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        C O LU M N                                                                                                                                                           JANUARY 2011 • VOLUME 3 • NUMBER 1




                                                                                                                                    Resolving Conflicts Around The World
                                                                                                                                    Cooley Professor Nancy Wonch just returned from a three-month fellowship in Thailand where she studied peer
                                                                                                                                    mediation and conflict resolution programs. She was one of only six people from the United States who was selected
                                                                                                                                    for this three-month program.




                                                                                                                                      Rotary International sends up to 1,000 professionals
                                                                                                                                      from around the world to study abroad in more than
                                                                                                                                      60 countries through its fellowship program. Only 50 of
                                                                                                                                      those individuals are selected annually to participate in
                                                                                                                                      the program in Thailand.




     10 Questions With Kathryn Lindahl                                                                                                          Putting His Legal Career On Ice
     Benchmark Column goes beyond “number crunching” with Kathryn Lindahl, who is currently the assistant vice                                  The Tampa Bay Lightning hired Cooley graduate Jon Cooper to be the head coach of the American
     president for finance and operations at Michigan State University.                                                                         Hockey League’s Norfolk Admirals in August.




                                                                                                                    INSIDE
                                                                                                                    > 10 QUESTIONS WITH KATHRYN LINDAHL
                                                                                                                    > RESOLVING CONFLICTS AROUND THE WORLD /
                                                                                                                      COOLEY PROFESSOR NANCY WONCH
                                                                                                                    > THE MOLECULAR MAKE-UP OF AN ATTORNEY /
                                                                                                                      RICHARD MARSH
                                                                                                                    > PUTTING HIS LEGAL CAREER ON ICE / JON COOPER
                                                                                                                    > A RARE LEADER / ALAN CROPSEY
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                                                                                                                                                                    Happy New Year!                                  Happy New Year!

 WELCOME                                                                                                                                                            Turning the calendar to a new year is
                                                                                                                                                                    a refreshing exercise, an opportunity
                                                                                                                                                                    to reflect on things that have gone
                                                                                                                                                                    well and to put together a new start
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     You’ll read the story of Alan Cropsey, a Michigan state
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     senator who has spent the vast majority of the last 30 years
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     serving his state in an elected capacity. And you’ll read the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     story of Jon Cooper, a Cooley graduate turned hockey



 TO THE                                                                                                                                                             in areas of our personal and profes-
                                                                                                                                                                    sional lives that we wish to improve.
                                                                                                                                        As we turn the calendar to 2011 at Cooley Law School,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     coach who now leads the top minor league affiliate for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     These stories and several others showcase the incredible




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                                                                                                                                        we’re energized by the vigor and enthusiasm of our                           range of professions that are enhanced by a legal education.
                                                                                                                                        students who come to the school’s four Michigan campuses                     I hope you enjoy these stories as much as I did.
                                                                                                                                        from all around the world. In fact, at two of our campuses,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Sincerely,
                                                                                                                                        students from outside of Michigan make up the majority of




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                                                                                                                                        the student body.
                                                                                                                                        We’re also reminded of the great work that our graduates
                                                                                                                                        perform in a variety of industries all across the country
                                                                                                                                        and around the world. This edition of Benchmark Column
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     James D. Robb, Associate Dean of Development and
                                                                                                                                        details a few of those stories.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Alumni Relations | robbj@cooley.edu
                                                                                                                                        You’ll read the story of Richard M. Marsh, general counsel
                                                                                                                                        for a $2 billion Utah-based genetics company that offers
                                                                                                                                        predictive testing to individuals who may have an increased
                                                                                                                                        risk for certain kinds of cancer.




   Cooley Professor and former NAACP Legal Defense Fund attorney Brent Simmons argued the case      Jack Bernard, assistant general counsel for the University of Michigan, gave the keynote address   Recent Cooley graduate Christopher Horvath was admitted to practice law in Michigan and the
   for the Detroit parents and school children who filed the class action in Milliken v. Bradley.   during a panel discussion on the popular Harry Lexicon case.                                       federal courts on November 24, 2010 from an unlikely place – Kuwait.


   Milliken v. Bradley continues to                                         Cooley Professor Florise Neville-Ewell worked for                          Cooley graduate sworn in                                             Service to Soldiers expands
   impact SE Michigan                                                       nearly a year to coordinate the event. She was as-
                                                                            sisted by approximately 15 Cooley students, who
                                                                                                                                                       from Kuwait                                                          to Florida
   Cooley partnered with the Michigan Roundtable for                                                                                                   Recent Cooley graduate Christopher Horvath was                       Beginning in February 2011, Cooley Law School
                                                                            wrote the bench brief for the justices and went out
   Diversity and Inclusion to present a program titled “From                                                                                           admitted to practice law in Michigan and the federal                 will expand its Service to Soldiers: Legal Assistance
                                                                            to several high schools to teach a lesson plan about
   Redlining to White Flight: The History of Housing                                                                                                   courts on November 24, 2010 from an unlikely                         Referral Program to troops in Florida. To date, the
                                                                            the case prior to the event.
   Segregation and the Importance of Regionalism” at                                                                                                   place – Kuwait.                                                      school’s program has focused on assisting soldiers in
   its Auburn Hills campus on October 27, 2010. High                        Senior staff of the State Bar of Michigan attended the                                                                                          Michigan through preparing and notarizing more than
                                                                                                                                                       Horvath, a sergeant with the Michigan Army National
   school students from several southeast Michigan schools                  event. Since that time, the State Bar of Michigan has se-                                                                                       1,000 wills and powers of attorney for soldiers who
                                                                                                                                                       Guard, left for a 12-month tour of duty in Kuwait on
   joined notable individuals in Michigan’s legal community                 lected Milliken v Bradley as the next legal milestone that                                                                                      are being deployed, and by providing referrals to
                                                                                                                                                       September 16 and his deployment orders precluded
   to re-enact a 1974 U.S. Supreme Court case that                          will be featured at the 2011 annual meeting. Cooley                                                                                             attorneys who have represented more than 200
                                                                                                                                                       his participation in a traditional swearing-in ceremony
   continues to have a major impact on southeast Michigan                   will provide assistance in recognizing this milestone.                                                                                          military clients with legal matters after their return
                                                                                                                                                       with his graduating class. In its place, Cooley, the
   schools today, Milliken v. Bradley.                                                                                                                                                                                      from deployment.
                                                                            Cooley holds panel discussion                                              Michigan Court of Appeals, the U.S. District Court for
   "I knew that there was some segregation in housing,                                                                                                                                                                      Not only does Cooley plan to replicate the pro bono
   but I didn't know it affected people that much,"
                                                                            on the popular Harry Potter                                                the Western District of Michigan and the Michigan
                                                                                                                                                       Army National Guard arranged for a transcontinental                  program for troops and their families throughout
   Clarenceville (Mich.) High School student Jenny Spino                    Lexicon case                                                               swearing-in ceremony via live videoconference.                       Florida, but it also plans to create a Florida version of
   told the Detroit News. "What surprised me the most                       Cooley’s Ann Arbor campus hosted a panel discussion                                                                                             the Michigan Judge’s Guide to the Servicemembers
                                                                            regarding J.K. Rowling v. RDR Books (also known                            “Chris is putting his life on the line for our country;
   was the climate that existed back then and what it                                                                                                                                                                       Civil Relief Act (SCRA). The guide was sent to every
                                                                            as the Harry Potter Lexicon case) on November 13,                          arranging for this special ceremony was the least we
   took to get to where we are today."                                                                                                                                                                                      judge in Michigan in an effort to ensure that the state’s
                                                                            2010. The case centered on an attempt by Muskegon,                         could do to show our appreciation for his service,”
   Milliken v. Bradley addressed the planned desegregation                                                                                             said Heather Spielmaker, director of Cooley’s Service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            judges were aware of the protections that the SCRA
                                                                            Mich.-based RDR Books to publish a book version of                                                                                              affords to deployed troops and how those provisions
   of schools and busing in Detroit and the surrounding                                                                                                to Soldiers: Legal Assistance Referral Program and
                                                                            the Harry Potter Lexicon website, a fan’s reference                                                                                             are commonly applied in Michigan cases.
   suburbs. The re-enactment featured Michigan                                                                                                         the law school’s Center for Ethics, Service, and
                                                                            guide for all things Harry Potter.
   Supreme Court Chief Justice Marilyn Kelly, U.S. District                                                                                            Professionalism.                                                     Cooley will again be collaborating with the ABA
   Judge David Lawson, U.S. District Judge Denise Page                      “This was a very popular case on an important issue,”                                                                                           Military Pro Bono Project and representatives of the
                                                                            said Joan Vestrand, associate dean of Cooley’s Ann                         Chief Judge William Murphy, Michigan Court of
   Hood, District Court Judge Joseph Oster, retired 6th                                                                                                                                                                     Department of Defense for this program, particularly
                                                                            Arbor campus. “Rowling and Warner Bros. claimed                            Appeals, administered the attorney’s oath for admis-
   Circuit Court of Appeals Judge James L. Ryan, and                                                                                                                                                                        in administering an informative training session for
                                                                            that publication of the book would constitute copyright                    sion to practice law in Michigan followed immediately
   Cooley Professor Dan Ray.                                                                                                                                                                                                Florida participants.
                                                                            infringement and RDR Books claimed the right to                            by Chief Judge Paul Maloney, U.S. District Court for
   During the re-enactment, Cooley Professor and                                                                                                       the Western District of Michigan. Sgt. Horvath’s wife,               “We chose Florida as the next location for the
                                                                            publish the information under the Fair Use Doctrine.”
   former NAACP Legal Defense Fund attorney Brent                                                                                                      Dena, a third-year Cooley student, and many family                   program because the state has the second highest
   Simmons argued the case for the Detroit parents                          The panel discussion was moderated by Matthew                              members attended the ceremony from the Michigan                      number of Cooley Law School alumni,” said Heather
   and school children who filed the class action in Milliken               W. Bower, attorney with Safford & Baker. Panelists                         Army National Guard Joint Forces Headquarters.                       Spielmaker, director of the Center for Ethics, Service,
   v. Bradley. Abraham Singer, partner at Pepper                            included Roger Rapoport, owner of RDR Books; Julie                                                                                              and Professionalism at Cooley. “Cooley’s Florida
   Hamilton LLP, advocated on behalf of the 53 suburban                     Ahrens, associate director of the Stanford Fair Use                        The ceremony completed a whirlwind six-month
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            alumni are really excited about being able to ease the
   school districts and select state officials.                             Project; and Lawrence Jordan, managing partner of                          period for Sgt. Horvath, who graduated from Cooley’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            burden of reintegration for Florida military members
                                                                            the Ann Arbor office of Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss.                         Lansing campus in May, married Dena in June, took the
   After the re-enactment, a panel discussion was                                                                                                                                                                           through their pro bono service, and we are looking
                                                                                                                                                       bar exam in July, and received notification of his bar
   held that took a deeper look at today’s issues and                       The Potter panel discussion headlined a day-long                                                                                                forward to connecting them with clients who need
                                                                                                                                                       passage in October, just after leaving for a 12-month
   possible remedies. Panelists included former 6th                         program on copyright law and fair use for artists,                                                                                              their help.”
                                                                                                                                                       tour of duty in Kuwait a month earlier.
   Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Nathaniel Jones                      students and legal practitioners. Jack Bernard, assis-                                                                                          Currently, Cooley’s Service to Soldiers Program is
   (who himself argued the actual case in the Supreme                       tant general counsel for the University of Michigan,                                                                                            available to men and women in every branch of
   Court on behalf of the respondents), Dykema partner                      gave the keynote address during the program.                                                                                                    military service throughout Michigan. To date,
   Elliot S. Hall, Director of the Fair Housing Center
                                                                            The event was sponsored by the Gerald R. Ford                                                                                                   Cooley has referred cases and prepared documents
   of Metro Detroit Cliff Schrupp, and Assistant U.S.
                                                                            Presidential Library, Cooley, the State Bar of Michigan                                                                                         for troops in 43 of Michigan’s 83 counties.
   Attorney Judy Levy.
                                                                            Arts, Communications, Entertainment and Sports                                                                                                  If you have questions about this program or would
   John Nussbaumer, associate dean of Cooley’s Auburn                       (ACES) Law Section and the Right to Write Fund.                                                                                                 like to participate, contact Spielmaker at (517) 371-
   Hills campus, said he hopes that the day-long session
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            5140, ext. 4112 or spielmah@cooley.edu.
   helps to continue the conversation. “I hope it will be a
   way to move Detroit and the region forward,” he told
   the Detroit News.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                  Faculty Briefs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Tammy Asher,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Associate Professor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Participated, on an Essay Writing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Panel for students at Cooley’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Auburn Hills campus.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Profiled, in the Detroit Legal News,
                                                                                                                                                                                                  on Sept. 29, 2010, in a profile entitled, “Peace Corps
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Prof,” by Sheila Pursglove.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Gary Bauer, Professor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Attended, the International Con-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ference on Clinical Legal Education,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Nov. 4-7, 2010, at the UCLA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Conference Center in California.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Ron Bretz, Professor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Spoke, on Constitutional Rights in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Criminal Cases, at Peoples Law
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     School, on Oct. 27, 2010.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Lectured, a Criminal Law Update,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     to the Wayne County Criminal Ad-
                                                                                                                                                                                                  vocacy Program, on Nov. 19. 2010.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lectured, a Criminal Law Update, to the Macomb
                                                                                                                                                                                                  County Bar Association, on Dec. 6, 2010.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     James L. Carey,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Associate Professor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Testified, before the Michigan Senate
 Kathryn “Kathy” Lindahl (Bird Class, 1995)           Community Engagement: Currently serving as:                                                                                                                    Committee on Commerce and
 Position: Assistant Vice President for Finance       Vice Chairperson, (Mich.) Delta Township Economic                                                                                                              Tourism on Sept. 23, 2010 and the
 and Operations, Michigan State University            Development Commission
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Michigan House Committee on
 Age: 59                                              Board Member, MSU’s Campus Edge Fellowship                                                                                                  Commerce on Nov. 10, 2010, regarding the amend-
 Hometown: Grew up in Hayward, Wisconsin;             Previous board experience has included:                                                                                                     ments to Michigan’s Limited Liability Act. Prof. Carey
 has lived in the Lansing, Mich. area for 32 years.      • First Vice President, Heart of Michigan Girl Scouts                                                                                    was the principal draftsman for these amendments in
                                                         • Capital Area Transportation Authority
 Education: Bachelor of Science, University of           • Michigan American Council on Education                                                                                                 his role as the official reporter for the Michigan State
 Wisconsin, River Falls; Master of Arts, Michigan                                                                                                                                                 Bar Business Law Section LLC Act. The amendments
 State University; Juris Doctorate, Thomas M.         Lindahl also was a 2009 Finalist, Greater Lansing Woman
                                                      of the Year                                                                                                                                 have passed both houses and were expected to be
 Cooley Law School                                                                                                                                                                                signed by the governor in mid-December.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Presented, a presentation entitled “Keys to
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Academic Success,” along with Federal Judge Richard




