Cynthia M. Ward


Bio Ward

Distinguished Professor Emerita

B.A. Rutgers University 1991
J.D. Villanova University School of Law 1994
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Cynthia M. Ward joined the faculty at WMU-Cooley in 2002 to teach in the Sixty Plus, Inc. Elderlaw Clinic.  She was named Assistant Dean of Students in September, 2007.  Before coming to Cooley, Professor Ward served as Associate Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Women and AIDS Clinic at Rutgers Law School-Newark.  There she provided civil legal services to women and children affected/infected by HIV/AIDS. 

Professor Ward is an experienced attorney with several published opinions.  She has also received several awards and honors for her work as an advocate for women with HIV.  Prior to that experience, she was a staff attorney with New Jersey Protection and Advocacy, Inc. (now Disability Rights New Jersey).  She also served as a law clerk with American Baptist Churches, Inc.  Professor Ward is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Michigan.  Professor Ward is also admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States.  

Professor Ward is an author, including an article in the Howard Law Journal and The Thomas M. Cooley Journal of Practical and Clinical Law.  She has also written several shorter works, and made numerous presentations on AIDS and other topics.

She is active in her community, having previously served on the boards for the Lansing Area AIDS Network, the City of Lansing Park Board, and as a commissioner for the Lansing Board of Water & Light.  She also provided pro bono assistance to the homeless through Cooley's Homeless Assistance and Prevention Project.  Professor Ward was conferred Distinguished Professor Emerita status in 2014.



Articles (Law Reviews and Law Journals)

  • Cynthia M. Ward, Some Hard Aspects About Teaching in a Soft Money Clinic, 11 T. M. Cooley J. Prac. & Clinical L. 389 (2009).
  • Cynthia M. Dennis, Expanding Students' Views of the Dilemmas of Womanhood and Motherhood Through Individual Client Representation, 46 How. L.J. 269 (2003).

Short Works

  • Cynthia M. Ward and Nelson P. Miller, The Role of Law Schools in Shaping Culturally Competent Lawyers, 89 Mich. B. J., Jan. 2010, at 16.
  • Cynthia Dennis, Personal Perspective: Building Confidence as You Practice Law in a New Jurisdiction, Briefs (Ingham Cty Bar Ass'n), Feb. 2005, at 1.




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