Brian Jeffries has served Student Legal Services as its lead attorney for the past 33 years. Brian received his Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University, and obtained his Juris Doctor from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. While in law school, Brian worked as an Administrative Assistant to a Michigan State Senator and later worked with the Michigan Department of Attorney General in the Office of the Michigan Prosecuting Attorneys Coordinating Council.
After law school, Jeffries opened his own law office, as well as signed on with ASMSU and COGS to begin his career at Student Legal Services. Brian currently maintains his practice with Student Legal Services through the law firm of Jeffries and Associates, PLLC. Brian has very much enjoyed devoting his practice to helping students, as well as the organizations of ASMSU and COGS, with the unique challenges and issues they present.
Jeffries is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the Ingham County Bar Association, and has served as an Assemblyperson of the Representative Assembly of the State Bar of Michigan as well as a member of the State Bar of Michigan District E Character and Fitness Committee. Brian is licensed to practice law in all state courts, the U. S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, and the U. S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
In addition to practicing law, Brian has also held elective office for 27 years. Jeffries was an Ingham County Commissioner, a Lansing Community College Board of Trustees Member, and a Lansing City Council Member. Brian has also served the Lansing community and region by volunteering on numerous local boards and commissions. He was a member and Vice-President of the Lansing Housing Commission, a member of the Capital Area Community Service Board of Directors, President of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Programs of Ingham, Eaton and Clinton Counties Board of Directors, and served as Co-Chairperson of Lansing Mayor Schor’s Transition Team. Other affiliations include the ACLU, NAACP (Silver Life Membership), Trout Unlimited, and St. Casimir Catholic parish.
In his spare time, Jeffries likes to wade the Pere Marquette and Manistee rivers to fish for trout, salmon, and steelhead. He likes to cook and bake pies, as well as work on his home, but, most of all, Brian enjoys living life with his wife, Ellen.
Adam Cozort grew up in Oceana, West Virginia and graduated from Mountain State University with a degree in accounting. Adam then obtained his Juris Docotr from Thomas M. Cooley Law School with much of his classwork and internships focused on client advocacy and communication.
During law school, Adam spent a year working as a student attorney, and later a senior student attorney, for the Sixty Plus Estate Planning Clinic. This internship provided an opportunity to perform client intakes, prepare estate planning documents, and to supervise fellow students. Adam also spent a year interning for Student Legal Services. This internship focused heavily on client interaction and involved assisting the attorneys of Student Legal Services in the representation of students. He performed intakes, prepare research briefs, and assist with pretrials.
Upon graduation, Adam would join a law firm practicing estate planning. When an opportunity to rejoin Student Legal Services was presented, the time spent interning with the group made it an easy decision to return. He has served in this position for the past three years and enjoys the opportunity to work with students on the wide variety of issues that approach the office.
Adam Cozort is admitted to the State Bar of Michigan and is a member of the Ingham County Bar Association. In his free time, Adam is an avid fan of Michigan State University sports, golfs, and spends time with his wife Emily and their corgi Annabelle.
Danielle is a 2L at Michigan State University College of Law. Prior to law school, Danielle completed her undergraduate degree in Criminology with a minor in Psychology at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. At Michigan State, she is involved in Women’s Law Caucus as the Events Coordinator, Council of Graduate Students as the Law Liaison, and the Student Bar Association as the Graduate Liaison. Her internships have focused on client advocacy and litigation, examining the effects of criminal proceedings on victims. Her study interests include domestic violence, victim services, and the effect of the criminal justice system on young adults.
Tyler is a 2L at Michigan State University College of Law. After graduation, he intends to become a public defender. When not in the office, Tyler hosts “On the Banks,” a podcast about MSU-related news, and writes on the same subject at onthebanksmsu.com. He also serves as Vice Chair of the University Committee on Academic Governance. Tyler obtained his bachelor’s degree in Political Theory & Constitutional Democracy from Michigan State University in 2017, and he spent one year as the Assistant Director of ASMSU’s Student Rights Advocates.