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Career and Professional Development Contact Info

WMU-Cooley's Career and Professional Development Office is here to serve you as a student and as a graduate at any of our campus locations. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you have at the emails or phone numbers below. 

Departmental Leadership

Lisa L. Fadler, Assistant Dean of Career and Professional Development and Visiting Professor
[email protected]
(517) 371-5140 ext. 4107

Lisa L. Fadler is the Assistant Dean of Career and Professional Development and a Visiting Assistant Professor. She teaches Evidence, as well as Personal and Professional Responsibility, chairs the Student Career and Professional Development Faculty Committee, and is responsible for the overall strategic development of career services and employer relations programs. She oversees the Schools career services offices and represents the School externally with employers to expand relationships and develop job opportunities for students and alumni. Assistant Dean Fadler develops and supervises pro bono opportunities that match students with courts and law-related organizations with a focus on serving indigent and under-served members of the community. 

Before joining WMU-Cooley, Assistant Dean Fadler was an attorney with Collins Einhorn Farrell PC, in Southfield, Michigan where she defended professionals in medical and legal malpractice cases. She was previously an attorney with Kitch Drutchas Wagner Valitutti & Sherbrook PC, in Detroit, practicing medical malpractice defense, and an attorney with Roberts Perryman & Bomkamp PC, in St. Louis, Missouri, practicing insurance defense. She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the United States Supreme Court. Assistant Dean Fadler is an Oakland County Bar Foundation Lifetime Fellow, a member of the Thomas M. Cooley Society, sponsors an annual scholarship for the Walled Lake Consolidated Schools, and is a member of the Kalamazoo College Alumni Pre-Law Society. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Kalamazoo College in 1984 and earned a Juris Doctor from St. Louis University Law School in 1987.

Lansing Campus

Karen M. Poole, Associate Director of Career and Professional Development
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Karen Poole counsels students and alumni regarding their legal careers. She administers the on-line job board and is the lead administrator for the on-line Professional Development Series. Before joining WMU-Cooley, she was a legal reporter for Michigan Lawyers Weekly and worked in private practice for the Law Office of Catherine Groll, P.C., and Sinas, Dramis, Brake, Boughton, and McIntyre, P.C., specializing in No-Fault law. She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the Ingham County Bar Association. She is a 1990 WMU-Cooley Law School graduate, where she was the Law Review Casenote Editor, and she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Social Science from Michigan State University in 1983.

Dianne Herbin, Administrative Assistant and Recruitment Coordinator
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Dianne Herbin is the Administrative Assistant and Recruitment Coordinator of the Career and Professional Development Office. She provides administrative support and manages daily administrative tasks for the office. This includes implementation of CPD practices and policies regarding career services. As the Recruitment Coordinator, Ms. Herbin coordinates the year-round recruitment program including contacting the employers to schedule on-campus interviews, advertising these programs to students, maintaining recruitment data and statistics, and retrieving data for reports. She designs and distributes marketing posters, and prepares recruitment materials for employers and students.

Prior to joining WMU-Cooley Law School, Ms. Herbin worked for the State of Michigan, Department of Community Health in the immunizations department where she was responsible for collecting data for the Michigan Care Immunization Registry (MCIR). She was previously employed at the Michigan State Capital under the Governor James J. Blanchard administration and two former state senators, one of whom was the prior Chairman of the Judiciary Committee. Ms. Herbin brings a wealth of experience in career and professional development from her employment with the Mid-Counties Employment & Training Consortium; the Career Development Corporation, and the Mid-Western Employment & Training Group, where she was the Project Director.

Shari F. Lesnick, Associate Director of Career and Professional Development
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In addition to career coaching, Shari F. Lesnick specializes in law firm opportunities, externships and fellowships for both students and alumni.  She also serves the Law School as an adjunct Professor teaching Transitioning to Law Practice and Entertainment and Media Law.  Prior to joining WMU-Cooley, Ms. Lesnick had her own entertainment law practice representing national and international clients.  She began her legal career in New York as in-house counsel for Tommy Mottola’s Champion Entertainment and served as a corporate counsel for Time Warner, Inc. and as Director of Business Affairs for its subsidiary Atlantic Records. Ms. Lesnick has published on a variety of topics and has served as a panelist or keynote speaker for various organizations including Michigan’s Institute of Continuing Legal Education.  Ms. Lesnick is a 1979 graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles.  She received her Juris Doctor from Southwestern Law School where she was on Law Review.  Ms. Lesnick is a member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States, the State Bar of Michigan, the Women’s Lawyers Association of Michigan, and the Jewish Bar Association of Michigan.

Dan Kofoed, Department Secretary
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Dan Kofoed provides clerical support from the Lansing campus to the Assistant Dean, Associate Directors, Staff of the Career and Professional Development Office across campuses, to our Students, and to WMU-Cooley’s Alumni. Dan assists with various departmental projects, providing data input and analysis for the annual graduate employment survey and the school’s job board, and managing online resources. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and History from the University of South Dakota, with a background that includes management and the instruction of professional and creative writing.

Tampa Bay Campus

Laura A. Tankel, Associate Director of Career and Professional Development
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Laura Tankel counsels students and alumni on career exploration and job search strategies. She specializes in externships, social media professionalism, and networking. Before joining WMU-Cooley, Ms. Tankel practiced in the Tampa Bay Area. She is licensed in the State of Florida and the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida. She is a member of the Florida Bar Association, Hillsborough County Bar Association, and Young Lawyers Division. She obtained her Juris Doctor in 2014 from Florida State University College of Law and her Bachelor of Science in Political Science and International Affairs from Florida State University.