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Burr, Anne M.

Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Law
Legal Practice Program
Fall 2014

439 Hutchins Hall

Anne M. Burr teaches LLM students in the Legal Practice Program at Michigan Law. From 2008-2013, she was the academic director of legal research and writing at Wayne State University Law School and also served as a visiting assistant professor at Peking University's School of Transnational Law (STL).

As the academic director of legal research and writing at Wayne Law, Prof. Burr was responsible for designing and implementing a legal practice program integrating analysis, research, writing, oral advocacy, transactional drafting, and other aspects of the practice of law. She also designed the skills curriculum of the LLM Program for international students. As a visiting assistant professor at STL, Prof. Burr assisted in designing and implementing the legal practice program for the first western-style law school in China.

Prof. Burr began her legal career as a federal law clerk for U.S. District Judge George E. Woods before joining the regional law firm of Dykema Gossett. Becoming an equity partner in 1989, she specialized in corporate workouts. She was also one of three finalists in 1989 for an appointment as a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Following her tenure at Dykema, Prof. Burr served as senior counsel for the multinational corporation Allied Domecq, PLC. Responsible for mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures for the wines and spirits division, she worked on transactions in Mexico, South America, and Asia. In addition to her positions at Wayne Law and STL, Prof. Burr has taught as a visiting or assistant professor at Detroit College of Law, Ave Maria School of Law, and Wayne State University schools of business and communications. She has taught subjects as diverse as civil procedure, debtor-creditor law, negotiation, writing and analysis, legal research, and legal drafting.

An avid writer, Prof. Burr has published extensively on practice skills. She has most recently written about her experiences teaching in China in "Law and Harmony: An In-Depth Look at China's First American Law School," 28 UCLA Pac. Basin L.J. 25 (2010). She is coauthoring a book, U.S. Legal Skills for Foreign Students, with Prof. Howard Bromberg to be published by Carolina Academic Press next year.

She is a frequent speaker on teaching U. S. legal skills to foreign students, and has served as a guest professor at the China University of Political Science and Law in Macomb County since 2011.

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