B.S. University of Illinois 1980
J.D. University of Iowa Law School 1983
I joined Cooley Law School in 2000 as a Contracts, Sales, and Commercial Papers professor. I was chair of the Contracts Department from 2009 to 2020. I also teach a course on Multicultural Lawyering. I served as the Assistant Dean of the Lansing Campus from 2016-2020. The Assistant Dean supervises faculty and is the point of contact on all student matters regarding Honor Code, Professionalism, and all matters regarding student success.
In 2020, I was named one of America’s Top Lawyers in Marquis Who’s Who in America. In 2019, I was named one of “The Top Lawyers in Michigan” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. I was awarded the “Trailblazer Award” by the State of Michigan Davis-Dunnings Bar Association. I am in my eighth year as an Honorary Judge with the Teen Court Juvenile Justice Diversionary Program. I am the co-coordinator with The Links Incorporated, Michigan Women Foundation female youth program called Young Women for Change (YWFC). YWFC is an innovative youth leadership development and philanthropy program. I am on the board of directors of Highfield Youth Center. In 2018, I was named one of the final nominees for the United Way Volunteer of the Year Award.
Before joining the Cooley faculty, I was Chief Administrative Law Judge for the state of Indiana’s Unemployment Insurance Review Board. I served as State Purchasing Director as well as General Counsel for the Indiana Department of Administration. I served as the Administrative Appeals Judge and Assistant City Attorney for the city of Evansville, Indiana. I was also in private practice handling criminal and civil matters with a primary emphasis in employment law and domestic relations.
I belong to the State Bars of Michigan and Indiana and am admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court.