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Wayne Law Alumna Highlighted on Oprah Winfrey Show, Chosen to be Assistant to Sean “Diddy” Combs
DETROIT (Nov. 14, 2007) – Heather Joy Thompson, a 2005 alumna of Wayne State University Law School, was recently selected as hip-hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs’ personal assistant after winning Combs’ YouTube contest. She was featured as the winner on the Nov. 6, 2007, episode of the Oprah Winfrey Show.
“On behalf of Wayne State University Law School, I would like to congratulate Ms. Thompson on her new role,” said Wayne Law Dean Frank H. Wu. “Ms. Thompson was an outstanding and highly involved student while enrolled at Wayne Law. Her skills, experience and knowledge will continue to bode well for her in her professional career.”
According to Combs, "It was just her passion, it was the way she articulated herself. I think she really understood what the job entailed. She had a background that was stellar, being a lawyer and her work in the Peace Corps. And just the way she came across, you know."
Thompson, the youngest of three children, was born in Detroit and raised in Southfield. She attended The Roeper School in Bloomfield Hills, earning her diploma in 1995. Upon graduation, she enrolled at Spelman College in Atlanta, Ga., and earned a Bachelor of Arts in studio art in 1999.
After Spelman, Thompson enrolled at Wayne Law, where she was the recipient of the Kenneth V. Cockrel Scholarship and a member of the Jessup International Moot Court Team, The Black Law Students Association (BLSA), Executive Board, and a student attorney at Wayne State’s Free Legal Aid Clinic (FLAC). She earned a Juris Doctor in 2005 and has been a member of the State Bar of Michigan ever since.
In addition to her scholastic achievements, Thompson served in the Peace Corps in Burkina Faso, West Africa, from May 1999 to October 2000 where she worked at a local health clinic and initiated several high-profile programs to combat HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases. She has also served as a policy analyst for Detroit City Councilwoman Sheila M. Cockrel and as a press secretary for the Greg Hecht for Lt. Governor of Georgia campaign. She competed and won the reality television competition, “The Intern,” and, in 2006, she passed the Foreign Service Written Exam and Oral Assessment.
Wayne State University Law School has served Michigan and beyond since its inception as Detroit City Law School in 1927. Located in Detroit’s re-energized historic cultural center, the Law School remains committed to student success and features modern lecture and court facilities, multi-media classrooms, a 250-seat auditorium, and the Arthur Neef Law Library, which houses one of the nation's 30 largest legal collections. Taught by an internationally recognized faculty, Wayne State Law School students experience a high-quality legal education via a growing array of hands-on curricular offerings, five live-client clinics, and access to well over 100 internships with local and non-profit entities each year. Its 11,000 living alumni, who work in every state of the nation and more than a dozen foreign countries, include leading members of the local, national and international legal communities. For more information, visit www.law.wayne.edu.