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Becker, Edward R.

Clinical Assistant Professor and
Interim Director, Legal Practice Program

418 Hutchins Hall

Prof. Ted Becker is the interim director of the Legal Practice Program. Prior to joining the Law School faculty as a clinical assistant professor in 2000, he practiced with Dickinson Wright in Lansing, Michigan, specializing in telecommunications arbitrations and other administrative agency proceedings. He also has substantial appellate experience in general corporate litigation, both with Dickinson Wright and as a sole practitioner. He previously was an adjunct professor at Thomas M. Cooley Law School, teaching an upper-level course in litigation skills, including discovery and motion practice, as well as the practical business aspects of law firm operation. Prof. Becker is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of the Legal Writing Institute. He has authored or coauthored articles in Duquesne Law Review, Legal Writing, Second Draft, and Michigan Defense Quarterly, and has presented several times at academic legal writing and transactional drafting conferences. Prof. Becker is the chair of the executive committee of the Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Ann Arbor. In addition, he is the co-chair of the Association of Legal Writing Directors' Publications Committee, and the Legal Writing Institute's Bar Outreach Committee. He received his BA from the University of Michigan and his JD, summa cum laude, from the University of Illinois College of Law, where he was a member of Order of the Coif and an articles editor of the University of Illinois Law Review.

Recent Publications

"Transactional Drafting: Using Law Firm Marketing Materials as a Research Resource for Teaching Drafting." Transactions 15, no. 1 (2013): 149-60.
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​Becker, Edward R. (2000- ). "Religious Shunning and the Beam in the Lawyer's Eye." The Second Draft 26, no. 1 (2012): 22-3.
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Presented "Crafting Legal Narratives to Take Advantage of the Audience's Suspension of Disbelief" at the 4th Biennial Applied Legal Storytelling conference, London, July 2013.

Presented "Using Law Firm Marketing Materials as a Research Resource for Teaching Drafting" as part of a panel presentation on "Transactional Drafting: Teaching Tips" during the Preparing the Transactional Lawyer: From Doctrine to Practice Conference, Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, November 2012.

Presented "Teaching to Lower and Higher Performing Students in the Same Classroom" at Student Populations: Diversity Matters, the Legal Writing Institute's One-Day Workshop, East Lansing, Mich., 2012.

Serves on ALWD's Joint ALWD/LWI Survey Committee and Publications Committee, 2012-present.

Served on the Annual Meeting Program Committee of the AALS Section on Teaching Methods, 2012.

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