40-Year Career


After 40 years of teaching for WMU-Cooley Law School, Professor John Scott taught his final class on April 10.  Scott, who received his bachelor’s, master’s and juris doctor degrees from the University of Michigan, began his legal career with a general trial practice near Kalamazoo, and specialized in family, criminal, property and bankruptcy litigation. He started teaching at WMU-Cooley’s Lansing campus in 1978, and moved to the Tampa Bay campus in 2012. He administered the Trial Workshop program for 10 years and coached teams in national trial competitions and co-chaired the NACDL Criminal Trial Competition. A member of the WMU-Cooley Legal Authors Society, he was a member in various legal organizations, including the Association of Trial Lawyers of America; Real Property, Local Government, Litigation and Legal Education sections of the American Bar Association; the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; and the State Bar of Michigan. Scott, who taught Evidence and Property at WMU-Cooley, is the author of “Evidence Illustrated: Cases to Illustrate How All the Rules Work.”

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