MSU College of Law

Rosemarie Aquilina

Adjunct Professor
Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane Rm 368
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300

The Honorable Rosemarie E. Aquilina was elected judge of the 30th Circuit Court in November 2009. She joined the bench of the 55th District Court in 2005 after practicing for more than 16 years as a licensed attorney in the areas of divorce and custody, family law, and probate law.

Judge Aquilina served for 20 years as an officer with the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps. The first female JAG officer in Michigan Army National Guard history, she received a commendation medal for Operation Desert Storm and the Army Achievement Medal. Judge Aquilina teaches Trial I (Civil) and Trial II (Criminal) in the Trial Practice Institute.

Dedicated to educating and mentoring young attorneys, Judge Aquilina also teaches Criminal Law at MSU College of Law. She also works as an adjunct professor at Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

Judge Aquilina has been involved in a multitude of professional, public, and civic organizations throughout her career.

J.D. 1984, Thomas M. Cooley Law School; B.A. 1979, Michigan State University

  • Criminal Law
    (Formerly DCL 131) An examination of the criminal justice system, including emphasis on the role of defense counsel and prosecutor; the adversary system; ethical considerations; sources and aims of the criminal law and construction of criminal statutes; specific crimes against person, property and the state; inchoate crimes; defenses negating culpability; and the principles of responsibility and justification.
  • Trial Practice Institute-Trial II
    (Formerly DCL 542 and DCL 565, Formerly Trial Practice Institute-Trial IIA and Trial Practice Institute-Trial IIB ) Must be in the Trial Practice Institute program. This course caps the trial training program at Michigan State University-DCL College of Law. The purpose of the course is to provide graduating seniors with the opportunity to use the skills and education they have received to handle a complete criminal case, from their initial interview with the client (or making the charging decision based upon a law enforcement investigation and request for warrant). This program is unique in that the defendant, law enforcement witnesses, civilian witnesses, and expert witnesses will be students from the Michigan State University, Department of Theatre. The expert witnesses will be students from the Michigan State University Medical School. The objective for all students involved is to have hands on experience related to their particular college and curriculum at Michigan State University. Law students will have an opportunity to take a criminal case from start to finish, investigating the facts of the case, preparing for all aspects of the case through the development of the theory of the case, interviewing witnesses, conducting the preliminary examination, motion practice and culminating with the trial itself. The goal is to provide an opportunity to put into practice what students have learned over their law school career at MSU College of Law. Must be in the Trial Practice Institute program. Because certain non-TPI courses duplicate the content of this course, students may not also receive academic credit for the following courses: Applied Evidence, Civil Trial Advocacy I, Civil Trial Advocacy II, Client Counseling and Interviewing, Criminal Trial Advocacy I - Pre-Trial, Criminal Trial Advocacy II - Trial II.