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Michelle  Richards

Associate Professor of Legal Writing and Research

Richards, Michelle
Contact Info:
Campus: Riverfront Campus
Building: Dowling Hall
Room: 331
Phone: (313) 596-0286
Richards, Michelle
Areas of Expertise:
Pretrial Litigation


  • J.D. University of Detroit Mercy School of Law ‘94
  • B.A. Michigan State University ‘91


Professor Richards received her undergraduate degree in Social Science, Multidisciplinary Studies, with special emphasis on Political Science, Economics and Psychology, from Michigan State University. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. Following graduation from law school, Professor Richards served as an Assistant Corporation Counsel to the City of Detroit under Mayor Dennis Archer. She then moved into private practice with the law firm of Harvey Kruse, P.C. in Troy. At Harvey Kruse, Professor Richards represented various insurance companies and corporations in a wide-range of litigation and transactional matters, and developed an appellate practice in both state and federal courts.

Immediately prior to coming to Detroit Mercy Law, Professor Richards was the Director of Regulatory Affairs for Comcast’s Midwest Division, a position which involved the handling of regulatory and corporate transactional matters and litigation management for franchise areas in 10 different states.

At Detroit Mercy Law, Professor Richards is responsible for teaching Applied Legal Theory and Analysis. She has also developed a course in Pre-Trial Litigation Skills, in which students explore basic litigation skills in a problem-based context. She has also worked with her fellow Moot Court Faculty Committee members develop an innovative Advanced Appellate Advocacy course.

She currently serves as the Chair of the Moot Court Faculty Committee. She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and is a former Executive Board member of the Young Lawyers Section for the SBM.


Applied Legal Theory and Analysis (1080)

Advanced Advocacy (6000)

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