Tampa Bay Campus Hires Additional Faculty and Expands Instructional Offerings
May 16, 2013 – One year after Thomas M. Cooley Law School opened its doors in Florida, it has increased the number of course offerings and has hired additional faculty to meet the demand for classes.
Beginning this month, Tampa attorney Brent Rose, Brandon attorney Joseph Parrish, and two 13th circuit judges, the Hon. Martha J. Cook and the Hon. Peter (Nick) Nazaretian, will join Cooley as adjunct professors. Additionally, current Cooley adjunct professor Renalia Smith DuBose, of Plant City, Fla., will join the school's full-time faculty as a visiting professor.
"When we opened our doors one year ago, we offered only evening classes," said Jeff Martlew, associate dean at Cooley Law School's Tampa Bay campus. "Since then we have added morning and afternoon classes, and we're excited to continue expanding our educational offerings by bringing more talented attorneys and judges to Cooley. We're focused on providing our students with the best educational experience available, and these individuals will bring a wealth of legal experience to Cooley."
Rose will teach courses in negotiation and confrontation. He is a litigation attorney with the Orsini & Rose Law Firm, LLC, specializing in family law, criminal defense, personal injury, civil litigation, bankruptcy, construction law, and securities. Rose has 15 years experience as a college-level adjunct and full-time instructor teaching in various areas of law. He earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from West Virginia University and his juris doctor from Stetson University College of Law.
Parrish is a solo practitioner with experience in transportation negligence, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, product liability, premises liability, defamation, and professional liability legislation. He will teach law office management. Parrish received his bachelor's degree in business and human resource management from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business and his juris doctor from Indiana University School of Law.
Hon. Martha J. Cook
Cook, who will teach alternative dispute resolution, is assigned to the criminal felony division of the 13th Judicial Circuit. She was elected to the bench in 2002 and served in the dependency, family and civil divisions. Before being elected to the bench, she was a certified arbitrator and mediator, and a fellow in the American Academy of Civil Trial Mediators. Cook was formerly a litigation partner with the law firm of Holland & Knight in Tampa. She earned her bachelor's degree from Stetson University, her master's degree from the University of South Florida, and her juris doctor from the University of Florida.
Hon. Peter (Nick) Nazaretian
Nazaretian, who is assigned to the family law division of the 13th Judicial Circuit, will join Cooley's adjunct faculty teaching courses in family law. He has worked in areas involving felony public defense, felony state prosecution, death penalty, family law, criminal law and is board certified by the Florida Bar Association in criminal trial law. In 2001, Nazaretian was appointed by former Gov. Jeb Bush as a county court judge and in 2011 by Gov. Rick Scott to the circuit bench. He earned his bachelor's degree in both marketing and criminal justice from the University of South Florida and his juris doctor from Nova Southeastern University Law Center.
Renalia Smith DuBose
DuBose will teach courses in contracts and sales. Previously, she served as the assistant superintendent for administration at Pasco County Schools, where she was responsible for the oversight of human resources, employee relations, information services, transportation, and the district's education foundation. DuBose taught education leadership and policy studies 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 South Florida and her juris doctor from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.
About Cooley Law School's Tampa Bay Campus: Cooley Law School opened its Tampa Bay campus in May 2012 at 9445 Camden Field Parkway, Riverview, Fla. The campus now offers morning, afternoon and evening classes. Cooley’s Tampa Bay campus currently has 323 students and employs 11 full-time faculty, 10 part-time faculty and 18 support staff personnel.
About Cooley Law School: Celebrating 40 years of excellence, 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 17,000 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.