialized areas of practice.             the corporate lawyers of the future,” Johnson said.              role as president and chief executive officer of
                   Associate Professor                                                                                                                                                                                       Howard & Howard Attorneys, P.C. and ran her
                                                                                        In addition to its master of laws (LL.M.) degrees,                  At the core of the 24-credit program will be classes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             own practice specializing in taxation and public
                   Published, an article, “A Response to                                one in Intellectual Property and another in Taxation,               involving advanced corporate transactions, corporate
                   Noah Felman’s ‘When Judges Make                                                                                                                                                                           finance before coming to Cooley.
                                                                                        Cooley will begin offering a Corporate Law and                      governance and finance, business organizations, and
                   Foreign Policy,’” in New York Times                                  Finance LL.M. program in September 2009, making                     corporate professional responsibility. Included in the           Gerald T. Tschura and David Berry collaborate to
                   Magazine, in October 2008.                                                                                                                                                                                lead the Intellectual Property master of laws program,
                                                                                        it the only American Bar Association-approved law                   professional responsibility course is a segment on a
                   Charles Senger, Professor                                            school in the country to provide this distinct                      lawyer’s professional obligations to embrace diversity           tapping into their combined experience in their respec-
                   Elected, Chair of the State Bar of                                   combination of degrees.                                             and provide pro bono and community service, which                tive fields. Tschura was the Divisional Vice President of
                   Michigan's Aviation Section for                                                                                                          is consistent with Cooley’s nationally recognized                Intellectual Property Law with Kmart Corporation and
                                                                                        At the Table of World Commerce
                   2008-2009.                                                                                                                               professionalism program.                                         worked with an intellectual property firm handling
                                                                                        “Cooley continues to prepare students to be at the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             patent and trademark litigation matters before joining
                                                                                        table of world commerce with confidence,” said Don                  In addition to a Corporate Law and Finance master of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Cooley. Berry was a partner at Testa, Hurwitz &
                   Paul Shagen,Visiting Professor                                       LeDuc, Cooley’s President and Dean. “Our advanced                   laws degree, students can choose to specialize in Global
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Thibeault, LLP, a 400-plus-attorney firm with a national
                   Delivered, a two-day presentation on                                 degree offerings reflect the needs of the global                    Public Companies Law, which will allow students to be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             practice in venture capital and technology law, and
                   Indian Taxation for the Falmouth Insti-                              marketplace.”                                                       introduced to the full range of issues within the corpo-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             represented companies in patent and license disputes
                   tute Indian Taxation Training, in Las                                Yet the advanced degree offerings are only part of                  rate setting including litigation, intellectual property, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             in private practice prior to his Cooley faculty position.
                   Vegas, Nev., on Jan. 27-28.                                          Cooley’s vision of educational excellence. It’s Cooley’s            regulatory matters. This specialization will specifically
                                                                                                                                                            prepare attorneys to represent large global companies            These expert faculty and program directors not only
                                                                                        expert faculty who give students an edge in the business
                   Otto Stockmeyer,                                                                                                                         whether they are on staff with the company or provid-            give students a first-hand perspective, but keep Cooley
                                                                                        world. Look no further than E. Christopher Johnson,
                   Emeritus Professor                                                                                                                       ing outside counsel.                                             close to the practicing legal and business communities
                                                                                        Jr., director of Cooley’s Corporate Law and Finance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             and ahead of the curve in advancing opportunities for its
                   Published, “The Rose of Aberlone”                                    program for example.                                                Johnson also is forming an advisory board of prominent
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             students.
                   in Chronicle, Vol. 31, No. 4 (Historical                                                                                                 attorneys, including general counsel of global public
                                                                                        Johnson, who is developing the Corporate Law and
                   Society of Michigan, Winter 2009).                                                                                                       companies and major law firm partners who provide                “We are always looking ahead to the needs of the
                                                                                        Finance curriculum, is a sought-after national speaker
                    Published, “Using Microsoft                                                                                                             legal counsel to those companies to support further the          profession and how we can deliver a relevant edu-
                                                                                        on topics ranging from diversity as a business imperative
 Word’s Readability Program,” in the January 2009                                                                                                           development of the curriculum.                                   cation taught by top-notch faculty with exceptional
                                                                                        to providing global legal counsel. He has created a rele-
 issue of the Michigan Bar Journal. This is his 10th                                                                                                                                                                         and practical legal experience,” LeDuc said.
 article to be published in the Journal.
                                                               E. Christopher Johnson




                                                                                                                                                                                                         Gerald T. Tschura




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                David Berry
                                                                                                                                            Gina Torielli




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              For Misty Davis, the law is about protecting those who most
              need protecting – children, the elderly, and the underprivileged.



                                                                                                                                          The Access to Justice
                                                                                                                                        Clinic has handled more
                                                                                                                                         than 1,000 cases since its
                                                                                                                                         opening in January 2008,
                                                                                                                                        overseeing approximately
                                                                                                                                        40 cases at any given time.




                                           Cooley Graduate

                SERVES                          Those in Need
                                   Law is about more than rules, regulations, and            The state later admitted that violations of Michigan law and department        Davis left her career in prosecution after Nicholas’ death. Today, she is
                                   statutes for Misty Davis (William Paterson Class,         procedures had contributed to Nicholas’ death.                                 impacting the lives of youth in a different way. Davis serves as a staff
                                   2002). For her, the law is about protecting those         According to the Grand Rapids Press (April 30, 2008), an investigator          attorney at the Access to Justice Clinic at Cooley’s Grand Rapids
                                   who most need protecting – children, the elderly,         with the Office of Children’s Ombudsman said during a state Senate             campus. There, she works closely with eight Cooley students who
                                   and the underprivileged. And it is her desire to          committee hearing in April 2008 that “all the facts in the case suggest it     primarily handle family law cases for individuals referred through the
Misty Davis




