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Posted: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 11:11 am, Fri Apr 5, 2013.

Wayne State Law School professor and Lt. Colonel in the United States Army Reserves Katherine White has been selected to teach law to senior cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., for the summer starting in May.

White said she will teach her new cadet students the school’s core courses in Constitutional and military law.

"This includes teaching cadets the basic laws governing armed conflict and the fundamental principles of the U.S. Constitution and Uniformed Code of Military Justice," she said.

In addition to her professorship, White is distinguished by her impressive resume. In August 2000, White served on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Patent Public Advisory Committee. In addition, White has served at the White House as a Fellow under the Department of Agriculture in 2001-2002. On May 7, 2009, White was selected as a role model for women by winning the 2009 Woman of Achievement Award. She has served for more than 20 years in the U.S. Army and is excited about her future post.

"I am extraordinarily fortunate to have the opportunity to work with the outstanding faculty and students at the United States Military Academy. I am looking forward to experiencing this unique work environment," White said.

WSU professor of law John Mogk characterized White as a “valued contributor” to both the Law School and the university in general, adding that she “receives outstanding student evaluations with respect to the patent courses which she teaches.”

A Distinguished Professor of law and one of White’s colleagues, Robert Sedler, cited her for her broad interests.

“Professor White has had a very diverse and successful career, engaging in a number of activities that are unusual for a law professor today,” he said.

Law School colleague John Dolan expressed relief when he was told White’s new duties were temporary, describing a total departure as “an unmitigated loss.”

“She brings high principal to her tasks and expects the same from others,” he said. “Professor White is a person of old fashioned virtues, especially loyalty to Wayne State University and to her colleagues. Her analytical skills are keen, quick, and unerring. She is not bashful to criticize, but in all events she approaches tasks with a charming and refined sense of humor.”

White said she is happy she can continue working at WSU as a law professor.

But, White said, she is pleased to "broaden my experience to include teaching military cadets during the summer," believing that “both environments will assist me in becoming a better and more effective educator."

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