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Faculty Briefs of the United Nations and the American Bar Association offering assistance on law reform projects around the world. Provided, peer review of a book proposal for Routledge, a U.K.based publisher, in March 2016. Provided, peer review of a manuscript for the Law & Society Review, the peer-reviewed publication of the Law & Society Association in October 2016. Coached, the WMU Cooley Jessup International Law Moot Court team during the 2016 competition season. Served, as the 2015 director of WMU-Cooley’s summer foreign study programs in Toronto, Canada and Oxford, U.K. Dustin Foster, Associate Professor Published, the 2016 edition of Michigan Estate Planning, a LexisNexis Practice Guide with co-author and WMU-Cooley Law graduate Sara Schimke. Joseph Kimble, Distinguished Professor Emeritus Published, an article called “A Curious Criticism of Plain Language” in Legal Communication and Rhetoric: JALWD.  Published, an article called “The Proof Is in the Reading: Solid Evidence That Plain Language Works Best” in the Michigan Bar Journal. The article excerpts four of the 50 case studies in his book Writing for Dollars, Writing to Please: The Case for Plain Language in Business, Government, and Law.  48

Published, an editing example called “Revising an Order” on the back cover of Judicature. The publisher intends to make this a regular feature. 

the Law,” in Las Vegas Nevada, May 18-21, 2016.

Spoke, on subject of live grading at the Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute, in Portland. 

Authored, a Cooley blog, “Michigan Senate Takes First Step Toward Compensating Wrongfully Convicted Michigan Citizens.

Presented, a videotaped keynote address to the Biennial Conference of Clarity International, in Wellington, New Zealand. The address was called “No, the Law Does Not (Normally) Require Legalese.” Professor Kimble is a past president of Clarity. 

Attended, the Innocence Policy Network Conference in Excelsior Springs, Missouri, June 20-22, 2016.

Continues, to serve as editor of the Plain Language column in the Michigan Bar Journal, senior editor of The Scribes Journal of Legal Writing, and drafting consultant on all federal court rules.   Don LeDuc, President and Dean Published, the new release of his textbook, the 2016 edition of Michigan Administrative Law (Thomson Reuters/Westlaw). The first edition appeared in 1993 and a revised edition was published in 2001. Marla MitchellCichon, Professor

Attended, the State Bar of Michigan Criminal Law Section Spring Conference, June 3-4, 2016.

Appeared, before the Genesee County Circuit Court for a hearing on a motion for new trial in People v. Molina. Supervised legal intern Joseph Daly, who argued the motion. Authored, a Cooley blog, Quintessential Practical Legal Scholarship: WMU-Cooley Innocence Project Intern Joseph Daly Argues Client’s Case. Served, as a panelist, State Bar of Michigan Criminal Law and Young Lawyers Sections of the State Bar of Michigan program on the new probablility program for DNA mixtures, STRmix, on July 22, 2016. Testified, before the Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee in support of Senate Bill 1028 on Sept. 6, 2016. The bill provides housing and other needed services to Michigan exonerees upon release from prison.

Co-taught, with Dean Christine Church, a wrongful conviction course based on the Netflix’s series “Making a Murderer.”

Appeared, before the Genesee County Circuit Court for a status conference and bond hearing in People v. Molina on September 13, 2016. Supervised legal intern Erika Damstetter, who argued the bond motion. 

Attended, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 9th Annual Forensic Seminar, “Making Sense of Science IX: Forensic Science &

Testified, on Sept. 20, 2016, before the House Criminal Justice Committee in support of Senate Bill 291 which provides compensation for wrongfully

convicted Michigan citizens and House Bill 5815 which provides housing and other needed services to Michigan exonerees. Authored, a Cooley blog post: “Will Michigan be the 31st State to right the wrong?” The blog discusses the need for compensation for wrongfully convicted Michigan citizens. Received, a Champion of Justice award from the State Bar of Michigan, September 21, 2016.  Attended, Western Michigan University’s Wrongful Conviction program, featuring WMU-Cooley Innocence Project client, Donya Davis, October 3, 2016.

