Valerie Newman has been with the State Appellate Defender Office in Detroit since 1993; she co-teaches Criminal Appellate Practice. Prof. Newman received her BA from the University of Michigan and earned her JD at Wayne State University Law School. She currently co-chairs the Criminal Jurisprudence and Practice Committee of the State Bar and was chair of the Defender Systems and Services Committee for several years. Prof. Newman is an active member of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan and a former president of the Wayne Region. She is an active member of the National Lawyers Guild, a former president of the organization, and past chair of two national conventions. Prof. Newman has argued extensively in state appellate courts and has also argued in the federal courts.