Featured Authors

Thomas M. Cooley Law Review is honored to have worked with the following authors for our current edition:


Christian H. Brill

Featured Article : Art or Assets: University Museums and the Future of Deaccessioning

Christian H. Brill currently serves a research attorney for Lexis Nexis. His previous works have been published by the National Geographic Society and the North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation, and he is currently co-authoring the 2011-2012 supplement to the Arkansas Law of Damages.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Brill had an extensive career in public service, including tenures with two U.S representatives, the American Heart Association, and the State of North Carolina. He has been interviewed by numerous national, regional, and local media outlets and spoken to diverse audiences from public health professionals to geography educators.

He received a J.D. with Honors from the University of North Carolina School of Law, where he served as Editor in Chief of the North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation. He also holds a B.A. with Distinction from the University of Virginia. Brill is licensed to practice law in Ohio and Arkansas.

A native of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Brill lives with his wife and daughter in Columbus, Ohio.



Monica P. Navarro

Featured Article : A Look at the Constitutional Implications of Retrospective Laws: The Case of the False Claims Act

Monica P. Navarro is an Associate Professor at Thomas M. Cooley Law School, where she teaches Civil Procedure and Health Law. Among other honors, Professor Navarro was named one of the Twenty Women in the Law by Michigan Lawyers Weekly in 2010, a Michigan Super Lawyer in Law and Politics Magazine in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010, and a Top 50 Michigan Women Lawyers by Law and Politics Magazine during those years. She is also the recipient of the University of Michigan Law School J.T. Canales Distinguished Alum Award and a Crain’s Business Detroit “40 Under 40.” Professor Navarro serves on the Board of Directors for Southwest Counseling Solutions; is a fellow of the Oakland County Bar Foundation; serves as a public member of the State of Michigan Board of Psychology; and is a member of the State Bars of Michigan and Illinois. She also serves as council member for the State Bar of Michigan Health Law Section, co-chairs the Health Law Committee of the Federal Bar Association forthe Eastern District of .Michigan, and is an Editorial Board member of the ABA’s The Health Lawyer. Finally, she is a former judicial law clerk for the Hon. Julian Abele Cook Jr., Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan in Detroit and is a frequently published author on numerous topics relating to health care law, qui tam litigation, and fraud and abuse.


William Van Alstyne

Feature Article : A Response to Justice Thomas Brennan's Remarks at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School Article V Symposium

Areas of Specialization
14th Amendment; 1st Amendment; 4th, 5th, 6th Amendments; Civil Rights Law; Comparative Constitutional Systems; Comparative Law--Constitutional Law; Constitutional History; Constitutional Law; Constitutional Tort Litigation; Due Process; Education Law; Eminent Domain (Takings); Federalism; Human Rights Law; Intellectual Property Law--Copyright Law; Race and American Law; Separation of Powers; War Powers

Teaching in Academic Year 2011-2012

First Amendment; Selected Topics in Constitutional Law: Hot Topics

Representative Professional Activities and Achievements

Professor Van Alstyne was appointed Lee Professor of Law at the Marshall-Wythe Law School at the College of William and Mary in 2004. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California (B.A. in philosophy, magna cum laude) and Stanford University Law School (J.D., Articles and Book Review Editor of The Stanford Law Review). Following his admission to the California Bar and brief service as Deputy Attorney General of California, he joined the Civil Rights Division of the U. S. Department of Justice handling voting rights cases in the South. After active duty with the U. S. Air Force, he was appointed to the law faculty of the Ohio State University, advancing to full professor in three years. Appointed to the Duke law faculty shortly thereafter, he was named to the William R. & Thomas S. Perkins Chair of Law in 1974.

Professor Van Alstyne’s professional writings have appeared during four decades in the principal law journals in the United States, with frequent republication in foreign journals. They address virtually every major subject in the field of constitutional law. His work has been cited in a large number of judicial opinions including those of the Supreme Court. The Journal of Legal Studies for January, 2000, named Professor Van Alstyne in the top forty most frequently cited legal scholars in the United States of the preceding half-century.

Professor Van Alstyne has also taught and given professional papers internationally, in Germany, Austria, and Denmark, in Chile, the former Soviet Union, China, Japan, Canada, and Australia. He has been a visiting faculty member on the law faculties of the University of Chicago, Stanford, California (Berkeley and UCLA), Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Illinois, a Fulbright Lecturer in Chile, a Senior Fellow at the Yale Law School, and a faculty fellow at the Hague International Court of Justice. He has appeared as counsel and as amicus curiae in constitutional litigation in the federal courts, including the Supreme Court. He has also appeared in numerous hearings before Senate and House Committees, on legislation affecting the separation of powers, war powers, constitutional amendments, impeachments, legislation affecting civil rights and civil liberties, and nominations to the Supreme Court.

In 1987, Professor Van Alstyne was selected in a poll of federal judges, lawyers, and academics by the New York Law Journal as one of three academics among "the ten most qualified" persons in the country for appointment to the Supreme Court, a distinction repeated in a similar poll by The American Lawyer, in 1991. Past National President of the American Association of University Professors, and former member of the National Board of Directors of the A.C.L.U., he was elected into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in l994.

Student Author


Thomas B. Falkner III

Featured Article : Michigan's Texting Ban: One Step Forward, Too Many Steps Back

Thomas Falkner is a third-year student at Thomas M. Cooley Law School. A native of Holly, Michigan, Falkner attended Saginaw Valley State University. While at Saginaw Valley, he served in the university’s Writing Center for four years and was a member of the Donna J. Roberts Fellowship program. After earning a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Saginaw Valley, Falkner spent time working in the public and private sectors before entering law school. At Cooley, he currently serves as a Grade Appeals Magistrate and the Editor-in-Chief of the Thomas M. Cooley Law Review.
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