Marjorie P. Russell

Marjorie P. Russell


B.A. Michigan State University 1976
J.D., cum laude, Thomas M. Cooley Law School 1983

Professor Russell is the chair of the Practice, Advocacy & Litigation Skills Department, as well as the Litigation Concentration. She specializes in teaching Trial Advocacy, both at Cooley and for trial lawyers nationwide.

Professor Russell is a member of the faculty of Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers College, which conducts trial skills training for lawyers all over the country. She also serves on the education committee and training faculty for the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan. Each year, she is a team leader at the Intensive Trial Advocacy Program at the Widener University School of Law.

A solo practitioner in Lansing, she taught as an adjunct professor before being appointed to the full-time faculty in 1984. Professor Russell has administered the Legal Methods, Advocacy and Lawyering Before Trial programs; and has taught Property, Evidence and Secured Transactions. She was the director of Cooley's Trial Workshop programs for several years; and was assigned to the Sixty Plus, Inc. Elderlaw Clinic from 1985-1991 and 1998-2002.

As a Cooley student, Professor Russell was a recipient of the Alumni Distinguished Student Award. She served as Articles Editor and Publication Manager of the Chandler/Blair issue of the Thomas M. Cooley Law Review, and represented Cooley in the 1982 ABA National Trial Competition.



Russell, Marjorie P., The Missing Witness: How Re-enactment Saved Ray, The Warrior, J. Trial Law. C.,Summer 2004 at 25-28.

Russell, Marjorie P., "Too Little, Too Late, Too Slow: Compassionate Release of Terminally Ill Prisoners: Is the Cure Worse Than the Disease?," 3 WIDENER J PUB L (Spring 1994) at 799.

Books Reviews and Other Short Works

Russell, Marjorie P., "Love, Gerry Spence: A Thomas Cooley Professor Joins an Elite Group of Trial Lawyers on a Journey of Self-Discovery, New Perspectives, and Friendship," XVII COOLEY BENCHMARK 2 (Trinity 1995).


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Specialty: Trial Advocacy

Courses: Trial Skills

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