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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.

Miriam L. Blanks-Smart
Department of Administrative Hearings, Detroit
Miriam L. Blanks-Smart is the executive director of the city of Detroit's "Blight Court," the Department of Appeals and 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 metro...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, Gary P. Bauer teaches Wills, Trusts and Estates in a clinical third-year program for students 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 courses that...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

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

Noah D. Hall
Wayne State University Law School, Detroit
Noah D. Hall joined the Wayne State University Law School faculty in 2005, having previously taught at the University of Michigan Law School. Before teaching, Professor Hall was an attorney with the National Wildlife Federation, where he managed the Great Lakes Water Resources Program for the nation's largest conservation organization. Professor Hall also worked in private practice for several years,...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

Jane Meland
Michigan State University College of Law, East Lansing
Jane Meland is the interim director at the Michigan State University College of Law Schaefer Law Library. She has been with the Schaefer Law Library for approximately 17 years. In addition to her library duties, she teaches advanced legal research (in class and online) and provides research instruction for the first-year JD and LLM research, writing, and advocacy classes. Ms....View Full Bio

Paul D. Reingold
The University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor
Paul D. Reingold is a clinical professor of law at the University of Michigan Law School. He directed the school's Civil-Criminal Litigation Clinic from 1983 to 2018. Mr. Reingold is a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association, the National Lawyers Guild, the American Bar Association, the Clinical Legal Education Association, and the...View Full Bio

Hon. Michael J. Riordan
Michigan Court of Appeals, Detroit
Hon. Michael J. Riordan was appointed to the Michigan Court of Appeals by Governor Rick Snyder on March 16, 2012. In November 2012, he was elected to a full six-year term. Previously, Judge Riordan served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, as assistant general counsel for the Northwestern Mutual Financial Network in Milwaukee, and as...View Full Bio

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

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

Nancy E. Vettorello
University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor
Nancy E. Vettorello is a clinical professor in the Legal Practice Program at the University of Michigan Law School. Before her current position, she was a judicial clerk for the Hon. Betty B. Fletcher, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Ms. Vettorello also practiced law as an associate in the health care department of Miller, Canfield, Paddock, and...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

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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