Honorable Thomas E. Brennan

Honorable Thomas E. Brennan

Founder, President, Dean Emeritus and Professor

LL.B. University of Detroit, 1952
LL.D. Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 1976

President Brennan was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in 1953, and practiced law in Detroit for nine years. He was elected to the Detroit Common Pleas Court in 1961, advancing to the Wayne County Circuit Court and finally to the Michigan Supreme Court, where he served as Chief Justice in 1969 and 1970.

In 1972 Judge Brennan founded the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. In 1974 he resigned from the Court to become the school's first full-time Dean. During his decanal tenure, Judge Brennan founded the Cooley Legal Authors Society, the Student Bar Association, the Scholastic Review Board, the Thomas M. Cooley Law Review, and he designed the school's year-round, three-divisional system.

Judge Brennan currently serves as chairman of the Thomas M. Cooley Board of Directors, treasurer of the Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society, and as a member of the board of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights.

Judge Brennan is the author of numerous legal articles. In 1995 he published Judging the Law Schools, a ranking of all accredited American law schools according to data published by the ABA.

Bibliography

Articles

Brennan, Thomas E., "Nonpartisan Election of Judges: The Michigan Case. (Judicial Selection: What Fits Texas? A National Symposium on Judicial Selection and Tenure)," 40 SW LJ 23 (1986).

Brennan, Thomas E., "Return to Philadelphia: A Case for Calling of an Amendatory Convention Under Article 5 of the Federal Constitution," 1 COOLEY L REV 1 (1982).

Brennan, Thomas E., "The Last Prerogative (A Symposium on Federalism)," 6 HARV J L & PUB POL'Y 61 (1982).

Brennan, Thomas E., "Videotape: The Michigan Experience," 24 HASTINGS LJ 1 (1972).

Brennan, Thomas E., "Tenancy by Entireties: Estoppel to Deny (comment)," 15 U DET LJ 20 (1951).

Books and Chapters in Books

Brennan, Thomas E., THE BENCH: A NOVEL. East Lansing, MI: TEBCO, Inc. (2000).

Brennan, Thomas E., JUDGING THE LAW SCHOOLS. East Lansing, MI: TEBCO, Inc (1996).

Book Reviews and Other Short Works

Brennan, Thomas E., "The Past as Prologue, Part Two," 71 MICH BJ 387 (May 1992).

Brennan, Thomas E., "Justice and Technology - 1997," 50 MICH BJ 149 (1971).

Brennan, Thomas E., "On Mass Arrest," 48 MICH BJ 34 (May 1969).

Other Writings

Brennan, Thomas E., THOMAS M. COOLEY LAW SCHOOL: ANNUAL REPORTS OF THE PRESIDENT, 1979-1991. Lansing, MI: Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 1991.

Brennan, Thomas E., Project Coordinator, GUIDE TO CEREMONIES OF THE MICHIGAN SUPREME COURT, 1857-1992, AS RECORDED IN THE MICHIGAN REPORTS, prepared by the Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society. Lansing: Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society (1993).

Judicial Opinions

Brennan, Thomas E., THE BENCH: A NOVEL. East Lansing, MI: TEBCO, Inc. (2000).

Brennan, Thomas E., JUDGING THE LAW SCHOOLS. East Lansing, MI: TEBCO, Inc (1996).

Presentations

Brennan, Thomas E., "Memorandum to State Bar of Michigan (Michigan Supreme Court's Power to Remove Justice Riley)." Presentation to the State Bar of Michigan Board of Commissioners on March 21, 1983 (transcript)." 1983 DET CL REV 1069.

 

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