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Water Resources Commission attorney selected as member of Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2020

The Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner (WRC), Jim Nash, announced Tuesday that Kelsey Cooke, drainage district legal counsel for WRC, has been selected as a member of the Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2020. Now in its ninth year, the Elite 40 Under 40 program honors thought leaders and professionals who live and work in Oakland County.

In her role, Cooke serves as a legal advisor to Commissioner Nash, Chief Deputy Anne Vaara and other members of WRC’s leadership team. She also provides legal counsel to drainage district boards involving Oakland County, works on statewide policy matters and handles all labor relations for the office and its 350 employees. A lifelong Michigander, Cooke joined WRC in 2014.

“Kelsey is a talented, dedicated and responsible public servant, and is a strong asset to our WRC team,” said Nash. “We are pleased that her extraordinary talents in the legal profession have been recognized with this significant honor.”

Prior to joining WRC as a senior attorney 2014, Cooke served as a legal writer for Internet Brands, where she wrote articles focused on real property and landlord-tenant law for publication. Before that, Cooke was General Counsel/Legal and Regulatory Affairs, for Clear Rate Communications, Inc., where she oversaw and directed legal affairs in all departments. Licensed to practice law in 2009, Cooke’s background includes civil litigation, real estate law and personally serving in local government.

Cooke holds a B.A. in political science from Michigan State University and earned her J.D. from University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. She is a member of the Class of 2019 Michigan Municipal League’s 126/50 Project. In addition, Cooke serves as the Vice-Chair of the Oakland County Bar Association’s Municipal Law Committee.


Wayne Law to host ‘FTC and FCC Field Hearing – 5G, AI, Privacy and the New Civil Rights Fights’

Wayne Law will hold a special event titled “FTC and FCC Field Hearing – 5G, AI, Privacy and the New Civil Rights Fights” from 1-5 p.m. Monday, March 16 at Wayne State University Law School, Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium, 471 West Palmer in Detroit. The event is free to attend. For more information contact Austin King at (608) 213-0104 or aking@ftc.gov.


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