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Faculty Briefs Tammy Asher, Professor Served, for the third consecutive year, as an Educator Delegate at the Annual West Point Leadership Ethics and Diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Workshop in Detroit, Michigan, in September 2016. Gary Bauer, Professor Presented, “Powers of Attorney, What are they? How can they go wrong?” Oct. 9 for the Alpena Alcona Area Community Credit Union, and again on Oct. 10 at the Alpena Senior Center.  Submitted, the manuscript for a book which has been peer reviewed, has been accepted, and is being prepared for publication by the American Bar Association titled Solo Lawyer By Design. Selected, by the Solo & Small Firm Section of the State Bar of Michigan, as the 2016 winner of the Section’s Outstanding Achievement Award.  Published, multiple new blogs on, including, “It is not the law that makes a good lawyer!,” “Great Attorney, Bad Fit!,” “Solo, Best Exit Strategy For Retirement; Hire To Retire,” and over 100 more over the last 20 months. Many of these have been re-published by permission on other websites.

Erika Breitfeld, Assistant Professor and Auxiliary Dean Presented, introductory remarks during the Integrity in our Community Speaker event on June 29, 2016 at the Auburn Hills campus. On behalf of Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, presented Valerie Newman with an award for her outstanding leadership, civility, and integrity during her distinguished career.  Participated, in a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Veterans’ Treatment Court for Macomb County.   Awarded, the Stanley E. Beattie teaching Award for the third time at the May 2016 graduation.  Participated, in meetings as cochair for the State Bar Criminal Issues Committee.  Spoke, as a panelist at the Women Lawyers Association event “Love your job, Live your life” about the importance of working hard and also maintain a healthy life outside of work. Mark Cooney, Professor Cited, in the 2016 editions of five American Jurisprudence Trials sections, eight American Jurisprudence Proof of Facts sections, treatises in California and Texas, and a 2016 George Mason Law Review article, for his article “Benching the MondayMorning Quarterback: The ‘Attorney Judgment’ Defense to Legal-Malpractice Claims.” The article was previously quoted in a published 2013 decision of the Illinois Appellate Court.

Spoke, at the State Bar Young Lawyers Section Annual Summit, in Novi, Michigan, on “Appealing Briefs.” Attended, the annual dinner of the Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society’s Advocates Guild, at the Michigan Supreme Court, in Lansing, Michigan. Republished, an article called “The Architecture of Clarity” in the September Michigan Bar Journal. The article made the Social Science Research Network’s Top Ten downloads list for three of its e-Journals, including Law & Rhetoric. Spoke, on clear document design for the Lansing Chapter of the National Association of Legal Secretaries, in Lansing, Michigan.     Participated, in a meeting of the Board of Directors of Scribes – The American Society of Legal Writers, and continued reviewing author submissions to The Scribes Journal of Legal Writing. Appointed, Chair of the Association of Legal Writing Directors’ New Directors Committee. Attended, the Legal Writing Institute’s biennial conference, in Portland, Oregon, including participation in a summit of journal editors. Attended, the Association of Legal Writing Directors’ annual meeting and its special reception for new directors in Portland, Oregon. Hosted, the Law Review’s annual Distinguished Brief Award Dinner, in Lansing, Michigan. Edited, and posted studentauthored summaries of Sixth Circuit opinions for the ABA’s Media Alerts website, for which he serves as the circuit supervisor.

Attended, Auburn Hills Environmental Law Society’s “Lunch & Meet” event, featuring conservation attorney Meghan Prindle. Professor Cooney serves as this student group’s faculty adviser. Renalia DuBose, Assistant Professor Organized, and moderated, a forum, “Responding to a Law Enforcement Encounter,” Nov. 9, 2015, in Tampa, Florida. Assisted, in coordinating the Tampa Bay campus celebration of Juneteenth on June 16, 2016. The event featured “Professionalism Personified,” with guest speaker Keith DuBose, a shareholder in Matthews Eastmore Trial Lawyers in Sarasota, and Professor DuBose’s brother-in-law. David Finnegan, Professor Delivered, a presentation in Washington, D.C. on “The Economic Implications of Law Reform in Africa” on a conference panel at the American University Washington College of Law on April 15, 2016. The other panelists included a sitting justice on the Supreme Court of Uganda, a former Nigerian government minister, and a South African judge. Authored, a report for the International Legal Resource Center on an “Assessment of Zanzibar’s Pilot Case Management System” on Aug. 22, 2016), providing pro bono advice on a judicial reform project under way in East Africa. The ILRC, based in Washington, D.C., is a joint effort 47

Benchmark | Winter 2016