Attorneys at symposium discuss how to succeed in today's changing economic environment

 Western Michigan University Cooley Law School’s Annual Law Review Symposium featured two panel discussions on how attorneys can capitalize in the face of today’s economic and business challenges. Attorneys from both private practice and the public sector participated during the symposium, which was titled “The Changing Face of Law: What Innovative Attorneys are Doing Today to Succeed.”  

“As the symposium speakers so eloquently demonstrated, economic pressures have significantly affected the practice of law in both the private and public sectors,” said James D. Robb, WMU-Cooley’s associate dean of external affairs and a symposium moderator.  “Smart lawyers, prosecutors, and judges are finding ways to serve their clients and the public more efficiently and effectively by leveraging technology, introducing new fee arrangements, and managing personnel and resources — including the courts — in more focused and specialized ways.”   

Panelists during the Nov. 13 symposium included Barbara McQuade, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan; Megan Norris, managing director, Miller, Canfield, Paddock, and Stone, PLC; Hon. James Alexander, Oakland County Circuit Court; Neil MacCallum, managing partner, Collins Einhorn Farrell PC; Timothy McGuire, executive director, Michigan Association of Counties; and Thomas Rombach, president, State Bar of Michigan.