Featured, in Lansing Women’s Magazine, October 2016. Kimberly O’Leary, Professor Presented, with fellow WMU-Cooley Professor Mable Martin-Scott and former WMU-Cooley Professor Joni Larson, “Using a Case-Progression Approach to Mapping Learning Outcomes and Developing Assessments,” at the 2016 Southern Clinic Conference held at The Charlotte School of Law, October 13-15. Presented, along with Mary Helen McNeal of Syracuse University School of Law and Alison Hirschel of the Michigan Elder Justice Initiative “Three’s a Crowd:  Ethical Issues in Representing Clients with Legal Representatives,” at the 2016 National Aging and Law Conference held in Alexandria, Virginia, Oct. 28-29, 2016. Attended, The Risks & Rewards of Clinical Legal Education, a conference put on by the

International Journal of Clinical Legal Education and the Association of Canadian Clinical Legal Education, at the University of Toronto July 10-13, 2016. James Robb, Associate Dean of External Affairs and General Counsel Reappointed, to a sixth term on the city of Birmingham, Michigan, Board of Ethics. Lectured, at the State Bar of Michigan’s 40th Legal Milestones dedication event “The Kalamazoo Case: Establishing High School for All,” about the historical and legal significance of the 1874 Michigan Supreme Court decision written by Justice Thomas M. Cooley upholding publicly financed high school education.   Appeared, on the Laurie Moore television program on WWMT-TV, CW7 about Justice Thomas M. Cooley, the “Kalamazoo Case,” and the law school’s growing affiliation with Western Michigan University.  Devin Schindler, Professor Spoke, on Sept. 17, 2016, on “Gerald Ford and the Ethics of the Nixon Pardon,” as part of the Gerald R. Ford Museum Presidential Ethics Series. Spoke, April 22, 2016:  WOOD AM/FM, on “The Debate Over Immigration.” Spoke, on May 2016:  WZZM-TV, on “Supreme Court Splits.” Spoke, on June 8, 2016, to Mlive, on “Certification of Police Officers.”

Spoke, on June 21, 2016: WKZOAM, on “The Appointment Crisis.” Spoke, on June 22, 2016:  WOOD AM/FM, on “The Supreme Court 2016 Term.” Spoke, on June 27, 2016:  WKZO-AM, on “Immigration Reform.” Spoke, on June 28, 2016:  WOOD-AM/FM, on “The Recasting of Casey.” Spoke, on Aug. 16, 2016:   WOOD-AM/FM, on “Individual Rights and Smoking Bans.” Spoke, on Aug. 23, 2016:  WOOD-AM/FM, on “Transgender Rights and Equal Protection.” Spoke, on Aug. 25, 2016:  WKZO, on “Direct Democracy and Marijuana.” Spoke, on Sept. 12, 2016:  WOOD-AM/FM:  “Foreign Affairs and Sovereign Immunity.” Spoke, on Oct. 10, 2016:  WZZM-TV, on “Independent Prosecutors and the Election.” Amy Timmer, Associate Dean and Professor Presented, to the Masters and Young Lawyers Sections of the North Carolina State Bar Association, on episodic mentoring. Reappointed, to serve a threeyear term on the ABA Standing Committee on Professionalism. Patrick Tolan, Associate Professor Presented,  “Time to Change the Casualty Loss Deduction under Tax Code Section 165 to a Refundable Credit?” as a panelist at the Southeastern Association

of Law Schools 2016 Annual Conference on Aug. 8, 2016.   Christopher Trudeau, Professor Awarded, a prestigious research grant to conduct the first International study to measure the public’s preferences for legal communication. This grant was co-sponsored by Lexis/Nexis, the Association of Legal Writing Directors, and the Legal Writing Institute. Published, “Plain Language in Healthcare: What Lawyers Need to Know about Health Literacy,” in the October 2016 Michigan Bar Journal.  Presented, “The Clear Drafter’s Toolbox,” for the Great Lakes Paralegal Association on Oct. 12, 2016.  Presented, “The Business Case for Incorporating Health Literacy into Health Systems,” at the CEO Forum for Christiana Care Health System in Wilmington, Delaware, on Oct. 18, 2016.  Presented, “Health Literacy for Lawyers: A Workshop on Reducing Risk & Improving Outcomes,” at the Health Literacy Missouri Summit on Oct. 20, 2016.  Presented, “Making the Case for Integrating Health Literacy into Health Systems,” at the Colorado Coalit​ion for Health Literacy’s Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado, on  Oct. 21, 2016. 

Presented, “The Public Speaks, Again: A Sneak Peak at New Data,” at the Clarity International Conference in Wellington, New Zealand, on Nov. 4, 2016.  Victoria Vuletich, Professor Directed, WMU-Cooley’s Study Abroad program in Toronto and Oxford, England in Summer 2016.  While in Oxford, the host college, Hertford College, asked Professor Vuletich to guest lecture for a class of visiting law students from Beijing. Served, as the keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the State Bar of Michigan Legal Assistant’s Section, speaking on the restructuring of the legal profession. Developed, in collaboration with WMU Professor Norman Hawker and Barbara McGregor from the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, a leadership program that has been acclaimed by the Grand Rapids Business Journal. “Leadership in Times of Crisis” is open to both students and community members, and uses President Ford and several of his difficult decisions as vehicles to discern true leadership principles.

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