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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


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