Director of Homeland Law/LL.M., and Professor
B.A. St. Bonaventure University
J.D. Case Western Reserve University School of Law
MSS Army War College
M.A.S.S. Naval Postgraduate School
I joined the WMU-Cooley Law School full-time faculty as a professor in the Constitutional Law Department in 2010 and developed an LL.M. program in Homeland and National Security Law.
Before joining WMU-Cooley, I most recently served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Homeland Defense Strategy, Prevention and Mission Assurance. My responsibilities included supervision of the Department of Defense Critical Infrastructure Protection Program and Global Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection Policy.
I was appointed by Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm as her Homeland Security Adviser in 2003 and served in that capacity until July 2009. At the same time, I also served as the Assistant Adjutant General for Homeland Security, Michigan National Guard. My duties included acting as the liaison between the governor's office in Michigan and all federal, state and local agencies on homeland security with responsibility for developing statewide policy on homeland security preparedness and coordinating efforts to protect the state and its critical infrastructure from terrorist attacks.
I served as a member of the National Governors Association’s Homeland Security Advisors Council where I was elected to the executive committee in 2006 and 2008. I was named by the Office of Infrastructure Protection, Department of Homeland Security, as Chair of the State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Government Coordinating Council in 2007.
My military service included serving as the State Judge Advocate as a member of the Michigan National Guard for over 27 years, serving as a military judge and promotion to Brigadier General in 2007. I was formerly the Assistant Attorney General for Litigation in the Executive Division of the Michigan Department of Attorney General.
I received the Zimbardo Award, given to the Center for Homeland Defense and Security graduate who best embodies high academic achievement, outstanding leadership, and innovation in homeland security thinking. Other awards include the State Bar of Michigan Champion of Justice (2017) and the Michigan Lawyers Weekly Hall of Fame (2020).
- Michael C. McDaniel, Veterans Treatment Courts in Michigan, A Consideration of Factors for Success, 94 MICH. B.J. 18 (Feb. 2015).
- Michael C. McDaniel, Beyond “Beyond the Border”: A Proposal for Implementation of the Action Plan’s Recommendation on Cross-Border Critical Infrastructure, 37 Can.-U.S. L. J. 433 (2012).
- Calli M. Ellis & Michael C. McDaniel, Texas Takes on the TSA: The Constitutional Fight over Airport Security, 10 J. of Homeland Sec. & Emerg. Mgt. 209 (2013).
- Michael C. McDaniel & Calli M. Ellis, The Beslan Hostage Crisis: A Case Study for Emergency Responders, 4 J. of Applied Sec. Res.1 (2009).
- Michael C. McDaniel, Emad (Al) Shenouda & M. John Bystria, The Functional Desks as Collaborative Mechanisms in the Michigan Intelligence Operations Center, Homeland Sec. Affairs, Supp. 2, (2008).
- Eric J. Eggan, Theodore E. Hughes, Michael C. McDaniel & Matthew H. Rick, Plain English in the Department of Attorney General, 79 Mich. B.J. 48 (Jan. 2000).
Book and Chapters in Books
- McDaniel, Michael “Homeland Security Law and Policy Theory.” In Theoretical Foundations of Homeland Security, Strategies, Operations, and Structures, edited by James D. Ramsay, Keith Cozine, and John Comiskey, 231 – 256. London and New York: Routledge, 2021.
- Veterans Treatment Courts in Michigan: A Manual for Judges, (2015) for the Michigan State Court Administrative Office and Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency.
- McDaniel, Michael C. “Lawyers as Public Servants: The Response by the Executive and Legislative Branches of Michigan’s Government to the Events of September 11, 2001.” In Lawyers as Economic Drivers: The Business Case for Legal Services, edited by Nelson P. Miller, James D. Robb & John D. Crane, 105-112. Lake Mary, FL: Vandeplas Publishing, 2012.
- Michael C. McDaniel (State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Government Coordinating Council), Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources (CIKR) Protection Capabilities for Fusion Centers: An Appendix to the Baseline Capabilities for State and Major Urban Area Fusion Centers (prepared for the Dept. of Homeland Sec., Dec. 2008) (a copy is available at the Faculty Archives, Thomas M. Cooley Law School).
- Michael C. McDaniel and Robert Stephan, A Guide to Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources Protection at the State, Regional, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Level (prepared for the Dept. of Homeland Sec., Sept. 2008) (a copy is available at the Faculty Archives, Thomas M. Cooley Law School).
- Michael C. McDaniel, M. John Bustria, Edmund F. McGarrell & AnnMarie Schneider, The Security Perceptions of the Michigan Public: Implementing the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative and the 2005 Real ID Act (project and paper with the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research, Michigan State University, Feb. 2008).
- Michael C. McDaniel, The Development and Recognition of Homeland Security Law (thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in Homeland Security, Naval Postgraduate School, 2007) (a copy is available at the Faculty Archives, Thomas M. Cooley Law School).
- Michael C. McDaniel, The Security Perceptions of the Michigan Public: Implementing the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative and the 2005 Real ID Act (with the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research, Michigan State University, Apr. 2008).