Faculty Added and Instructional Offerings Expand at Tampa Bay Campus
December 11, 2012 – Thomas M. Cooley Law School has added three new faculty members at the school's Tampa Bay campus. Professor Renalia Smith DuBose of Plant City, Fla.; Professor Victoria Cruz-Garcia of Tampa, Fla.; and Professor Barbara Kalinowski of Canton, Mich. will begin teaching in January as the school expands to offering afternoon classes. Cooley began offering evening classes when the school opened in May and morning classes were added in September.
Renalia Smith DuBose
DuBose will join the faculty as an adjunct professor teaching Contracts. She is currently the assistant superintendent for administration at Pasco County Schools where she is responsible for oversight of human resources, employee relations, information services, transportation and the district's education foundation. DuBose previously served as an adjunct professor at St. Leo University and the University of Florida. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Florida, her master's degree from the University of Southern Florida and her juris doctor from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.
Cruz-Garcia will join Cooley's full-time faculty and teach Professional Responsibility. She is currently a partner at Cruz-Garcia Law, P.A. where her primary areas of practice include family law and commercial litigation. She was a trial attorney in the Commercial Litigation Practice Group at Solomon Law Group, P.A. Cruz-Garcia served as a supervising attorney in civil litigation at the Curry Law Group, P.A. and at Joyce Reyes, P.A. She earned a bachelor's degree from Rutgers University and a juris doctor from Stetson College of Law. She is president of the Tampa Bay Hispanic Bar Association and serves on the Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee for the Florida Bar Association.
Kalinowski will also join Cooley's full-time faculty teaching Legal Research and Writing. Before joining Cooley as an adjunct professor at the school's Michigan campuses, Kalinowski was the director of research, writing, and advocacy programs at Ave Maria School of Law. She has held positions with the Michigan Court of Appeals, the Third Judicial Circuit Court of Michigan, and operated a solo appellate research and brief writing practice. Kalinowski earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and juris doctor from Wayne State University, in Michigan.
"The experiences that Professors Cruz-Garcia, DuBose and Kalinowski bring to Cooley are paramount to the growth of our legal programs," said Jeff Martlew, Associate Dean at Cooley's Tampa Bay campus. "Our students will be receiving education from experts who have extensive experience practicing law and this translates into graduates who will be practice-ready."
Cooley's Tampa Bay campus is located at 9445 Camden Field Parkway, Riverview, Fla.
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 16,000 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.