Donald J. Baranski received his Bachelor of Arts in Humanities Pre Law, from
Michigan State University. This was a triple major of American History, Philosophy,
and Psychology. He then received a Master of Arts degree in Philosophy from
Michigan State University. He then obtained his Doctorate in Law from Michigan
State University School of Law.
Baranski has been a licensed Attorney and Counselor at Law in the State of
Michigan since 1988. He clerked for a trial judge for two years. He worked as a
City Attorney, and as a public defender. Baranski has handled a general practice
of law including: family law, criminal law, juvenile law, adoptions, contracts, real
estate, landlord/tenant, probate estates, wills & trusts, guardianships and
conservatorships, mental health law, social security disability, workers compensation,
unemployment compensation, education law, collections and bankruptcy.
Baranski has conducted jury trials and bench trials in District, Probate and Circuit Courts. Baranski is also admitted to the Western District of Michigan and Eastern District of Michigan Federal Courts.
Baranski has been teaching since 1989. He has taught at Western Michigan University Law School and Jackson College. Baranski has taught a variety of courses including: American History, Ancient History, Symbolic Logic, Introduction to Philosophy, Introduction to the Legal System, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Civil Procedure, Wills & Probate, Family Law, Evidence, Real Property, Adoption Law, and Law Office Management. Baranski was twice awarded Effective Teaching Certificates from WMU Cooley Law School.
Baranski has also written: Adoption Law and Procedure, Adopting a Newborn Baby In Michigan, Law Office Management, Setting Attorney Fees and Collecting Your Fee, and Emergency Medical Technicians Law You Need to Know.
Other activities by Baranski: Judge for Moot Court at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, and the Michigan State University College of Law. Judge for American Bar Association Trial Competition at WMU Cooley Law School.Seminars given on Law Office Management to WMU Cooley Law School and Ingham County Bar Association. Seminars on Adoption given to Hayes Green Beach Hospital, Ingham Medical Center, and Planned Parenthood. Served on the State Bar of Michigan Task Force on Establishing a Law Practice. Guest Lecturer to Michigan State University College of Law on Professional Ethics. Baranski has been qualified as an expert witness on the subject of attorney fees in the courts in Michigan
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