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Cooley faculty and students give thousands of hours back to communities

Thomas M. Cooley Law School’s faculty and students gave nearly 425,000 hours of free legal work to various groups and individuals through the school’s in-house clinics, student externships and other pro bono programs run by Cooley faculty members.

“Cooley students are immersed in a hands-on legal education,” said Amy Timmer, associate dean of students and professionalism at Cooley. “Through their service in our more than 30 pro bono programs, our students provided free legal assistance to the underserved for no academic credit, and undertook actual legal work under the supervision of attorneys. And in their work in Cooley’s legal clinics and externships, Cooley students worked more than 23,000 hours beyond what was required for academic credit. This is a great testament to our faculty and the examples set by them, and to the opportunities that Cooley students receive.”

Students engage in clinics  such as Sixty Plus Inc., Elderlaw Clinic; Cooley’s Innocence Project; Family Law Assistance Program; Kent County Public Defender Clinic; Public Sector Legal Clinic; and Immigration Rights/Civil Advocacy; and externships in prosecutors’ offices, public defenders’ offices, judicial, government and various other legal services.

The free legal service provided would have a monetary value of more than $60 million if figured at an average hourly rate of $150.

Shane joins Miller Canfield
The law firm of Miller Canfield announces that Phillip M. Shane has joined the firm as an attorney in the Kalamazoo office in the Litigation and Trial Group. His practice is focused on electronic discovery and records management.

At Miller Canfield, Shane will focus on electronic discovery and records management including identification, preservation, collection, review, and production of electronically-stored information. Prior to joining the firm, he worked for a leading electronic discovery and data forensics company where he managed both large-scale and specialized document review projects.  His discovery experience includes product liability class actions, high-profile financial fraud, patent infringement suits, contract disputes, labor and employment actions, legal malpractice/unauthorized practice cases, and pre-merger anti-trust investigations.   

He received his J.D. from Michigan State Univ. College of Law and his B.A. cum laude from Western Michigan.