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.
- General questions: [email protected]
- Recruitment services: [email protected]
- Direct assistance: (800) 577-6745
Before joining WMU-Cooley, Dean Toy was in private practice for 28 years, in large, medium, and small law firms, where he practiced in the areas of church law, environmental and natural resources law, and criminal and commercial litigation. He has also served as a contract administrative law judge for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, was an Assistant Ingham County Prosecutor, and was a judicial law clerk in the Michigan Court of Appeals. He was the 75th President of the State Bar of Michigan and its Board of Commissioners, served for 18 years on its Representative Assembly, and is a past chairperson of the Environmental Law Section. He was a member of the American Bar Association's House of Delegates and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Ingham County Bar Association. A 1981 summa cum laude graduate of the Law School, he has also served as an adjunct faculty member at the Law School, chair of its Alumni Association, and as member of its Board of Directors. Dean Toy received his Masters of Science from Michigan State University in 1980 and his Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences from Oakland University in 1972.
Lisa Fadler supervises the Law School's career services offices and works with prospective employers to develop job opportunities for students and alumni. She also serves the Law School as a Visiting Professor, teaching in the area of Personal and Professional Responsibility. Before coming to WMU-Cooley, Dean Fadler practiced law with Collins, Einhorn, Farrell and Ulanoff, P.C. where she represented doctors and lawyers in malpractice cases. Before that, she was a litigator with Kitch, Saurbier, Drutchas & Wagner where she practiced in the areas of medical malpractice defense and general tort defense. Dean Fadler is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the Bar of the United States Supreme Court, the American Bar Association, and the Oakland County Bar Association, and is a Fellow of the Oakland County Bar Foundation. She received her Juris Doctor from St. Louis University Law School in 1987 and her Bachelor of Arts from Kalamazoo College in 1984.
Auburn Hills Campus
Shari F. Lesnick, Career and Professional Development Coordinator
In addition to career coaching, Shari Lesnick specializes in fellowships and law firm opportunities. She had her own entertainment law practice representing national and international clients. She began her legal career in New York as in-house counsel for music impresario Tommy Mottola and served as a corporate counsel for Time Warner, Inc. and as Director of Business Affairs for its subsidiary Atlantic Records, Inc. 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. In 1982 she earned a Juris Doctor from Southwestern University Law School where she was on the Law Review. Ms. Lesnick is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the Arts, Communication, Entertainment and Sports Section of the Michigan Bar Association.
Alana M. Glass, Career and Professional Development Coordinator
Alana Glass advises students on career planning and innovative job-search strategies; she specializes in alternative legal careers. Before joining WMU-Cooley, she was a patent analyst at Cardinal Intellectual Property in Evanston, Illinois. She received her Juris Doctor from WMU-Cooley in 2006, an LL.M. in Intellectual Property in 2006, and an LL.M. in Corporate Law and Finance in 2011. Ms. Glass obtained her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science in 2002 from the University of Minnesota’s College of Agriculture Food and Environmental Science. She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, and the Oakland County Bar Association.
Grand Rapids Campus
Danielle Hall, Enrollment and Career Services Coordinator
Danielle Hall counsels students and alumni on career exploration and job search strategies. She specializes in job fairs and public interest opportunities. Before joining the CPD staff, Ms. Hall was an associate at Moritz and Verde, P.C., a family law and criminal defense practice. She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the American Bar Association, the Grand Rapids Bar Association, and the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan-Western Region where she has served as president and a board member. She obtained her Juris Doctor in 2001 from WMU-Cooley Law School and her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Broadcast and Cinematic Arts from Central Michigan University in 1997. As the 2009 Great Deeds Award - Grand Rapids Campus Recipient, she was recognized for her enthusiasm and commitment to WMU-Cooley and to the communities in which she works and lives.
Karen M. Poole, Career and Professional Development Coordinator
Karen Poole counsels students and alumni regarding their legal careers and focuses on In-House Counsel opportunities. 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 Washtenaw 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.
Darla Bradford, Administrative Assistant
Darla Bradford runs the Lansing Cooley Volunteer Corps program. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, with a secondary study in Marketing, at Michigan State University in 2004. While attending MSU, she was an active member of the co-ed professional business fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi. She also counsels grieving children at Ele's Place in Lansing where she is a volunteer facilitator.
Dianne Herbin, Recruiting Assistant
Dianne Herbin provides administrative support for on-campus interviews, special events, and other recruitment services. She also serves as the liaison between the CPD and employers, and gathers all the material submitted by students and alumni searching for employment opportunities.
Tampa Bay Campus
Laura A. Bare, Career and Professional Development Coordinator
Laura Bare 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. Bare 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.