Students Help Publish Michigan Guide to Military Family Law

July 29, 2014 - Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and Thomas M. Cooley Law School’s Center for Ethics, Service, and Professionalism introduced the Michigan Guide to Military Family Law, a new resource for Michigan judges and attorneys.

Schuette worked with students from Cooley’s Center for Ethics, Service, and Professionalism to create a resource that specifically outlines family law issues for members of the military, lawyers, judges, and persons who advise military personnel and their families while navigating through complex legal areas. Ten Cooley students earned publication credit for drafting this guide and gained valuable experience working alongside Schuette’s staff.

“We are extremely proud of the hard work our students put into this project. Cooley has a tradition of helping service members with legal concerns,” said Heather Spielmaker, director of Cooley’s Center for Ethics, Service, and Professionalism. “This project provided students with a great learning experience and a wonderful way to help ensure appropriate handling of family law cases that involve members of our military.”

Resources, like this guide, are crucial for veterans and active military personnel with cases in family courts. Certain nuances in handling these cases are extremely important to create fair and appropriate outcomes.

Schuette also introduced a second guide, Military and Veterans Legal Service Guide, which was a combined effort between the Michigan Department of Attorney General and the Veterans Law Clinic of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.

"I am proud to provide two new legal resources for our Michigan military community," said Schuette in a statement to the media.  "The incredible sacrifices by the men and women of the Armed Forces cannot be overstated. Service members, past and present, have dedicated their lives and careers to the good of the nation and we are grateful."

Access to the Michigan Guide to Military Family Law is available at; and the Military and Veterans Legal Service Guide at

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