Cooley Announces Faculty Promotions in Ann Arbor
February 27, 2012 – Cooley Law School has announced the promotion of three faculty at its Ann Arbor campus.
Mark Cooney was promoted to full Professor. Before joining the Cooley faculty, Professor Cooney was in practice with Collins, Einhorn, Garrell & Ulanoff, P.C., in Southfield, Mich. His substantive areas of practice included legal-malpractice defense, medical-malpractice defense, insurance coverage, and general tort defense. Professor Cooney began his career handling all aspects of civil litigation, including trials, but eventually turned his focus to appellate work. He successfully briefed and argued appeals in the Michigan Supreme Court, the Michigan Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He earned his B.A. at Rutgers University and his J.D. summa cum laude from Cooley Law School.
David Finnegan was promoted to full Professor. Before coming to Cooley, he practiced law in Washington, D.C., at King & Spalding (1995-1997), Kelley Drye & Warren (1994-1995), and Pillsbury Madison & Sutro (1992-1994). His practice included domestic and international antitrust law, international investment dispute arbitration, government contracts investigations and related litigation. He earned his B.S. at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, his J.D. with honors from the University of Michigan Law School, and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. In law school, he served as Editor in Chief of the Michigan Journal of International Law. His area of research focuses on law and policy reform in Africa and other developing regions.
Mara Kent was promoted to full Professor. She was in private practice as an appellate attorney before joining the Cooley faculty, specializing primarily in civil rights and employment law. Professor Kent has served as a judicial law clerk for Michigan Supreme Court Justice Michael F. Cavanagh. She graduated second in her class in law school and was an editor of the University of Detroit Mercy Law Review. Professor Kent earned her B.F.A. degree from the University of Michigan and her J.D. summa cum laude from the University of Detroit Mercy.
About Cooley Law School: Founded in 1972, the Thomas M. Cooley Law School is a private, nonprofit, independent law school accredited by the American Bar Association and the Higher Learning Commission. Cooley has provided its more than 15,000 graduates with the practical skills necessary for a seamless transition from academia to the real world. Cooley offers its Juris Doctor program, Joint Degree programs, and Master of Laws programs three times a year with enrollment in January, May and September. Cooley Law School has campuses across Michigan in Lansing, Auburn Hills, Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor, and its new campus in Tampa Bay, Florida.