Mara Kent

Mara Kent


B.F.A. University of Michigan, 1993
J.D., summa cum laude, University of Detroit Mercy, 1996

Mara Kent joined the Cooley faculty in 2000 and teaches Contracts and Sales.

She graduated second in her law school class at the University of Detroit Mercy, where she earned book awards in Civil Procedure, Agency & Partnership, Employment Law, and Corporations, and served as an editor of the Law Review.

She was a member of the Moot Court Board of Directors, and received the Best Oralist award for the G. Mennen Williams competition. She received numerous scholarships and honors while in law school, including the Dean's Scholarship for Academic Excellence, the American Association of Corporate Counsel Scholarship, and the Irish-American Lawyers Association Scholarship.

Following law school, she served as a judicial law clerk for Michigan Supreme Court Justice Michael F. Cavanagh. After completing her clerkship, she was in private practice as an appellate attorney, specializing primarily in civil rights and employment law. She has submitted briefs on behalf of her clients to the Michigan Supreme Court, Michigan Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and federal district courts.

Professor Kent also serves as a cooperating attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, where she does pro bono work.



Kent, Mara, Wood v. Boynton and the Incredible Journey of the Eagle Diamond, Wisconsin Magazine of History  (Dec. 2013)

Kent, Mara, "The Common Law History of Non-Economic Damages in Breach of Contract Actions v. Willful Breach of Contract Actions", 11 TX. WES. L. REV. 481 (2005)

Kent, Mara, "Forced" v. Compulsory Arbritration of Civil Rights Claims", 23 J. LAW AND INEQ. 97 (2005)

Kent, Mara, Limiting Michigan's Guilty and Nolo Contendere Plea Appeals, A Good Idea?, 73 U. Det. Mercy. L. Rev. 431 (1996); cited by the Michigan Supreme Court in People v. Bulgar, 462 Mich. 495, 614 N.W.2d 103 (2000)

Mara Kent and Thomas Kent, Michigan's Civil Rights Claimants: Should they be Required to Give Up their Physician-Patient Privilege when Alleging Garden-Variety Emotional Distress?, 77 U. Det. Mercy L. Rev. 479 (Spring 2000)

Kent, Mara, Going the Distance: Distance Education at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 81 Mich. B.J. 48 (2002)

Books and Chapters in Books

Kent, Mara, Chapter in, Teaching Law Practice: Preparing the Next Generation of Lawyers, Publ. LLC (2013)


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Specialties: Civil Rights, Employment Law

Courses: Contracts and Sales

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