Terrence F. Cavanaugh

Terrence F. Cavanaugh

Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Visiting Professor

B.S.E. University of Michigan 1971
J.D. University of Toledo 1978


Professor Cavanaugh joined the Thomas Cooley staff in 1995 as a clinical supervisor and teacher at the Sixty Plus, Inc., Elderlaw Clinic, and taught Criminal Law Clinic. He served as an Adjunct Professor in Lawyering Before Trial and Trial Advocacy 1989-1992. He became a full-time professor at Cooley in 1995.

In private practice, Professor Cavanaugh was a general practitioner in Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1978-1995, focusing on the areas of criminal defense, family law litigation, business planning, and commercial and residential real estate. Before entering the profession of law, he served as a math and science teacher for Livonia Public Schools, then as a math teacher for Ann Arbor Public Schools.

Professor Cavanaugh has taught as part of the Sixty Plus Inc., Elderlaw Clinic faculty. He also has taught Wills/Estates/Trusts, Equity and Remedies, and Criminal Law, and supervised many externships. He has taught and supervised the Washtenaw County Public Defender Clinic for many years.

In 2003, 2006, 2013 and 2014 Professor Cavanaugh served as co-Director of Cooley’s Australia/New Zealand Foreign Study Program. Professor Cavanaugh has been a faculty adviser for the Thomas M. Cooley Journal of Practical and Clinical Law. He was a co-winner of the Beattie Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2004. He is currently also designated as a Distinguished Visiting Professor.



Cavanaugh, Terrence F., "Governmental Land Boundaries in Michigan," 4 TM COOLEY J OF PRAC 7 CLINICAL L 251 (2001).

Book Reviews and Other Short Works

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


Real-World Experience

Specialties: Criminal Defense, Family Law Litigation, Business Panning, Commercial and Residential Real Estate

Courses: Wills/Estates/Trusts, Sixty Plus Inc., Elderlaw Clinic, Washtenaw County Public Defender Clinic

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