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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.


Benchmark | Winter 2016