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Class Notes 2012


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.





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.

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