Lewis Langham Jr.

Lewis Langham Jr.

Professor Emeritus

A.A.S. Lansing Community College 1981
B.G.S., Honor Society, Wayne State University 1986
M.L.S., With Honors, Eastern Michigan University 1996
J.D. Thomas M. Cooley Law School 2001


Before joining Cooley in 2007, Professor Langham served as Deputy Legal Counsel and Policy Adviser for the office of Governor Jennifer M. Granholm. He assisted the governor's legal counsel on legal issues related to criminal justice, prisons, homeland security, and civil rights. He also served as a liaison between the governor and various interest groups, and advised the governor on all policy or departmental issues related to the Michigan State Police, Department of Corrections, Homeland Security, Military & Veterans Affairs, and Civil Rights.

Professor Langham formerly worked as an Assistant Public Defender in the Washtenaw County Office of Public Defender in Ann Arbor, Mich. He also worked as a solo practitioner in Southfield, Mich., focusing on criminal defense, estate planning, and divorce.

Before he entered the legal profession, Professor Langham was a career law enforcement officer. He served 25 years with the Michigan State Police, beginning as a uniformed road trooper and moving up through the department as a Detective Specialist in the Criminal Investigation Division, Narcotics Section; a Detective Sergeant, Southeastern Criminal Investigation Division, Diversion Unit; a Detective Lieutenant, Oakland County Narcotics Enforcement Team; and Detective Lieutenant, Tobacco Products Tax Fraud Team. He was also the liaison to the United States Secret Service where he handled Presidential and Dignitary Protection Detail Assignments.

He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan; Washtenaw County Bar Association; Oakland County Bar Association; D. Augustus Straker Bar Association; American Bar Association; and the Michigan State Police Command Officers Association.

He was admitted to the Supreme Court of the United States on March 4, 2014, and to United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, in June 2002.



Lewis Langham, Jr., Preliminary-Examination Reform: In Fairness We Trust or a Waste of Time and Resources? 28 Thomas M. Cooley L. Rev. 231 (2011).


Lewis Langham, Jr, Guest, Local 7 News (WXYZ July, 2015) (speaking on what to do if you are pulled over by police).

Lewis Langham, Jr, Guest, Local 7 News, The Now Detroit, (WXYZ June 8th, 2015) (speaking on Dallas Texas Police Officer use of force against a fourteen year old female).

Lewis Langham Jr, Guest, Local 7 News (WXYZ April 8th, 2015) (speaking on South Carolina Police shooting and killing of an unarmed man).

Lewis Langham, Jr., Guest, Local 4 News at 5: Ruth to the Rescue, TV Broad. (WDIV Jan. 14, 2014) (speaking on Target’s national credit card/debit card security breach).

Lewis Langham, Jr., Guest, Local 4 News at 5: Ruth to the Rescue, TV Broad. (WDIV Dec. 19, 2013) (speaking on Target’s national credit card/debit card security breach).

Lewis Langham, Jr., Guest, Live in the D, TV Broad. (WDIV Dec. 19, 2013) (speaking on Target’s national credit card/debit card security breach). 



Real-World Experience

Specialties: Criminal Justice, Prisons, Homeland Security, Civil Rights

Courses: Trial Skills, Criminal Procedure, Evidence

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