B.A. Albion College 1981
J.D. University of Detroit School of Law 1984
"Integrity is the absolute barometer for both personal and professional success. In life and the practice of law, a moral compass is everything and without it, we are lost."
I have expertise in legal and judicial ethics, attorney disciplinary law and procedures; character & fitness (bar admission) standards and procedures; the moral development of children and adults; the behavioral science of ethical decision making; building, protecting, and sustaining personal success; skills and practices for superior leadership; the use and effect of restorative justice initiatives in the community, courts and schools; Native American peacemaking and its effectiveness as a form of dispute resolution.
I joined the Cooley faculty in 2002 to teach Professional Responsibility and to serve as a member of the law school's new Professional Responsibility Department.
Previously, I was a partner and shareholder in the firm of Moore Vestrand & Pozehl, P.C., in Southfield, Michigan. My practice focused on the representation of lawyers in disciplinary proceedings and court matters involving attorney ethics.
I also represented law students in Character and Fitness proceedings. Prior to private practice, I served as associate counsel/senior prosecutor for the Attorney Grievance Commission in Detroit, Michigan. Before joining the commission, I served as a staff attorney on the Judicial Tenure Commission. I have also lectured extensively throughout Michigan and published articles on professional ethics.
I am a member of the Oakland Bar Association, where I served as chair of the Professionalism Committee 2001-2002; the State Bar of Michigan, where I served on the Grievance Committee. I am a council member and officer of the State Bar Law Practice Management Section. I am also a member of the American Bar Association, Center for Professional Responsibility; and a Fellow of the Michigan Bar Association.