Assistant Dean of Students and Professor
B.A. Rutgers University (Rutgers College) 1991
J.D. Villanova University School of Law 1994
Cynthia M. Ward joined the faculty of Cooley Law School in 2002. She teaches and supervises law students in the externship program. Professor Ward is also an experienced attorney with several published opinions. Professor Ward was named Assistant Dean of Students in September 2007.
Before coming to Cooley, Professor Ward served as Associate Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Women and AIDS Clinic at Rutgers Law School-Newark. There she provided civil legal services to women and children affected/infected by HIV/AIDS. She has also received several awards and honors for her work as an advocate for women with HIV. Prior to that experience, she was a staff attorney with New Jersey Protection and Advocacy, Inc. She also served as a law clerk with American Baptist Churches, Inc.
Professor Ward is an author, including an article in the Howard Law Journal and The Thomas M. Cooley Journal of Practical and Clinical Law. She has also written several shorter works, and made numerous presentations on AIDS and other topics.
She is active in her community, having previously served on the boards for the Lansing Area AIDS Network and the City of Lansing Park Board. She provides pro bono assistance to the homeless through Cooley’s Homeless Assistance and Prevention Project and she currently serves as a commissioner for the Lansing Board of Water & Light.
Articles (Articles written by Prof. Ward prior to 2006 are listed under Cynthia Dennis)
Ward, Cynthia,“Some Hard Aspects About Teaching in a Soft Money Clinic,” 11 THOMAS M. COOLEY JOURNAL OF PRACTICAL AND CLINICAL LAW 389 (2009).
Dennis, Cynthia, "Expanding Students' Views of the Dilemmas of Womanhood and Motherhood Through Individual Client Representation," 46 HOWARD LJ 269 (2003).
Book Reviews and Other Short Works
Dennis, Cynthia, "Personal Perspective: Building Confidence as You Practice Law in a New Jurisdiction", BRIEFS (Ingham County Bar Association), (February 2005), at 1.