  10 QUESTIONS WITH
                                                                                                                                                                                                  F. Suhrheinrich, to the Cooley Ann Arbor campus
                                                                                                                                                                                                  on Oct. 19, 2010.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Participated, as a panelist (with professors
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Daniel Ray and Gerald Fisher) at the Nov. 9, 2010
                                                                                                                                                                                                  presentation regarding the legal and social issues



  KATHRYN LINDAHL
                                                                                                                                                                                                  surrounding the proposed “Ground Zero Mosque.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                  More than 100 students, faculty, staff and alumni
                                                                                                                                                                                                  attended this panel sponsored by the Cooley Muslim
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Society and the Cooley Republicans.
    ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT FOR FINANCE AND OPERATIONS AT MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY                                                                                                                                 Julie Clement,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Associate Professor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Awarded, Cooley’s Great Deeds
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Award for the Lansing campus, in
                                         Q. The office of             Q. What made you decide to pursue a law degree?               Q. You have been extremely involved in the commu-                                2009.
                                  finance and operations              A. I worked under Doug Weaver, who served as                      nity, with board membership positions ranging                                Attended, Clarity 2010, the biennial
                                                                                                                                        from the Girl Scouts of Michigan to the Capital           conference of Clarity, the international organization for
                                  has oversight for a                       MSU’s athletic director for 10 years. Doug had                                                                        plain legal language.
                                  university operational                    a law degree and he would often tell me that I              Area Transportation Authority, and the Delta
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Attended, the Legal Writing Institute Biennial Con-
                                  budget of $1.8 billion                    had a good way of analyzing information and he              Township Economic Development Commission.                 ference in June 2010, in Marco Island, Fla.
                                  that supports 47,000                      suggested I consider law school. But I didn’t want          What guides your community involvement?                   Presented, “Let Me Entertain You,” a presentation
                                  students and 10,000                       to become a lawyer in the traditional sense. Doug       A. About five or six years ago, I had an opportunity          questioning whether increasing emphasis on keeping
                                                                                                                                                                                                  students entertained in the classroom is the best way
                                  employees.The budget                      helped me to realize that much of the learning              at another institution and I ended up turning it          to prepare them for the practice of law, at the Legal
                                  includes academic                         at law school is really transferrable and applicable        down. For me, I’m transitioning from a mindset            Writing Institute’s biennial conference in June 2010
     support, physical infrastructure of campus, housing                    to everyday life. So at age 40, I took the leap,            of leading a life of success to a life of significance.   on Marco Island, Fla.
     support of 16,000 students and human resources.                        working full-time at MSU and attending Cooley               I have a passion to share what I’ve learned and to        Moderated, “Writing and Rewriting the Law,” with
     With so many moving pieces, how do you keep                                                                                                                                                  panelists from Sweden, Finland, Hong Kong, and the
                                                                            at night and on the weekends.                               mentor others. And so I look for a variety of
                                                                                                                                                                                                  United Kingdom, Oct. 2010, in Lisbon, Portugal.
     things running smoothly and more importantly:                                                                                      community missions and purposes that allow me             Elected, to the board of directors of PLAIN (Plain
     on budget?                                                       Q. You lead MSU’s campus-wide initiative to reduce                to do that.                                               Language Association International), an international
A. With an enterprise the size of MSU, you constantly                       the university’s carbon footprint, and you also                                                                       association promoting plain language.
     have to refine, refocus and revise. It’s like a giant                  lead the first Big Ten Environmental Stewardship        Q. Describe yourself in three words.                          Elected, mayor pro-tem of the city of Portland,
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mich. She has served on the city council since 2007.
     cruise ship. You can’t turn it on a dime. At times                     Group. Going Green used to be a hard sell.              A. Motivated, competitive and fun. If there were a            Invited, to judge, the Center for Plain Language’s
     you lead; at times you follow; at times you get out                    What has happened to change that?                           fourth descriptor, I’d say generous in caring             Clearmark awards in April 2011 and attended the
     of the way. You constantly have to test the atmos-               A. When I was first asked to lead this, I told my boss            for others.                                               award ceremony in Washington, D.C.
     phere and collaborate with your staff. It’s about                      I didn’t even recycle at home. Now, I use that                                                                        Served, as drafting consultant to the Sixth Circuit
     relationships and trust and leading by incremental                                                                                                                                           Advisory Committee on Rules, in its efforts to recom-
                                                                            example — of where I was and where I am today           Q. What do you do for fun/recreation?                         mend restyling of the court’s local rules to plain English.
     change over time.                                                      — to show that everyone can make a difference.          A. I like to golf, and I love music and playing my                               Patrick Corbett, Professor
                                                                            I think we’re in a defining moment in history; envi-        piano. I have a Yamaha Clavanova, which makes                                Presented, “Internet Security for
Q. You have had an interesting career with diverse                          ronmental issues are the next industrial revolution                                                                                      Your Community,” as a panelist at
                                                                                                                                        me feel as if there’s a full orchestra behind me. I
     positions including, serving as MSU’s associate                        of the world. Now, I have six different recycling                                                                                        the Michigan Association of Counties
                                                                                                                                        also love to travel. I have been to Australia, New                           Summer Conference, in Grand Rapids,
     athletic director, former chair of the NCAA                            containers at home. I’m into it! I’m paying                 Zealand, Japan and China. And an African Safari                              Mich., Aug. 17, 2010.
     Division I Women’s Soccer Committee and                                attention to how many lights are turned on, if              is next on my “bucket list.”                              Presented, “The Clash Between Individual Rights
     your current post.You also served as an adjunct                        my computer is on or off. If you’re going to                                                                          and National Security in Border Crossings,” as a
     professor and taught a graduate-level sports                           lead, you need to lead by example.                                                                                    Constitution Day panelist, at Oakland University,
                                                                                                                                    Q. Fondest Cooley memory?
     law class. How has your law degree supported                                                                                                                                                 in Rochester, Mich., on Sept. 17, 2010.
     you along the way?                                                                                                             A. Walking across the graduation stage!                       Attended, the conference, Core Legal Issues in a
                                                                      Q. How are the practices of law and financial                                                                               High Tech Business World, presented by the State
A. I’m a huge believer that leaders possess skills that                     management similar? How do they differ?                                                                               Bar of Michigan, Information Technology Law
                                                                                                                                    Q. Any advice for new Cooley graduates?                       Section, in Plymouth, Mich., Sept. 22, 2010.
     are transferrable. My job in finance and operations              A. The difference is that in financial management at
     is very broad reaching; it touches athletics. Most                                                                             A. Be mindful of your learning environment and                Presented, “Child Pornography,” at the Washtenaw
                                                                            a university we have to collaborate and agree to
                                                                                                                                        your colleagues. Don’t run over people. I think           County Cyber Citizenship Coalition Kick-Off Breakfast,
     importantly, knowing legal terminology has been                        make a difference. As an attorney, most of the                                                                        in Ann Arbor, Mich., Oct. 6, 2010.
     a huge benefit. I have used my training on a daily                                                                                 too often at law school you’re on a mission.
                                                                            time, you are avoiding conflict or you’re sorting                                                                     Attended, the 15th Annual Governor’s Task Force
     basis. As attorneys, we work between boundaries                                                                                    And you’re so focused on “it’s all about me.”             on Child Abuse and Neglect Summit: A Snapshot
                                                                            through conflict. Eventually, it gets to the point
     and then get to those grey areas. In finance, we                                                                                   It’s not all about you!                                   of Internet Child Exploitation, in Acme, Mich., Oct.
                                                                            that you realize, “This isn’t going to work, so let’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                  14-15, 2010.
     work between boundaries and there’s a fair share                       take them to court.” At MSU, when you have
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Patrick Corbett, Professor (continued)
     of grey areas. You need to stay within the white                       frustrated employees, you collaborate, listen and
     lines, but you don’t always have to be precise. You                    engage as many people as possible.                                                                                                            Continued on Following Page >
     can stay within the big picture.


