Sunday, September 11, 2011
Fourth Tier Thomas M. Cooley Law School Apparently Adds a Cooley Grad - and Former Cooley “Law Professor” to its Legal Team
On September 2, 2011, at 8:30 am, JDU poster “BigSal” wrote the following:
“On the Western District of Michigan's PACER site, appearances were entered by Cooley's lawyers. They will be represented by Miller Canfield. See http://www.millercanfield.com/
One of the attorneys is a Cooley grad. See http://www.millercanfield.com/BradSysol”
If this is the case, then it appears to be a motivated, to some extent, by public relations on the part of Cooley. Apparently, the dung heap finally figured out that it might be wise to bring in a Cooley lawyer to defend the class action suit filed against it - especially after they hired a Michigan Law and Georgetown Law grad to handle the defamation case, against four anonymous - and presumably broke - bloggers. Keep this Miller Canfield news item, from March 9, 2010, in mind:
“Miller Canfield principal Brad H. Sysol (Kalamazoo, Mich.) was recently named by his alma mater, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, as an adjunct professor of Environmental Law for the May-July 2010 term at the Grand Rapids campus. He’ll continue his practice as a trial lawyer at Miller Canfield.” [Emphasis mine]
Surely, Brad Sysol - as a Cooley grad and former adjunct “professor” at the school - will be able to represent Fourth Tier Dung Pit Thomas M. Cooley Law Sewer, without passion or prejudice, right?!?! Sysol is no longer listed as a faculty member at TTTThoma$ M. Cooley’s Grand Rapids campus. (Although his Miller Canfield bio shows his teaching experience as: “Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Adjunct Professor, Environmental Law, 2010-present.”) However, we do see an unusual name on the list: Kara Zech Thelen, as a “visiting professor.” There is not a hyperlink to her school bio. Why does the name Thelen sound familiar?!
“GRAND RAPIDS – James Thelen was named Associate Dean for Legal Affairs and General Counsel at Cooley Law School. He takes over duties from James Robb, who has been named Associate Dean for Development and Alumni Relations.
Mr. Thelen was most recently a partner at Miller, Canfield, Paddock, and Stone, where he worked in the firm's Lansing office and handled several matters on Cooley's behalf. He first joined Miller Canfield in 1995, and was an associate attorney in the Labor and Employment Practice Group. He was named a principal in 2005.” [Emphasis mine]
This piece was published on May 18, 2011. He was apparently hired in February 2011. James Thelen was a partner at Miller Canfield, right before joining Fourth Tier Thomas M. Cooley Law School as general counsel. According to this link, Kara Zenk Thelen has been licensed to practice law in Michigan, since 2000. James has hired by Miller Cansfield in 1995. It appears that James joined Cooley, after his wife was teaching there.
Check out Jimmy’s April 28, 2011 email to Cryn Johannsen:
I write to address your April 27, 2011 blog posting on http://alleducationmatters.blogspot.com. I note that you have just updated your posting today.
Your report regarding Thomas M. Cooley Law School is, at best, false and misleading; at worst, it is defamatory and actionable. A simple Google search would have demonstrated that the defamatory material passed off as truth – admittedly by your own “hunch” – is nothing but a regurgitated Internet rumor circulated and discredited months ago. (I’ve reviewed too your Twitter feed regarding these allegations, which is stated as fact and is thus defamatory as well.)”
“You should immediately remove these defamatory postings from your “All Education Matters” blog page, as well as from your Twitter feed and any other site that you control. I also expect that you will post an appropriate statement of the reason for your retractions.”
By the way, Cryn earlier noted that the rumor/claim - regarding Title IV funds - “might very well be a hoax.” She was skeptical of the tip, and was merely asking someone to confirm whether the claim was true.
Scroll down to page 42 of TTTT Cooley’s 2009 Form 990, to see that the diploma factory hires sons and daughters of board members, and that “professor” Marc Benson is married to Jane Markey, a member of the trash pit’s board of directors. On page 45, the dung pile discloses the following: “TWO MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS ARE RELATED BY MARRAIGE [sic]” Learn how to spell, by the way.
In the final analysis, Fourth Tier Waste Site Thomas M. Cooley Law School - and its agent, Miller Canfield - hired a Cooley grad to defend the school in the class action suit, in part, as a PR move. (To be fair, Kurzzon Strauss also hired a Cooley grad.) For $ome rea$on, it did not hire a recent graduate. Furthermore, the school feels that it is okay to hire children and spouses of board members. I suppose that “avoiding the appearance of impropriety” only applies to looley grad, aw students and toilet law attorneys. This "non-profit" corporation is a true moral and ethical giant, huh?!?!
Posted by Nando at 6:51 AM