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Lansing Parks and Recreation summer program participants parade around Cooley Law School Stadium during the 16th annual Cooley for Kids day.

Class Notes

COOLEY FOR KIDS Baseball Fun For Area Kids and WMU-Cooley Law Students Hundreds of Lansing Parks and Recreation kids got to take in a Lansing Lugnuts baseball game, a free lunch, and plenty of fun activities during this year’s annual Cooley for Kids Day at Cooley Law School Stadium. The festivities started with the kids parading around the ball field carrying their colorful student-made banners. Then the Dream Team kid winners were announced and each of them got to run out with their paired up ball player onto the field. WMU-Cooley law students joined in by throwing out a first pitch and the singing of the national anthem.



Cooley Class

Wing Class

Heos, James, won a $2.75 million settlement for the estate of a 61-year-old motorcyclist who was struck and killed on Aug. 4, 2015. The settlement was placed on the record before the Hon. John Maurer on Sept. 1, 2016. He notes that expert testimony by accident reconstructionists, economists, physicians and toxicologists, was critical to the resolution. Phone: (517) 881-5032.

McKeen, Brian, managing partner of McKeen & Associates, a medical malpractice and personal injury law firm based in Detroit, Michigan, was named to the 2016 Michigan Super Lawyers list by Super Lawyers Magazine.


Campbell Class Jordan, Stephen H., was re-elected to the Executive Committee of Rothman Gordon, P.C., where he is head of the firm’s Labor Law Department.


T. Smith Class

Kelly Class


Bushnell Class


Jaworski, Thomas, was re-elected without opposition to his third six-year term as Alachua County Court Judge in Florida. He was previously elected in contested races in 2004 and 2010.



Students from Lansing’s Parks and Recreation summer program and WMU-Cooley law students team up during Cooley for Kids Day on July 25, 2016.

McAlvay Class

Lowney, Stephen J., an attorney with Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC, was listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2017, in Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law.

Reynolds, Frank H., an attorney with Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC, was listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2017, in Bet-theCompany Litigation, Criminal Defense: General Practice and White Collar, and Family Law, and in 2016 Michigan Super Lawyers, in Criminal Defense.

“Cooley for Kids Day is always a fun and gratifying event,” declared Terry Carella, WMU-Cooley’s communications director. “We are proud of our 16-year partnership with Lansing Parks and Recreation and we look forward to seeing the kids enjoy this event every year.”


Otis, David K., a partner with Plunkett Cooney in East Lansing, Michigan, was named a 2016 Super Lawyer in Government by Michigan Super Lawyers Magazine. Only 5 percent of the state’s licensed practitioners are named to the list. He was also designated a 2017 Best Lawyer in Municipal Law and Litigation in The Best Lawyers in America.

Miles Class Tarter, Todd B., was appointed to a four-year term as Associate Judge, 16th Judicial Circuit Court, in Kane County, Illinois. 1986

Sherwood Class O’Connor, Michael J., was named supreme secretary of the Knights of Columbus. A member of the Supreme Board of Directors, Michael has also served as the organization’s supreme treasurer and assistant supreme advocate. Michael is the founder of Michael J. O’Connor & Associates, LLC, a law firm with 15 offices throughout Pennsylvania,

and has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in the field of workers’ compensation from 2004 to 2016 as published by Philadelphia Magazine. 1987

Champlin Class Lombardo, Frank J., a partner and senior trial attorney with Wingate Russotti Shapiro & Halperin LLP, in New York City, New York, was named to the New York Sportscene Children’s Foundation’s board of directors as a Senior Director. He is a member of the foundation’s events committee and will serve as chair for the organization’s 2017 Celebrity Golf Classic. 1988

Pratt Class Forbush, Audrey J., an attorney with Plunkett Cooney in Flint, Michigan was named a 2016 Super Lawyer in Government by Super Lawyers Magazine. Only 5 percent of the state’s licensed practitioners are named to the list. Maurer, John, was appointed circuit court judge for Eaton County, Michigan. He was most recently a member of the Clinton County (Michigan) Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Previously, he worked for two decades with the Grand Ledge law firm of Deming & Maurer. 1989

Copeland Class Goodenough, Brian G., an attorney with Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC, was listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2017, in Insurance Law, Municipal and Real Estate Litigation, and Workers Compensation. He also received a Best Lawyers 2017 Lawyer of the Year distinction in Real Estate.


Douglass Class Millenbach, Paul J., an attorney with Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC, was listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2017, in Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants, and in 2016 Michigan Super Lawyers, in Business Litigation. 1990

Benjamin F.H. Witherell Class Cox, William D., was named to DMagazine Best Lawyers in Dallas 2016. Cox, of the Law Offices of William D. Cox III, in Dallas, Texas, handles criminal law matters for high-profile clients and executives. He is a former felony prosecutor and has been named among the National Association of Trial Lawyers Top 100 Lawyers (20122015). 1991

Lawrence Class Dadswell, Charles, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary at Illumina, was presented with the 2016 General Counsel Award for large public companies by the San Diego Business Journal. The award recognizes excellence in work as internal counsel. Turetsky, Donna, a partner with Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP, in Long Island, New York, was honored by Hofstra University School of Law Center for Children, Families, and the Law as one of its Long Island Outstanding Women in the Law. She is a partner in the firm’s Trusts and Estates and Elder Law Practice Groups and concentrates her practice on trust and estate administration, elder law, estate planning, special needs planning, and guardianships.


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