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FEATURE ARTICLE



 Attended, the Third Annual Sentencing and Reentry
 Institute and Criminal Justice Legal Educators
                                                                     THE


                                                                    M LECULAR
 Colloquium, American Bar Association, in Washington,
 D.C., Nov. 4-5, 2010.
 Presented, “Cyberbullying and Other High Tech
 Crimes Involving Michigan Teens,” to Michigan Youth
 in Government, in Lansing, Mich., Nov. 22, 2010.
 Presented, “Cyberbullying and Other High Tech
 Crimes Involving Michigan Teens,” at Gaylord Public
 Schools, in Gaylord, Mich., Dec. 2, 2010.
 Gerald A. Fisher, Professor
                                                                                                                                     MAKEUP OF AN ATTORNEY
                                                                                                                                     RICHARD MARSH (CHANDLER CLASS, 1983)
                    Selected, as Contributing Editor
                    of prospective book, Michigan
                    Municipal Law, by the publisher:
                    Institute of Continuing Legal
                    Education.
                    Authored, a white paper, “A Local
 Government View of the Michigan Medical Marihuana
 Act,” dated Oct. 5, 2010, requested by the Michigan
 Municipal League and Michigan Townships Associa-
 tion.
 Served, as lead counsel on behalf of Kasson Township,
 Mich., successfully reversing case law precedent
 involving zoning and gravel mining in Kyser v. Kasson
 Township, 486 Mich. 514 (2010).
 Spoke, on the “Need for Clarity,” at the Michigan
 Medical Marihuana Workshop on July 13, 2010, in
 Ypsilanti, Mich.
 Spoke, on “Medical Marihuana,” at the Michigan
 Association of Planning Annual Convention on Oct.
 21, 2010, in Detroit.
 Spoke, on “Medical Marihuana,” at a Genesee County
 Planning Commission Workshop, on Nov. 5, 2010,
 in Flint, Mich.
 Spoke, on “Land Use and Zoning Aspects of
 Ground Zero Mosque Debate,” at a Cooley Muslim
 Law Society Program, on Nov. 9, 2010, in Auburn
 Hills, Mich.
 Spoke, on the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act at the
 Progressive Legal Society Program, on Nov. 15,
 2010, in Auburn Hills, Mich.                                                          When talking with Richard             Making national headlines
 Attended, the Michigan Supreme Court Historical                                       Marsh (Chandler Class, 1983),         A core component of Marsh’s work recently has                  Position: Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
 Society Advocates Guild Dinner.                                                       you would almost surely believe       dealt with an ACLU lawsuit questioning the patents             Company: Myriad Genetics, Inc.
 Interviewed, on Michigan Public Radio, Ann Arbor                                      that he is a scientist. The details   that Myriad holds in relation to certain genes –               Family: Married to Laurie, they have six children together:
 and East Lansing, on Michigan Medical Marihuana Act.                                  of the genetic tests offered by       BRCA1 and BRCA2.                                               Richard, Jr. (28), Douglas (26), Dantzel (24), Allison (22),
 Began work, on the creation of a foundation to                                        Myriad Genetics, the $2 billion                                                                      Stephanie (17) and Madison (15).
 support Oakland County Parks and Recreation.                                                                                The BRCA1 and BRCA 2 genes were patented by                    Hobbies: Basketball, skiing (snow and water) and hiking
                                                                                       company for which Marsh
                    Joseph Kimble, Professor                                                                                 Myriad in 1994 and 1995 after the company was
                                                                                       serves as general counsel,
                    Presented, a plenary address to                                                                          able to identify these genes following extensive re-
                                                              simply roll off the tongue of the former accountant.
                    300 participants at the Éducaloi                                                                         search and discovery efforts. Hereditary mutations in      Drawn to innovation
                    Conference in Montreal. Éducaloi is       He swears it’s all an act.                                     a person’s BRCA1 and BRCA 2 dramatically increase          Before joining Myriad, Marsh served as general
                    a nonprofit organization whose mis-                                                                      an individual’s risk for breast and ovarian cancer (up     counsel, director of intellectual property and director
                    sion is to inform Canadians of their      “I can get by with about a Biology 101 knowledge
 rights and obligations by providing legal information        level,” Marsh said jokingly. “If we get any deeper             to an 82 percent lifetime risk for breast cancer and       of commercial affairs for Iomega, a company in
 in everyday language. Professor Kimble was also on a         than that, I’d have to call in backup.”                        52 percent lifetime risk for ovarian cancer).              an equally complex and fast-growing industry –
 panel, in a talk-show format, for the closing session.                                                                                                                                 computer technology.
                                                              A growing industry                                             A U.S. District Court judge in Manhattan invali-
 Published, an article called “The Best Test of a New                                                                        dated 15 claims of seven patents held by Myriad in         At Iomega, Marsh oversaw legal matters for the
 Lawyer’s Writing” in the December 2010 issue of              Nearly 30 years after graduating from Cooley,
 the Michigan Bar Journal.                                    Marsh finds himself as a leader in a growing industry          2010, possibly altering the industry in the future.        company that invented the once-popular Zip® drives,
                                                                                                                             The main question before the court is a company’s          a removable storage disk that fell out of favor in the
 Published, an article called “Please Vote on Two             commonly known as genetic or molecular diagnostic
 Versions of the Michigan Lawyer’s Oath” in the               testing. Insiders also call it predictive medicine,            ability to patent a gene.                                  early 2000s as USB drives and flash media gained
 January 2011 issue of the Michigan Bar Journal.              personalized medicine, prognostic medicine or a                “Every recognized jurisdiction in the world has
                                                                                                                                                                                        in popularity.
 Agreed, to speak at the Eighth Biennial Conference           combination thereof.                                           decided, yes, you can patent isolated DNA when             “For its time, the Zip drive and disk technology
 of the Plain Language Association International, in
                                                              Regardless of the name, its potential impact on                what you’re doing is producing a valuable thing,”          was an innovative, flexible media storage system,”
 Stockholm.
                                                              patients is noteworthy.                                        Marsh told NPR in November in an interview                 said Marsh. “It satisfied a need, but, eventually,
                    Donna McKneelen,
                    Assistant Professor                                                                                      about the case.                                            fell behind innovation.”
                                                              “I’m constantly astonished by what the scientific/
                    Spoke, on “Wrongful Convictions                                                                          Myriad has appealed the U.S. District Court ruling         A diverse past
                                                              medical industry is able to do,” said Marsh.
                    and the Need for the ‘Wrongful                                                                           and many have speculated that the case will end up         Marsh began his career as an accountant, coming
                    Imprisonment Compensation Act’            Through tests offered by Utah-based Myriad,                    before the U.S. Supreme Court.                             to Lansing, Mich., from his native Texas to work at
                    in Michigan,” at St. Mark’s Parish in     individuals who have a family history of certain types
 Warren, Mich., on Sept. 20, 2010.                                                                                                                                                      Michigan National Bank. He was accepted to
                                                              of cancer can be tested to see if their genetic makeup         “We believe that the patent system works,” said
 Joined, the State Bar of Michigan “Eyewitness Identi-                                                                                                                                  Cooley and continued working at Michigan National
                                                              puts them at a high risk for getting cancer themselves.        Marsh. “In order to promote investment in research
 fication Project” committee, in October 2010.                                                                                                                                          Bank while he attended law school.
                                                                                                                             and development, there must be an incentive. Myriad
 Attended, the “Women and Innocence Conference”               “It is the future of medicine,” said Marsh. “Predictive        spent hundreds of millions of dollars in identifying the   “One of the benefits of Cooley was its flexibility to
 in Troy, Mich., on Nov. 5, 2010.                             medicine gives patients options, many of which save            BRCA genes, promoting and commercializing predic-          allow students to continue employment while com-
 Presented, testimony before the Michigan House of            or extend lives.”                                              tive testing, and educating the medical and insurance      pleting law school,” said Marsh. “It allowed me to
 Representative's Judiciary Committee, on the need
 for compensation for wrongfully convicted exonerees          Cooley at the core                                             communities before earning back its investment. If         augment my law school education with practical,
 in Michigan, on Nov. 10, 2010.                               As general counsel, Marsh leads an internal depart-            that incentive is taken away, no one will invest the       real-world experience.” Marsh took 10 credits a
 Served, on the planning committee for the 2011               ment of five attorneys, paralegals and support staff           capital necessary for such discovery and commercial-       semester, year-round to graduate in three years.
 International Innocence Network Conference set               in addition to various outside counselors through an           ization efforts; and the unfortunate result will be the    Marsh’s first child was born during his second year
 for October 2011.                                            assortment of issues, many focused on intellectual             U.S. falling behind in biotechnology.                      at Cooley. Many question how someone could work
 Served, on the Michigan State Bar Task Force Project         property. He said his training at Cooley is at the core
 on Custodial Interrogations, which successfully passed                                                                      “We believe that the decision (by the U.S. District        and attend law school at the same time, especially
                                                              of his work.                                                   Court) was shortsighted and failed to follow the           with a young child.
 through the Michigan House a bill to require the
 recording of custodial interrogations. The bill is pending   “Cooley provided me with the underlying training               underlying Congressional intent to broadly construe        “Looking back, I actually had more than enough
 in the Michigan Senate.                                      and rigor that is needed for this position,” said              the patent eligibility of discoveries and U.S. Supreme     time,” said Marsh, now the father of six. “I can
                    Helen Mickens,                            Marsh. “Having a problem presented, identifying                Court precedent,” Marsh said.
                    Associate Dean and Professor                                                                                                                                        remember stealing away time to play basketball or
                                                              the root cause, implementing corrective actions                Myriad is determined to continue to fight the case,        golf with law school classmates. Now, it seems as
                    Attended, the Louisiana State Bar         and resolving questions – that is what we do and
                    Association’s “Multi-Topic CLE,” on                                                                      despite its lack of impact on its products.                if I have much less time.”
                    Nov. 20-21, in New York City. Dean
                                                              that analytical process, for me, comes from Cooley.
                                                                                                                             “As to Myriad, the case is not going to have any           Make time for fun
                    Mickens has been a member of the          “It all translates into an ability to identify the
 Louisiana Bar since 1985.                                                                                                   material impact,” Marsh told NPR, noting that Myriad’s     When Marsh isn’t tending to the needs of Myriad
                                                              problem and then work with the team to resolve                 BRACAnalysis® testing is protected by multiple other       or his sizeable family, he can be found enjoying the
                                                              the issue. Cooley provided me that core training,              patents. “What we’re concerned about is, we’re             Utah countryside where he makes his home.
                                                              which I have found useful across various subject               part of the biotech industry, and we believe, as to
                                                              matters that come up.”                                                                                                    “It is just a beautiful place to live,” said Marsh. “I
                                                                                                                             the biotech industry, this will have a very, very          see myself here forever. It has everything I want.”
                                                                                                                             significant impact.”



