BiographyGrace C. Tonner is a clinical professor of law and director of the Law School’s Legal Practice Program. She earned a B.A., magna cum laude, in political science at California State University at Long Beach, and then went on to earn her J.D., cum laude, at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. Her emphasis in law school was commercial law and she backed up her interests with honors and activities to broaden her understanding. Among her awards were the American Jurisprudence Award in Secured Transactions in Real Property and the Benno Brink Bankruptcy Award. She also served a judicial externship with the Hon. Robert L. Ordin, Bankruptcy Judge, and participated in the Small Business Administration Clinical Program. Tonner’s previous experience has included serving as an assistant professor and adjunct professor at Loyola Law School, directing their legal writing program and teaching Commercial Law, Sales, Contracts, and Insurance Law. She also was a partner in Tonner & Matera, a law firm specializing in insurance coverage. Tonner currently serves on the editorial board for The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute, the academic board for the Burton Awards for Legal Achievement, and is the chair of the Lexis-Nexis Distinguished Judicial Writing Award committee.
In 2008, Tonner left Michigan Law to direct the writing program at the University of California - Irvine School of Law.
Law Quadrangle Notes Articles
"Grace C. Tonner," 39 L. Quadrangle Notes 27 (Fall Winter, 1996).
"Legal Writing Takes Center Stage," 38 L. Quadrangle Notes 12 (Fall Winter, 1995).