Leadership Promotions Announced at Tampa Bay Campus

Ronald Sutton has been tapped to lead WMU-Cooley Law School’s Tampa Bay campus following the recent retirement of Associate Dean Jeffrey Martlew. Sutton, who becomes that campus’ second associate dean since the law school opened in Riverview, Florida, has been serving as associate professor and assistant dean. Karen Fultz, who is an associate professor, has been named the campus’ assistant dean.

Ronald Sutton

Ronald Sutton

Before joining WMU-Cooley in 2012, Sutton was president of Sutton Sports Management Company, where he was involved with worldwide representation of professional athletes, coaches and broadcasters. Before that, he was an attorney-shareholder with Fraser, Trebilcock, Davis & Dunlap, of Lansing, Michigan, where his practice areas included commercial litigation, insurance law, family law, and sports law.

Karen Fultz

Karen Fultz

Fultz was a partner with the law firm Cozen O’Connor in Atlanta, Georgia before joining WMU-Cooley in 2013. She was selected as a member of the Who’s Who of Black Atlanta and was named one of the Nation’s Best 40 Advocates Under 40 by the National Bar Association. Fultz is an expert in the areas of commercial and business litigation, subrogation and recovery litigation (products liability), family law, and business development. In addition to teaching substantive and practical skills in Torts and Equity and Remedies courses, she is active in Tampa’s legal community, including with the George Edgecomb Bar Association. She also serves on various committees hosted by some of the community’s other bar associations.

"Ron Sutton and Karen Fultz each have extensive experience in the practice of law and are extraordinary educators," said WMU-Cooley President and Dean Don LeDuc. "I am confident in their abilities to lead WMU-Cooley Law School's Tampa Bay campus."


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.



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