Helen Pratt Mickens

Helen Pratt Mickens

Associate Dean Emerita and Professor

B.A. Kalamazoo College
M.A. Michigan State University
J.D., cum laude, Thomas M. Cooley Law School


After graduation from Cooley, Professor Mickens was a law clerk to then Michigan Appeals Court Judge Michael F. Cavanagh, who now serves as a Michigan Supreme Court Justice.

A member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Professor Mickens held positions with the State Bar of Michigan and was a franchise and securities examiner with the Michigan Department of Commerce. She is a member of the state bars of Michigan and Louisiana, and she served as a member of the Michigan Supreme Court Task Force on Gender Issues in the Courts.

She is a fellow of the State Bar of Michigan, has been a member of the board of directors of the Ingham County Bar Association, and has served on a number of community and corporate boards. Professor Mickens has also served on the board of trustees for Kalamazoo College and Olivet College.

She has been a member of the State Bar of Michigan Committee on Legal Education. Professor Mickens served as an Associate Dean at Cooley from 1982-1996, before assuming her current role in 2002.

Professor Mickens has taught Torts I, Torts II, Professional Responsibility, Admiralty and Maritime Law.


Real-World Experience

Experience: Associate Counsel/Senior Prosecutor for the Attorney Grievance Commission, Staff Attorney on the Judicial Tenure Commission, Law Clerk Michigan Appeals Court

Courses: Torts I, Torts II, Professional Responsibility, Admiralty and Maritime Law

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