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Class Notes Notices




Woodbridge Class

Hilligan Class

Todd Class

Thomas, Detriss, graduated from the Georgia Young Lawyers Leadership Academy, a program for young lawyers interested in developing their leadership skills. Participants are selected through a competitive application process.

Johnson, Anthony, of Atlanta, Georgia, was named to the Judge Advocate General Corp.

Griffie, Michael R., joined Butzel Long as an associate in the firm’s Detroit office. He specializes in Labor and Employment Law, and also practices in the areas of commercial litigation and higher education law. He worked in school leadership for 10 years, including service as principal of Hamtramck Academy. He was named to the Michigan Chronicle “40 Under 40” in 2014 for his service in education leadership.

Sauter, The Hon. Jeffrey, 63, of Grand Ledge, Michigan, died May 25, 2016. He was a judge with the Easton County (Michigan) Circuit Court and was part of a team that established the Eaton County Veterans Treatment Court. He was previously the longest-serving Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney, serving in that elected office 1991-2013.



Duvall Class

Douglass Class

Arena, Christopher P., earned his LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law from The George Washing University Law School in Washington, D.C., in May 2016.

Smith, Robert B., died March 4, 2016.

Whitehead, Bert “Tiger,” owns and operates Access Legal Care based in Redford, Michigan and Oak Park, Illinois. Services include family, estate administration, property, civil lawsuits, criminal and traffic, creditor and debtor, trademark and copyright and small business startup. Phone: (855) 437-3704; e-mail: tigerw@ 2011

Sibley Class


Moore Class Cameron, Jason, has joined Cantor Colburn LLP as an Associate in the firm’s Houston, Texas, office. Cantor Colburn is one of the largest full-service IP law firms in the country. Jason concentrates his practice on patent preparation and prosecution in high-technology fields, including electrical and mechanical engineering, oil and gas technologies, and aerospace technologies. He has more than 25 years of experience working in the engineering and technology fields.

Racli, Paolo, served as a panelist during the compliance management discussion for the 2016 Joint Mutual Forum hosted by the FDIC and OCC, federal banking regulatory agencies, at the FDIC headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. He is First Vice President, Compliance Officer, Information Security Officer & Counsel at Cross County Savings Bank in Middle Village, New York.

Milner, Nathan J., joined Goldberg Segalla as an associate in the firm’s Workers’ Compensation Practice Group, in Syracuse, New York. He was previously an assistant supervising hearing attorney with the New York State’s Special Funds conservation Committee.


Deutch, Lauren, represented WMU-Cooley President Don LeDuc and WMU-Cooley Law School at the inauguration of Dr. Kim Schatzel, 14th president of Towson University in Towson, Maryland, on Sept. 16, 2016. Lauren is a 2009 graduate of Towson University and is employed with Hill Barns and McInerney in Westminster, Maryland.

Chipman Class Barlaskar, Abe, an attorney with Plunkett Cooney in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, was named a 2016 Rising Star in Personal Injury: Defense, by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine. To be considered a Rising Star, candidates must be either 40 years old or younger or licensed to practice for 10 years or less. No more than 2.5 percent of eligible attorneys receive the “Rising Star” designation.


Faculty Briefs


Kelly Class


Montgomery Class Engle, David S., died Dec. 9, 2014. 2003

Otis Smith Class Kemp, Ethan, of Jersey City, New Jersey, died Aug. 26, 2016. He was the founder and owner of Kemp Law Group, LLC, in Jersey City, New Jersey. 2011

Chipman Class


Marshall, Mya L., 41, died Aug. 5, 2016, in Birmingham, Michigan.

Marshall Class


Todd Class Roland, Timothy, 29, of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, died in an automobile crash June 8, 2016.

