Cooley Law School Associate and Four Graduates Receive Influential Women of the Law Award

TROY, MI—Cooley Law School Associate Dean of Academics and Professor Tonya Krause-Phelan, along with four Cooley graduates, Stephanie Arndt (2004, Cross Class), Jennifer Hetu (2006, Edwards Class), Mary Pat Meyers (1982, Brooke Class), and Lori K. Smith (2008, Sharpe Class) were honored during Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s 2023 Class of Influential Women of the Law award ceremony. The awards were presented on Friday, Sept. 22, at Petruzzello’s in Troy.

In addition to Criminal Law, Krause-Phelan teaches Criminal Procedure, Defending Battered Women, Criminal Sentencing, and Ethics in Criminal Cases. As associate dean for academics, she is currently working with faculty to make Cooley a visible and respected national leader in the development and delivery of modern legal education.

Arndt graduated from Cooley Law School in 2004 and is an appellate specialist with Christensen Law, where her practice largely focuses on nursing home negligence and medical malpractice cases.

Hetu, a 2006 graduate of Cooley Law School, focuses on trademark and brand protection for businesses of all sizes in the U.S. and international markets at the Bodman, PLC’s Troy office

Myers, who graduated from Cooley Law School in 1982, is a partner with the Meyers Law Firm in Dearborn. She focuses her practice on medical negligence and other personal injury litigation.

A 2008 Cooley Law School graduate and a shareholder at Sterling Heights-based O’Reilly Rancilio, P.C., Smith’s practice focuses on all aspects of family law.

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