Judith A. Frank


Judith Frank, Distinguished Professor EmeritaThe Late Distinguished Professor Emerita (1945-2019)

B.A., with distinction, University of Michigan 1966
M.A., magna cum laude, Michigan State University 1970
J.D., magna cum laude, WMU-Cooley Law School 1986

Before attending WMU-Cooley as a student, Professor Frank spent 18 years as an educator. Following graduation from WMU-Cooley, she practiced in the litigation section of Dickinson, Wright, Moon, Van Dusen and Freeman then returned to WMU-Cooley as a faculty member. Professor Frank was involved extensively in public service activities. She  authored two editions of the Senior Citizens Resource Handbook, an official publication of the State Bar of Michigan, three law journal articles, and two law review articles. She participated as a member of the American delegation to the International Client Counseling Competition and served as a liaison to southern Africa. She was a 1999 recipient of the Diana Award.

As a professor, she supervised student interns at the Sixty Plus, Inc., Elderlaw Clinic, and conducted classes as part of the clinic's curriculum. She taught Contracts and Wills, Estates and Trusts.


Articles (Law Reviews and Law Journals)

  • Judith A. Frank, The Human Legacy: Using Ethical Wills to Enhance Estate Planning, 6 T.M. Cooley J. Prac. & Clinical L65 (2003).
  • Judith A. Frank, Lessons and Ideas: Skills Instructions in Large Law School Classes, 3 T.M. Cooley J. Prac. & Clin. L307 (2000).
  • Judith A. Frank, Preneed Funeral Plans: The Case for Uniformity, 4 Elder L.J. 1 (1996).
  • Judith A. Frank, Guardianship Procedures: A Clinical Program to Assist in the Decision-Making Process, 10 T.M. Cooley L. Rev. 91 (1993).

Books and Chapters in Books

  • Judith A. Frank, Gina Torielli & Nelson Miller, “To Think, to Act, to Learn: From Process to Performance,” in Reflections of a Lawyer’s Soul: The Institutional Experience of Professionalism at Thomas M. Cooley Law School, edited by Amy Timmer & Nelson Miller, 65-100. (William S. Hein, 2008).
  • Judith A. Frank, ed., Senior Citizens Resource Handbook: A Guide to Michigan’s Aging Network (St. Bar of Mich. 2d ed. 1991).
  • Judith A. Frank, ed., Senior Citizens Resource Handbook: A Guide to Michigan’s Aging Network. (St. Bar of Mich., The Ass'n 1990). 

Short Works

  • Judith A. Frank, The Human Legacy: Using Ethical Wills to Enhance Estate Planning, 6 T.M. Cooley J. Prac. & Clinical L. 65 (2003).
  • Judith A. Frank, "Thomas Cooley's Required Skills Curriculum," in Committee Update. (Chicago, IL: Am. Bar Ass'n, Gen. Prac. Sec., Chicago, Ill.) May 1993 at 4.


  • Judith A. Frank, Presentation, Teaching Lawyering Skills in Large Classrooms (Australasian Professional Legal Education Council International Conference, Sydney, Australia, September 1996).
  • Judith A. Frank, Presentation, Guardianship Evaluation and Review: Models to Assist Courts in Making Informed Decisions (American Society on Aging Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, March 1994).
  • Judith A. Frank, Presentation, Getting the Court to Make an Informed Decision: The Role of the Guardian Ad Litem, a Model (American Bar Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, August 1991).


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