Heather Dunbar


Bio Dunbar

Assistant Professor

B.A. Michigan State University 1992
J.D., cum laude, WMU-Cooley Law School 2001

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Heather Dunbar joined the WMU-Cooley faculty in September 2001 as an Adjunct Professor, a position she held until August 2006 when she was named Deputy Director of the Academic Resource Center. She first served as an Assistant Professor in January 2011.


Professor Dunbar teaches Bar Exam Skills, Pretrial Skills, BarPlus, Multiple Choice Bar Lab, and Introduction to Law. She introduces students to legal analysis in reading, listening, and writing, and meets with students seeking improvement in law school skills.


Previously, Professor Dunbar operated the Law Office of Heather L. Dunbar in Lansing, Michigan, 2004-2006, specializing in criminal defense and general civil practice. She also served as a legal researcher for other local attorneys. Before opening her own practice, she was an associate attorney with Jeffries & Newton in East Lansing, Michigan, representing Michigan State University students in district court matters. From August 2001-July 2003, she served as a law clerk for Judge Louise Alderson in 54-A District Court.


While serving as Deputy Director of the Academic Resource Center, she was presented with the Dean's Award at WMU-Cooley Law School in August 2007 and with the Black Law Student Association's Unsung Hero Award in October 2008.


While a student at WMU-Cooley, she was on Dean’s List and Honor Roll each term, was ranked 14th in her class, served as a graduation marshal and a WMU-Cooley ambassador, and served as an associate editor on the Law Review. She earned the John D. Voelker Award for outstanding service to the WMU-Cooley Law Review.  She was an intern with the Sixty Plus, Inc., Elderlaw Clinic. In addition, she and her partner won the Intra-School Client Counseling Competition sponsored by the American Bar Association.


Professor Dunbar is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan.


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