                                   serve these populations that has created the path         shouldn’t have happened. It was bad decision-making all the way around.”       Legal Assistance Center in the Kent County, Michigan courthouse.
                                   of Davis’ career.                                                                                                                        “I remember what it was like to be in their shoes,” she said of her
                                                                                             Michigan Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm has since signed requirements
              “My husband calls me the ‘do-gooder,’” said Davis.                             into the law mandating better communication between the state and              students. “They have a great opportunity. They go to court almost every
              As a student at Cooley Law School, she first indulged her desire to help       local court agencies in child abuse cases, including a condition that the      Friday and deal with the specific issues that they’ll face in their careers.”
              people through the Sixty Plus, Inc., Elderlaw Clinic where she helped          Michigan Department of Human Services collaborate with local                   The Access to Justice Clinic has handled more than 1,000 cases since
              elderly individuals with wills, trusts, and other issues.                      Friend of the Court offices on cases in which a child is the subject of a      its opening in January 2008, overseeing approximately 40 cases at
              “My time as a law student at Cooley prepared me for every job that I’ve        protective services investigation and is involved in a custody case.           any given time.
              had since,” Davis said.                                                        Nicholas’ mother had begun legal efforts to gain custody of Nicholas           “Family law cases are fast-paced, much faster than the cases that I dealt with
                                                                                             prior to his death.                                                            as a student at the Sixty Plus clinic,” said Davis. “The Access to Justice
              After graduation, Davis clerked for Eaton County Circuit Court, served as
              an elder law attorney at Legal Aid of South Central Mich. in Battle            In recognition of Davis’ efforts to remove Nicholas from the home              students will file motions on a Wednesday and are in court the following
              Creek and was an assistant prosecutor in Barry County, Mich., where she        prior to his death, the Carter-Alexander Institute for Law and Justice         Friday for the hearing. In between, students are preparing their cases.”
              focused on juvenile work. But it was her time in the prosecutor’s office in    awarded her with its 2008 Advocate for Justice Award. Each year, the           The real-life case load of the clinic is an exceptional learning experience,
              Montcalm County, Mich., that has earned her statewide recognition.             Institute seeks a person who, in the course of his or her life or work,        according to Davis.
                                                                                             valiantly fought for justice for the vulnerable and forgotten of our
              In a case that grabbed a number of headlines, Davis served as a zealous                                                                                       “People’s lives for that particular moment are in the students’ hands,”
                                                                                             community.
              advocate on behalf of a nine-year-old child named Nicholas Braman,                                                                                            said Davis. “You learn how to work with different personalities and needs
              whom she had never met but believed was in danger. Nicholas was the            An award signifying the honor sits on Davis’ windowsill in her office.         as well as how to manage your time. Sometimes it’s hard to make sure
              son of a man who had pled guilty to child abuse for using an electric cattle   “It is a bittersweet thing for me,” said Davis, the mother of two young        you’re acting as a lawyer and not a social worker.”
              prod to discipline his two older sons. Concerned about the child’s saftey,     boys. “I don’t look at my actions as anything special. I was just doing my     Davis acts as a role model to the students, helping guide them along the
              Davis repeatedly asked the Michigan Department of Children’s Protective        job. As a human, no one could just stand by and allow a child to remain        way toward professional growth. It is a role that continues her view of
              Services to have Nicholas removed from the home during a five-week             in that kind of environment.”                                                  the law as more than just rules, regulations, and statutes.
              period following the father’s guilty plea, yet Nicholas remained in the        During the ceremony when she accepted the award, Davis spoke publicly
              home. Unfortunately, Davis’ fears became reality.                              about the tragic case.
              According to published news reports, Nicholas Braman died in a bed             “My world came crashing down after I learned of Nicholas’ death and
              with his father, Oliver Braman, and his stepmother, Nancy Kaczor-              questions overwhelmed my mind,” Davis said. “What do I do with his
              Braman, in October 2007. The three ingested nighttime pain relievers           death? How do I compartmentalize it? How could this happen? And, how
              and inhaled carbon monoxide that had been funneled into a small                do I put it behind me so I can fight for the next child?
              room by the father.
                                                                                             “For the last year, I have struggled to find these answers. The only thing I
              “Unfortunately, I am not the only assistant prosecutor, caseworker,            could come up with is there are no answers. Nicholas’ death is a fresh
              or service provider who has had to deal with a child’s death,” Davis           and raw wound that goes to the core of my being.”
              later said. “But, for me, I cannot get him out of my heart, my soul,
              and my mind.”




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   SAVE THE DATE
   Michigan Bar Admission                                                                           Cooley 5K Race                                                                                   Cooley Alumni Association                     Alumni Reception at the
   Ceremony                                                                                         for Education –                                                                                  Golf Outing                                   State Bar of Michigan
   May 2009                                                                                         June 5, 2009                                                                                     June 22, 2009                                 Annual Meeting
   1:00 - 3:00 p.m.                                                                                 7:30 p.m.                                                                                        10:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.                        September 17, 2009
   Cooley Center,                                                                                   Downtown Lansing, Mich.                                                                          Country Club of Lansing,                      4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
   Lansing, Mich.                                                                                                                                                                                    Lansing, Mich.                                Hyatt Regency Hotel, Rotunda,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Dearborn, Mich.


   Cooley Alumni Association                            Cooley Alumni Association                                                           Cooley Society Debut:                                                                                  Michigan Bar Admission
   Annual Meeting                                       Evening of Good Taste                                                               the Annual Donor                                                                                       Ceremony
   October 10, 2009                                     October 10, 2009                                                                    Recognition Gala                                                                                       November 2009
   4:00 - 6:00 p.m.                                     6:00 - 10:00 p.m.                                                                   October 24, 2009                                                                                       1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
   Cooley Temple, Middle Temple                         Cooley Temple, Middle Temple                                                        6:30 p.m.                                                                                              Cooley Temple Auditorium,
   Classroom, Lansing, Mich.                            Classroom; Lansing, Mich.                                                           Cooley Center Lobby,                                                                                   Lansing, Mich.
                                                                                                                                            Lansing, Mich.




