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Becker, Ted

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

"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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Co-counsel for Plaintiffs in two civil rights cases currently pending at the Michigan Supreme Court, 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.

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. ​