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Michigan State University College of Law was established in 1891, originally as the Detroit College of Law, making it one of the oldest continuously operated independent law schools in the nation. The College is a privately controlled, non‑profit, co‑educational institution devoted exclusively to professional education in law. The Law College was fully accredited by the American Bar Association in 1941 and has been a member of the American Association of Law Schools since 1946.


For 117 years, the Law College has provided outstanding educational training opportunities for qualified applicants seeking to enter the legal profession. It continues, through its graduates, to make vital contributions to the legal, commercial and industrial communities throughout the nation. More than seven thousand of today's attorneys, judges, public officials and business executives are graduates of this eminent college.


The College, a private law school, affiliated in 1995 with Michigan State University, a public university, for the benefit of both institutions. The law school has added the multiple disciplinary and global dimensions of MSU to its core professional curriculum.


The Law College makes its home in the heart of Michigan State University in a new facility. This 180,000‑square‑foot, multi‑story building houses comprehensive student services such as admissions, financial aid and career services as well as state of the art law library, a moot courtroom, a computer laboratory, and classrooms designed to offer students the highest quality learning atmosphere. All classrooms are fitted with technology sufficient to allow students to use lap top computers during class. Moreover, students have access to the MSU campus network, the Internet, e‑mail, critical legal bases, and law libraries around the world.



Joan W. Howarth (517) 432‑6993

Assistant Dean of Admissions & Financial Aid:

Charles W. Roboski (517) 432‑0222

Associate Dean for Student Affairs:

Connell Alsup (517) 432‑6806

Executive Director for Business Affairs:

Richard Lameti (517) 432‑6813

Associate Dean of Library and Technology Services:

Charles Ten Brink (517) 432‑6862

Assistant Dean for Career Services:

Elliot A. Spoon (517) 432‑6834

Director of Diversity Services:

Mary Ferguson (517) 432‑6847



JOAN W. HOWARTH, (Dean), admitted to bar, 1980, California. Education: Smith College (A.B., 1972); University of Southern California (J.D., 1980). Email: howarth@law.msu.edu

JOHN P. APOL, (Professor Emeritus), admitted to bar, 1972, Michigan. Education: Grand Valley State University (B.A., 1969); University of Michigan (J.D., 1972). COURSES: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure and Negotiations.


PAUL ARSHAGOUNI, (Associate Professor and Director of the Health Law Program), Education: University of California (M.D., 1988; J.D., 1999; B.A., 1984). COURSES: Contracts, Health Law. Email: arshagouni@law.msu.edu


DANIEL D. BARNHIZER, (Associate Professor), admitted to bar, 1996, Ohio; 1997, District of Columbia. Education: Miami University (B.A., 1991); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1995). COURSES: Business Enterprises, Contracts, Securities Regulation, Land Use. Email: daniel.barnhizer@law.msu.edu


MARY A. BEDIKIAN, (Professor in Residence), Education: Wayne State University (1971; M.A., 1975); Detroit College of Law (J.D., 1980). COURSES: Arbitration, Mediation, Alternative Dispute Resolution. Email: bedik@law.msu.edu


SUSAN H. BITENSKY, (Professor), admitted to bar, 1974, Pennsylvania; 1979, New York; 1988, Michigan. Education: Case Western Reserve University (B.A., 1971); University of Chicago Law School (J.D., 1974). COURSES: Evidence, Constitutional Law, and Jurisprudence.


KRISTI L. BOWMAN, (Associate Professor), admitted to bar, 2001, Illinois. Education: Drake University (B.A., summa cum laude, 1998); Duke University (M.A., 2000; J.D., 2001). COURSES: Remedies, Education Law.


CRAIG R. CALLEN, (Professor), Education: Harvard Law School (J.D., 1974); University of Iowa (B.A., 1971). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Evidence. Email: callen@law.msu.edu


D. ADAM CANDEUB, (Associate Professor), Education: Yale University (B.A., 1990); University of Pennsylvania (J.D., 1995). COURSES: Regulated Industries, Intellectual Property.


NANCY A. COSTELLO, (Associate Clinical Professor), admitted to bar, 1999, Michigan. Education: Michigan State University (B.A., 1981); University of Detroit (J.D., 1999). COURSES: Intellectual Property in the Internet Age, Media Law, Research, Writing and Advocacy II. Email: ncostello@law.msu.edu


DAVID S. FAVRE, (Professor), admitted to bar, 1973, Virginia; 1985, Michigan. Education: University of Virginia (B.A., 1968); College of William and Mary (J.D., 1973). COURSES: Environmental Law, Property, Wildlife Law and International Environmental Law.


ROBERT M. FILIATRAULT, (Professor), admitted to bar, 1970, Michigan. Education: University of Notre Dame; University of Detroit; Detroit College of Law (J.D., 1970). COURSES: Clinical Legal Education, Civil Procedure, Evidence and Federal Jurisdiction.


