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McCormack, Bridget Mary

Winter 2016

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Bridget Mary McCormack is a lecturer at the Law School. She was elected a justice of the Michigan Supreme Court in November 2012 and took office in January 2013. She previously served as Michigan Law's associate dean for clinical affairs, clinical professor of law, and co-director of the Michigan Innocence Clinic, a non-DNA clinic representing wrongfully convicted Michigan prisoners. She also taught in the Michigan Clinical Law Program, a domestic violence clinic, and a pediatric advocacy clinic at the Law School. Prior to joining the Law School faculty, she was a Cover Fellow at Yale Law School and taught in Yale's clinical programs. Before that she worked as a staff attorney with the Office of the Appellate Defender and was a senior trial attorney with the Criminal Defense Division of the Legal Aid Society, both in New York City. Prof. McCormack has been published in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, the Tennessee Law Review, and the Windsor Access to Justice Journal. Her research and scholarship focus on issues surrounding legal ethics and education, wrongful conviction, and issues of clinical pedagogy. She received the Justice for All Award (with Innocence Clinic co-director Prof. David Moran) from the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan in 2010, as well as Cooley Law School's Distinguished Brief Award and the Washtenaw County Bar Association's Patriot Award. Prof. McCormack earned her law degree from New York University School of Law, where she was a Root-Tilden Scholar, and her BA, with honors, in political science and philosophy from Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut.

Featured Articles and Videos

"Guilty Until Proven Innocent: The New Michigan Innocence Clinic Fights for One Man's Exoneration" (Law Quadrangle magazine, Spring 2010)

Watch the video detailing the Michigan Innocence Clinic's successful exoneration of DeShawn and Marvin Reed (September 2009)

"Home and Free" (about the release of DeShawn and Marvin Reed) (Metro Times, July 31, 2009)

"Law School Develops Collaborative Pediatric Advocacy Clinic" (The University Record, 2005)

Recent Publications

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Pre-trial Practice (Practitioner's Guide). Forthcoming.


Elected to the American Law Institute, October 2013.​

Keynote speaker, Berrien County Law Day, Berrien County, Michigan, May 2011.

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