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Who We Are:  Executive Committee

ICLE reports regularly to the ICLE Executive Committee, which consists of representatives of ICLE's sponsoring organizations and meets three times a year with ICLE directors.

Paul D. Reingold
The University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor
Paul D. Reingold is a clinical professor of law and director of the civil-criminal litigation clinic at the University of Michigan Law School. He supervises law students who provide legal services in the general poverty law and civil rights areas. Mr. Reingold is a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association, the National...View Full Bio

Laura B. Bartell
Wayne State University Law School, Detroit
Laura B. Bartell joined the Wayne State University faculty in 1996 after 17 years of private practice in New York. After graduating from Harvard Law School, where she was an officer on the Harvard Law Review, she clerked for Judge Alvin B. Rubin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans. Professor Bartell then entered...View Full Bio

Gary P. Bauer
Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing
A tenured full professor of law at WMU Cooley Law School, Professor Bauer teaches Wills, Trusts and Estates in a Clinical third year program for students which is designed to help students learn the substantive material in the context of live client interaction. In addition, Professor Bauer has taken the lead in preparing students for the business of law through...View Full Bio

Ted Becker
The University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor
Ted Becker is a clinical professor of law and director of the Legal Practice Program at the University of Michigan Law School. He teaches courses in legal practice, legal practice skills, and transactional drafting. Before joining the law school as a clinical assistant professor in 2000, Professor Becker was an adjunct professor at Thomas M. Cooley Law School and practiced...View Full Bio

Miriam L. Blanks-Smart
Department of Administrative Hearings, Detroit
Miriam L. Blanks-Smart is the manager of administrative hearings at the city of Detroit's "Blight Court," the Department of Administrative Hearings (DAH). Before coming to the DAH, she was supervising assistant corporation counsel at the city's law department, responsible for managing teams of civil litigators and municipal code prosecutors. Previously, Ms. Blanks-Smart was a private practitioner with law firms in...View Full Bio

J. Richard Broughton
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Detroit
J. Richard Broughton is associate dean for academic affairs and an associate professor of law, teaching in the areas of criminal law, federal crimes, constitutional law, and constitutional criminal procedure. He has also served on the law school faculties at Wayne State University, Stetson University, and Texas Wesleyan University (now Texas A&M) and as a lecturer in government at Johns...View Full Bio

Katie Lynwood
Buhl Little Lynwood & Harris PLC, East Lansing
Katie Lynwood practices in the areas of estate planning, trust and estate administration, and elder law, including Medicaid planning. She is a member of the Probate and Estate Planning Council of the State Bar of Michigan. Ms. Lynwood is also a member of the Ingham County Bar Association and Women Lawyers Association of Michigan. She is a past president for...View Full Bio

Sanjukta Paul
Wayne State University Law School, Detroit

John W. Reed
The University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor
John W. Reed is Thomas M. Cooley Professor of Law Emeritus at the University of Michigan Law School. In addition to his decades of service on the Michigan faculty, during which he was repeatedly honored by his students for teaching excellence, Prof. Reed has served as dean at the University of Colorado Law School and, in retirement, at Wayne State...View Full Bio

Hon. Michael J. Riordan
Michigan Court of Appeals, Detroit

David A. Santacroce
The University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor
David A. Santacroce is a clinical professor of law at the University of Michigan Law School, and the associate dean of experiential education. His primary interest is impact litigation focusing on civil rights, particularly health care issues. Professor Santacroce is the founder and president of the Center for the Study of Applied Legal Education (CSALE), a nonprofit corporation housed at...View Full Bio

Howard T. Spence
Spence & Associates Consultants, Lansing
A solo practitioner, Howard T. Spence practices in the areas of employment law and occupational licensing law. He is currently developing an arbitration practice and serves on neutral panels for the American Arbitration Association, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the National Arbitration Forum, and the Michigan Employment Relations Commission arbitration and fact finder panels. Mr. Spence is a civil case...View Full Bio

Charles Ten Brink
Michigan State University College of Law, East Lansing
Professor Charles J. Ten Brink joined the Michigan State University College of Law in 2001, after 15 years at the University of Chicago. He is associate dean for library and technology services and a professor of law, teaching courses in American legal history, advanced legal research, and land use planning. Professor Ten Brink's research interests are in land use planning...View Full Bio

Virginia Thomas
Wayne State University Law School, Detroit
Virginia C. Thomas joined Wayne State University in 2009 as director of the Neef Law Library. In 2011, she was appointed to the law school's adjunct faculty. Ms. Thomas also serves as interim director for collection management and discovery services within the Wayne State University Library System. Before coming to Wayne State, she directed the law libraries of the University...View Full Bio

Janet K. Welch
State Bar of Michigan, Lansing
Janet K. Welch is executive director of the State Bar of Michigan. She has had an extensive career in state government, beginning in the Michigan Legislature where she served as a legislative analyst in the House and as the first director of the Senate's nonpartisan legislative analysis office. Ms. Welch was a law clerk for Michigan Supreme Court Justice Robert...View Full Bio

Steven L. Winter
Wayne State University, Detroit
Steven L. Winter is the Walter S. Gibbs Professor of Constitutional Law at the Wayne State University Law School. As an assistant counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., from 1978 to 1986, he tried cases in the state and federal courts in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas; argued appeals in the Fifth,...View Full Bio

David R. Watson
Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Ann Arbor
Ex Officio
David R. Watson joined ICLE in January 2017 as ICLE's executive director. He oversees ICLE's day-to-day operations, including implementing short- and long-range strategic objectives, managing finances and administrative policies, and representing the Institute. Before joining ICLE, Mr. Watson was the executive director of the 74,000 member New York State Bar Association, helping implement policies approved by its House of Delegates...View Full Bio
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