Karen Willing, adjunct instructor of Legal Studies at South University, has recently taken on some new challenges in the legal field. She was appointed in March, 2012 to be the Attorney-Magistrate/Court Administrator for the 80th District Court in Harrison, Michigan. This is the same jurisdiction where she was the Chief Assistant Prosecutor from 2006-2008, so she says, “It’s great to be back.” Karen feels this is a good role for her as it utilizes both her JD and PhD degrees. She is the first Court person a criminal defendant sees after his/her arrest. She says it is a very scary time for most and she feels she needs to balance the rights of the accused (especially given they are deemed innocent as they stand before her) with the needs of society for safety. There are no rules and each person needs to be carefully considered.
Karen remains actively involved with other training opportunities, including running classes for local fire fighters (on courtroom testimony) and local corrections officers (on updates in correctional law). In addition to teaching at South University, Karen teaches MBA and Legal Studies courses at Davenport University, Business and Criminal Justice courses at MidMichigan Community College, and Management and Marketing courses at West Georgia Technical College. Also, for "fun," she teaches children how to water ski and wakeboard so they can enjoy two of her favorite Michigan summer time activities.