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                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Nelson P Miller,




      Resolving
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Associate Dean and Professor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Published, by Carolina Academic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Press, the book “A Law Student’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Guide: Legal Education’s Knowledge,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Skills, and Ethics Dimensions.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Published, by the Michigan Bar Journal, the article




      Conflicts
                                                                                                                                                                                                      “Legal Education as a Pie-Maker: Why Michigan
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Benefits from Accessible Law Schools.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Appointed, to the Advisory Board of the Institute
                                                                                                                                                                                                      for Law Teaching and Learning.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Marla Mitchell-Cichon, Professor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Attended, a conference: Women
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        and Innocence, November 3-5, in
           AROUND THE WORLD                                                                                                                                                                                             Troy, Mich.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Testified, before the House Judiciary
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Committee on HB 4790, a bill to
                                                                                                                                                                                                      provide compensation for wrongfully convicted
NANCY WONCH (KELLY CLASS, 1978), COOLEY PROFESSOR & GRADUATE
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Michigan citizens.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Martha Moore,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Assistant Dean & Professor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Reappointed, by the Michigan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Supreme Court, as Vice Chairperson of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        the Attorney Grievance Commission.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Served, as a panelist for a three-panel
                                                                                                                                                                                                      ABA webinar on the Ethical Pitfalls for the Solo Practitioner,
                                                                                                                                                                                                      with more than 600 lawyer participants nationwide.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        John Nussbaumer,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Associate Dean and Professor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Spoke, about access to law school
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        issues at the third National People of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Color Legal Scholarship Conference,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        at Seton Hall University School of
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Law, on Sept. 10, 2010.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Presented, his forthcoming article, titled “The
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Door to Law School,” co-authored with Professor E.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Christopher Johnson, Jr., at the University of Massa-
                                                                                                                                                                                                      chusetts Dartmouth School of Law Education and
                                                                                                                                                                                                      the Law Conference, on Oct. 15, 2010.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Spoke, about misuse and over-reliance on LSAT
 Hometown: Flint, Michigan                                          Current Community Engagement:                                    Current Community Engagement:
                                                                    Board President of Advent House Ministries; President of the     Hearing Panelist, State of Michigan Attorney Discipline Board;
                                                                                                                                                                                                      scores as a criteria for law school admissions, at the
 Education:
                                                                    Lansing Educational Advancement Foundation; Board member,        Chairperson, State Bar of Michigan District E Character and      Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights at St. John’s
 Eastern Michigan University; Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D.
                                                                    Beekman Therapeutic Riding Program;                              Fitness Committee                                                University School of Law on Nov. 13, 2010.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Organized, and participated in the Detroit Federal
                         Halfway around             As part of her studies, Wonch                   Karenni Women’s Organization                    of Pol Pot’s most highly placed officials,        Bar Association’s Employment Law Clinic for self-rep-
                                                                                                                                                                                                      resented litigants, at the U.S. District Court for the
                         the world,                 participated in two field work trips.           (KWO), which is trying to decrease              and visiting nonprofit and non-govern-            Eastern District of Michigan, on Nov. 15, 2010.
                         Cooley professor           The group spent 10 days in Northern             domestic violence within the camp.              ment agencies who work to rectify the                               John Rooney,
                         and mediator               Thailand studying the conflict along the        The KWO empowers the women                      ongoing effects of this horrific period in                          Professor Emeritus
                         Nancy Wonch                border between Thailand and Myanmar             through training and informal education         Cambodian history.                                                  Commented, on economic justice at
                         spent the sum-             (Burma), including visiting a refugee           courses including reproductive health,                                                                              AMINTAPHIL’s biennial conference at
                                                                                                                                                    Visiting the Cambodian Handicraft
                         mer learning               camp. The camp, one of 13 in Thailand,          adult literacy, conflict resolution,                                                                                the Rochester Institute of Technology
                                                                                                                                                    Association for Landmine and Polio
                         more about her             houses hundreds of thousands of people          counseling, and legal issues.                                                                                       Oct 21-23, 2010, in Rochester, N.Y.
                                                                                                                                                    Disabled, Wonch sat with children who
 craft thanks to a 2010 Rotary World                who have fled the military dictatorship                                                                                                           Serves, as a member of the Health Technology
                                                                                                    “Despite the assistance that Thailand           were victims of polio and landmines,              Committee of the Science and Technology Section of
 Peace Fellowship.                                  in Myanmar.
                                                                                                    and other countries provide, this camp          toured their school and is working on a           the American Bar Association.
 Wonch, who has volunteered her time                “Refugee camps are meant to be                  and the people in it are a tragedy,” said       partnership to assist them in developing                            Marjorie Russell, Professor
 since 1994 to teach peer mediation skills          temporary, but the one we visited was           Wonch. “And this is only one of 13              skills and education to overcome the                                Presented, a Brown Bag lecture for
 to more than 2,000 elementary, middle              more than 25 years old,” said Wonch.            camps along the border. It was heart-           stigma of their disabilities. Wonch also                            the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers,
 and high school students as well as law            “The residents have no documents, no            breaking to talk to the people there.           visited Angkor Wat, which is located in                             on “Rethinking Voir Dire,” on Sept. 10,
 students, was selected by the Rotary               citizenship, and they risk death if they        Many have lived in the camp for more            Siem Reap, the poorest province in                                  2010. A link to the video, and two
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        papers associated with the presentation
 Foundation of Rotary International as              try to return to their homes. In fact,          than 25 years.” And the future does             Cambodia, where there is a sense of               can be found at: http://mpdtrainer.wordpress.com/
 one of two Americans to participate in             their homes probably do not exist               not look much better, according to              economic hopelessness and helplessness.           2010/09/20/marjorie-russell-on-inclusive-voir-dire/
 a three-month fellowship program this              any more.”                                      Wonch, as the situation along the bor-                                                            Assisted, along with students, 10 criminal defense
                                                                                                                                                    Giving back
 past summer in Bangkok, Thailand.
                                                    Myanmar has wiped out at least 3,000
                                                                                                    der is worsening.
                                                                                                                                                    It’s not a surprise that Wonch’s trip             lawyers and their clients with half-day pro bono case
 Every year, Rotary International sends                                                                                                                                                               development sessions, at the various Cooley cam-
                                                    villages along its border with Thailand,        Another significant problem in the area         was life-changing. She is hoping to take          puses, throughout Michaelmas Term 2010.
 up to 1,000 professionals from around
                                                    Wonch explained. Camp residents                 is human trafficking because refugees           the skills and perspectives that she              Taught, Action Methods Preparation for Direct
 the world to study abroad in more than
                                                    cannot work in the camps or leave the           are so desperate to escape the camps.           gained from the trip and pay it forward           Examination, at the Criminal Defense Attorneys of
 60 countries through its fellowship
                                                    camps to work and they subsist com-             They are vulnerable and willing to accept       to the next generation.                           Michigan Annual Fall Conference, in Traverse City,
 program. Only 50 of those students                                                                                                                                                                   Mich., on Nov. 11, 2010.
                                                    pletely on donations from aid agencies          almost any plan that might lead to free-
 are selected annually to participate                                                                                                               “The trip allowed me to gain more
                                                    and the largess of the Thai government.         dom. Women and children are especially                                                                              Devin S. Schindler,
 in the program in Thailand.                                                                                                                        academic skills but, most of all, it gave                           Associate Professor
                                                    The camp does provide medical care and          at risk of becoming victims of sex traf-
                                                                                                                                                    me a global perspective to pass on to my
 Wonch spent a majority of her time on              a school for the children. While the living     ficking or being sold as household or                                                                               Presented, “Compliance,
                                                                                                                                                    students.” said Wonch. “I also learned                              ‘Obamacare’ and the Coming
 campus at Chulalongkorn University in              conditions might be better, it is definitely    agricultural help. In Chiang Mai, the
                                                                                                                                                    more hands-on classroom techniques                                  Tsunami” to the SW Michigan Health
 Bangkok where she and other peace                  safer for residents than in Myanmar.            second largest city in Thailand, and the                                                                            Information Management Association
                                                                                                                                                    that can help get students more inter-
 fellows analyzed conflicts from around                                                             closest to the border, Wonch was able                                                             at its annual meeting on Nov. 12, 2010.
                                                    Self-determination is completely absent                                                         ested in issues and conflict resolution as
 the world and the efforts to resolve                                                               to talk to investigators, police officers,                                                        Published, an article, “Between Transparency and
                                                    for these refugees. Their only way out                                                          well as why we ought to get involved.”
 them. She also studied youth conflict                                                              and prosecutors who work to stem the                                                              Safety: Prior Restraints, FOIA and the Power of the
                                                    of the camp is to be accepted as immi-
 resolution programs offered in other                                                               tide of human trafficking. Wonch also           In the United States, we are isolated             Executive,” 38 Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly
                                                    grants into a country like the United                                                                                                             1 (Fall 2010). (Lead article).
 countries, including Thailand. The                                                                 visited a sanctuary for trafficked women        and insulated from the depth and ex-
                                                    States and the chances of that are slim.                                                                                                                            Chris Shafer, Professor
 sessions provided the theoretical and                                                              and girls who have been rescued and             tent of the problems in the rest of the
                                                    Moreover, 60 percent of camp resi-                                                                                                                                  Spoke, to the Cooley Environmental
 academic substantiation for the skills                                                             who are now being educated and taught           world, explained Wonch, adding,
                                                    dents say they just want to go home;                                                                                                                                Law Society on global warming and
 Wonch teaches to her students.                                                                     skills to enable them to work in legiti-        “We cannot afford to do that. Not
                                                    they don’t want to emigrate. They                                                                                                                                   climate change in a presentation
                                                                                                    mate enterprises.                               only is there a moral imperative to try
 A life-changing experience                         generally don’t even try to do so in                                                                                                                                entitled: “Something’s Happening
                                                                                                                                                    to make the world a better place,                                   Here, What It Is Ain’t Exactly Clear,”
 “The (fellowship) experience was life-             the futile hope that they will be able          “It was really sad to hear their stories,”
                                                                                                                                                    but there’s a self-interested one as well.        on Oct. 28, 2010, in Lansing, Mich.
