B.A. Bradley University 1995
J.D., summa cum laude, WMU-Cooley Law School 1998
"As lawyers, we don't persuade with volume and repetition; we persuade with evidence and reason. So at WMU-Cooley, we don't just teach law; we teach the habit of intellectual rigor."
Before joining the WMU-Cooley faculty in 2002, I discovered my passion for teaching as an adjunct professor at the law school while gaining real legal experience as an associate with Thrun, Maatsch & Nordberg, P.C. Before that, I was a partner in the private practice firm of Mahjoory, Mahjoory & Beery, P.L.C. I began my legal career as a research attorney for the Michigan Court of Appeals in 1998-1999.
Teaching law involves continuous research, learning, and scholarship. I have written extensively on topics ranging from constitutional principles to the process of legal reasoning (top 10 percent of legal authors on the Social Science Research Network - SSRN) and have been quoted or cited by other scholars in George Washington Law Review; Boston College Law Review; Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics, and Public Policy; University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law and Public Affairs; Seton Hall Law Review; Missouri Law Review; William and Mary Journal of Race, Gender, and Social Justice; and Rutgers Journal of Law and Religion, among others.
As lawyers, we play a special role in preserving our democratic republic; we must contribute to the public’s understanding of the law and its application to our lives. I have appeared on or been quoted in international, national, and local media outlets, including Salon.com, The Hill, Law360, The Washington Examiner, U.S. News & World Report, and Talking Points Memo. My op-ed pieces have appeared across the nation.
While a student at WMU-Cooley, I was fortunate to win the West Scholastic Award for being ranked first in my class after the first year of law school. I also was awarded the James Burns Memorial Award for graduating first in my class.
I teach Constitutional Law I & II and Constitutional Law Seminar and have taught Introduction to Law, Research & Writing, Advanced Writing, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and Interviewing & Counseling. I have been honored to receive the Stanley E. Beattie Teaching Award from five graduating classes.