One 'Tough Mudder'


Law student sets her sights on a career as a federal prosecutor

By Sheila Pursglove
Legal News

A participant in two “Tough Mudder” races, and a charity Polar Plunge in the Detroit River, Kristin Crowley will be a formidable opponent when she achieves her dreams of becoming a litigator—and eventually, a federal prosecutor.

A 2L student at Detroit Mercy Law School, Crowley earned her undergrad degree in criminal justice with a minor in psychology at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, where pre-law classes sparked her desire to help others by serving as an advocate, connecting with the community, and influencing policy change.

During undergrad, she interned as a victim advocate in the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.

“This process is never easy and it was part of our goal to motivate victims to continue to show up for court and to testify even though the Prosecutor’s Office was unable to offer any protection,” she says.
After observing attorneys in court, she set her sights on attending law school. But first, she spent a year as a legal administrative assistant for the litigation firm of Magdich & Associates in Livonia.

“I truly enjoyed speaking with attorneys and getting their perspective on their careers and experience in law school in general,” she says. “It was very beneficial to work for a firm before attending law school as I became more familiar with court documents and law firm functions.”

She spent the summer after her 1L year at Detroit Mercy Law as a judicial intern for U.S. District Judge Sean Cox in Detroit.

“It provided me with a wonderful learning opportunity,” she says. “Judge Cox and his staff were kind and always willing to help. I was afforded the unique opportunity to do research regarding motions in limine as I was taking evidence. This was a wonderful experience in which I was faced with a practical issue and made recommendations to the judge as to whether the motions should be granted or dismissed.”

Crowley is Vice President of the law school’s American Constitution Society (ACS), and notes it is one of the most active political organizations on campus, providing an opportunity for students to become well informed by attending panels with guest speakers, and participating in meaningful back-and-forth with them.

She so enjoyed her year a 1L Class Representative that she ran for, and was elected, 2L Class President.

“It’s been a pleasure to provide opportunities for our classmates to get together and engage with one another,” she says.

“What I enjoy most about Detroit Mercy Law are the people,” she adds. “My classmates, professors, and faculty, are part of a community. I believe we all take care of one another and are always willing to help each other out.”

She started a Mentorship Program this year in which upper level students mentor 1L students.

“The goal is to help integrate the 1L students into our community and provide them with a friendly face and contact for any questions or concerns they may have,” she says. “This semester we held a very successful mixer and plan to host similar events in the future.”

Crowley enjoys volunteering her time with classmates at the St. Peter Paul Warming Center where they prepare and serve meals.

“I’ve enjoyed volunteering my time and engaging with members of the community since beginning at Detroit Mercy Law in 2016,” she says.   

A native of Commerce Township in Oakland Country, and a graduate of Walled Lake Northern High School, Crowley now makes her home in Royal Oak. In her leisure time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, and with her dog, Peanut.

She continues to volunteer with her sorority, Phi Sigma Sigma, and has served as Recruitment Advisor for the Theta Iota Chapter at U-M-Flint since 2015.

During undergrad at U-M Dearborn, she participated each year in the Martin Luther King Day of Service, serving and preparing meals, making blankets, and cleaning facilities.

“I enjoyed helping, but more so, I love to engage with the members of our community,” she says.