B.A., cum laude, Yale University 1981
J.D. Yale University 1984
I teach Property Law and Ethics and have taught Contracts, Real Estate Finance, and Sales. Through my classes, designed to make students “practice-ready,” students not only learn substantive law, but also have an opportunity to enhance their analytical skills by receiving exclusive access to my infamous “Tools, Templates, and Sample Documents” materials.
Prior to becoming an academic, I practiced law in the private and public sectors. Immediately after clerking for the Honorable Julian A. Cook, Jr., in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, I was an associate at Sidley, Austin LLP and Honigman LLP.
Thereafter, in the public sector, I was General Counsel for the Detroit Housing Commission and Chief of Contracts for the city of Detroit. Appointed by former Governor Jennifer Granholm, I was also on the board of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) and ultimately became chair of the board.
Through my public and private practice experiences, I have expertise in addressing issues related to commercial contracts, residential and commercial financing, commercial, municipal, and residential property matters, and housing development, generally, and affordable housing, in particular.
Since 1985, in conjunction with clerking, practicing law, and teaching, I have simultaneously been dedicated to educating the public about legal issues. In 1985, I hosted an “Ask the Lawyer” program produced in Macomb County, Michigan. Thereafter, I hosted a similar, weekly program on WVON, a talk radio station in Chicago, my hometown.
Since that time, in response to the housing and mortgage crises, to be part of a holistic effort to reverse economic disparities, I have empowered the public with information through a number of platforms; namely, via the production and presentation of weekly radio segments; by being a special columnist and writing monthly articles for the Michigan Chronicle and the former Charter One Bank, as its ghostwriter; through providing educational seminars to adults and youth as the founder of the Ten Commandments of Real Estate Law Society (10CORE® Law Society); and, as host of the recently established Housing Gap Podcast.
These platforms have enabled me to connect with the public and work with a myriad of lawyers from different bar associations, real estate professionals, and passionate law students, thereby acting as a catalyst to promote what I call “housing literacy.”
Although I have received a number of awards and acknowledgments, I am particularly humbled by having won the Wade H. McCree Award for the Advancement of Social Justice (awarded by the Eastern District of Michigan Federal Bar Association) and being recognized nationally as an “Outstanding Woman Lawyer/Hidden Figure Impact nominee by the National Bar Association – Women Lawyer’s Division.