Judith A. Frank

Judith A. Frank

Distinguished Professor Emerita

B.A., with distinction, University of Michigan 1966
M.A., magna cum laude, Michigan State University 1970
J.D., magna cum laude, Thomas M. Cooley Law School 1986


Before attending Cooley, Professor Frank spent 18 years as an educator. Following graduation from Cooley, she practiced in the litigation section of Dickinson, Wright, Moon, Van Dusen and Freeman then returned to Cooley as a faculty member. Professor Frank is involved extensively in public service activities. She has authored two editions of the Senior Citizens Resource Handbook, an official publication of the State Bar of Michigan, three law journal, and two law review articles. She participated as a member of the American delegation to the International Client Counseling Competition and served as a liaison to southern Africa. She is a 1999 recipient of the Diana Award.

As a professor, she has supervised student interns at the Sixty Plus, Inc., Elderlaw Clinic and has conducted classes as part of the clinic's curriculum. She teaches Contracts and Wills, Estates and Trusts.



Judith A. Frank, The Human Legacy: Using Ethical Wills to Enhance Estate Planning, 6 Thomas M. Cooley J. Prac. & Clin. L. 65 (2003).

Judith A. Frank, Lessons and Ideas: Skills Instructions in Large Law School Classes, 3 Thomas M. Cooley J. Prac. & Clin. L. 307 (2000).

Judith A. Frank, Preneed Funeral Plans: The Case for Uniformity, 4 Elder L.J. 1 (1996).

Judith A. Frank, Guardianship Procedures: A Clinical Program to Assist in the Decision-Making Process (Michigan), 10 Thomas M. Cooley L. Rev. 91 (1993).

Books and Chapters in Books

Frank, Judith A. “To Think, to Act, to Learn: From Process to Performance.” In Reflections of a Lawyer’s Soul: The Institutional Experience of Professionalism at Thomas M. Cooley Law School, edited by Amy Timmer and Nelson Miller. Buffalo, NY: William S. Hein, 2008.

Frank, Judith A. Senior Citizens Resource Handbook: A Guide to Michigan’s Aging Network 2nd ed. Lansing, MI: State Bar of Michigan, 1991.

Frank, Judith A. Senior Citizens Resource Handbook: A Guide to Michigan’s Aging Network. Lansing, MI: State Bar of Michigan, 1990.

Other Writings

Judith A. Frank, "Thomas Cooley's Required Skills Curriculum." In Committee Update. Chicago, IL: American Bar Association, General Practice Section, 1993.


Judith A. Frank, Presentation, Teaching Lawyering Skills in Large Classrooms (Australasian Professional Legal Education Council International Conference, Sydney, Australia, September 1996).

Judith A. Frank, Presentation, Guardianship Evaluation and Review: Models to Assist Courts in Making Informed Decisions (American Society on Aging Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, March 1994).

Judith A. Frank, Presentation, Getting the Court to Make an Informed Decision: The Role of the Guardian Ad Litem, a Model (American Bar Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, August 1991).


Real-World Experience

Courses: Contracts and Wills, Estates and Trusts

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