Leadership Promotions Announced at Lansing Campus
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School President and Dean Don LeDuc recently announced leadership promotions at the law school’s Lansing campus. Retired Brigadier General Michael C.H. McDaniel, professor of law and director of the Homeland Security Law LL.M. Program, has been appointed associate dean of the Lansing campus. Christine Church, who has served as associate dean of the Lansing campus and team leader for the law school’s academic team, has been appointed associate dean of academic programs for the law school. Professor Mable Martin-Scott will serve as the campus assistant dean.
McDaniel, an expert in constitutional law and national security law, is a former Brigadier General with the Michigan National Guard. Before joining the law school faculty in 2010, he served as the deputy assistant secretary for homeland defense strategy, prevention and mission assurance at the Pentagon. From 2003-2007, McDaniel served as director of homeland security for the state of Michigan. As associate dean, McDaniel will oversee all academic, student, and administrative matters at the campus.
Church, who practiced family law, domestic violence, and bankruptcy before joining WMU-Cooley, has been an assistant dean and professor at the law school since 2006 and an associate dean since 2013. In her new role, Church will coordinate the law school’s assessment and learning outcomes initiatives, major curricular developments, and weekend programs, including new weekend programs scheduled to begin at the law school’s Auburn Hills and Tampa Bay campuses.
Martin-Scott, an expert in commercial transactions and unemployment law, joined the law school faculty in 2001. She has been chair of the Contracts Department since 2012 and has received the law school’s top faculty award for teaching excellence 11 times. Martin-Scott will assist in managing the operations of the Lansing campus.
“Deans McDaniel, Church, and Martin-Scott are proven leaders in teaching the next generation of law students,” said WMU-Cooley President and Dean Don LeDuc. “As we deepen our affiliation with Western Michigan University, our students will also benefit from their extensive teaching and administrative experience.”
About Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School: Western Michigan University and Thomas M. Cooley Law School affiliated in 2014, combining the status of a nationally-ranked, public, comprehensive research university with the commitment to practical legal education of an independent, non-profit, national law school. WMU-Cooley is accredited by both the American Bar Association and the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. The law school has provided nearly 20,000 graduates with the practical skills necessary for a seamless transition from academia to the real world, and enrolls classes in January, May, and September at its Lansing, Auburn Hills, and Grand Rapids, Michigan campuses, and its Tampa Bay, Florida campus. WMU and the law school continue to operate as independent institutions with their own governance structure and separate fiduciary responsibilities.