Norman Fell

Norman Fell

Professor, Chair of the Clinical Department, and Executive Director of The Cooley Innocence Project

B.S. Wayne State University 1965
J.D. Wayne State University 1968

Professor Fell began his teaching career at Cooley in 1988 after 20 years of experience in the practice of law. Before coming to Cooley, he was in private practice as a solo practitioner in Ann Arbor concentrating on criminal trial and appellate litigation appearing in state, district, circuit, appellate, and federal courts. He has also served as a staff attorney at the Washtenaw County Legal Aid Society and was Deputy Director of that organization. He began his practice of law as a member of the Los Angeles Public Defender's Office in California where he became Chief Deputy Defender of the Long Beach Municipal Court.

Professor Fell holds the position of Professor Emeritus. He has served as chairman of the school's Clinical Law Department. He is the former Executive Director of the Sixty Plus Elderlaw Clinic. He is the Founder and former director of the Cooley Innocence Project, and the Public Defender Externship Clinic.

He is a member of the American Bar Association and the state bars of Michigan and California. Professor Fell also serves as a member of the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, and the National Innocence Project Network. He is a member of The Clinical Law Education Association and the American Association of Law School's Clinical Law Section. He has been active in the National Academy of Elderlaw Attorneys, and the Senior Justice Section of the State Bar of Michigan. He has served on the Tri-County Office on Aging Governing Council and on the board of directors for Neighborhood Senior Services of Washtenaw County. He has been a fellow of The Michigan State Bar.

Professor Fell teaches Clinical Law, Practice and Trial Skills, Criminal Law, and Professional Responsibility. He served as executive director and is a supervising attorney in the Criminal Law Defender Clinic and the Cooley Innocence Project.

Professor Fell has made numerous speaking presentations on topic of Wrongful Convictions and the Innocence Project 2002-2010, including: Psychiatric Association of Michigan, Michigan Forensic Center, University of Michigan Criminal Justice Department, Michigan State University Psychology Department, Washtenaw County Bar Association, Ingham County Bar Association, Macomb County Bar Association, and Ann Arbor Public Schools. He also made numerous presentations on the topic of Elder Law including: What Care Providers Should Know on Law and the Elderly," presented at Children and Aging, sponsored by Michigan State University and the Ingham County Extension Service, Lansing, Michigan (annual presentation 1992-1998) and "Guardianship Evaluation and Review: Models to Assist Courts in Making Informed Decisions," Presented at American Society on Aging Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA (March 1994).

The awards he has received include: Justice For All (Criminal Defense Lawyers of Michigan}, The Patriots Award (Washtenaw Bar Association), and The Liberty Bell Award (State Bar Association) He was also named as one of the 25 Leaders of the Law in Michigan by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.



Fell, Norman, "Elder Law Practice," 2 T M COOLEY J PRAC & CLINICAL L 1 (1998).

Fell, Norman, "Development of a Criminal Law Clinic: A Blended Approach," 44 CLEVELAND STATE LAW REVIEW 275 (1996).

Fell, Norman, "Guardianship and the Elderly: Oversight not Overlooked," 25 U TOLEDO L REV 189 (1994).


Real-World Experience

20 Years of Practice Before Joining Cooley

Specialties: Criminal Trial, Appellate Litigation

Courses: Clinical Law, Practice and Trial Skills, Criminal Law, Professional Responsibility

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