MATTHEW FLETCHER, (Associate Professor), admitted to bar, 1997, Michigan; 1999, Arizona; 2001, Washington. Education: University of Michigan (B.A., 1994; J.D., 1997). COURSES: Federal Indian Law, Contracts, Tribal Law. Email: fletcher@law.und.edu


CATHERINE M. GROSSO, (Assistant Professor), admitted to bar, 2001, Virginia; 2002, District of Columbia. Education: Earlham College (B.A., 1990); University of Iowa College of Law (J.D., 2001). COURSES: Criminal Procedure, Sentencing Law and Policy.


MICHELE LAFOREST HALLORAN, (Director of Clinic Programs), admitted to bar, 1979, Michigan. Education: Lemoyne College (B.A., 1973); Thomas M. Cooley Law School (J.D., 1979). COURSES: Tax. Email: hallor11@law.msu.edu


JEREMY T. HARRISON, (Professor), admitted to bar, 1961, California; 1986, Hawaii. Education: San Francisco (B.S., 1957; J.D., 1960); Harvard (LL.M., 1962). COURSES: Community Property, Estates, Evidence, Torts, Conflict of Laws, Landlord and Tenant.


MELANIE B. JACOBS, (Associate Professor), admitted to bar, 1994, Massachusetts. Education: Columbia College (A.B., 1991); Boston University (J.D., 1994); Temple University (LL.M., 2002). COURSES: Family Law, Estates and Trusts, Property. Email: melanie.jacobs@law.msu.edu


CLARK C. JOHNSON, (Professor Emeritus), admitted to bar, 1970, Michigan and U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of Michigan; 1974, U.S. Supreme Court. Education: University of Michigan (A.B., 1962); Wayne State University (J.D., 1970; M.S., 1985; Ph.D., 1990). COURSES: Equity, Agency and Partnership, Secured Transactions, Mortgages.


BRIAN C. KALT, (Associate Professor), admitted to bar, 1997, Michigan; 1999, District of Columbia. Education: University of Michigan (A.B., 1994); Yale Law School (J.D., 1997). COURSES: Torts, Constitutional Law, Administrative Law. Email: kalt@law.msu.edu


KEVIN C. KENNEDY, (Professor), admitted to bar, 1977, Hawaii; 1990, Michigan. Education: University of Michigan (A.B., 1973); Wayne State University (J.D., 1977); Harvard University Law School (LL.M., 1982). COURSES: Civil Procedure, International Trade and International Law.


MAE KUYKENDALL, (Professor), admitted to bar, 1986, Massachusetts; 1987, New York. Education: University of Houston (B.A., 1969); University of North Carolina (M.A., 1972; Ph.D., 1980); Harvard University Law School (J.D., 1985). COURSES: Small Business Enterprises, Corporate Law and Policy, Public Corporations, Corporate Finance and Law and Gender.


DEANNE ANDREWS LAWRENCE, (Associate Clinical Professor), admitted to bar, 1996, Michigan. Education: Indiana University (B.S., 1983); Purdue University (B.S., 1983); University of Colorado (J.D., 1987). COURSES: Research, Writing and Advocacy I and II. Email: lawre108@law.msu.edu


MICHAEL A. LAWRENCE, (Professor), admitted to bar, 1992, Illinois and Wisconsin; 1993, 1999, District of Columbia. Education: Indiana (B.S., 1981); University of Colorado (M.B.S., 1987); University of Wisconsin (M.S., 1992; J.D., 1992). COURSES: Property, Constitutional Law, International Law.


ANNE M. LAWTON, (Associate Professor), admitted to bar, 1987, Michigan. Education: University of Michigan (A.B., 1982; J.D./M.B.A., 1986). COURSES: Basic Bankruptcy, Commercial Transactions, Contracts. Email: alawton@law.msu.edu


NOGA MORAG LEVINE, (Associate Professor), Education: University of California, Berkeley (A.B., 1983; M.A., 1990; Ph.D., 1995); Hebrew University of Jerusalem (LL.B., 1987). COURSES: Environmental Law.


AMY C. MCCORMICK, (Professor), admitted to bar, 1991, California; 1992, District of Columbia. Education: Georgetown University (B.S.B.A., 1988); Harvard University (J.D., 1991). COURSES: Basic Federal Income Taxation, International Taxation and Estate and Gift Taxation.


ROBERT A. MCCORMICK, (Professor), admitted to bar, 1973, Colorado; 1987, Michigan. Education: Michigan State University (B.A., 1969); University of Michigan (J.D., 1973). COURSES: Labor Law, Constitutional Law, Employment Discrimination, Sports Law and Decedents' Estates.


MATTHEW C. MCKINNON, (Professor Emeritus), admitted to bar, 1972, Michigan. Education: University of Detroit (B.S., 1961); Detroit College of Law (J.D., 1972). COURSES: Contracts, Remedies, Antitrust Law, Sports Law and Unfair Trade Practices.


LUMEN M. MULLIGAN, (Assistant Professor), admitted to bar, 2002, Missouri. Education: University of Kansas (B.A., 1995); University of Colorado (M.A., 1999); University of Michigan (J.D., 2002). COURSES: Contracts.


