Office of Admissions Staff
Theresa Allen, Admissions Application Coordinator
Ms. Allen coordinates and manages the processing of all J.D. applications for the Office of Admissions. She works closely with the Assistant Dean and members of the Admissions Committee to ensure that applications are reviewed in a timely manner. She also is responsible for the preparation of admission decision letters and reports. Ms. Allen has been a member of the Admissions staff since 2000.
John Garcia, Director of Financial Aid
Mr. Garcia has worked in financial aid since 1995, becoming Director of Financial Aid at MSU College of Law in 2005. In addition to counseling both prospective and continuing students and their families regarding financial aid options, he certifies students' loan eligibility, coordinates the packaging of aid for law students, participates in the establishment of the student budget, and regularly presents on the topic of financing an MSU legal education. Mr. Garcia earned his undergraduate degree at Central Michigan University and a Master of Arts degree at Michigan State University.
Kelly Kussmaul, Senior Staff Assistant
Ms. Kussmaul assists prospective students during all phases of the application process. In addition to offering general information regarding the admission issues, she coordinates visits to the Law College, assists with the hosting of admissions events, and coordinates the Roommate Clearinghouse service. Ms. Kussmaul completed her undergraduate degree in the Honors College at the University of Michigan and currently is pursuing a graduate degree at MSU. She has lived in the U.K, has traveled abroad extensively, and is an avid musician. Ms. Kussmaul has been with the Law College since October 2008.
Courtney Gabbara, Assistant Director of Admissions
Ms. Gabbara is a May 2012 graduate of the Law College and a 2009 graduate with a Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University. She joined the Admissions Office staff in August 2012 and works closely with prospective students during each phase of the enrollment process. As a law student, Ms. Gabbara served as a clinician in the Housing Clinic, interned with the Office of Attorney General, and externed with the Federal Public Defender's Office. She also was actively involved in a number of student organizations at the Law College, serving as President of the Women's Law Caucus, Vice Justice of Phi Alpha Delta, and Treasurer of the Middle Eastern Student Association.
Charles W. Roboski, Assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid
Dean Charles Roboski provides overall leadership for the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid. As chief admissions officer, he works closely with the Faculty Admissions Committee in establishing and implementing the Law College's admissions and scholarship policies. He also coordinates communications with prospective students and prelaw advisors, and represents MSU Law at various off-campus events. He has served as a dean or director of law admissions since 1988, during which time he has reviewed more than 44,000 applications for admission. Dean Roboski joined the MSU Law Admissions staff in September 2008. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Ohio Dominican University, a Master of Arts from Georgetown University, and an MBA from the University of Dayton.
Bridget Sheehan, Assistant Director of Admissions
Ms. Sheehan works closely with prospective law students during all phases of the admissions process. A native of Chicago, she graduated with honors from the Law College in 2012, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Saint Xavier University with a Bachelor of Arts. As a law student, Ms. Sheehan was a competitor with the Moot Court & Trial Advocacy Board, interned with the U.S. Attorney's Office, and externed for the Michigan State Senate and the Michigan House of Representatives. She also was actively involved with the law school community serving as the President of the Irish American Legal Society, President of the Federal Attorney Practice Association, Events Coordinators of the Family Law Society, and a member of the Women in Law Leadership Council.