                                                           STUDENT AWARDS      The scholarship is derived from income from the Alumni      Cooley Law School and Mr. and Mrs. Alpert are proud                              I thank the Cooley Alumni Association for honoring
                                                                               Memorial Scholarship Fund. That fund is supported by        to be able to recognize Mr Reaves’ contribution to the                           me with the DSA and look forward to joining its
                                                                               the generous contributions of many alumni, and by the       school through this honor.                                                       ranks upon graduation.”
                                                                               proceeds from the Alumni Golf Benefit, which is held        Alumni Association Grants Distinguished                                          The students nominated for this semester’s
                                                                               each summer. This year’s outing is scheduled for            Student Award to Daniel Reaume for                                               Distinguished Student Award furnished a variety of
                                                                               Monday, June 22 at the Country Club of Lansing.             the Riley Class                                                                  information, including resumes and letters of reference
                                                                               All Cooley students, faculty, friends, and staff are        The faculty, staff, and student body of Thomas M.                                that were reviewed by the Executive Committee.
     Alumni Association Past Presidents’ Committee Chair Virginia P. Allen
                                                                               cordially invited to attend. Visit Amy Swope at the         Cooley Law School’s Auburn Hills Campus who                                      Nominees were also personally interviewed as part of
     (right) awarded the 2009 Alumni Memorial Scholarship to current student   Alumni Relations Office on the 10th floor of the            gathered on April 3rd for the Honors Convocation                                 the selection process. Members of each graduating class
     Sarah Ann Ramsey
                                                                               Cooley Center, call (800) 243-ALUM, or e-mail               of Hilary Term 2009 witnessed the granting of the                                are evaluated on the criteria of character, academic
   Alumni Past Presidents’ Committee Chair
                                                                               husseinf@cooley.edu for more information on the             Distinguished Student Award to Daniel Reaume                                     accomplishment, leadership, and extracurricular
   Virginia Allen grants the 2009 Alumni
                                                                               Golf Benefit.                                               of the Riley Class.                                                              activities in the decision to grant the Distinguished
   Memorial Scholarship
                                                                               Cooley Law School Names the Sixth Annual                    Daniel’s GPA was 3.95 and ranked second in a class of                            Student Award.
   Cooley Alumni Association Past Presidents’ Committee
   Chair Virginia P. Allen (Wing Class, 1982) awarded the                      Ida and Benjamin Alpert Scholar                             over 400 students. He has earned at least 15 book                                The Alumni Association is proud and pleased to
   2009 Alumni Memorial Scholarship to current student                         Thanks to the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Myron              awards and won the 2008 Intra-School Mock Trial                                  give recognition to this outstanding member of
   Sarah Ann Ramsey at the Hilary Term Honors Convo-                           Alpert of Highland Beach, Fla., Thomas M. Cooley            Competition. Daniel is a leader in his industry, and is an                       the Riley Class and extends its best wishes for his
   cation held on April 3rd at the Auburn Hills campus.                        Law School recognized its annual Ida and Benjamin           award-winning engineer and an adjunct faculty member                             continuing success.
   The Alumni Memorial Scholarship is granted each year                        Alpert Scholar recently. Several outstanding third-year     at the University of Michigan. Daniel has also served as                         Second Scholarship Awarded to Thomas M.
   to a current student who has successfully earned at                         students with financial need and who had excelled in        an Assistant Editor of the Cooley Law Review as well as                          Cooley Law School Student in Memory of
   least 30 credit hours, is in good academic standing,                        service to their fellow students through their leadership   a member of the Cooley Intellectual Law Society, the                             Melissa S. Mitchell
   exhibits financial need, and is a positive force in the                     in student organizations or activities were considered      ABA, and a number of professional organizations in the                           Erin Kathleen Doering, Woodward Class, has been
   Cooley community.                                                           for this recognition.                                       engineering field.                                                               named the second recipient of the litigation-based
   The applicants’ materials were reviewed by Alumni                           The recipient receives $2,500 from a substantial                                                                                             scholarship named in memory of Melissa Mitchell,
   Association Past Presidents’ Committee Chair Virginia                       donation given to Cooley in 2003 by the Alpert                                                                                               (Swainson Class, 2003). Erin received her award at the
   P. Allen (Wing Class, 1982), and committee members                          Foundation. The 2008-2009 Ida and Benjamin                                                                                                   Lansing Honors Convocation on March 20, 2009.
   M. Carol Bambery (Morell Class, 1985), Julie Clement                        Alpert Scholar is current student Trevor Reaves.                                                                                             The Melissa Mitchell Memorial Scholarship Fund was
   (McDonald Class, 1998), Sharon Ellis (North Class,                          Mr. Reaves said, “I am truly honored to be this year’s                                                                                       founded in June 2006 by several of Melissa’s family,
   1980), Jeff Haarer (Copeland Class, 1989), Larry Kish                       recipient of this scholarship and extremely grateful to                                                                                      friends, classmates, and professors. The scholarship
   (Marston Class, 1978), Andy Sass (Morell Class, 1985),                      Mr. and Mrs. Alpert for making this possible. I have                                                                                         award is made to a currently enrolled student who has
   Mike Pelot (Martin Class, 1988), Diane M. Smith                             worked with many students who are outstanding                                                                                                earned at least 30 credit hours at Cooley and who is
                                                                                                                                            Alumni Association Past Presidents’ Committee Chair Virginia P. Allen (right)
   (North Class 1980), John J. Smith (Smith Class, 1985),                      leaders here at Cooley, so this recognition is truly a       Grants Distinguished Student Award to Daniel Reaume for the Riley Class         a student of good character and in good academic
   and Charles Toy (Kavanagh Class, 1985) to make the                          privilege. I must thank those who have served with me                                                                                        standing. Preference is given to those individuals who
   selection. The 2009 Alumni Memorial Scholarship                             in different leadership capacities. They are the ones       Upon hearing of his honor as Distinguished Student,                              have: (a) demonstrated excellence in litigation skills
   amounted to $2,871, the tuition cost for a three-                           who made it that much easier for me to lead and be the      Daniel stated, “receiving the DSA is an especially great                         through participation in the Moot Court or Mock
   credit class.                                                               caliber of person I am today. Without their continued       honor because it comes from an alumni body repre-                                Trial Programs, (b) demonstrated a passion for learning
                                                                               support, I don’t know if I would be in a position           senting an exceptionally diverse variety of backgrounds                          and the law, and (c) demonstrated a commitment
   Committee Chair Allen commented, “The Alumni
                                                                               to accept such an honor. I plan to use my Cooley            and ideas. I have had the good fortune to experience a                           to community or pro bono service. The selection
   Association Memorial Scholarship fund has grown over
                                                                               experience to elevate my level of service as I              sampling of this diversity through Cooley alumni teach-                          committee, chaired by Professor Evelyn Calogero,
   the years thanks to the hard work of the alumni. When
                                                                               enter the legal community.”                                 ing classes as professors and adjunct professors. That                           consisted of Professors Ronald Bretz, James Hicks,
   you support the Golf Outing and the Wine Tasting fund
                                                                                                                                           they taught the practice of law – not just legal theory –                        Marjorie Russell, and William Wagner.
   raisers, for example, you are contributing to the fund.                     The award was granted in part due to Mr. Reaves’
                                                                                                                                           was a vital part of my Cooley experience.
   We have progressed from giving only a couple                                leadership qualities and a willingness to serve in his                                                                                       In accepting the Melissa Mitchell Memorial Scholarship,
   hundred dollars to granting two, three-credit tuition                       community and school, participating as President of the     As a part-time student, I also appreciate that receiving                         Doering stated, “I am indeed honored and privileged to
   scholarships annually. Thank you for your support.”                         Black Law Students Association, Class Senator & Parlia-     the DSA is a testament to Cooley’s dedication to mak-                            accept this award in honor of Melissa Mitchell.”
                                                                               mentarian of the Student Bar Association, Association       ing a quality legal education accessible to non-traditional
   According to Sarah Ramsey, “I am honored to be the                                                                                                                                                                       As Cooley’s motto states, “in corde hominum est
                                                                               of Graduation Marshals & Cooley Ambassador, and             students. I truly appreciate the dedication of the Cooley
   recipient of the 2009 Alumni Memorial Scholarship.                                                                                                                                                                       anima legis,” in the heart of man is the spirit of law.
                                                                               many other activities. His academic successes consist of    faculty, administration, and alumni.
   This scholarship will be extremely helpful to me in                                                                                                                                                                      Melissa Mitchell was that spirit who will live on through
   achieving my goals and my life long dream of                                several scholarships, honors, and awards.                                                                                                    the Melissa Mitchell Memorial Scholarship Fund.
   becoming an attorney.”




