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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. 

Contacts


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Karen Poole

Karen M. Poole, Director of Career and Professional Development
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Karen Poole is the Director of Career and Professional Development at Cooley Law School.  Karen is a dedicated student services professional, and has been supporting students at Cooley since 2010, first as a Coordinator and then an Associate Director. As the director, she leads the career services team to help Cooley students and alumni obtain their dream jobs. She is also the lead instructor for Cooley’s Professional Development Series and teaches the first-year elective “Career Exploration.” Karen has also taught Research and Writing, Advocacy, and Scholarly Writing.  Before joining the law school, Karen 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. Karen is a proud 1990 WMU-Cooley Law School graduate. While in law school, Karen was the Law Review Casenote Editor and a Managing Editor, and was a writer for the Michigan Opinion Notes. Prior to law school, Karen her obtained her Bachelor of Science in Social Science from Michigan State University.  

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Noreka Thomas

Noreka Thomas, Associate Director of Student Services and Career & Professional Development
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Noreka Thomas is the Associate Director of Student Services and Career & Professional Development at the Tampa, Florida campus. She handles many tasks to help students such as: Accommodations, Veteran Affairs, Externships, Pro Bono, and Legal Careers for post-graduation. She is a native from the Show Me State (Missouri) where she attended Park University graduating in May 2012 Cum Laude with her Bachelors of Arts degree in Legal Studies. She is a graduate of Cooley Law School (Davis Class, 2020). While attending Cooley, she held many leadership roles as a Graduation Marshall, SBA Senator, Vice President of the Federalist Society, and a member/mentor of BLSA. Noreka was also unanimously voted by her class to be the Valedictory Speaker. She has experience as a Lead Paralegal in Bankruptcy, Foreclosure, Case Management and Personal Injury. In her spare time, she enjoys good conversations with people (never met a stranger), mentoring young adults, karaoke/dancing at her favorite spots, playing basketball and her many instruments, as well as long walks in the park. 

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Dan Kofoed

Dan Kofoed, Data Collection and Resources Specialist
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Dan Kofoed provides clerical support from the Lansing campus to the Director, 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.
 

William Fleener, Jr. Associate Director of Clinical Programs and Career and Professional Development
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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
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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 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.