Career and Professional Development Contact Info
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
Karen M. Poole, Director of Career and Professional Development
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 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 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.
William Fleener, Jr. Associate Director of Clinical Programs and Career and Professional Development
William Fleener, Jr. (Bill) is an Associate Director of Career and Professional Development at Cooley Law School's Lansing campus. He also directs the Externship Program and teaches several classes. Mr. Fleener regularly teaches Federal and State Administrative Law, Federal Disability Law, and Appellate Advocacy. He also teaches Constitutional Law in the political science department at Western Michigan University. He previously served as the staff attorney for Cooley's Innocence Project and Sixty Plus Elder Law Clinic. Before coming to Cooley, Mr. Fleener taught Research, Writing, and Advocacy at MSU College of Law. He also practiced for several years in the areas of disability law, real estate law, and criminal defense. Mr. Fleener is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the Ingham County Bar Association. He is a 1994 Thomas M. Cooley Law School graduate, where he was the Law Review Editor-in-Chief, and he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Western Michigan University in 1990.
Dianne Herbin, Administrative Assistant and Recruitment Coordinator
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 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.
Dan Kofoed, Data Collection and Resources Specialist
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 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.