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Tax Clinic Faculty


Professor Michele LaForest Halloran, Clinical Professor of Law & Director of Clinical Programs

Professor Halloran's past experience includes nine years as a partner at the law firm of Howard and Howard, service as an administrative law judge for the Michigan Tax Tribunal, and work as a law clerk to former Chief Justice Mary Stallings Coleman of the Michigan Supreme Court and as a prehearing attorney for the Michigan Court of Appeals.

Bar Admission: Michigan; United States Tax Court; United States District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan
Education: J.D., cum laude, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 1979; B.A. summa cum laude, LeMoyne College, 1973 (honors program).
Professional Associations and Memberships: Michigan Bar Association, Taxation Section; American Bar Association, Taxation Section; Michigan Womens Tax Association

weaseProfessor Joshua Wease, Co-Director

Before coming to MSU College of Law, Professor Wease was a tax attorney in practice for nine years.  He started his legal career as an Equal Justice Works Public Interest Law Fellow at MSU Law’s Alvin L. Storrs Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic.  He was a Senior Attorney with the Midwest law firm of Foster Swift, Collins & Smith and was a partner in Wease Halloran, a boutique tax law firm, for almost five years. 

As an assistant clinical professor at the Tax Clinic, he is responsible for the general operations and management of the clinic, which serves low-income clients and taxpayers for whom English is a second language, and provides MSU Law students with hands-on experience practicing tax law.

Professor Wease graduated cum laude from Michigan State University College of Law and received his LLM in trial advocacy from the Beasley School of Law at Temple University.  He is admitted to practice in: Michigan; United States Tax Court; Western District of Michigan; Eastern District of Michigan; and U.S. Supreme Court.  Professor Wease can be contacted by email at: or by phone at (517) 336-8088.

weaseChristina Thompson, Public Interest Fellow

Christina has been the Public Interest Fellow at the Tax Clinic since August 2012.  As Fellow for the Tax Clinic, Christina assists with supervision of second- and third-year law students, organizes outreach events, and oversees the students’ work in managing their client case files. 

Christina graduated Magna Cum Laude from Michigan State University College of Law in spring 2012.  During her time as a law student, she participated in the Tax Clinic for two years.  She is admitted to practice in Michigan and the United States Tax Court and is a member of the State Bar of Michigan Taxation Section and Michigan Women’s Tax Association.  Christina Thompson can be contacted at or (517) 336-8088.


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