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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ALUMNI MATTERS




                                                                                                                                                                                   COOLEY LAW SCHOOL HOSTS


Alumni Receptions
COOLEY
ALUMNI EVENTS                                                                                                                       COOLEY IN FLORIDA:
IN BEANTOWN                                                                                                                         FIVE CITIES IN FIVE DAYS
                                                                                                                                    Trailing only Michigan, Florida is the state with the second largest                                           Cooley Professors Dorean Koenig and Ann Wing welcomed
On January 22, 2009, alumni gathered at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cam-
                                                                                                                                    number of Cooley graduates -- more than 800. With this                                                         alumni and incoming students. Cooley’s reception was held in
bridge, Mass. for a cocktail reception hosted by Director of Development,
                                                                                                                                    winter came the opportunity for Cooley to organize a series of                                                 conjunction with the two-day winter conference of the State Bar
Pamela Heos. “It was a nice exchange of alumni who had not previously
                                                                                                                                    events to visit those alumni as well as friends and prospective                                                of Michigan’s Real Property Law Section. Thus, Cooley’s Florida
met. They networked and offered new alumni assistance with job leads and
                                                                                                                                    students throughout the southern portion of the state. Assisted                                                alumni met with many Michigan lawyers at the reception
resumes. They all exchanged their business cards and were happy to be
                                                                                                                                    by key alumni volunteers, Associate Dean Jim Robb toured five                                                  and were also invited to attend the conference at a specially
updated on our campus growth, enrollment and programs.” Richard Ravosa
                                                                                                                                    Florida cities in five days.                                                                                   discounted price. Chris Sweeney reported that, “I especially
(Black Class, 1996) noted “The Lawyering Before Trial and Trial Workshop
                                                                                                                                    The tour started with an evening reception on Oct. 10 at the                                                   enjoyed the chance to meet with prospective students and tell
courses prepared me very thoroughly for the busy civil trial practice I have
                                                                                                                                    famous Testa’s Restaurant in Palm Beach, co-hosted by Scott                                                    them how great a school Cooley has become.”
today. The trial prep courses were invaluable, and my clients, who are the
end-users, benefit from my first-rate Cooley legal education.” Ravosa also added                                                    Devore (Stone Class, 1996). Devore’s brother and fellow                                                        The Florida tour concluded on Oct. 14 with a luncheon at
that former President Brennan advised him to “take a lawyer to lunch” and he                                                        Cooley graduate Jeff (Johnson Class, 1989) was among the                                                       Jackson’s Bistro on the waterfront in downtown Tampa. Sandi
did so with a Boston area lawyer. This chance meeting has led to a long friendship                                                  other guests. The next day brought an alumni luncheon at Le                                                    Milmed (Sharpe Class, 1998), Gus Richter (Christiancy Class,
and referrals from that lawyer, who has become his landlord for many years                                                          Café de Paris in Ft. Lauderdale followed by an evening reception                                               1997), and John Parigros (Paterson Class, 2002) served as
as Ravosa’s law practice has grown. “I felt I was very well-prepared to hang                                                        at Perricone’s in Miami. Both of those events were co-hosted by                                                co-hosts. Milmed, who has helped organize numerous Cooley
out my shingle in the Boston area in 1996 and that Cooley had pointed me in                                                         Lara Edelstein (Steere Class, 1995), who serves as chair of the                                                events in the Tampa area, commented that “Even the Cooley
the right direction.”                                                                                                               Cooley Alumni Association’s special events committee. “These                                                   alumni far from Michigan can stay involved with the school in a
                                                                                                                                    events were wonderful opportunities to renew old acquain-                                                      meaningful way.” The luncheon featured an appearance and
Boston area alumni were also invited to a Cooley alumni reception on
                                                                                                                                    tances and make new ones,” she said. Edelstein previously                                                      remarks by Cooley’s founding President, the Hon. Thomas E.
February 17 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel in conjunction with the American
                                                                                                                                    organized the law school’s highly successful U.S. Supreme                                                      Brennan. “In the 35 years since we opened our doors, Cooley
Bar Association Mid-Winter Conference. Associate Dean of Professional and
                                                                                                                                    Court bar admission event in 2008.                                                                             has grown into one of the nation’s finest, becoming a school
Career Development, Charles Toy (Kavanagh Class, 1981) hosted the event
                                                                                                                                    On Oct. 12, the Cooley tour moved to Bonita Springs for an                                                     about which we all have much reason to be excited and proud.”
and enjoyed the exchange with fellow alumni. This coming September, Dean
Toy will become President of the State Bar of Michigan, the first Cooley graduate                                                   evening reception at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort.
to hold that position.                                                                                                              Co-host Christopher “Sarge” Sweeney (Toy Class, 2003) and




