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Becker, Ted

Clinical Professor of Law
Director, Legal Practice Program

301A Hutchins Hall
734.763.6025
E-mail tbecker@umich.edu
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 has authored or co-authored articles in the Michigan Bar Journal, Duquesne Law Review, Legal Writing, Second Draft, and Michigan Defense Quarterly, and he is the editor of the Future of Law column about legal education, which appears every two months in the Michigan Bar Journal. He frequently presents at academic legal writing and transactional drafting conferences. He is the 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 the co-chair of the Association of Legal Writing Directors/Legal Writing Institute's Joint Survey Committee and was the co-chair of the 2018 LWI Biennial Conference Planning Committee. He received an ALWD Outstanding Service Award in 2018. Professor Becker 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

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"Same As It Ever Was: Classical Rhetoric and the Use of History in Legal Argument." (Working Paper).

"Transferability: Helping Students and Attorneys Apply What They Already Know to New Situations (Part 2)." Mich. B.J. 98, no. 3 (2019): 46-7.
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"Transferability: Helping Students and Attorneys Apply What They Already Know to New Situations (Part 1)." Mich. B.J. 98, no. 1 (2019): 50-2.
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"What We Still Don't Know About What Persuades Judges – And Some Ways We Might Find Out." J. Legal Writing Inst. 22 (2018): 41-9.
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"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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"Using Advanced Conflict Waivers to Teach Drafting, Ethics, and Professionalism." Transactions: Tenn. J. Bus. L. 18, no. 2 (2016): 660-70.
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Activities

Presented "Same as it Never Was: Some Reflections on the Use of History in Classical and Modern Legal Argument" at the Nevada Law Journal Symposium: Classical Rhetoric as a Lens for Contemporary Legal Praxis, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law, September 2019.

Co-presenter, "What is the Value of Scholarship?," Legal Writing Institute Biennial Conference, Milwaukee, July 2018.

Co-presenter, "How We Built a Scholarly Working Group Developed to Classical Legal Rhetoric (and How You Can Do the Same Thing with Other Legal Writing Subjects)," Legal Writing Institute Biennial Conference, Milwaukee, July 2018.

Co-counsel for Plaintiffs in two civil rights cases currently pending on remand at the Michigan Court of Appeals, Johnson v. Vanderkooi and Harrison v. Vanderkooi, raising Fourth Amendment challenges to the "photo and print" procedures of the City of Grand Rapids as applied to juveniles who are stopped by police and who lack identification.

Co-presenter, "The Sooner, the Better: How Live Client Work for 1L LRW Students Helps Them Develop a Shared Professional Identity," Association of Legal Writing Directors Biennial Conference, Minneapolis, July 2017.

Co-presenter, "The Survey Says: Understanding and Using the New ALWD/LWI Survey," Association of Legal Writing Directors Biennial Conference, Minneapolis, July 2017.

Presented "Prophets Looking Backward: Lessons for Today's Lawyers from Historical Clashes of Cultural Narratives," 6th Biennial Applied Legal Storytelling Conference, Washington, D.C., July 2017.

Co-presenter, "Some Ideas for Effectively Incorporating Transactional Drafting into the First-Year Legal Writing Class," Southeastern Regional Legal Writing Conference, Gulfport, Florida, April 2017.