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Becker, Edward R.

Clinical Professor of Law
Director, Legal Practice Program

301A Hutchins Hall
Professor Ted Becker is a clinical professor of law and the 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. Professor 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 frequently presents at academic legal writing and transactional drafting conferences. He is the co-faculty organizer of the Law School's Transactional Law Competition, held for the first time in fall 2015. Professor Becker is a member of the executive committee of the Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Ann Arbor and was the chair of the committee in 2014–2015. In addition, he is a member of the Association of Legal Writing Directors' ALWD Guide Taskforce and the ALWD/Legal Writing Institute's Joint Survey Committee, and the past co-chair of 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

"Experiential Skills in Legal Education: Introducing Tomorrow's Practitioners to Practicing Law." Mich. B. J. 96, no. 6 (2017): 66-7.
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"Transactional Drafting: Using Law Firm Marketing Materials as a Research Resource for Teaching Drafting." Transactions 15, no. 1 (2013): 149-60.
Full Text: MLaw Repository | HEIN (UMich users) | HEIN


Panelist, "Help Us Help You Get Published," Legal Writing Institute Biennial Conference, Portland, July 2016.

Panelist, "Writing for Success: Preparing Today's Undergraduates for Legal Writing," Pre-Law Advisors National Council Quadrennial Conference, Chicago, June 2016. ​

Presented "Using Advance Conflict Waivers to Teach Drafting, Ethics, and Professionalism," Method in the Madness: The Art and Science of Teaching Transactional Law and Skills Conference, Atlanta, June 2016. ​

Presented "Defending the Heart and Soul of Legal Writing," Association of Legal Writing Directors Biennial Conference, Memphis, 2015.
Co-presenter, "Learning from Our Teaching Assistants: A Survey of How our Students Use What We Teach Them," Southeastern Regional Legal Writing Conference, Knoxville, Tennessee, 2015. ​

Presented "A Drafting 'Bootcamp': Introducing Transactional Clinic Students to the Drafting Skills They'll Soon Need," as part of panel presentation on "Teaching Drafting through Collaboration," Bringing Outside In: Social Justice Collaborations in the Legal Writing Curriculum Conference, Philadelphia, 2014
Serves on ALWD's Joint ALWD/LWI Survey Committee and Publications Committee, 2012-present.