                                                                          Lara Edelstein (Steere Class, 1995), David Brandwein (Steere Class, 1995), Paul Gottfried   (Clockwise starting from top left): Anita Khachikyan (Kavanagh Class, 2008), Ysabel Hernandez
Professor Dorean Koenig and Michelle Simmons Brown (Durand Class, 1992)   (Williams Class, 1994), Steven Rubino (Black Class, 1996), and Lawrence Ploucha             (Adams Class, 2008), Lara Edelstein (Steere Class, 2008), Michelle Pernas (Sharpe Class, 2008),
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Gerald Eisman (Epaphroditus Class, 1979), Gus Richter (Christiancy Class, 1977),
in Bonita Springs                                                         (Kelly Class, 1978) in Ft. Lauderdale                                                       Jaline Fenwick (Kavanagh Class, 2008), and Radames Heredia III (Sharpe Class, 2008) in Miami
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Bud Stansell (North Class, 1980), Hon. Thomas E. Brennan in Tampa




                                                                                                                                                                                                                              COOLEY
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ALUMNI IN
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              THE BIG APPLE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Over 30 New York City area alumni gathered on Feb. 10 at the Millenium

WINDY CITY LUNCHEON                                                                                                                                                                                                           Hilton in lower Manhattan, hosted by Associate Dean Charles Toy (Kavanagh
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Class, 1981). Co-hosts for the event were Kathy Martin (Weadock Class,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1999) and Sidney Cherubin (Blair Class, 2001). “Dean Toy again had the
On December 16, 2008, 40 alumni and prospective students                                     Graduate Tony Kalogerakos (Starr Class, 2005) attended this                                                                      pleasure of meeting many alumni as he prepares to assume his position this
gathered for the annual Chicago Alumni Luncheon at Maggiano’s                                year for the first time. He noted, “As a weekend student com-                                                                    coming fall as the President of the State Bar of Michigan,” Kathy Martin stated.
Restaurante. This event, always successful, brought together a                               muting from Chicago, my Cooley Law School experience was
group of alumni from the classes of 1978-2008 and was hosted                                 enjoyable. I was challenged, worked hard, and am reaping the                                                                     “Cooley means so much to me, and I am
by Cooley’s Director of Development, Pamela Heos.                                            benefits today. Cooley prepared me before as well as after
“It is always energizing to see this group network and share their                           graduation by providing the resources, knowledge, contacts, and                                                                  appreciative of the education I received.
Cooley memories. They seem to enjoy coming together each                                     staff who were willing to go above and beyond. I attended this                                                                   I enjoy attending these events each year
                                                                                             event because I wanted to make contacts and set up a network.
year that we have hosted this event. The number of attendees
                                                                                             By attending this luncheon, I received three leads which lead to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              and staying in touch with fellow alumni
speaks to their interest and commitment to Cooley. Alumni were
updated on enrollment, campus growth, and the record number                                  two injury settlements, thus very beneficial.                                                                                    and Cooley staff.”
of applicants to Cooley,” said Heos.                                                                                                                                                                                          Kathy Martin (Weadock Class, 1999)



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   KNOWLEDGE. SKILLS. ETHICS.
FEATURE ARTICLE



   Class
                                                 He and his partners formed Bay Wind-           Naval Research Laboratory in Wash-            1997 Fellows Class                            2002 Chase Class                               2007 Fisher Class
                                                 power in 1999 and built the first              ington, D.C., where he supervises a           Novay, Christian, was named a Part-                               Boyle, Michael J.,         Cuthbertson, Jeff, was named
                                                 privately financed commercial wind             staff of Navy patent attorneys.

