Erika R. Breitfeld

Erika R. Breitfeld

Assistant Professor

B.A.  Michigan State University, 2001
J.D., cum laude, Michigan State University College of Law, 2004

Erika R. Breitfeld joined the full-time faculty in 2013. Previously, she served as a Visiting Professor from 2011–2012, and an Adjunct Professor since 2009, teaching Advanced Writing and Research & Writing.

Before coming to Cooley, Professor Breitfeld was an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Macomb County, Mich., from 2005–2011. As a prosecutor, she worked in the district, circuit, and family court divisions. From 2007–2010, she also served as the 37th District Drug Court assistant prosecutor providing alternative sentencing and substance-abuse treatment for non-violent criminals. In 2011, she was promoted to the Child Sex Crimes Unit, where she prosecuted child rapists and child molesters.

Before her career as an Assistant Prosecutor, Professor Breitfeld was an associate attorney for Ward, Anderson, Porritt & Bryant, P.C., in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., where she defended insurance companies in no-fault insurance and negligence matters.

As a law student, Professor Breitfeld was the recipient of several scholarships, including the Walter Oberer Scholarship for trial-advocacy excellence, and the Eve August Moot Court scholarship for oral advocacy. She also clerked at Church, Kritselis & Wyble, P.C., in Lansing, Mich.

Professor Breitfeld is the lead volunteer for the Lincoln High School book club sponsored through the Kimberly Cahill Memorial Reading Program. Professor Breitfeld is also on the board of directors for the Carol Ann Substance Abuse Recovery organization, a non-profit group that assists the 37th District Court.

Professor Breitfeld teaches Criminal Law, Advanced Writing, Research and Writing, and the Genesee County Prosecutor’s externship class, at the Auburn Hills, Michigan, campus.



Erika Breitfeld, Annual Survey of Michigan Law: Criminal Law, 60 Wayne L. Rev. 597 (2015).

Erika Breitfeld, Changing Lives One Book at a Time: The Kimberly Cahill Reading Program, 92 Mich. B.J. 34 (May 2013).


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Courses: Advanced Writing, Research and Writing, Genesee County Prosecutor’s Externship

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