 changing,” said Wonch. “As someone                 to return to their villages someday.            said Wonch. “We all know that human
                                                                                                                                                    We can’t just think and work locally.                               Otto Stockmeyer,
 who regularly teaches these skills, I was                                                          trafficking exists, but it is very painful to
                                                    One of the many problems in the camp                                                            We have to consider how what hap-                                   Emeritus Professor
 fortunate to be able to learn different                                                            meet people who have suffered the ex-
                                                    is domestic violence. On the positive                                                           pens in the rest of the world affects                               Published, an article, “Summon
 approaches to conflict resolution. It was                                                          perience and hear about it firsthand.”                                                                              Your Inner Kingsfield,” in the Summer
                                                    side, most of the women have handi-                                                             us as well as them.”
 also interesting to find out that some of                                                                                                                                                                              2010 issue of The Scrivener, the
                                                    craft skills, and the hope is that those        Cambodia
 the same issues our country faces – like                                                                                                           As for her colleagues on the fellowship                             quarterly newsletter of Scribes,
                                                    skills, combined with efforts to encour-        The second field work experience was
 immigration and education funding –                                                                                                                trip, Wonch said, “I will definitely be           the American Society of Legal Writers.
                                                    age small business development in the           a 10-day trip to Cambodia, one of the
 are shared throughout the world. We                                                                                                                keeping in touch with all of the Rotary           Published, an article, “Calling All Scribes,” in the
                                                    camp, will enable some families to sup-         poorest countries in the world. While                                                             Fall 2010 issue of Labor and Employment Lawnotes,
 have much more in common with                                                                                                                      fellows. We are already planning a
                                                    plement their incomes. But the men              there, Wonch studied the effects of                                                               published by the State Bar of Michigan Labor and
 other countries than we realize.”                                                                                                                  symposium in the Philippines next
                                                    in the camp have no such skills. With           the Pol Pot Regime, including visiting                                                            Employment Law Section.
                                                                                                                                                    spring. We all want to continue this
                                                    nothing to do and access to alcohol,            a Killing Field, Toul Seng Prison, inter-
                                                                                                                                                    phenomenal experience.”
                                                    domestic violence occurs often. Wonch           viewing prosecutors and investigators
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 Otto Stockmeyer, Emeritus Professor
 (continued)
 Published, an article, “An Open Letter to a Colleague
 Preparing to Teach Remedies,” in 12 Thomas M.
 Cooley Journal of Practical & Clinical Law 115 (2010).
 Presented, a talk, “Road Trip! A Look at the Places
 and Personalities Made Famous by Sherwood v.
                                                             Position:
 Walker,” at the Ingham County Bar Association’s
                                                             Head Coach of the Norfolk (Va.) Admirals
 Luncheon Lecture Series, Oct. 27, 2010.
                                                             Education:
                    Amy Timmer,
                                                             Undergraduate studies, Hofstra University;
                    Associate Dean and Professor             Juris Doctorate, Thomas M. Cooley Law School
                    Invited, to be one of 24 participants
                                                             Family:
                    in a national “Summit on Mentoring in    Married (Jessie) with twin daughters (Julia and
                    the Legal Profession,” in Atlanta, in    Josephine, 2 years old) and one son (Jonathan,
                    Feb. 2011.                               8 months)
                    William Wagner, Professor                Noteable Players:
                    Accepted, for publication,               One NHL player (Nathan Gerbe, a center for
                    “Understanding the Threat to             the Buffalo Sabres) and four members of the
                    Inalienable Rights in America,” in a     2007 NCAA Champion Michigan State Spartans
                                                             (Jeff Lerg, Matt Schepke, Justin Johnson and
                    forthcoming book published by
                                                             Ryan Turek) have played for Cooper as amateurs.
                    LexisNexis.
 Accepted, for publication, “Vaccination Choice and
 Parental Consent – God, Government and the
 American Constitution,” in a forthcoming book                 Jon Cooper (Fellows Class, 1997)
 published by Skyhorse Publishing.
 Authored, “Religious Laws/Governance and the
 American Constitution,” a white paper in 2010.                It was a summer afternoon in 1999 when recent               It seemed that wherever Cooper went, success would            Cooper also attributes that presence to his time
 Appointed, to the editorial board of The Western              graduate Jon Cooper (Fellows Class, 1997) was               follow. His 2002 Metro Jets team won the USA                  at Cooley.
 Australian Jurist, an international law journal published     approached by Michigan 55th District Court Judge            Hockey Junior B National Championship. His 2003
                                                                                                                                                                                         “My education at Cooley gave me confidence in
 in Australia in 2010.                                         Thomas E. Brennan, Jr. (son of Cooley’s founder) with       Honeybaked Midget squad was named the top AAA
                                                                                                                                                                                         public speaking and an ability to think on my feet,” said
 Participated, in the making of a movie documentary            a seemingly simple question.                                team in the country by U.S. Hockey News. His St. Louis
 titled: “The Child, The Battle for America’s Next                                                                                                                                       Cooper. “Those moot court and mock court competi-
                                                                                                                           Bandits Junior A Hockey Club, a team that he built
 Generation,” produced by Watchman Cinema in 2010.             “Would you be interested in coaching my son’s hockey                                                                      tions have brought out an ability that helps me daily.”
                                                                                                                           from scratch in 2004, won championships in 2007 and
 Presented, the law school commencement address                team this winter?” Brennan asked.
                                                                                                                           2008. More than 70 players from his St. Louis teams           After a decade of leading amateur players, Cooper
 at Oak Brook Law School 2010 Graduation Ceremony
                                                               Cooper, a former club hockey player in college, had         received commitments from Division I colleges to play         now finds himself in Norfolk, Virginia as the leader of
 in Oklahoma.
                                                               no idea that his response would change his life forever,    hockey. And his Green Bay Gamblers, a perennial bot-          men – players who are paid to play.
 Presented, “The Freedom of Parents to Raise and Make
 Decisions in the Best Interest of their Children,” at the     ultimately resulting in his closing his legal practice to   tom feeder in a top amateur hockey league, won two
                                                                                                                           regular season championships and one post-season              “Many things are the same, but some things are differ-
 American Rally held in Grant Park in Chicago in 2010.         coach full time.
                                                                                                                                                                                         ent,” said Cooper. “Player management is huge here.
 Presented, “The Jurisprudential Battle over the                                                                           championship in Cooper’s two seasons with the team.
 Character of a Nation,” in Trinidad to citizens, clergy,      A little more than a decade (and five teams) later,                                                                       These guys are paid to play, but they also are at very
 and government officials of the nation, including the         Cooper is the head coach of the Norfolk (Va.)               Asked how success has followed him to numerous                different points in their lives. I look down one side of
 Office of the Prime Minister in 2010.                         Admirals, the top minor league affiliate of the             coaching stops, he referenced his schooling at Cooley.        the bench and see 20-year-olds who are just figuring
 Presented, “Building a Law Journal Legacy,” the               Tampa Bay Lightning. His boss is Steve Yzerman,                                                                           things out, just out of college or juniors. Then I look the
                                                                                                                           “Cooley Law School taught me survival,” said
 keynote address at the Journal of Practical and Clinical      the former Detroit Red Wings star who is now                                                                              other way and see a 30-year-old veteran who has three
 Law annual banquet in 2010.                                                                                               Cooper. “No one who graduates from Cooley was
                                                               the Lightning’s general manager.                                                                                          kids. Juggling the personalities is a balancing act.”
 Presented, “Constitutional Protection for Faith and                                                                       given a silver spoon; they worked hard. I took lessons
 Family under Attack by Nannies in Blue U.N. Berets …          “It has been an amazing journey,” said Cooper. “I had       learned at Cooley and throughout my life, and I               So far, the balancing act is working out well. Cooper is
 (and what you can do about it),” at the Metro Detroit         no idea I would end up here.”                               applied them to coaching.”                                    having early success at Norfolk, with the team going
 Freedom Coalition in 2010.                                                                                                                                                              18-6-5-1 in its first 30 games.
 Presented, “Friendly Fire and the Christian Lawyer,”          Cooper had immediate success as a coach. In his lone        Survival and success are married together for Cooper
 to the Christian Legal Society in 2010.                       season coaching Brennan’s Lansing Catholic Center           through an ability to inspire young men to work harder,       Continued success would likely lead to speculation
 Presented, “The Faith of a Lawyer,” at the Chapel             team, in Lansing, Mich., he led the squad to its first      smarter and more as members of a team. Known by               about Cooper’s future in the NHL. Almost everyone
 Dialogue Program at Michigan State University in 2010.        regional hockey title in 25 years and won the Lansing       his players as a teacher, it also is his ability to connect   he sees already asks Cooper about the world’s top
 Presented, “The American Constitution,” to academic           State Journal’s Coach of the Year award.                    verbally that sets him apart.                                 hockey league. Despite that fact, Cooper insists that
 and community audiences at various institutions of higher                                                                                                                               he is totally focused on the present, the job at hand in
 learning in honor of Constitution Day in 2010.                “I liked coaching immediately,” said Cooper. “During        “He’s such a great motivator,” Michigan State
                                                                                                                                                                                         Norfolk. No plan exists for the future.
 Presented, “Protecting Children by Preserving the             the next few years, I went from spending 60 to 70           University sophomore forward Anthony Hayes, a
 Right of Parents to Direct and Control their Upbringing,”     hours on my law practice to spending that much time         former player of Cooper’s, told the Lansing State             “I don’t have a career plan; never have,” said Cooper.
 at Michigan’s Homeschool Day at the Capitol in 2010.          on hockey. The law practice was still my source of          Journal. “Our players came to the rink every day              “I think you run the risk of paying such close attention
 Presented, “Parents, the U.N., and the American               income, but my passion was hockey.”                         ready to impress him. When Jon Cooper                         to your goals that you let other potentially better
 Constitution,” at a statewide convention of citizens and                                                                  walks into a room, he has great presence.”                    opportunities pass you by.”
 state government officials in Tennessee in 2010.              From 2001 to 2010, Cooper would lead four amateur
 Presented, “The Pending Threats to the Unalienable            teams to six championships while winning three more
 Right of Parents to Protect their Children,” at the           Coach of the Year honors.
 INCH State Homeschool Conference in 2010.
 Interviewed, by state and national media outlets
 about a proposed bi-partisan amendment to the United
 States Constitution sponsored by members of the
 United States Congress in 2010.
                    William Weiner,
                                                                                    RE CO RD N UM BE R O F
                    Associate Dean and Professor
                    Presented, the annual Ingham County
                    Bar Association constitutional law
                    update, in two sessions in November.
                                                                    alumni
                                                                       events
                    The annual “Phil & Bill Show” has now
 been a part of the Association’s Luncheon Lecture Series
 for 30 years.
                     Derek S.Witte,
                     Assistant Professor
                     Bargained, for and prepared,                            COAST TO COAST IN 2 010
                     lucrative contract extension for
                     professional cyclist who participated
                     in 2010 Tour de France, in Aug. 2010.
 Provided, expert commentary on local “Facebook
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 Firing” for Grand Rapids WOOD TV 8 news broad-
                                                                  2010 was certainly a banner year for                                                  Orlando, FL                 02/04/10             Lansing, MI                 09/03/10
 cast, Nov. 11 and 12, 2010.
                                                                  alumni events, coast to coast. Many events                                            Washington, D.C.            02/22/10             Lansing, MI                 09/29/10
 Published, an article, “Your Opponent Does Not                                                                                                         Palm Beach, FL              02/25/10             Grand Rapids, MI            09/30/10
 Need a Friend Request to See Your Page: Social
 Networking Sites & E-Discovery,” in 41 McGeorge
                                                                  were co-hosted and sponsored by alumni,                                               Ft. Lauderdale, FL          02/25/10             Columbus, OH                10/19/10
 Law Review 4 (2010).                                             for whose support and participation                                                   Miami, FL                   02/26/10             Appleton, WI                10/21/10
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                                                                  we are grateful.                                                                      Charleston, WV              03/19/10             Auburn Hills, MI            10/22/10
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                                                                  If you are interested in co-hosting an event in your area, please                     Chicago, IL                 04/22/10             Washington, D.C.            11/17/10
                                                                  call Pamela Heos, Director of Alumni and Donor Relations at                           Petoskey, MI                06/03/10             Seattle, WA                 11/17/10
                                                                  (517) 371-5140 x 2014 or email heosp@cooley.edu.                                      Seattle, WA                 06/03/10             Philadelphia, PA            11/18/10
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BENCHMARK COLUMN | JANUARY 2011 | VOLUME 3 | NUMBER 1
                                                                                                                                                ALAN CROPSEY



