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.
Originally from Glendora, California Mary Beth Wimberley graduated from California State University, Monterey Bay with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Communications. Mary Beth then obtained her Juris Doctor, with honors, from Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2017, with a concentration in litigation.
Prior to law school, Mary Beth worked as a research assistant for Blue Searchlight, an organization focused on campaign opposition research. In this position Mary Beth researched legislative data, court documents, voting records, and so on for campaign races in Alabama, New Mexico, Connecticut, and Missouri. During law school, Mary Beth worked full time for Midwest Collaborative for Library Services, non-profit organization. While at MCLS Mary Beth worked with the member services department where she assisted library members in Michigan and Indiana on a daily basis with their membership, ejournal renewals, and 3M purchasing.
After leaving MCLS, Mary Beth was a legal assistant for attorney Ronald A. Zawacki in East Lansing. In this role, Mary Beth became familiar with both civil and district court for criminal and civil matters. In her final year of law school, she also worked as a student attorney for the Sixty Plus Estate Planning Clinic. In the clinic, Mary Beth assisted clients over the age of sixty in preparing their wills along with their durable and medical power of attorney. In her role as a senior attorney, Mary Beth also helped mentor junior attorneys in how the clinic was run and how to interview clients.
May Beth is admitted to the State Bar of Michigan and The U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan. She is also a member of the Young Lawyers Association and Ingham County Bar Association. In her free time, Mary Beth enjoys being able to visit her family who are spread out on both the West and East coasts. She also enjoys painting, reading, and is an avid fan of U.C. Berkeley’s (her brother’s alma mater) football team, the Cal Bears. After living in Lansing for several years, Mary Beth is proud to be a part of the Spartan family.