   Notes
                                                                                                                                              ner at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman                             was promoted to the        mayor of Rochester, Mich., by his
                                                 turbines in Michigan. In 2003 he formed        Meyer, John, is a partner in the firm         & Dicker LLP in Chicago. Wilson Elser                             position of Senior         fellow city council members. He is
                                                 Mackinaw Power, which is developing            of Foster Quan LLP in Houston, Texas.         has 20 U.S.-based offices and provides                            Trial Attorney with        an attorney with Secrest Wardle.
   1977 Graves Class                             about $500 million of new wind-                The firm, now the nation’s second             clients with international capabilities                           the Barone                 He focuses his practice on municipal
                                                 power projects.                                largest law firm devoted exclusively to       through a network of affiliate firms in                           Defense Firm. The          law, estate planning, and real estate.
                      Schuknecht,
                      Ronald A., has             1985 T. Smith Class                            immigration law, was formed with the          France, Germany, and Mexico. The firm         firm’s primary focus is to help persons        2007 Boston Class
                      joined the Traverse        Bowler, Nannette M., was appointed             Jan. 1, 2009 merger of Tindal & Foster        has 750 lawyers and serves clients in six     charged with alcohol-or drug-impaired
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Gozdziak,
                      City, Mich., law office    director of the Department of Family           PC and Quan, Burdette & Perez PC.             of the seven continents.                      driving. With his promotion, Mr. Boyle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Dorothy, has joined
                      of Smith Haughey           Services by the Fairfax (Virginia) County      1991 Krinock Class                            1998 Sharpe Class                             takes a more active role in the training
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               the Garden City,
                      Rice & Roegge as a         Department of Family Services. She                                                                                                         and mentorship of the firm’s junior trial
                                                                                                Steiner Applegate, Carol, has been            Kranz, Roy, has accepted a position                                                                              New York-based law
   shareholder. He has more than 25              previously served as Chief Judge of the                                                                                                    lawyers. He is certified as a practitioner
                                                                                                named director of programs and serv-          as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, working                                                                           office of Michael L.
   years of experience representing              Family Division for the 8th Judicial                                                                                                       of the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests
                                                                                                ices at the Business Ownership Initiative     in the Bay City, Mich., office. He                                                                               Pfeifer as Of Coun-
   creditors and trustees in bankruptcy          Circuit, Ionia County, Mich. She served                                                                                                    and in the use of BAC Tracker software.
                                                                                                of Indiana and its Central Indiana            formerly served as Chief Assistant                                                           sel. The firm concentrates in the areas
   court. He also practices in the areas of      as head of the Michigan Family Indepen-                                                                                                    He is a 2006 graduate of the Criminal
                                                                                                Women’s Business Center. She previ-           Prosecutor for Isabella County, Mich.                                                        of elder law, special needs planning,
   real estate law, misdemeanor criminal         dence Agency, served as executive                                                                                                          Defense Attorneys of Michigan Trial
                                                                                                ously served as an adjunct professor of       1998 McDonald Class                                                                          and estate planning.
   defense, and family law.                      director of the Chance at Childhood:                                                                                                       Lawyer’s College.
                                                                                                medical law and ethics at the University                                                                                                   2008 C. Adams Class
                                                 Law and Social Work Initiative at                                                                                Fultz, Karen D., of       2002 Paterson Class
   1978 Marston Class                                                                           of Indianapolis and owned the Law
                                                 Michigan State University, was co-founder                                                                        Cozen O’Connor,                                                                              Ahmad,
                      Garcia, Joseph A.,                                                        Office of Carol Steiner for 10 years.                                                       Donaldson, Brett T., has been
                                                 and executive director of the Children’s                                                                         recently served as a                                                                         Mohammad, has
                      has joined Honigman                                                       1993 Moore Class                                                                            elected as a member of The Cavanagh
                                                 Law Center, and legal counsel/executive                                                                          panelist for the Emory                                                                       joined the Cook
                      Miller Schwarz and                                                                                                                                                    Law Firm, in Phoenix, Ariz., by the
                                                 director to the Michigan Commission                                Keilitz, Kirsten,                             University School                                                                            County State’s
                      Cohn LLP as a                                                                                                                                                         firm’s board of directors. He practices
                                                 on Children. Most recently, she was                                has joined the                                of Law’s Legal Associ-                                                                       Attorney’s Office in
                      partner in the firm’s                                                                                                                                                 primarily in the areas of insurance de-
                                                 president of Conceivex, in Saranac,                                Traverse City, Mich.,     ation of Women Students (LAWS)                                                                                   Chicago, Ill. as an
                      Lansing, Mich.,                                                                                                                                                       fense, criminal law, and general litigation.
                                                 Mich., an international medical device                             law office of Smith       biennial seminar, which focused on the                                                       assistant state’s attorney.
   office. He formerly was a general                                                                                                                                                        2003 Swainson Class
                                                 company focusing on new ideas in                                   Haughey Rice &            issues that affect female attorneys.                                                                             Garlinghouse,
   managing partner with the lobbying firm
                                                 reproductive health care.                                          Roegge as a share-        A member in the firm’s Atlanta office,        Baluch, Laura A., has been named                                   Laura J., has joined
   of Karoub Associates. At Honigman, Mr.
                                                                                                holder. She focuses her practice              Fultz focuses her practice on subroga-        a partner with the law firm Barrick,                               the Grand Rapids,
   Garcia will provide clients with strategic    1987 Champlin Class
                                                                                                primarily on the area of family law,          tion and recovery matters. Her practice       Switzer, Long, Balsley & Van Evera,                                Mich., office of
