With both legal practice and academic experience, Misty Davis serves as the Department Chair and Program Director of Legal Studies, as well as the Department Chair of the Human Resource Management for the Donald W. Maine College of Business. In this role, she is engaged in academic program development at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
When practicing law, Professor Davis dedicated her time and talents advocating for the under-represented population facing legal issues. She began her career with Legal Aid of South Central Michigan. Her practice area was dedicated to educating the elderly on estate planning and Medicaid eligibility, as well as representing domestic violence victims in family law cases. Building upon her service work at Legal Aid, Professor Davis shifted her focus to criminal law and held the position of Assistant Prosecuting Attorney. In addition to litigating felony and misdemeanor cases to verdict, she specialized in working with juvenile delinquents and families brought into abuse and neglect proceedings. In 2008 Professor Davis was recruited to join the Access to Justice Clinic at the Grand Rapids Campus of Western Michigan – Cooley Law School. Her key role in this position was to train and prepare law students in representing low-income clients in family law disputes.
Professor Davis is a licensed attorney, in good standing, in the State of Michigan. She teaches courses in the Legal Studies program, which is approved by the American Bar Association. She is a member of the American Association of Paralegal Educators and frequently presents at national and regional conferences on embedding practical skills in the classroom. Additionally, she creates curriculum for the Human Resource Management program that is aligned with the Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM) principals.