Wayne State University

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Office of the General Counsel

The Office of the General Counsel is comprised of six attorneys and four staff members.



Louis Lessem
Vice President and General Counsel
Room 4265 FAB

Louis Lessem has been Vice President and General Counsel for Wayne State since 1997.  He was Associate General Counsel from 1994 to 1997 and Assistant General Counsel from 1988 to 1994. Mr. Lessem received both his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, and his law degree, cum laude, from the University of Michigan.  Mr. Lessem is the chief legal advisor to the Board of Governors, President, senior administration, deans and faculty on higher education legal matters, including governance, legal, strategic and policy concerns. He determines the legal strategy for the University in litigation.  He supervises the Office of the General Counsel, the Office of Labor Relations, the Office of Equal Opportunity and the Office of Internal Audit.

Prior to coming to Wayne, Mr. Lessem served as Executive Director of Michigan Legal Services; and in legal services programs in Indiana and Pennsylvania.



Laura W. Johnston
Associate General Counsel for Intellectual Property
Room 4267 FAB

Laura Johnston has been with the Office of the General Counsel since 1998.  She is a graduate of Oberlin College and has a law degree from the University of Michigan.  She works primarily in the areas of intellectual property and research support, reviewing and negotiating a wide range of agreements with sponsors, collaborators, licensees and vendors, as well as consulting on issues relating to patents, copyright, trademarks, library acquisitions, publishing activities and software purchasing and development.

Ms. Johnston came to Wayne State from Comshare, Inc., where she was Senior Counsel.  Prior to that she was an associate with Clark, Klein and Beaumont practicing in the employee benefits area.




Linda M. Galante
Associate General Counsel
Room 4259 FAB

Linda Galante joined the Office of the General Counsel in 2008.  She is a graduate of University of Michigan-Dearborn and has a law degree, cum laude, from Wayne State University. She represents the University in a wide variety of litigation and administrative matters; handles student affairs issues, including participation in the Student Update and Information Team (S.U.I.T), which assists the University in responding early and consistently to potential student behavior concerns; assists in ensuring compliance with the Clery Act; and provides advice to University personnel on legal issues relevant to higher education.

Prior to coming to Wayne State, Ms. Galante specialized in litigation and appellate work with DeNardis, McCandless & Miller; Morgan & Meyers; and Dykema Gossett.



Pamela R. Galloway
Assistant General Counsel
Room 4251 FAB

Pamela Galloway came to the Office of the General Counsel in 1994.  She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and has a law degree from Wayne State University.  Ms. Galloway represents the University in a wide variety of transactional matters, including real estate, affiliation agreements and worker’s compensation.  She is an advisor and member of several University committees, including the Human Investigations Committee, and the Loss Prevention Committee.

Prior to coming to Wayne State, Ms. Galloway worked as Assistant City Attorney for the City of Highland Park, Michigan and as a staff attorney for Wayne County Neighborhood Legal Services.



Amy Stirling Lammers
Assistant General Counsel
Room 4257 FAB

Amy Lammers joined the Office of the General Counsel in 2009. She received both her undergraduate degree, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, summa cum laude, and her law degree, from Wayne State University.  Ms. Lammers represents the University in a wide variety of litigation and administrative matters.

Before joining the OGC, Ms. Lammers served as Acting Director and Equal Opportunity Specialist in the Office for Equal Opportunity for two years. While in private practice, Ms. Lammers specialized in civil rights, employment and labor law, representing individuals in police misconduct, discrimination and harassment cases. She also has experience representing employers in employment litigation, and has represented management in grievance arbitration proceedings, state and federal court.



Thomas Cavalier
Assistant General Counsel
Room 4264 FAB

Thomas Cavalier joined the Office of the General Counsel in 2012.  Mr. Cavalier earned his undergraduate degree, with great distinction, from the University of California at Berkeley, and both a master's degree (Philosophy) and a law degree from the University of Michigan.  Mr. Cavalier advised the University on a wide variety of compliance matters.

Before coming to Wayne, Mr. Cavalier was in private practice, where he specialized in business litigation, appellate work and commercial contracts.




Sarah A. Luke
Assistant General Counsel
Room 4256 FAB

Sarah A. Luke joined the Office of General Counsel in 2014. She represents the University in a wide range of matters with a focus on labor and employment and student affairs. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she was an Angell Scholar and active in the Michigan Community Scholars Program. Ms. Luke is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School.

Prior to joining the office, Ms. Luke served as Senior Assistant General Counsel at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and as a labor and employment associate at the law firm of Warner Norcross and Judd LLP in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Administrative Staff

Beth King, Office Manager
Room 4262 FAB

Verena Reddick, Secretary
Room 4249 FAB

Dana Rudnicki, Secretary
Room 4252 FAB


Office of Labor Relations

The Office of Labor Relations reports to the Office of the General Counsel. Labor Relations serves as the primary point of contact between the non-academic unions and the University administration. The Office of Labor Relations is the lead negotiator in non-academic collective bargaining agreements. Labor Relations is also responsible for representing the University in non-academic union arbitration hearings, and for providing training and counsel on complying with the contracts and management practices.


Alvin L. Rainey, Jr., Director

Shawn Junior, Labor Relations Specialist

Kwamsia L. Seals, Secretary

Contact Information

3900 Academic /Administrative Building
5700 Cass Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48202
Phone: (313) 577-2081
Fax: (313) 577-6513


Office of Equal Opportunity

The Office of Equal Opportunity reports to the Office of the General Counsel. The Office of Equal Opportunity is responsible for the implementation and enforcement of the University’s policies prohibiting discrimination and harassment. This includes investigation into internal complaints, the preparation of various reports for federal agencies and the Board of Governors, and training.


Christopher Jones, Director

Nikki Wright, EO Specialist

Tommy Martin, EO Specialist

Winston ShinesAdministrative Assistant

Contact Information:

4324 Faculty Administration Building
656 W. Kirby Ave.
Detroit, Michigan 48202
(313) 577-2280
Fax: (313) 577-7738

Office of Internal Audit

The Office of Internal Audit reports to the Office of the General Counsel. The mission of Internal Audit is to provide an independent, objective assurance and consulting activity designed to add value and improve the University's operations. Internal Audit aims to help the University accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control, and governance processes.


Carolyn P. Hafner, Assistant Vice President 

Fannie M. Moore, Director of Forensic Audits 

Lori A. Tesch, Director of Forensic Audits

Eulonda N. Whitmore, Audit Manager, Quality Assurance

Juman Doleh-Alomary, IT Audit Director

Kamilla T. Williams, Senior Auditor

Feiling Li, Senior Auditor 

Sandeep Sabapathy, Audit Intern

Contact Information

3300 Academic /Administrative Building
5700 Cass Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48202
Phone: (313) 577-2128
Fax: (313) 577-2228
Hotline:  (313) 577-5138

updated September, 2014

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