HAROLD NORRIS, (Professor Emeritus), admitted to bar, 1948, Michigan. Education: University of Michigan (A.B., 1939; M.A., 1941); Columbia University (J.D., 1948); Wayne State University (D.H.L., 1981); Detroit College of Law (LL.D., 1989). COURSES: Criminal Law, Women and the Law, Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Criminal Procedure and Federal Jurisdiction.


BARBARA O'BRIEN, (Assistant Professor), Education: Bowdoin College (B.A., 1993); University of Colorado (J.D., 1996); University of Michigan (Ph.D., 1996). COURSES: Moot Court and Advanced Research & Writing, The Innocence Project, Criminal Law. Email: Bmoz@umich.edu


DAPHNE O'REGAN, (Associate Clinical Professor), Education: University of California at Santa Cruz (B.A., 1976); Cornell University (M.A., 1979; Ph.D., 1988); Michigan State University‑Detroit College of Law (J.D., 2000). COURSES: Research, Writing & Advocacy. Email: oreganda@law.msu.edu


SEAN A. PAGER, (Assistant Professor), admitted to bar, 1999, California. Education: Harvard University (A.B., 1989); Boalt Hall School of Law (J.D., 1998); European University Institute (L.L.M., 2002). COURSES: Copyright Law, International Intellectual Property Law, Intellectual Property Law.


KATHLEEN E. PAYNE, (Professor), admitted to bar, 1977, Michigan; 1991, Nevada; 1992, Illinois. Education: Michigan State University (B.A., 1967); Eastern Michigan University (M.A., 1970); Detroit College of Law (J.D., 1977); University of Michigan (LL.M., 1981). COURSES: Secured Transactions, Bankruptcy, Contracts, Torts, Agency and Partnership, Commercial Law, Debtors' and Creditors' Rights, and Legislative Drafting.


BRENDA QUICK, (Professor Emeritus), admitted to bar, 1985, Kentucky; 1993, Michigan. Education: University of Louisville (B.A., 1981; J.D., 1985). COURSES: Legal Profession and Property and Native American Law.


FRANK S. RAVITCH, (Professor), admitted to bar, 1991, Pennsylvania and New Jersey; 1995, New York; 1999, U.S. Supreme Court. Education: Georgetown University (LL.M., 1994); Dickinson School of Law (J.D., 1991); Tulane University (B.A., 1987). COURSES: Professional Responsibility; Law and Religion; Constitutional Law. Email: fravitch@law.msu.edu


JOHN W. REIFENBERG, (Professor), Education: Brown University (B.A., 1967); University of Denver (J.D., 1972). COURSES: Torts, International Law, International Business Transactions, European Community Law and Chinese Law.


KEVIN WALL SAUNDERS, (Professor), admitted to bar, 1985, District of Columbia. Education: Franklin & Marshall (A.B., 1968); University of Miami (Ph.D., 1978); University of Michigan (J.D., 1984). COURSES: Constitutional Law. Email: saunde44@law.msu.edu


WENONA T. SINGEL, (Assistant Professor), admitted to bar, 1999, Michigan. Education: Harvard University (B.A., 1995; J.D., 1999). COURSES: Federal Indian Law, Natural Resources Law, Tribal Economic Development, Remedies, Commercial Transactions I: Sales and Indigenous Peoples in International Law. Email: wsinge@hotmail.com


ELLIOT A. SPOON, (Professor in Residence and Assistant Dean of Career Services), born Detroit, Michigan, January 1, 1951; admitted to bar, 1975, Michigan. Education: University of Michigan (B.A., 1973; J.D., 1975). COURSES: Contracts, Corporate Finance, Securities Regulation, Mortgage Banking, Accounting. Email: spoone@law.msu.edu


CYNTHIA LEE STARNES, (Senior Associate Dean and Professor), admitted to bar, 1984, Indiana. Education: Michigan State University (B.S., 1973); Indiana University (J.D., 1983); Columbia University (LL.M., 1989). COURSES: Commercial Transactions, Contracts and Domestic Relations.


GLEN STASZEWSKI, (Associate Professor), admitted to bar, 1996, Texas. Education: University of Wisconsin (B.A., 1993); Vanderbilt University (J.D., 1996). COURSES: Administrative Law; Civil Procedure; Legislation. Email: glen.staszewski@law.msu.edu


ALVIN L. STORRS, (Professor), admitted to bar, 1981, Michigan. Education: Mercy College (B.A., 1975); University of Detroit (M.B.A., 1981; J.D., 1981); New York University School of Law (LL.M., 1984). COURSES: Corporate Taxation, Deferred Compensation, Estate and Gift Taxation, International Tax and Taxation.


CHARLES J. TEN BRINK, (Associate Dean of Library and Technology Services and Professor), admitted to bar, 1979, Florida. Education: Michigan State University (B.S., 1976); University of Michigan (J.D., 1979; A.M.L.S., 1985). COURSES: Advanced Legal Research, American Legal History, Land Use Planning. Email: cjtb@law.msu.edu


MARK A. TOTTEN, (Assistant Professor), admitted to bar, 2006, Michigan. Education: Cedarville College (B.A., 1996); Yale Law School (J.D., 2006); Yale University (Ph.D., 2006). COURSES: National Security Law.