Integrity in Our Communities McQuade to speak on 'Prosecuting with Integrity' Cooley's lunchtime speaker series continues

By John Minnis

Legal News

U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade, Eastern District of Michigan, will be the keynote speaker Thursday, July 8, as part of The Thomas M. Cooley Law School's "Integrity in Our Communities" series. Her topic will be "Prosecuting with Integrity."

"It is important that law students understand the importance of ethics, integrity and civility to ensure that we maintain these essential qualities in our profession," she said. "It is too easy for lawyers to get caught up in a must-win mentality. We must always remember the reasons we went to law school -- to seek justice."

McQuade was nominated for U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan by President Barack Obama in November. She was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Christmas Eve and was sworn in on Jan. 4. Previously she served as an assistant U.S. attorney in Detroit for 12 years. As deputy chief of the National Security Unit, she prosecuted cases involving terrorism financing, espionage, export violations and threats. As an assistant U.S. attorney, she also prosecuted violent crime cases.

A University of Michigan law school graduate and undergrad, McQuade clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Bernard A. Friedman, Eastern District of Michigan. Before becoming a federal prosecutor, she practiced law at the firm of Butzel Long in Detroit. She and her husband, also a federal prosecutor, have four children.

McQuade is past president of the Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan Chapter, a sponsor of the lecture series.

"The FBA, Eastern District of Michigan Chapter, is excited to co-sponsor Cooley Law School's Integrity in the Community series," said Elisa Angeli-Palizzi, chapter president. "Law students are a primary focus of our diversity initiative, and integrity is the bedrock of our legal profession. We applaud Cooley's effort to graduate law students guided by a strong sense of integrity."

Cooley's Intergrity in Our Communities lunchtime speaker series offers students, staff, faculty and guests an opportunity to hear from attorneys, judges and dedicated professionals share their experiences on the topics of ethics, service and professionalism.

"We try to bring in great role models of ethics and integrity for our students," said John Nussbaumer, associate dean of the Cooley Auburn Hills Campus. "Last semester we had Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy speak."

Both prosecutors, he said, have handled "highly charged" cases involving corruption by public officials, violations of ethics and integrity.

Nussbaumer credited Associate Professor Alan Gershel, former chief of the U.S. attorney's criminal division in Detroit, for getting the new U.S. attorney to speak to Cooley's Auburn Hills students.

"I have known Ms. McQuade for years," Gershel said. "She is a very smart and talented lawyer. While she is an aggressive prosecutor, she has consistently balanced toughness along with what is just and fair. At the end of the day, she will always do the right thing."

Dionnie S. Wynter, assistant director Center for Ethics, Service and Professionalism at Cooley's Auburn Hills Campus, said attorneys in the community are welcome to attend the lecture series as well.

The Integrity in Our Communities program runs from noon to 2 p.m. Lunch will be provided. There is no charge, but attendees are asked to RSVP by Monday, July 5, by calling Wynter at (248) 751-7800, ext. 7742, or by emailing her at

The Auburn Hills Campus is located at 2630 Featherstone Road, at the intersection of I-75 and M-59 and just south of Chrysler World Headquarters. For more information on this series and to see a list of former speakers, go to

Published: Fri, Jun 25, 2010


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