Professor Honored as one of Michigan Lawyer’s Weekly’s 2016 Women in the Law
WMU-Cooley Law School Professor Lauren Rousseau was chosen by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as one of its 2016 Women in the Law. Each year, the Women in the Law program honors 30 high-achieving women lawyers in Michigan and their accomplishments.
Rousseau is chair of WMU-Cooley’s Civil Procedure, Evidence and Practice Skills Department. She supervises an Access to Bankruptcy Court/WMU-Cooley collaborative program through which law students are paired with experienced attorneys to handle pro bono bankruptcy cases. Rousseau is a leader in helping fight heroin and opioid addiction in Michigan and serves on the board of several nonprofit organizations, including Home of New Vision, an addiction treatment nonprofit corporation in Washtenaw County; the Alliance of Coalitions for Healthy Communities (ACHC), which oversees 16 coalitions in Oakland County focused on substance abuse and prevention, as well as the Oakland County chapters of Families Against Narcotics.
“Professor Rousseau was honored by Michigan Lawyers Weekly not only because of her commitment to the legal profession, but for her commitment to helping those in need,” said Joan Vestrand, associate dean of the WMU-Cooley Law School Auburn Hills campus. “On a daily basis Lauren goes above and beyond to help ensure the success of our students and is a champion for raising awareness in the fight against heroin and opioid addiction.”
In addition to Rousseau, WMU-Cooley Law School graduates Jenna Wright Greenman and Amy Tripp were also honored for their work in the legal profession. Wright Greenman, a principal at Kitch Drutchas Wagner Valitutti & Sherbrook in Detroit, is a defense litigator specializing in complex medical malpractice and birth trauma. Tripp, who is a partner at Chalgian & Tripp Law Offices in Jackson, is recognized nationally as an expert in special needs planning and specializes in helping clients plan for age and incapacity.
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.