Christopher R. Trudeau
B.A. Michigan State University
J.D., summa cum laude, Thomas M. Cooley Law School
Professor Trudeau joined Cooley's full-time faculty in 2005. Before joining the full-time faculty, he was a Visiting Professor in Research & Writing, an adjunct professor in Law Practice, and a Research & Writing grading assistant.
Before coming to Cooley, Professor Trudeau was a labor and employment attorney at Plunkett & Cooney, P.C., in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. A large part of his practice was focused on assisting institutional clients in defending against employment discrimination claims, as well as issues associated with the American with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act.
While a student at Cooley, Professor Trudeau won the James E. Burns Memorial Award for earning the highest grade point average in his class. He also won the State Bar of Michigan Negligence Award, earned Certificates of Merit in 17 of his classes, and served on the Thomas M. Cooley Law Review.
Professor Trudeau has served as the faculty advisor for both of Cooley's scholarly publications— the Thomas M. Cooley Law Review and the Thomas M. Cooley Journal of Practical & Clinical Law. Additionally, Professor Trudeau has published an article on labor law titled: The Aftermath of BE&K v. NLRB: When may an Employer Challenge the Legality of Union Practices?, LACHES, August 2003.
Additionally, Professor Trudeau is active in the Legal Writing Institute (LWI). In 2007, he presented at the Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference. In 2008, he presented at the LWI's Biennial Conference in Indianapolis. And in 2010, he received the prestigious LWI/ALWD scholarship grant sponsored Lexis. Also, Professor Trudeau currently serves on the LWI's Scholarship Development Committee, he is a past member of the LWI's Teaching Resources Committee, and he is a member of Scribes — the American Society of Writers on Legal Subjects.
Finally, Professor Trudeau is dedicated to public service. In 2007, he won the Capital Area United Way Volunteer of the Year Award for his pro bono service at Cristo Rey Community Center in Lansing, Michigan. Through this program, he frequently represents the less fortunate in family law matters, immigration matters, and many other poverty matters.
Professor Trudeau teaches Research & Writing, and he administers Cooley's Scholarly Writing program.