                                                                                                          A RARE
                                                                                                          LEADER
                                                                                                               MICHIGAN’S 33RD SENATE DISTRICT


                          Alan Cropsey (Marston Class, 1978) has been                  “The big thing that sticks out to me is that several years ago, when I                     Cooley’s flexible schedule and convenient location is what initially
                          leading efforts to fight crime, protect victims, and         worked in the state House, I was a person who was instrumental in                          drew Cropsey, then a school teacher, to the school’s Lansing campus.
                          strengthen the judicial system in Michigan for more          pushing to get the concealed carry (weapon) law passed,” said Cropsey.                     Although, even with the flexible schedule, Cropsey quickly found that
                          than 30 years. But he isn’t a judge or a law enforce-        “The law would make it legal to carry a handgun or other weapon in                         his busy schedule made it difficult to keep up with the work.
                          ment officer; instead, he has protected and served           public in a concealed manner. I worked on that for about six years and,                    “I just remember that I worked full-time and went to law school in the
                          the citizens of the Great Lakes State as one of its          just after I left the House in the late 1990s, the legislature passed the law.             evenings,” said Cropsey. “On a couple of occasions I didn’t even have
                          most experienced legislators in recent history.              “I remember legislators telling me afterwards that, while they passed                      enough time to get all of my studying done. I remember being in class
                       Spanning decades                                                it, I was the one who made it one of the main issues that people were                      a few times thinking, ‘boy, I hope the professor doesn’t call on me.’”
Cropsey is a rare leader in Michigan, someone who has spent time in                    focused on. I really championed the issue and was instrumental in                          In spite of the busy schedule, Cropsey learned a great deal, graduated
each of the past four decades in state office, starting in 1979. As fellow             passing that through the legislature.”                                                     from Cooley and passed the bar entrance exam.
legislators were forced from office due to term limits, Cropsey contin-                A leader for the law                                                                       And while those days at Cooley are far behind him now, Cropsey
ued to serve – enabled by serving three different stints in the legislature            Cropsey received a number of awards and honors for his work in the                         says that his Cooley education continued to shape his work as an
that saw him leave office to pursue a legal career and to serve the state              legislature, most for his work in protecting citizens and protecting their                 elected official.
in an appointed capacity.                                                              rights to protect themselves. Among the awards are a Defender of
                                                                                                                                                                                  “It certainly has had an impact. I ended up chairing the judiciary
But the hourglass for Cropsey’s career in the legislature ran out on                   Freedom Award from the National Rifle Association in 1996, Legislator
                                                                                                                                                                                  committee for about eight years,” he explained, “and that definitely
December 31, 2010. The term limits enacted by Michigan voters in                       of the Year Award from the Michigan Conservative Union in 1983,
                                                                                                                                                                                  would have never happened without a law degree and the
1992 finally caught up with him, ending his time as a legislator.                      the Iron Rider Award from ABATE in 2006 and the Crime Fighter
                                                                                                                                                                                  experience that Cooley gave me.”
“It has been a great experience and I am so blessed to have had the                    Award in 2008 from Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, Michigan.
                                                                                                                                                                                  What’s next?
opportunity to serve in the Michigan legislature for such an extensive                 While Cropsey appears to take great pride in protecting and serving
                                                                                                                                                                                  Cropsey plans to continue his work in service to the public. How he
amount of time,” said Cropsey.                                                         his constituents, he was reluctant to accept praise for such honors.
                                                                                                                                                                                  will do so is still up in the air.
The father of four, Cropsey was almost certainly the last elected                      “A lot of times you are given these awards because of the position that
                                                                                                                                                                                  “I will be in the Lansing area still and I will be in public service still,”
representative or senator in office who served prior to term limits                    you hold,” said Cropsey. “For example, when you’re on the judiciary
                                                                                                                                                                                  said Cropsey. “I have a house between DeWitt and St. Johns (within 20
being enacted. Having served Michigan since its days as an automotive                  committee, there are a lot of issues that law enforcement is concerned
                                                                                                                                                                                  minutes of the state’s capital) with a big yard and, in my spare time, I’ll
power, it is easy to wonder how things have changed since he joined                    about and when you grab onto those issues and champion those issues,
                                                                                                                                                                                  be working around the house. We have a garden and a lot of flowers.”
the legislature in 1979. Instead of focusing on partisanship or economic               they really appreciate it and award you with legislator of the year or
woes, Cropsey quickly pointed to the changes in society as a whole.                    something along those lines.”                                                              He is also enjoying watching his children grow up and pursue their
                                                                                                                                                                                  own careers.
“Society has changed tremendously and the legislature along with it,”                  A degree to write laws
said Cropsey. “In fact, when I first joined the legislature, smoking was               As he discussed his time in the Michigan legislature, Cropsey also                         “My wife and I have been married a little more than 31 years,” he
allowed in the House. Back in 1979, when I was first elected, the guy                  talked about how his passion for public service even influenced his                        shared. “We have four children; two children are married. We have
behind me smoked like a chimney. Now, there’s no smoking in the                        pursuit of a law degree.                                                                   one grandchild.”
whole building, including the floor of the House. It’s been interesting                According to Cropsey, he had always envisioned going to law school.                        One of his children is pursuing a master’s degree, another is earning
to see the continual impact that society has on the legislature.”                                                                                                                 a bachelor’s degree, and two of his sons, fresh out of the military,
                                                                                       “I had always looked forward to having a career in the public sector
An impact from the outside                                                                                                                                                        are planning to seek bachelor’s degrees in the near future.
                                                                                       and I knew a law degree would be a tremendous help in achieving
Despite spending time in four decades as a state official, Cropsey                     that goal,” said Cropsey. “Some people may not believe me, but I                           “It is a fun time,” said Cropsey.
actually points to something that happened while he was out of office                  really did get a law degree with the idea of going into public service
as his greatest accomplishment.                                                        and, hopefully, into the legislature.”




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1976 Cooley Class                                    Grumbine, David, an attorney for Whirlpool         ence of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth        1980 Potter Class                                       area of personal injury, specializing in medical
                  Heos, James T., a senior           Corp., was elected president of the Berrien        Circuit, a special designation for attorneys that      Gair, Anthony H., was named the New York                malpractice for 30 years. He also is a certified
                  partner and shareholder with       County (Mich.) Bar Association for 2010-2011.      makes him eligible to attend all open conferences      Product Liability Litigator of the Year for 2011        civil mediator. Phone: (989) 790-0777; e-mail
                  Church Wyble, P.C., in Lansing,    He is senior counsel of the Dispute Resolution     of this Circuit.The conference is an annual meet-      by Best Lawyers®, a peer-review publication.            kweyandjr@aol.com.
                  Mich. was selected for inclusion   Group at Whirlpool. He served on the St. Joseph,   ing of all circuit, district, bankruptcy, and magis-   Wade, Stephen B., of Skelton, Taintor &                 1981 Dethmers Class
                  in the 2011 edition of The         Mich., Public Schools Board for 13 years as vice   trate judges of the circuit. As a life member, he      Abbott, in Auburn, Maine, has become a fellow           Samuels, James R., an attorney in Big Rapids,
                  Best Lawyers in America in the     president and trustee. He also served on the       will help plan program segments and assist             of the Litigation Counsel of America. He focuses        Mich., has been elected president of the Criminal
                  specialty areas of medical         board of the Product Liability Advisory Council    with banquet speakers in all open conferences          his practice on personal injury law. He has been        Defense Attorneys of Michigan (CDAM). He
malpractice law and personal injury litigation.      and was chairman in 2005-2006. He also served      in even-numbered years.                                named to Best Lawyers in America several times          served as the elected prosecutor in Mecosta
Phone: (517) 372-1011.                               on the board of the Defense Research Institute.    1979 Wiest Class                                       in the specialty areas of personal injury, insur-       County, Mich., for 12 years.
1976 Fletcher Class                                  1978 Marston Class                                                    Clarke, Hugh B. Jr., and            ance, and products liability. He also has been          1981 Kavanagh Class
Jacokes, Paul, was elected president of the          Hoort,The Hon. David, judge in Michigan’s                             co-counsels Thomas Wuori            listed in New England Super Lawyers since 2007          Johnson, Patricia A., a solo practitioner in
Referees Association of Michigan. He is a family     8th Circuit Court, was elected treasurer of                           and E.Thomas McCarthy, set-         and holds an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell.         Okemos, Mich., was selected for inclusion in the
court referee in the 16th Circuit Court in Mt.       the Criminal Law Section for the State Bar of                         tled a wrongful imprisonment        1980 Bushnell Class                                     Stanford Who’s Who. She specializes in counseling
Clemens, Mich., where he is chief referee for        Michigan. He also writes a judge/law-related                          case for $2 million in the U.S.     Otis, David K., a member with Plunkett                  clients in matters of debt relief, and also
Judge Tracey Yokich. He has been a referee for       blog at http://judgedavidhoort.blogspot.com                           District Court for Western          Cooney in East Lansing, Mich., was selected for         handles estate planning, divorce, family law,
nearly 10 years and in family law for more than    1978 Kelly Class                                                        Michigan. Clarke was also           inclusion in the 2011 edition of The Best Lawyers       garnishments, power of attorney, wills and trusts,
30 years. Previously, he was a practitioner and an                    Reynolds, Frank H., of            appointed by Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm           in America in the specialty area of municipal law.      adoption, guardianships, and conservatorships.
enforcement officer for the Friend of the Court.                      Foster Swift Collins & Smith,     to the bench, in 54-A District Court, in Lansing,      With nearly 30 years of experience, he concen-
E-mail: pjacokessr@yahoo.com                                                                            Mich. Phone: (517) 487-1401; e-mail:                                                                           1982 Brooke Class
                                                                      P.C., in Lansing, Mich., was                                                             trates his practice in the area of municipal litiga-    Stein, Sherry A., a shareholder with Foster Swift
1977 Graves Class                                                     named to the 2010 edition         hugh@hugeclarklaw.com.                                 tion, representing cities, townships, and counties in   Collins & Smith, P.C., was named to the 2010
Brey, Ingrid, was named to the 2010 edition                           of Michigan Super Lawyers,        Hertzberg, Robert S., was named to the 2011            actions involving alleged violations of civil rights,   edition of Michigan Super Lawyers, published by
of Michigan Super Lawyers, published by Super                         published by Super Lawyers        edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the          employment disputes, zoning matters, and litigation     Super Lawyers magazine. She also was selected for
Lawyers magazine, in the specialty area of immi-                      magazine. He also was selected    specialty areas of bankruptcy and creditor-debtor      arising from the Whistleblowers, Open Meetings,         inclusion in the 2011 edition of The Best Lawyers in
gration. Brey represents employers who seek to for inclusion in the 2011edition of The Best             rights. He is a partner and co-chair of the Corpo-     and Freedom of Information acts.                        America. Stein is a shareholder and past leader of
employ foreign nationals within the United States. Lawyers in America. Reynolds joined Foster Swift     rate Restructuring and Bankruptcy Practice Group       Weyand, Karl J. Jr., was named to the 2010              the firm’s Employment, Labor and Benefits Practice
She is of counsel with the firm of Nemeth Burwell, in 2009 as a shareholder in the firm’s General       of Pepper Hamilton, L.L.P., Detroit. He has been       edition of Michigan Super Lawyers, published            Group and specializes in employee benefits.
P.C.She also advises employers on worksite         Litigation Group. His practice focuses on criminal   practicing almost exclusively in the bankruptcy and    by Super Lawyers magazine. It is the fifth
immigration compliance and enforcement issues. defense, family law, and professional and occupa-        restructuring field for more than 31 years.            consecutive year that Weyand has earned this
She has published numerous articles on             tional licensing. Reynolds also was recently                                                                designation. He is a solo practitioner in the
immigration law.                                   approved as a Life Member of the Judicial Confer-                                                                                                                                                Continued on Back >



