Associate Professor Emeritus
B.S., magna cum laude, Lee Honors College, Western Michigan University
J.D., magna cum laude, Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
My 25-year legal journey has taken me places I’d never imagined.
I am a first-generation college and law-school graduate, and I believe that every student has a unique path to discover. I enjoy helping students on the journey.
First, my work in large law exposed me to both the business and the practice of law. I started my career as a litigator with Foster Swift, where I learned about client advocacy from some of the best. Later, I served as the Director of Client Development at Dickison Wright, where I helped design the firm’s national client-development strategy.
Second, my work in consulting taught me about legal sales and marketing. I spent several years with LexisNexis, where I worked with law-school faculty across the country. I helped grow the company’s business by becoming a valued partner to my clients.
But my favorite work has been in legal education. I’ve served on the full-time faculty at both WMU-Cooley Law School and Ave Maria School of Law. I’ve taught contracts, legal drafting, legal research, legal writing, advocacy, scholarly writing, and moot court.
My career journey has made me passionate about genuine, ethical advocacy. I enjoy teaching students to use authentic persuasion to advocate both for their clients and for their own career goals. And I believe in the power of plain, clear language to help achieve this end.
I like to write and speak about legal research, advocacy, and legal-career development. And I enjoy helping students discover their pathways to personal and professional success.
Articles (Law Reviews and Law Journals)
- Toree Randall, Meet Me in the Cloud: A Legal Research Strategy that Transcends Media, 19 J. Leg. Writing Inst., 1027 (2014).
- Toree S. Randall, Worker's Disability Compensation, 47 Wayne L. Rev. 815 (2001).
Books and Chapters in Books
- Toree S. Randall, "Reasoned Legal Research: multi-media workbook, and thirty instructional videos," Thomas M. Cooley Law School (2012).
- Toree S. Randall, New-Lawyer Development Tips from the Law School Trenches, 97 Mich. B.J., Feb. 2018, at 44.
- Toree Randall, Speaker, A Research Process that Transcends Books, the Internet, Mobile Apps, and the "Next Big Thing" (Legal Writing Institute 2012 Biennial Conference, New Teacher's program, Palm Desert, California, June 1, 2012).
- Toree S. Randall, Speaker, Ten Tips for Better Written Advocacy (State Bar of Michigan Young Lawyers Summit, June 7, 2013).