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Manuel R. Rupe joined CMU as General Counsel in June 2009. His past experience includes serving as Associate University Counsel and special Assistant Attorney General at the University of Colorado (2006-2009), working with the Denver and Anschutz Medical Campuses. Manuel was the Assistant General Counsel at Ferris State University (2001-2006) in Big Rapids, Michigan and Associate Attorney at Kreis, Enderle, Callander & Hudgins, P.C. in Kalamazoo, Michigan (1998-2001).
Manuel has a Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Leadership, with a concentration in higher education leadership, from Western Michigan University (2005), and earned his Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law in 1998. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Kalamazoo College in 1995 where he was President of student government, played saxophone in the jazz and concert bands, and was a four-year letterman in baseball and varsity team captain.
Manuel is currently the Chair (2012-present; Vice Chair 2010-2012) of the Legal Officers' Committee of the Michigan Association of State Universities, which consists of the General Counsels for all of Michigan's public universities. As Chair, Manuel works closely with MASU leadership in reviewing and evaluating proposed state and federal legislation impacting Michigan's public universities. Following nomination by his Legal Officer peers in Michigan, Manuel was elected in June of 2016 by the member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) to a three year term on the Board of Directors. Manuel has served NACUA over the past fourteen years as a committee member, speaker, moderator, session coordinator, and discussion leader. Manuel currently serves on NACUA's Committee on Program for the Annual Conference (2014-present), and previously served on the NACUA Committee on Legal Education (2010-2014), where he helped plan the spring CLE workshops from 2011 through 2014. Prior to that service, Manuel served on the Editorial Board for the Journal of College and University Law (2004-2010), during which time Manuel worked on the subcommittee which planned and developed the NACUA 50th Anniversary Commemorative Issue.
Mary Roy is the Associate General Counsel, she joined the team as Assistant General Counsel in 2002. Mary specializes in Intellectual Property (patent, trademark, copyright), Internet, and computer law issues, as well as other legal issues relevant to higher education.
She is a native Michiganian; she was born and raised in the Detroit area and attended and graduated from Michigan State University. She received her law degree from Wayne State Law School. Prior to her arrival at CMU, Mary worked at The Dow Chemical Company, Amway Corporation, and Old Kent Financial Corporation.
When not working, Mary enjoys spending time with her three children, participating in various sports, and watching the Detroit Red Wings.
Andrew W. Brockman joined CMU as Assistant General Counsel in August 2019. Prior to joining CMU, he was employed at Janes & Backus PC in downtown Mt. Pleasant, practicing in a variety of areas of law including contracts, real estate, criminal defense, estate planning, and family law. Throughout law school, Andrew clerked for the Office of General Counsel as well.
Andrew received a Juris Doctor from Michigan State University College of Law in 2017. He was admitted to practice law in the state of Michigan on October 31, 2017. While at Michigan State, he served as an editor on the International Law Review. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Central Michigan University in 2014.
Andrew currently serves as the Governance committee chair on the Mt. Pleasant Public Education Foundation Board of Directors and is Vice President of the People Helping People of Mt. Pleasant Board of Directors. When he is not working, Andrew enjoys spending time with his wife and child. He loves to golf and enjoys attending community and sporting events.
Linda Wernette began working in the Offices of General Counsel in February of 2008. Prior to joining CMU she worked for a Big Rapids law firm and spent twenty years in the real estate industry.
As Administrative Assistant / Legal Secretary she is responsible for coordinating office operations, notary functions, University real estate file organization, processing invoices and budget reconciliation. She also maintains the University Board of Trustees Policy Manual and Administrative Policies and Procedures.
A lifelong resident of Michigan, Linda lives in the community of Remus with her husband of thirty-five years. Her two children are graduates of the CMU electrical engineering program. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, camping, swimming, bicycling and visiting the shores of Lake Michigan.