   solutions that involve the executive                              Davis, Mark A.,            including domestic relations, divorce,        also includes family law matters such as      LLP, in Rockford, Ill. She concentrates                            Foster, Swift, Collins
   branch of government, the legislature,                            was unanimously            child custody, pre-nuptial and post-nuptial   divorce, child custody, family adoptions,     her practice in the areas of personal                              & Smith, P.C., as
   and regulators.                                                   re-elected as Presi-       planning, and facilitative mediation.         and child support. She is the coordinator     injury, complex family law, and disso-         an associate in the firm’s General
   Kuhnmuench, Nell, was voted                                       dent and CEO for                                                         for the Atlanta office’s pro bono             lution of marriage litigation. Phone:
                                                                                                1994 Person Class                                                                                                                          Litigation Group.
   Michigan’s top lobbyist by an independ-                           his second, five-year                                                    program and provides legal assistance         (815) 962-6611.
                                                                     term at Howard &                               Clark, James, has                                                                                                      Notices
   ent political survey. She was twice voted                                                                                                  for the underprivileged and unrepre-
                                                                                                                    been re-elected to the                                                  Roggenbuck, Amanda L., of
   the state’s most effective woman lobby-       Howard Attorneys, P.C. Mr. Davis                                                             sented community in the state of                                                             1976 Cooley Class
                                                                                                                    Board of Directors of                                                   Unionville, Mich., has been selected
   ist. She formerly served as Chief of Staff    concentrates his practice in business,                                                       Georgia in partnership with Georgia                                                          Come, Donald R., 87, formerly of
                                                                                                                    Messerli & Kramer                                                       by the Michigan State University
   for eight years for two different Demo-       real estate, securities, and tax law. He                                                     Legal Services and the Atlanta                                                               Lansing, Mich., died Sept. 14, 2008 from
                                                                                                                    P.A. with offices in                                                    Michigan Political Leadership Program.
   cratic Speakers of the Michigan House         has extensive experience handling the                                                        Volunteer Lawyer Foundation.                                                                 cancer complications. He was a resident
                                                                                                                    Minneapolis, St. Paul,                                                  The political leadership fellowship in-
   of Representatives. She is known for her      acquisition, development, leasing, and                                                                                                                                                    of Sarasota, Fla., since 1998, and was an
                                                                                                and Plymouth, Minn. In addition, Mr.          1999 Flannigan Class                          volves a public policy and leadership
   expertise on health care, insurance, and      disposition of automobile sales and                                                                                                                                                       active member of his community.
                                                                                                Clark has been elected Chair of the           Zyble,Tricia (Farrell), and her hus-          training program that runs annually
   environmental issues.                         service facilities across the United States.
                                                                                                Messerli & Kramer Foundation, a 501(c)        band Mark announce the birth of their         from February through November.                1976 Campbell Class
                                                 Mr. Davis also has substantial experience
   1980 Bushnell Class                                                                                                                                                                      She owns and operates Amanda L.
                                                 handling (1) acquisition, leasing, and         (3), whose mission is to financially assist   son, John Ryan Zyble, born on Aug.                                                           Fitzke, Robert, 82, died Oct. 30,
   Neal, Stephanie, published,                                                                  and support Minnesota communities             18, 2008. He joins siblings Mark II,          Roggenbuck & Associates, PLLC, in              2008. He was a retired East Lansing
                                                 disposition of industrial and commercial
   “Opening the Workplace to Service                                                            in their attempts to eliminate the            Nick, Katie, Olivia, and Ava. The family      Cass City, Mich.                               attorney, former lobbyist, and the first
                                                 property; (2) acquisition and disposition
   Animals, Not Pets,” in ADA Special                                                           disparities in healthcare and education;      resides in Richmond, Mich.                    2004 Cross Class                               Executive Director of Delta Dental of
                                                 of business operations in various
   Report of the Society for Human Re-                                                          thereby, improving the quality of life                                                                                                     Michigan.
                                                 industries, including manufacturers, dis-                                                    1999 Fead Class                               Tlaib, Rashida, was elected to the
   source Management, in January 2009.                                                          experienced by low-income and
                                                 tributors, retailers, and service providers;                                                                     Walker, Earl H.,          Michigan legislature in November               1979 Butzel Class
   1980 Potter Class                             (3) registration statements under the          disadvantaged individuals and families.                                                     2008, becoming the first Muslim
                                                                                                                                                                  was selected as a                                                        Whalen, James Lee, of Burton,
   Ross, Gregory S., was elected                 Securities Act, and reporting require-         Dulan, Steven, spoke to the Conser-                               “Professional on the      woman to hold a seat in the Michigan           Mich., 56, died Sept. 5, 2008. He
   Judge of the 73A District Court in            ments under the Exchange Act. He was           vative Law Society at the MSU School of                           Fast Track” in Hous-      House of Representatives.                      operated a private law practice for 26
   Sanilac County, Michigan, Nov. 4,             associated with E.F. Hutton and with the       Law regarding Michigan firearm’s law                              ton Texas by H Texas      2006 Reid Class                                years, served as Interim Director
   2008. He formerly was in private prac-        Michigan Corporation and Securities            and the 2nd Amendment on March 2,                                 Magazine. He is senior    Ameika, Ashley E., has joined the              of the Bishop Airport Authority in the
   tice of law since 1980, emphasizing           Bureau, Enforcement Division, from             2009. He also testified before the            counsel at Jackson Waller in the firm’s       Wigger Law Firm in North Charleston,           early 1980s, and was a former city
   criminal defense, general civil litigation,   1987 to 1991.                                  Michigan House Tourism, Outdoor               Houston office, practicing general civil      S.C., as an associate attorney. Previ-         attorney for Flint, Mich.
   family law, and probate.                      1988 Martin Class                              Recreation and Natural Resources              litigation involving real estate, construc-   ously she was with Nelson Mullins Riley        1981 Dethmers Class
                                                                                                Committee in his capacity as a member         tion, personal injury, estates, toxic
   1981 T. M. Kavanagh Class                     May, Berton, has been appointed                                                                                                            & Scarborough LLP. She practices in
                                                                                                of the board of directors of the Michigan                                                                                                  Flanagan, Dan C., 58, died Nov. 4,
