Wayne Law appoints new assistant dean of student affairs

Felicia M. Thomas has been appointed assistant dean of student affairs at Wayne State University Law School.

Thomas had served as director of student affairs and diversity initiatives since May 2014. In her new role, which was effective this month, she will continue to serve as director of diversity initiatives.

The Student Affairs office helps students navigate their law school years by assisting with a range of academic, personal and professional issues. The office oversees academic and non-academic advising, bar exam preparation programs, special needs accommodations and student organizations.

"Felicia has worked in nearly every office in the law school's student services wing over the past 10 years," Wayne Law Dean Jocelyn Benson said. "From Career Services to Admissions to Student Affairs, she is a true advocate for students, going above and beyond to develop new programs to help them succeed. I look forward to her implementing the plans she has for her new role."

Thomas joined Wayne Law in October 2006, splitting her time as a counselor in the Career Services office and as director of academic success in what is now the Student Affairs office. She came to Wayne Law after more than three years as a law clerk for the Wayne County Circuit Court Civil Division.

From September 2007 to May 2014, she worked in the law school's Admissions office, becoming director of recruitment and enrollment. During the 2011-12 academic year, she served as interim dean of students.

She is a member of the Law School Workgroup of the State Bar of Michigan Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Committee and State Bar of Michigan Character and Fitness Committee (District H), advisory board member and teacher for the WSU Office of Community Engagement's College JumpStart program and facilitator for the Detroit Public Schools/Neighborhood Legal Services Mock Trial Tournament.

Thomas, who lives in Beverly Hills, earned her law degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 2002. She holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor in English and African-American studies.

Published: Fri, Apr 22, 2016

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