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
Lisa L. Fadler is the Assistant Dean of Career and Professional Development at Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School. She oversees the School’s career services offices and represents the School externally with employers to expand relationships and develop job opportunities for students and alumni. Before joining WMU-Cooley, Ms. Fadler was in private practice for 15 years in large and medium-sized law firms. She was an attorney with Collins, Einhorn, Farrell and Ulanoff, P.C. where she represented doctors and lawyers in malpractice cases. Before that, she was a litigation attorney with Kitch, Saurbier, Drutchas & Wagner where she practiced in the areas of medical malpractice defense and general tort defense. Ms. Fadler serves the law school as a Visiting Professor, teaching Evidence, and Personal and Professional Responsibility. She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the Oakland County Bar Association, and she is a Fellow of the Oakland County Bar Foundation. She is admitted to practice before the U.S Supreme Court. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Kalamazoo College in 1984 and earned a Juris Doctor from St. Louis University Law School in 1987.
Auburn Hills Campus
Shari F. Lesnick, Associate Director of Career and Professional Development
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. In 1982 she earned 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, and the Women’s Lawyers Association of Michigan.
Alana M. Glass, Associate Director of Career and Professional Development
Alana M. Glass serves as an Associate Director of Career & Professional Development at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School’s Auburn Hills campus. In addition to advising students on career planning and innovative job-search strategies, she is an adjunct professor and teaches Intellectual Property. Prior to joining WMU-Cooley, Ms. Glass 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 2008, 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 D. Augustus Straker Bar Association.
Karen M. Poole, Associate 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 Career and 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, 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.
Dan Kofoed, Department Secretary
Dan Kofoed provides clerical support from the Lansing campus to the Assistant Dean, Associate Directors, and Staff of the Career and Professional Development Office across campuses, to our Students, and to WMU-Cooley’s Alumni. 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. Bare, Associate Director of Career and Professional Development
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.