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   1983 Blair Class                                         Wagner, Harley O., has opened The Wagner                  2003 Swainson Class                                     2009 Coleman Class                                     Hills, Robert J., is an associate attorney with
   Jaworski, the Hon.Tom, was re-elected to a               Law Firm, 55 Meridian Pkway, Ste. 102, Martins-           Roggenbuck, Amanda, has been reappointed to                          Malone, Barry, an associate               Johnson, Bunce & Noble, P.C., in Peoria, Ill. His
   six-year term as Alachua County, Fla. Court              burg, WV 25404. He will focus solely on DUI               the National Association of Counties’ Agriculture                          attorney with Adkison, Need         practice areas are business law, real estate, and
   Judge on Aug. 24, 2010. His term continues               defense. Phone: (304) 901-7400; e-mail:                   and Rural Action Caucus Steering Committee. She                            & Allen P.L.L.C., in Bloomfield     governmental law. Phone: (309) 691-9650;
   through Dec. 31, 2016.                                   hwagner@westvirginiaduilawyers.com;                       is a Tuscola County, Mich. commissioner. In addition,                      Hills, Mich., received the Volun-   e-mail: rhills@peorialawyers.com.
   1985 T. Smith Class                                      web: www.westvirginiaduilawyers.com.                      she was elected vice president of the Women of                             teer of the Year Award from                            Nastoff, Jeremy, joined
   Lowney, Stephen J., a shareholder with Foster            1996 Black Class                                          Michigan Association of Counties, an organization                          Community Legal Resources                              the Traverse City, Mich., office
   Swift Collins and Smith, P.C., in Lansing, Mich., was                        Kennedy, Carrie, has joined           that supports, educates, and provides a network for                        for his representation of the                          of Smith Haughey Rice &
   named to the 2010 edition of Michigan Super                                  the Detroit office of Plunkett        women in appointed or elected positions.               Friends of Eliza Howell Park, Inc., as an intervening                      Roegge. He practices in the
   Lawyers, published by Super Lawyers magazine.                                Cooney as a senior attorney in        2004 Cross Class                                       party in a lawsuit over ownership of Eliza Howell                          areas of bankruptcy law,
   He also was selected for inclusion in the 2011                               the firm’s Insurance and Pro-         Gear, John, opened the John Gear Law Office,           Park. His practice areas include land use and real                         banking and finance law, and
   edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Stephen is                           fessional Liability Department.       161 High St., SE, Suite 208B, Salem, Oregon            estate, as well as representing business and                               real estate law.
   the chair of the firm’s Employment, Labor and                                She focuses her practice on           97301. He focuses on life care and end-of-life         government entities. He focuses on land use and
                                                                                                                                                                             ownership disputes, zoning and permitting issues,       2010 Woodbridge Class
   Benefits Practice Group. His legal practice is in                            insurance-related work such           planning for elders, consumer protection for all                                                               Yaroch, Jeff, married Sara Vangieson
   the business and tax areas, with an emphasis             as coverage disputes, entitlement issues, and             ages, and strategic planning and legal counsel for commercial and residential leasing, and represent-          (Coleman Class, 2009).
   on employee benefits, 401(k) plans and other             catastrophic injuries, as well as on no-fault law and     nonprofits and small businesses. He also offers        ing homeowners and condominium associations.
   deferred contribution plans, employee stock              motor vehicle litigation. She has particular              free ‘simple’ wills to active duty military, veterans, Phone: (248) 540-7400; e-mail:
   ownership plans, and other forms of equity               expertise in defending claims involving traumatic         police, and firefighters on “Free Will Fridays”        bmalone@anafirm.com.
   compensation benefits.
   1986 Mundy Class
                                                            brain injuries, severe burns, and spinal cord injuries.
                                                            1998 Snow Class
                                                                                                                      at his office. Phone: (503) 602-4363.                  Slep, Ryan, is an assistant prosecutor for Clare
                                                                                                                                           Gerard, Craig S., with The County, Mich. He previously worked in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     In Memorium
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Krasicky, Eugene, 87, a long-time adjunct pro-
                  Cunningham, Janice K., a                  Summers, Sean E., a partner in the York, Penn.,                                Gallagher Law Firm in Lansing, Flint-Genesee County Prosecutor’s Office.                  fessor at Cooley Law School, died Nov. 27, 2010.
                  partner with Mallory, Cunning-            office of Barley Snyder L.L.C., argued Snyder v.                             Mich., was selected for inclusion    Vangieson, Sara, married Jeff Yaroch                   Each term at convocation, the Eugene Krasicky
                  ham, Lapka, Scott & Selin,                Phelps before the U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 6,                              in the 2010 edition of Michigan      (Woodbridge Class, 2010).                              Award is presented to the Assistant Editor of
                  P.L.L.C., was awarded the Ing-            2010. Sean specializes in commercial litigation in                           Super Lawyers, published by          Winters, Nicole L., is an attorney with the            the Law Review who made the most significant
                  ham County (Mich.) Bar                    state and federal court. Phone: (717) 852-4997;                              Super Lawyers magazine, as a         Brown & Crouppen Law Firm in St. Louis, Mo.            contribution to publishing the Law Review.The
                  Association’s Camille S.                  e-mail: ssummers@barley.com.                                                 Rising Star. He focuses his prac-                                                           award was named after Professor Krasicky be-
                  Abood Distinguished                                                                                 tice on estate planning, probate administration, and    2009 Riley Class
                                                            2000 Jay Class                                                                                                                                                           cause he developed the Scholarly Writing pro-
   Volunteer Award for 2010.                                                                                          estate administration. He also was recently elected                    Drayton, Charles, has
                                                                              Wight, David, has opened                                                                                                                               gram at Cooley. Scholarly Writing is an honors
                                                                                                                      president of the Greater Lansing Estate Planning                           joined Fraser Trebilcock in
   Kline, Robert J., was selected for inclusion in                            The Law Office of David S.                                                                                                                             writing course that is the foundation of the
                                                                                                                      Council. Phone: (517) 853-1510; e-mail:                                    Lansing, Mich., as an associate
   the 2011 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in                         Wight, 8880 Rio San Diego                                                                                                                              school’s Law Review. Professor Krasicky was
                                                                                                                      csg@thegallagherlawfirm.com.                                               working in litigation and real
   the specialty area of trusts and estates. He also                          Dr., Ste. 800, San Diego, Calif.                                                                                                                       also very active in the development of the St.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 estate. He is a licensed insur-
   was named to Florida Trend magazine’s Florida                              92108. His areas of practice            2005 Boyles Class                                                                                              Thomas More Society at Cooley. He was a for-
                                                                                                                                                                                                 ance counselor and insurance
   Legal Elite, and as a Florida Super Lawyer by                              include estate planning and             Mida, Kasio Jr., was named a full partner in                                                                   mer First Assistant Attorney General for the
                                                                                                                                                                                                 agent. He also is a former
   Law & Politics, both in the specialty areas of                             administrative law, including           the Ramp and Mida Law Firm in Pohnpei of the                                                                   state of Michigan. Memorial contributions may
                                                                                                                                                                              trader with the Chicago Board of Trade and
   trusts and estates. He continues to maintain an          veteran’s benefits. Phone: (619) 209-6019;                Federated States of Micronesia (FSM).The firm                                                                  be made to St. Mary Cathedral in Lansing, Mich.
                                                                                                                                                                              served as a squad leader with the Marine Corps
   AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Phone: (813)          e-mail: david@wightlawoffice.com.                         is engaged in commercial and litigation practice,       Infantry Reserves.                                     May 1979 Wiest Class
   227-6567; e-mail: robert.kline@hklaw.com.                2000 Cushing Class                                        admiralty and maritime law, banking and insur-                                                                              Parsell, Darryl, 58, former
                                                                                                                      ance law, family law, criminal defense, and matters     Pappin, Craig, has joined Brown, Raduazo, and
   1987 Champlin Class                                      Fuller, Chris, has joined the faculty of Briar Cliff                                                                                                                                        Alumni Relations Director for
                                                                                                                      involving Micronesian land laws. He advises             Hilderley, in Jackson, Mich., as an associate focus-
                     Davis, Mark A., president and          University in Sioux City, Iowa as an assistant                                                                                                                                              Cooley Law School, died Aug.
                                                                                                                      clients regarding incorporation within the FSM or       ing on criminal law, family law, and landlord-tenant
                     CEO of Howard & Howard                 professor of accounting and business. Previously,                                                                                                                                           24, 2010, after a long bout
                                                                                                                      individual states. He also is the founder and first     matters. He continues to serve in the U.S. Air
                     Attorneys, P.L.C., in the firm’s       he was an adjunct professor at Washtenaw                                                                                                                                                    with brain cancer. He created
                                                                                                                      elected president of a nonprofit organization           Force Reserve as a special agent assigned as the
                     Royal Oak, Mich. office was            Community College in Ann Arbor, Mich., and at                                                                                                                                               the school’s first formal
                                                                                                                      called GATA (Guide and Assist Through Aware-            reserve superintendent to the Office of Special
                     named to the 2010 edition              Baker College in Jackson, Mich. He is a Certified                                                                                                                                           alumni association and later
                                                                                                                      ness). GATA is based in Chuuk, an island group in       Investigations in Tucson, Ariz. He spent five years
                     of Michigan Super Lawyers,             Public Accountant.                                                                                                                                                       guided it through a complete reorganization. In
                                                                                                                      the southwestern part of the Pacific Ocean, and         on active duty as a special agent with the Air
                     published by Super Lawyers                                                                                                                                                                                      2006, he was presented with the Distinguished
                                                     2001 Blair Class                                                 one of four states of the FSM.                          Force Office of Special Investigations.
   magazine in the specialty area of real estate.                                                                                                                                                                                    Alumni Service Award by the Executive Com-
                                                     Driscoll, Brian, and his brother Daniel Driscoll                                                                         Schumacher, Haley M., joined Brown &
   In addition, he has been named to the 2011                                                                         2005 Starr Class                                                                                               mittee of the Alumni Association for his effective
                                                     (T. Johnson Class, 2002), both employed with the                                                                         James, P.C., in Belleville, Ill., as an associate in
   edition of DBusiness’ Top Lawyers.                                                                                 Classens, Matthew, L., a general practice                                                                      advocacy for the law school and its graduates.
                                                     Prosecutor’s Office in Clark County, Ohio, suc-                                                                          the Arson-Fraud Litigation, Employment Law,
                                                                                                                      attorney with Bishop & Heintz, P.C., in Traverse                                                               In 2009, the Cooley Board of Directors issued
   1987 Grant Class                                  cessfully prosecuted an aggravated murder case,                                                                          Insurance Law, Premises & Retail Liability and
                                                                                                                      City, Mich., was awarded with the Sixth Annual                                                                 a Resolution of Appreciation for his efforts.
   Fossel, Joy, a partner at Varnum in Grand Rapids, State of Ohio v. Juan Rios. Rios was sentenced to                                                                        Subrogation practice groups.
                                                                                                                      Pro Bono Service Award by the Grand Traverse –                                                                 Memorial contributions may be made to the
   Mich., has been honored with the Michael S.       two consecutive life sentences following his con-
                                                                                                                      Antrim – Leelanau County Bar Association.               Walker, Jennifer L., is an assistant prosecutor        Cooley Alumni Memorial Scholarship Fund.
   Barnes Award from Legal Aid of West Michigan viction in the murders of two Mexican nationals
   for her pro bono service.                         at a Springfield, Ohio nightclub.                                He works primarily in the areas of criminal law,        with the Jackson County, Mich. Prosecutor’s            1983 Blair Class
                                                                                                                      general civil litigation, and personal injury           Office. She was formerly the public relations          Kacirk, Fr. Raymond J., 80, of Dearborn Heights,
   1989 Copeland Class                                      Gregg, Randall S., was promoted to the position           matters. Phone: (231) 946-4100; e-mail:                 director for World Hope International’s                Mich., died on Sept. 6, 2010. He was ordained to
   Branson, James O., city attorney for Midland,            of General Counsel for the Michigan Office of             matt1@bishopheintz.com                                  Canadian office.                                       the priesthood in Fribourg, Switzerland in 1959
   Mich., was re-elected as a member of the board           Financial and Insurance Regulation (OFIR). Gregg
                                                                                                                      2006 Reid Class                                         2009 Souris Class                                      and served as a chaplain for the Youth Group at St.
