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MSU College of Law


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 10, 2012

CONTACT: Kent Love, director of communications, 517-432-6959;

MSU Law Welcomes Two New Professors to Its Faculty

East Lansing, MI — Dean Joan Howarth and the Michigan State University College of Law faculty are pleased to welcome two new assistant clinical professors, Bruce Ching and Jennifer Copland.

Bruce Ching Professor Bruce Ching joins Michigan State Law after working as a staff attorney for the national office of United Auto Workers Legal Services Plans, where he advised and assisted the employer-funded organization’s offices throughout the country. Ching clerked for the Michigan Court of Appeals and for a trial judge in Detroit after graduating from the University of Michigan Law School, where he served as a staff member for the Michigan Journal of Law Reform. He earlier received a master’s degree in English language and literature from the University of Michigan and performed editorial work at a reference book publishing company. Before joining MSU Law to teach Research, Writing & Analysis, Professor Ching taught legal writing courses at several law schools and taught English for a year at Central China Normal University in Wuhan, the People’s Republic of China.

Jennifer Copland Professor Jennifer Copland began her legal experience as a student at the University of Michigan Law School, where she was a finalist in the Campbell Moot Court Competition, a participant and coach in the Jessup International Moot Court Competition, and a member of the Michigan International Law Journal. She received a Case Club award, several book awards, and the S. Anthony Benton Memorial Award. Professor Copland clerked for the Honorable Peter D. O’Connell at the Michigan Court of Appeals after receiving her law degree. She practiced for a number of years in commercial litigation at Dickinson Wright, where she primarily represented various telecommunications and utility companies and organizations, and then served as corporate counsel for Sterling Commercial Credit until 2011. She has taught Moot Court Competition at MSU Law since August 2009 and is the acting faculty advisor to the MSU Law Moot Court & Trial Advocacy Board.

Michigan State University College of Law, a leading institution of legal education with a long history of educating practice-ready attorneys, prepares future lawyers to use ethics, ambition, and intellect to solve the world’s problems. Michigan State Law offers comprehensive interdisciplinary opportunities combined with a personalized legal education, and is on an upward trajectory of national and international reputation and reach. MSU Law professors are gifted teachers and distinguished scholars, its curriculum is rigorous and challenging, and its facility is equipped with the latest resources—all affirming a commitment to educating 21st-century lawyers.


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648 N. Shaw Lane, Room 320
East Lansing, MI 48824

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