Tonya Krause-Phelan

Tonya Krause-Phelan

Professor, Auxiliary Dean

A.A. Ferris State University 1983
B.S. Ferris State University 1985
J.D. DePaul University College of Law 1988

In 2005, Professor Krause-Phelan joined the Cooley faculty as a Visiting Professor teaching Criminal Law. She became a full-time Professor at Cooley in 2006.

Before joining Cooley, Professor Krause-Phelan worked as both a private criminal defense practitioner and as an Assistant Public Defender with the Kent County Office of the Defender in Grand Rapids.

While in private practice, Professor Krause-Phelan served as adjunct faculty for the School of Criminal Justice at Ferris State University, where she taught Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure.

During her years in practice, Professor Krause-Phelan lectured on a variety of criminal law topics, including "Junk Science in the Courtroom: Cross-Examining the Child Sexual Abuse Accommodations Syndrome Expert" and "Getting Experts in Court-Appointed Cases." She has also served on the faculty for the Hillman Trial Advocacy Program.

Professor Krause-Phelan frequently appears as a commentator on numerous radio, television, print, and internet media sources regarding criminal law and procedure issues.

Professor Krause-Phelan has served as co-editor and editor of The Informant, a publication of the former Kent County Criminal Defense Bar. She also has served as editor of Right to Counsel, a publication of the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan.

At Cooley, Professor Krause-Phelan teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Defending Battered Women, Criminal Sentencing, and Ethics in Criminal Cases. Professor Krause-Phelan assists with the West Michigan Defenders Clinic. She also coaches national mock trial and moot court teams.



Tonya Krause-Phelan, Heather Garretson, Jane Siegel and Kara Zech Thelen, The Value of Variety in Teaching: A Professor's Guide, 64 J. Legal Educ. 65 (2014).

Krause-Phelan, Tonya, "Does the Retroactive Application of a State Court Ruling That Abolishes the Well-Established Common Law Diminished Capacity Defense Violate a Defendant’s Due Process Rights and Warrant Habeas Relief?" PREVIEW of United States Supreme Court Cases (ABA Div. for Pub. Ed.) Issue No.7, Vol. 40, Pg. 308, Apr. 15, 2013.

Krause-Phelan, Tonya, "Does a State Burglary Statute That Is Missing an Element of Generic Burglary Require a Categorical Approach Analysis or May the Sentencing Court Look to the Underlying Conduct for Purposes of Determining an armed Career Criminal Act Sentence Enhancement? PREVIEW of United States Supreme Court Cases (ABA Div. for Pub. Ed.) Issue No. 4, Vol. 40, Pg. 183, January 7, 2013.

Krause-Phelan, Tonya, "Does a State Court Prisoner’s Motion for Leniency Constitute an “Application for State Post-Conviction or Other Collateral Review”? PREVIEW of United States Supreme Court Cases (ABA Div. for Pub. Ed.) Issue No. 3, Vol. 38, Pg.139, November 29, 2010.

Krause-Phelan, Tonya, "Can the Court Combine Strickland and Other Precedent to Determine the Applicable “Clearly Established Federal Law” in Assessing Counsel’s Assistance? PREVIEW of United States Supreme Court Cases (ABA Div. for Pub. Ed.) Issue No.1, Vol. 38, Pg. 45, October 4, 2010.

Krause-Phelan, Tonya, When Is a Prior State Conviction for Felony Battery a “Violent” Felony for Purposes of an Enhanced Sentence? PREVIEW of United States Supreme Court Cases (ABA Div. for Pub. Ed.) Issue No. 1, Vol. 37, Pg. 62, October 5, 2009

Tonya Krause-Phelan, Nelson P. Miller, Derek Witte, Joni Larson, Kim O'Leary, and Vicki Eggers, Using a Faculty Inquiry Process to Examine Student Responsibility for Learning, 61 J. Legal Educ. 280 (2011).

Tonya Krause-Phelan, Criminal Procedure, 55 Wayne L. Rev. 195 (Spring 2009).

Books and Chapters in Books

Nelson P. Miller & Tonya Krause-Phelan, Preparing for the Multistate Bar Examination: Multiple-Choice Strategies and Multiple-choice Questions, Answers and Explanations on Every MBE Topic and Subtopic, Vol. 1, All Subjects (Crown Management 2017).


Tonya Krause-Phelan, Presentation, Getting a Grip: Frameworks for Assessing Instructional Mastery, (Topeka, Kan..) (Institute for Law Teaching and Learning Conference 2010).

Tonya Krause-Phelan, Presentation, Connecting the Dots: Stimulating Law Students to Love the Law, (New York, N.Y.) (Institute for Law Teaching and Learning Conference 2011).

Tonya Krause-Phelan, Presentation, The Idea SwapMeet: A Journey to Variety, (Spokane, Wash.) (Institute for Law Teaching and Learning Conference 2012).


Real-World Experience

Specialty: Criminal Llaw

Courses: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Defending Battered Women, Criminal Sentencing, Ethics in Criminal Cases

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