Gary Bauer

Gary Bauer

Professor, Auxiliary Dean

B.S. Purdue University 1971
M.S. Central Michigan University 1976
J.D. Thomas M. Cooley Law School 1988

Professor Bauer joined the full-time faculty at Cooley in 1998 as an Assistant Professor. Before that, in 1997, he was hired as a Visiting Professor supervising clinical students at Sixty Plus, Inc., Elderlaw Clinic.

Professor Bauer practiced law as a criminal defense attorney for several years before being hired as the clinic's Litigation Director, serving in that position 1993-1996.

Prior to law school, Professor Bauer served in the U.S. Air Force as a Captain and navigator-bombardier on B-52's and KC-135's. After leaving the Air Force, Professor Bauer was employed as a Regional Sales Manager Mitsui, U.S.A., representing its interests in establishing retail outlets for its diesel powered equipment.

Professor Bauer finished first in the ABA Regional Negotiation Competition while attending law school. Also, while a clinical student, he successfully appealed an administrative order to the Michigan Court of Appeals which remanded the matter back to the Circuit Court for an error of law.

Professor Bauer has taught Wills, Trusts and Estates, environmental law and general practice externs, and he currently teaches several clinical courses in the Sixty Plus, Inc., Elderlaw Clinic.

He is chair, General Practice Concentration, Secretary and Council Member, Law Practice Management Section of State Bar of Michigan.



Bauer, Gary, "The Sixty Plus Estate Planning Clinic—Change Is the Constant," 10 T M Cooley J Prac & Clin L 107 (2007).

Bauer, Gary, "Addressing the Needs of Solo Small Firm Practitioners Through Law School Based Programs to Reduce Stress in Practice - Several Approaches," 6 T M Cooley J Prac & Clin L 1 (2003).

Bauer, Gary, "Sixty Plus Elderlaw Clinic, An Elder Law Teaching Model," Michigan Bar Journal, Feb. 2002, p. 52.

Bauer, Gary, "An Elder Law Teaching Model," 81 Mich Bar J 52 (2002).

Bauer, Gary, "Using the Clinic and the Placement Office to Provide Assistance to Students Starting a Solo/Small-Firm Office", AALS Section on Clinical Legal Education Newsletter, (April 2001).

Bauer, Gary, "Translating Clinical Experience into Job Opportunities," 1 T M COOLEY J PRAC & CLIN L 174 (1997).

Book Reviews and Other Short Works

Bauer, Gary and Terrence F. Cavanaugh, "Medicaid Analysis in Developing an Estate Plan," 12 MICH LAW WKLY 1064 (1998).


Institute of Continuing Legal Education Solo and Small-Firm Institute, June 22, 2004; Opening a Law Practice - Is Solo Practice for You?", Dearborn, MI.

Presenter at People's Law School; "Social Security, SSI, Medicare and Diabaility Law", November, 2003.

Association of American Law Schools, Workshop on Clinical Legal Education; "Teaching 'Good Lawyering' through Observation of 'Bad' Lawyering". May 2003.

Michigan State University, Department of Psychiatry, Forensics Seminar. "Competency Standards, Medical and Legal - What's the Difference?" August 2, 2001.

Bauer Gary, panel participent, "A panel discussion" presented to T.M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, Michigan (July 2000)

Michigan Cooperative Extension Service - Adult Children/Aging Parents Series. May 1999; "Incapacitated Adults and Children; Long-Term Planning Considerations".

Successful Aging Seminar, Aging Parents Series, Sparrow Hospital; "Incapacitated Adults and Children - Long Term Planning Considerations" April, 1999.

The First Michigan Forum on Long-Term Care - 1998, Livonia, Michigan; "Medicaid Risk Analysis and Long-Term Care Considerations".

South Central Michigan Alzheimer's Association, Jan. 1998. "Life and Death Decision Making".


Real-World Experience

Experience: Criminal Defense Attorney, U.S. Air Force Captain

Courses: Sixty Plus, Inc. Clinic, Elderlaw Clinic, Wills, Trusts and Estates, Environmental Law

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