WMU-Cooley encourages all graduates to contribute information to the Class Notes. We want to learn about your law career and other accomplishments in the legal profession. E-mail communications@

Tammy Asher, Professor Served, for the third consecutive year, as an Educator Delegate at the Annual West Point Leadership Ethics and Diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Workshop in Detroit, Michigan, in September 2016. Gary Bauer, Professor Presented, “Powers of Attorney, What are they? How can they go wrong?” Oct. 9 for the Alpena Alcona Area Community Credit Union, and again on Oct. 10 at the Alpena Senior Center.  Submitted, the manuscript for a book which has been peer reviewed, has been accepted, and is being prepared for publication by the American Bar Association titled Solo Lawyer By Design. Selected, by the Solo & Small Firm Section of the State Bar of Michigan, as the 2016 winner of the Section’s Outstanding Achievement Award.  Published, multiple new blogs on, including, “It is not the law that makes a good lawyer!,” “Great Attorney, Bad Fit!,” “Solo, Best Exit Strategy For Retirement; Hire To Retire,” and over 100 more over the last 20 months. Many of these have been re-published by permission on other websites.

Erika Breitfeld, Assistant Professor and Auxiliary Dean Presented, introductory remarks during the Integrity in our Community Speaker event on June 29, 2016 at the Auburn Hills campus. On behalf of Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, presented Valerie Newman with an award for her outstanding leadership, civility, and integrity during her distinguished career. Participated, in a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Veterans’ Treatment Court for Macomb County.   Awarded, the Stanley E. Beattie teaching Award for the third time at the May 2016 graduation.  Participated, in meetings as cochair for the State Bar Criminal Issues Committee.  Spoke, as a panelist at the Women Lawyers Association event “Love your job, Live your life” about the importance of working hard and also maintain a healthy life outside of work. Mark Cooney, Professor Cited, in the 2016 editions of five American Jurisprudence Trials sections, eight American Jurisprudence Proof of Facts sections, treatises in California and Texas, and a 2016 George Mason Law Review article, for his article “Benching the MondayMorning Quarterback: The ‘Attorney Judgment’ Defense to Legal-Malpractice Claims.” The article was previously quoted in a published 2013 decision of the Illinois Appellate Court.

Spoke, at the State Bar Young Lawyers Section Annual Summit, in Novi, Michigan, on “Appealing Briefs.” Attended, the annual dinner of the Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society’s Advocates Guild, at the Michigan Supreme Court, in Lansing, Michigan. Republished, an article called “The Architecture of Clarity” in the September Michigan Bar Journal. The article made the Social Science Research Network’s Top Ten downloads list for three of its e-Journals, including Law & Rhetoric. Spoke, on clear document design for the Lansing Chapter of the National Association of Legal Secretaries, in Lansing, Michigan.    Participated, in a meeting of the Board of Directors of Scribes – The American Society of Legal Writers, and continued reviewing author submissions to The Scribes Journal of Legal Writing. Appointed, Chair of the Association of Legal Writing Directors’ New Directors Committee. Attended, the Legal Writing Institute’s biennial conference, in Portland, Oregon, including participation in a summit of journal editors. Attended, the Association of Legal Writing Directors’ annual meeting and its special reception for new directors in Portland, Oregon. Hosted, the Law Review’s annual Distinguished Brief Award Dinner, in Lansing, Michigan. Edited, and posted studentauthored summaries of Sixth Circuit opinions for the ABA’s Media Alerts website, for which he serves as the circuit supervisor.

Attended, Auburn Hills Environmental Law Society’s “Lunch & Meet” event, featuring conservation attorney Meghan Prindle. Professor Cooney serves as this student group’s faculty adviser. Renalia DuBose, Assistant Professor Organized, and moderated, a forum, “Responding to a Law Enforcement Encounter,” Nov. 9, 2015, in Tampa, Florida. Assisted, in coordinating the Tampa Bay campus celebration of Juneteenth on June 16, 2016. The event featured “Professionalism Personified,” with guest speaker Keith DuBose, a shareholder in Matthews Eastmore Trial Lawyers in Sarasota, and Professor DuBose’s brother-in-law. David Finnegan, Professor Delivered, a presentation in Washington, D.C. on “The Economic Implications of Law Reform in Africa” on a conference panel at the American University Washington College of Law on April 15, 2016. The other panelists included a sitting justice on the Supreme Court of Uganda, a former Nigerian government minister, and a South African judge. Authored, a report for the International Legal Resource Center on an “Assessment of Zanzibar’s Pilot Case Management System” on Aug. 22, 2016), providing pro bono advice on a judicial reform project under way in East Africa. The ILRC, based in Washington, D.C., is a joint effort 47

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