Cooley Announces Faculty Promotions in Grand Rapids
February 27, 2012 – Cooley Law School has announced the promotion of several faculty members at its Grand Rapids campus.
Paul Carrier was promoted to full Professor. Before joining Cooley, Professor Carrier was an international corporate associate with Lovells in Prague in the Czech Republic, where he worked in mergers and acquisitions and international distribution agreements. Previously he was an international corporate associate for Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, LLP, in Bratislava, Slovakia. Professor Carrier earned his B.A. from the University of Michigan, his J.D. summa cum laude from the Detroit College of Law, and his LL.M. with distinction from Georgetown University Law Center.
Christopher Hastings was promoted to full Professor. Before coming to Cooley, he was a partner in the law firm of Crew Cooper & Anding, in Grand Rapids, Mich. His expertise includes complex class action and commercial litigation in state and federal courts. In addition to complex commercial litigation and consumer class action, his emphasis includes business torts, land finance, commercial and retail lending, RICO litigation, construction litigation, enterprise dissolution, and agency sales disputes. He earned his B.A. with distinction from Kalamazoo College and his J.D. from the University of Michigan.
Michael Molitor was promoted to full Professor. He was an attorney with Warner Norcross & Judd LLP before joining Cooley. In private practice, he focused on business and securities law for clients that included publicly traded corporations, closely-held corporations, and controlling shareholders. He was a member of the Order of the Coif, served as Editor in Chief of the Wayne Law Review, was a legal intern with the Washtenaw County Prosecutor's Office and a student attorney with the Free Legal Aid Clinic, Inc., of Detroit. He earned his B.A. with honors from the University of Michigan and his J.D. cum laude from Wayne State University.
Donald K.S. Petersen
Donald K.S. Petersen was promoted to full Professor. He was a shareholder in the firm of Petersen, Lefkofsky & Gorosh, P.C., in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., where he represented investors, entrepreneurs, professional athletes and closely-held companies in a variety of contractual, business, and real estate matters. He was previously a commercial litigation consultant with Miro Miro & Weiner, P.C., in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and Bickel & Brewer in Chicago, Ill. Professor Petersen joined the Cooley faculty in 2005. He earned his B.A. from the University of Chicago and his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School.
Devin Schindler was promoted to full Professor. He was a partner with Warner Norcross & Judd LLP before joining the Cooley faculty in 2007. He has appeared before the Michigan Supreme Court three times and has litigated numerous constitutional issues in state and federal courts, including the Michigan Supreme Court and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Professor Schindler was named a Superlawyer by the Detroit News and as one of "The Best Lawyers in America" in healthcare law and commercial litigation. He earned his B.A. from James Madison College and the Honors College at Michigan State University, and his J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School.
Kara Zech Thelen
Kara Zech Thelen
Kara Zech Thelen was promoted to Assistant Professor. She began teaching at Cooley as an Adjunct Professor and a Visiting Professor in Research & Writing and Advanced Research & Writing. She was in private practice at Varnum, Riddering, Schmidt & Howlett, and then Miller, Canfield, Paddock & Stone, working in labor and employment litigation, labor law, and college and university law. In 2000, she clerked for the Hon. Hugh Brenneman, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan. She earned her B.S. magna cum laude from Michigan State University and her J.D. cum laude from Cooley Law School.
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.