September 1, 2010
Professors Named to Cooley Law School Auburn Hills Campus
E. Christopher Johnson Jr., Director of Cooley Law School's LL.M. program in Corporate Law, has been promoted to Associate Professor effective Sept. 1, 2010. He previously served as a Visiting Professor. Also promoted from Visiting Professor were Monica Navarro, who was named an Associate Professor in May, and Toree Randall, who was named an Assistant Professor in the Research and Writing Department effective Sept. 1. All three faculty members teach at Cooley’s Auburn Hills campus.
Johnson joined Cooley in 2009. He previously served as Vice President and General Counsel to General Motors North America. He is a recognized leader in efforts to increase diversity in the legal profession and provide pro bono legal services, serves as co-chair of the Access to Justice Subcommittee of the State Bar of Michigan's Judicial Crossroads Taskforce, and as co-chair of the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association Foundation. Johnson was recently appointed as chair of the American Bar Association’s Council for Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline.
Navarro served as a Visiting Professor December 2008-May 2010, joining the full-time faculty in May. She teaches Civil Procedure I and II, and Health Law, serves as a general externship supervisor, and a faculty advisor to the Hispanic Latino Law Society and to the Debate Society at the Auburn Hills campus. She is also a member of the CLEO faculty. Before joining Cooley, Navarro was in private practice, most recently as a principal member at Frank, Haron, Weiner and Navarro in Troy, Mich. Since 2009, she has served as Special Counsel for the firm.
Randall's appointment took effect Sept. 1. She has served as a Visiting Professor at Cooley since 2009, teaching the first-year legal writing course. She previously served as an Assistant Professor of Research, Writing, and Advocacy at Ave Maria School of Law 2007-2009, and as an Adjunct Professor at Cooley teaching Advanced Writing. From 2000-2007, she was a legal research training consultant for LexisNexis, teaching online research at the University of Michigan Law School and Ave Maria. Professor Randall also served as an Associate Attorney with Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, PC, 1996-2000.
Cooley Law School is the largest law school in the nation. Founded in 1972, the private, non-profit law school operates J.D. programs across Michigan in Lansing, Auburn Hills, Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor. Today, Cooley Law School has over 14,000 graduates across the nation and worldwide and also offers joint degree and master of laws programs. Cooley offers enrollment three times a year; in January, May and September, including evening and weekend classes. Additional information about Cooley can be found at cooley.edu.
E. Christopher Johnson, Jr.