To utilize my education, experience and professional skills to inform my clients of their legal rights and assist them in obtaining justice through the legal system.



University of Illinois, Navy Pier Chicago, ILL 1949-1950 Wilson Junior College(now Martin Luther King Junior College), Chicago Illinois 1950-1953 Wayne University, Detroit, MI 1953-1955 Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Social Studies, Combined Wayne State University 1970 Master of Education Wayne State University 1975 Doctorate of Educational Sociology Wayne State University Law School 1982 Juris Doctor




Teacher, Sumpter Township, Bellville, MI 1956-1957 Teacher, Chicago Public Schools 1958-1962 Chicago, ILL Detroit Public Schools 1962-1988 Teacher of Social Studies Teacher of grades Primary Unit to grade 6 Trainer of Student Teachers Laboratory Teacher, Reading and Math Grades 6-8 Supervisor of Elementary Teachers, grades Primary Unit through grade 6 Adult Education Teacher Attorney in Labor Affairs Instructor: Wayne County Community College 1974-1980 Attorney: Patrick, Fields & Preston-Cooper, P.C. 1988-1993 Dolores Preston-Cooper, P.C. 1993-Present Recipient of a Fulbright-Hayes Grant: Eight week teaching experience in Zimbabwe, South Africa.




Married to James D. Merritt and mother of four children; Deborah Love-Peel, designer & business owner, Lynnette A. Love, 1988 and 1996 Olympian, Esther R. Cooper, Public Safety Officer and Stephen B. Cooper, Doctor of Chiropractic & business developer.




I have spent time developing myself in Hong Kong, Korea, Buenos Aires, Rio DeJanerio, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Egypt, Ethopia, Carribbean, Canada, England, Spain, China