BA from Western Michigan University, 1974
Barbara Craft currently serves as a faculty member teaching substantive legal classes to Legal Studies students as well as general business law and ethics classes to students in other programs. She develops internships as well as other clinical sites and closely supervises legal students participating in these valuable experiential learning opportunities. She is a pre-law adviser and sponsors the Legal Students @ Davenport University student organization. She previously served as the Program Director for Davenport University’s American Bar Association Approved Paralegal Program and Department Chair for Legal Studies and Human Resource Management.
Professor Craft has practiced law in firms, served as the managing attorney of a law office and owned her own practice. She has entered appearance on hundreds of cases in state and federal court as well as numerous administrative agencies. She is a trained mediator and Collaborative Practice professional. She taught at the Michigan Judicial Institute (Judge’s school) and Michigan State University before coming to Davenport University.
Professor Craft has served on the Board of Trustees of the Grand Rapids Bar Association, the Board of the Kent County Legal Assistance Section and is active in numerous legal and community organizations. She was recently designated the Legal Professional of the Year by the Grand Rapids chapter of the National Association of Legal Professionals, awarded the Scales of Justice Award by the national NALS Foundation and was honored with the Marion Hillegon Award for Public Service by Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
Professor Craft is licensed to practice law in the state of Michigan and in Federal courts. She is an active member and frequent presented at several professional paralegal organizations as well as the American Association for Paralegal Education.
- Marion Hilligan Public Service Award, 2014
- Scales of Justice Award, 2011
- Legal Professional of the Year 2010, 2010