Jennifer L. Copland
Assistant Clinical Professor of Law
Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane Rm 330
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300
J.D. 1996, cum laude, University of Michigan Law School; B.A. 1993, cum laude, University of Michigan
Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan, Indiana, Michigan
Administrative Law: Food Safety and Labeling, Advocacy, Advocacy for Foreign-Educated Lawyers, Communication Skills for Lawyers, Moot Court Board, Moot Court Competition, Research, Writing & Analysis
Professor Copland’s experience in public speaking and advocacy began in high school, where she was a competitive member of the debate and forensics teams. In college, Professor Copland was a member of the University of Michigan debate team, and was ranked among the top five national debate teams. After graduating, she taught and coached debate at the University of Louisville for one year. She then began her legal experience as a student at the University of Michigan law school, where she was a finalist in the Campbell Moot Court Competition, a participant and coach in the Jessup International Moot Court Competition, a member of the University of Michigan International Law Journal, and a recipient of the “case club” award, several book awards, and the S. Anthony Benton Memorial Award.
After receiving her law degree, Professor Copland clerked for the Honorable Peter D. O’Connell at the Michigan Court of Appeals. She then practiced for a number of years in commercial litigation at Dickinson Wright, where she primarily represented various telecommunications and utility companies and organizations. Professor Copland was employed as Corporate Counsel for Sterling Commercial Credit until 2011.
Professor Copland is a member of the State Bars of Michigan and Indiana and is admitted to practice in the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan and the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana. She is a member of the American Bar Association and the Administrative Law Section of the Michigan Bar Association.
Professor Copland has taught Moot Court Competition at MSU College of Law since August 2009. Professor Copland also is the acting faculty advisor to the MSU Law Moot Court Board.