Associate Professor of Law
Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane Rm 453
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300
J.D. cum laude 1986, University of Michigan Law School; M.B.A. 1986, University of Michigan; A.B. with honors 1982, University of Michigan
Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
Professor Lawton joins the Law College faculty from Roger Williams University School of Law where she earned tenure in 2007. Professor Lawton has taught in both law and business schools. She has also visited at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Ohio Northern University College of Law, and Michigan State University College of Law. Prior to teaching in law school, Professor Lawton was an assistant professor at the Richard T. Farmer School of Business at Miami University, and visited for three years at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
While at Roger Williams, Professor Lawton twice won the Teacher of the Year Award, voted on by the third-year graduating class. She also was nominated twice for a teaching award while at the Richard T. Farmer School of Business at Miami University. She has written several articles on teaching, and the Columbia School of Business published her case study entitled Pyramid after it won the Runner-Up Award in the Albert Sussman Ethics in Real Estate Competition.
Professor Lawton's current scholarly work is in the field of bankruptcy. Her prior work focused on employment discrimination issues, in particular, sexual harassment. Professor Lawton has published in the Minnesota Law Review, Washington & Lee Law Review, George Mason Law Review, and the Kentucky Law Journal, as well as specialty law journals at Yale, Columbia, University of Pennsylvania, and Emory.
Professor Lawton has held three clerkships, all in Michigan. She clerked for the Honorable David W. McKeague, for the Honorable James D. Gregg, and the Honorable James Brickley. Professor Lawton also did a brief stint as a corporate attorney for the Boston firm of Brown, Rudnick, Freed and Gesmer, now known as Brown Rudnick.
Professor Lawton teaches Contracts, Bankruptcy, and various Commercial Law courses.