                                                 as a hearing panelist to the Michigan                                                        waste, breach of contract, and                the areas of personal injury, workers’
                      Morse, David,                                                                                                                                                                                                        2008. He was an attorney with the
                                                                                                Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners          debtor/creditor issues.
                      was re-elected as          Attorney Discipline Board. Mr. May is a                                                                                                    compensation, employment, Social
                                                                                                regarding legislation that would change                                                                                                    Illinois Department of Employment
                      Prosecuting Attorney       member of the State Bar of Michigan                                                          2000 Jay Class                                Security, disability, estate planning,
                                                                                                the definition of “pistol” under Michigan                                                                                                  Security. He was active with Home-
                      for Livingston             Character & Fitness Committee. He                                                            Mendham, Robert, has joined the               and incorporation.
                                                                                                law to coincide with federal statute. Mr.                                                                                                  wood-Flossmoor Youth Soccer and
                      County, Mich.,             practices at May & Sucher, PLLC, 5777                                                        Cheboygan County (Michigan) Prosecu-          2006 Edwards Class
                                                                                                Dulan is an adjunct professor at Cooley.                                                                                                   the Illinois Women’s Soccer League.
                      on Nov. 5, 2008.           W. Maple Road, Suite 180, West                                                               tor’s Office as an Assistant Prosecutor.
                                                                                                Mr. Dulan operates The Law Offices of                                                       Alifo, Eric, is a Judicial Systems             1995 Bird Class
   Beginning his sixth term, Mr. Morse           Bloomfield, Mich. 48322. Phone: (248)                                                        He previously served as Chief Assistant
                                                                                                Steven W. Dulan, PLC, 1750 E. Grand                                                         Monitor for the United Nations
   is Livingston County’s longest-               626-5555. He practices in most areas of                                                                                                                                                   Kettell Sr., Charles Allan, 51, of
                                                                                                River, Suite 101, East Lansing, MI            Prosecutor for Otsego County, Mich.,          Mission in Liberia.
   serving prosecuting attorney.                 criminal and civil litigation with a focus                                                                                                                                                Clearwater, Fla., died Sept. 15, 2008.
                                                                                                48823. Phone: (517) 333-7132.                 and has assisted in the prosecutor’s
                                                 on professional liability and legal ethics.                                                                                                Welsh, Patrick F., of Denver,                  He served for eight years with the
   Phone: (517) 546-1850.                                                                                                                     office in Emmet County (Michigan).
                                                 He is licensed in Michigan and Ohio.                              .
                                                                                                Williams, Michael P , Chief Operat-                                                         Colo., has been named as a deputy              Clearwater Police Department, where
   1983 O’Hara Class                                                                                                                          He formerly was a trooper with the
                                                                                                ing Officer and General Counsel for                                                         district attorney for the 14th Judicial        he won a medal for bravery for saving
                                                 1989 Copeland Class                                                                          Michigan State Police.
                      Murkowski, the                                                            Sunteck Transport Group, spoke at the                                                       District Attorney’s Office in Moffat           his sergeant’s life during a hostage
                      Hon. David M.,             Henne, Mark, has joined Parsons                Transportation Intermediaries Associa-        2001 Wilson Class                             County, Colo. He handles lower level           situation. He was formerly a S/Sgt in
                      Chief Judge of the         Brinckerhoff (PB) as an environmental          tion’s annual conference April 4, 2009,       Ambrozaitis, Michelle, was elected            felonies and Moffat County Court               the U.S. Air Force, where he served
                      Kent County Probate        manager, responsible for integrating in        in San Antonio, Texas. He participated        Prosecutor of Clare County, Mich.             misdemeanors.                                  as a firefighter.
                      Court, was elected to      to the PB family, marketing and sales          in a plenary session entitled “Who’s          Most recently she was in private prac-        2006 Fitzgerald Class                          2008 E. Sharpe Class
                      the Michigan Probate       nationally and internationally, and leading    Growing and How.”                             tice. Previously, she was Chief Assistant
                                                 multi-discipline teams to meet project/                                                                                                    Trevino-Savala, Marcelina, has                 Ikeh, Olive, died Jan. 5, 2009, as the
   Judges Association Board of Directors                                                                                                      Prosecutor in Clare County and also
                                                                                                1997 Voelker Class                                                                          been named Director of Migrant
   and appointed chairman of the board’s         client goals. Phone: (517) 886-7419.                                                                                                                                                      result of a car accident while visiting
                                                                                                                                              formerly was an Assistant Prosecutor
                                                                                                Descutner, Joy, was inducted by                                                             Affairs for the state of Michigan.             her family in Nigeria.
   Estates and Trusts committee and its          1991 Lawrence Class                                                                          in Cass County, Mich.
                                                                                                Wheeling Jesuit University into its                                                         Previously, she was in private practice
   Michigan Trust Code committee. Judge
   Murkowski was also elected to the
                                                 Karasek, John, was honored in                  Athletic Hall of Fame. She is a 1992          Parker, Julie A., a founding owner of         and was a senior staff assistant for           Do you have a
                                                 January 2009 with the U.S. Navy                graduate of the school and a women’s          the Sarasota, Fla., law firm Parker Law       the Michigan State University College
   Council of the Probate and Estate Plan-
                                                 Meritorious Civilian Service Award,            soccer two-time All-Region and Regional       Group, has been appointed to the              Assistance Migrant Program.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           submission for
   ning Section of the State Bar of Michigan.
                                                 one of the Navy’s highest civilian hon-        All-American. She is self-employed as a       board of directors for Easter Seals of                                                       Class Notes?
   1984 McAlvay Class                            ors, and the highest civilian honor that                                                     Southwest Florida. She practices in the
                                                                                                certified training consultant for case                                                                                                     E-mail: communications@cooley.edu
   Vander Veen II, Richard F., is                the Commanding Officer of the Naval            management software in the legal field        area of personal injury law.
   president of the Mackinaw Power and           Research Laboratory can confer. He is          in the Pittsburgh, Penn., area.
   Michigan Sustainable Energy Coalition.        an Associate Patent Counsel at the



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