   of directors for the Michigan Association of             serves as lead counsel to the commissioner of
                                                                                                                                    Mysliwiec, Melisa M.W.,                   Fitzpatrick, Lisa Hennessy, is an associate            Alfred Catholic Church in Taylor, Mich., for
   Municipal Attorneys and elected as a member of           OFIR, and as the supervising attorney of the Office
                                                                                                                                          has joined Bernick Omer             with Mills & Bryant, L.L.P., in Greenville, N.C. She   Hospice at the Henry Ford Medical Center and
   the board of directors for the Legal Defense             of General Counsel, which consists of 16 attor-
                                                                                                                                          Radner & Ouellette, P.C., in        practices in the areas of family and domestic law,     the Knights of Columbus. He also served as an
   Fund of the Michigan Municipal League. In 2007,          neys and support staff who provide legal counsel
                                                                                                                                          Lansing, Mich. She practices in     including premarital agreements, separation            instructor for the Judson Eagle Program in Detroit,
   he received the Michigan Distinguished Attorney          and representation to OFIR staff. Phone:
                                                                                                                                          the areas of estate planning,       and property settlement agreements, equitable          as the director of the New Way Inn residential
   Award from the Michigan Association of                   (517) 241-3068; e-mail: greggr2@michigan.gov.
                                                                                                                                          probate and estate administra-      distribution, alimony, child support and custody,      facility in Lansing, Mich., as an administrator for
   Municipal Attorneys.                                     2002 T. Johnson Class                                                         tion, elder law and Medicaid        adoption, guardianships and termination of             Holden House in Lansing, and as a high school
   Goodenough, Brian G., an attorney with                                      Chartier, Mary, and Natalie            planning, and guardianships and conservatorships.       parental rights, wills and estates, elder law, and     teacher in Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan, and Germany.
   Foster Swift Collins & Smith, P.C., was selected for                        Alane (Chase Class, 2002),             She is active in the Probate and Estate Planning        traffic matters.
   inclusion in the 2011 edition of The Best Lawyers in                        announce that their law firm,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     2000 Rutledge Class
                                                                                                                      Section of the State Bar of Michigan, where she                                                                Dulle, Donald, 36, of Beavercreek, Ohio, died
   America in the specialty areas of municipal law, real                       Alane & Chartier, P.L.C., in                                                                   2010 Woodward Class
                                                                                                                      serves on the standing committees for Amicus                                                                   on Nov. 4, 2010, after a lengthy battle with cancer.
   estate law, and workers’ compensation law.                                  Lansing, Mich., received the Pro                                                               Morse, Cassandra, is practicing law in Alpena
                                                                                                                      Curiae and Elder Law. She also is active in the                                                                He was a legal investigator for the Greene County
                                                                               Bono Circle of Excellence                                                                      and Mio, Mich. She specializes in estate planning
   1990 E. Wilson Class                                                                                               Elder Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan,                                                                Prosecutor’s Office and an adjunct professor at
                                                                               Award from the State Bar of                                                                    and family law in Alpena, and has a general
   Kole, Jerome M.P., is now the Region IV                                                                            and serves as a liaison between the Elder Law                                                                  Wright State University. Memorial contributions
                                                            Michigan.The award is given to firms that have                                                                    practice in Mio.
   administrator in Michigan for the State Court                                                                      and Probate & Estate Planning sections. She is                                                                 may be made to a college fund for his children
   Administrative Office, overseeing 66 judges in 31        shown a commitment to providing legal serv-               the assistant editor of the State Bar of Michigan                           Suarez, Robert, has joined         at U.S. Bank or the Hospice of Dayton, 324
   counties. Previously, he was a Trial Court Adminis-      ices to the poor.The firm specializes in appellate        Probate and Estate Planning Journal.                                        Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Wilmington Pike, Dayton, OH 45420.
   trator for the Midland County, Mich., Courthouse.        work in state and federal court, family law, and                                                                                      in Grand Rapids, Mich. He is
                                                            criminal defense. Phone: (517) 482-2000; e-mail:          2006 Edwards Class                                                                                           2004 Needham Class
   He also has been an attorney in private practice, a                                                                                                                                            fluent in Spanish, Russian,
                                                            mary@alanechartier.com.                                   Hetu, Jennifer M., has joined Honigman, Miller,                                                                               Northup,Willette Joyce,
   partner in the Midland, Mich., firm of Kole & Kole,                                                                                                                                            Arabic, and French and counsels
                                                                                                                      Schwartz, and Cohn L.L.P., in Bloomfield Hills,                                                                               Willette Northup-Thompson,
   administrator of the Town & Country Health               Driscoll, Daniel, and his brother, Brian Driscoll                                                                                     businesses and individuals in
                                                                                                                      Mich, as an attorney in the Intellectual Property                                                                             32, the Director of Cooley’s
   Care Facility, probate and juvenile court referee        (Blair Class, 2001) both employed with the                                                                                            matters including immigration,
                                                                                                                      Practice Group of the firm’s Corporate and                                                                                    Graduate and Extended Pro-
   for Midland County trial courts, and a Midland           Prosecutor’s Office in Clark County, Ohio, suc-                                                                   commercial litigation, real estate, estate planning,
                                                                                                                      Securities Department. She concentrates her                                                                                   grams, passed away on Dec. 8,
   County Probate Court administrator.                      cessfully prosecuted an aggravated murder case,                                                                   and criminal matters. He also represents families
                                                                                                                      practice on domestic and foreign applications for                                                                             2010 after a courageous battle
                                                            State of Ohio v. Juan Rios. Rios was sentenced to                                                                 and individuals with wrongful death and personal
   1991 Lawrence Class                                                                                                trademarks, and will also represent clients in                                                                                with cancer. Willette’s family
                                                            two consecutive life sentences following his con-                                                                 injury claims, and veterans in proceedings involving
   Pototsky, the Hon. Jonathan, has been                                                                              proceedings before the Trademark Trial and                                                                   requests that donations be made to the Eaton
                                                            viction in the murders of two Mexican nationals                                                                   veterans’ benefit claims before the Board of
   appointed by Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter to the                                                                      Appeal Board. Previously, she worked at the U.S.                                                             (Mich.) Community Hospice in her memory. 
                                                            at a Springfield, Ohio nightclub.                                                                                 Veteran Appeals.
   bench in Colorado. He most recently served                                                                         Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandra,Va.
   as a felony prosecutor in the 9th Judicial District.     2002 Chase Class                                                                                                  Trujillo, Steven, is a prosecutor with the
                                                                                                                      2006 Fitzgerald Class
   Previously, he was in private practice in New                               Alane, Natalie, and Mary                                                                       Graham County, Ariz., Attorney’s Office.
                                                                                                                      Garcia, Alicia, is an associate with Querrey &                                                                 With more than 14,000 graduates in all
   York and Michigan.                                                          Chartier (T. Johnson Class,            Harrow in Chicago. She concentrates her prac-           Wallace, Dylan J., joined the office of
   1993 Moore Class                                                            2002), announce that their law         tice in general litigation, commercial litigation,      Isackson,Wallace & Pfeifer, P.C., in Alpena, Mich.     50 states and in dozens of countries,
                      Chernich, Scott A., a share-                             firm, Alane & Chartier, P.L.C., in     and civil rights. Phone: (312) 540-7000.                                                                       it’s not hard to find a Cooley graduate
                                                                                                                                                                              2010 Witherell Class
                      holder at Foster Swift Collins                           Lansing, Mich., received the Pro
                                                                                                                      Pollard, Christopher, is a solo practitioner in         Anderson, Chris, joined the Branch County,             to network with, find referrals, or just to
                      & Smith, P.C., was named as                              Bono Circle of Excellence
                                                                                                                      the fields of municipal, family, and criminal law,      Mich. Prosecutor’s Office as an assistant prose-
                      the 2011 Lansing Bankruptcy                              Award from the State Bar of                                                                                                                           meet up with for a Cooley alumni mixer.
                                                                                                                      in the New Brunswick, N.H. area.                        cutor. He previously worked for three seasons
                      and Creditor-Debtor Rights            Michigan.The award is given to firms that have
                                                                                                                                                                              as a Branch County Sheriff’s Office Marine
                      Lawyer of the Year by Best            shown a commitment to providing legal services            2007 Fisher Class                                                                                         Join the Cooley Law School
                                                                                                                                                                              Patrol Officer and worked for 911 and as a
                      Lawyers®, a peer review publi-        to the poor.The firm specializes in appellate             Leiken, Jessica, married Aaron Goldstein on                                                               Community on LinkedIn. Scan
                                                                                                                                                                              corrections officer.
   cation. He concentrates his practice exten-              work in state and federal court, family law, and          May 30, 2010. She works in the law practice of
                                                            criminal defense. Phone: (517) 482-2000; e-mail:          David Snyder, P.L.L.C., in Syracuse, N.Y.                                   DesNoyers, Jessica, joined    the QR code below with your
   sively in Chapter 7, 11 and 13 bankruptcy cases,
                                                            natalie@alanechartier.com.                                                                                                            Varnum in Grand Haven, Mich., smartphone to join now!
   representing creditors in prosecuting claims and                                                                   2007 Boston Class
                                                                                                                                                                                                 as an associate attorney on
   recovering collateral. He also has significant experi-                        Blake, David G., joined the          Porter, Nicholas, is an assistant attorney with
                                                                                                                                                                                                 the corporate law team. She
   ence as a debtor’s lawyer and as a trustee. In 2003,                          Detroit office of Plunkett           the Seward County, Kan., Attorney’s Office.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 previously was a law clerk for
   he was appointed as a Chapter 7 Panel trustee by                              Cooney in the firm’s Litigation      2008 C.J. Adams Class                                                      the 17th Circuit Court and for
   the U.S. Justice Department.                                                  Practice Group. He focuses his       Hull, Nathan, is an assistant prosecutor for                               the Legal Assistance Center
                                                                                 practice in the areas of general     Mecosta County, Mich. He handles misde-
   1996 Stone Class                                                                                                                                                           in Grand Rapids, Mich. She also served as a
                      Chalgian, Douglas G., a                                    liability, medical malpractice,      meanors and all cases involving juvenile abuse          paralegal for the Denver City Attorney’s Office
                      partner of Chalgian & Tripp                                product liability, and profes-       and neglect.                                            for two years.
                      Law Offices, was elected as           sional malpractice liability. He represents clients
                                                            in a wide range of litigation, including wrongful                                                                                     Fetkenhier, Kate, has
                      chair of the Probate and
                                                            death and catastrophic personal injury cases,                                                                                         joined The Gallagher Law
                      Estate Planning Section of the
                                                            premises liability matters, and professional                                                                                          Firm with offices in Detroit,
                      State Bar of Michigan. He also
                                                            malpractice liability cases. He also has experience                                                                                   Lansing, and Grand Rapids,
                      is an adjunct professor at
                                                            in complex commercial litigation, mold exposure                                                                                       Mich. She will focus on litiga-
   Cooley, where he has taught Estate Planning.
                                                            cases, wrongful discharge and employment                                                                                              tion involving mortgage and
   He practices exclusively in the areas of estate
                                                            non-compete matters, and trademark                                                                                                    oil and gas disputes.
   planning and elder law. He also authored the
   Michigan Medicaid Planning Handbook published            infringement litigation.
   by the Institute for Continuing Legal Education.




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