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WMU-Cooley Law School Dean, Tracey Brame, Honored as one of the "2014 Women in the Law"
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WMU-Cooley Law School Dean, Tracey Brame, Honored as one of the "2014 Women in the Law"


Brame chosen as one of 30 honorees, which include two WMU-Cooley graduates, at 2014 event


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – WMU-Cooley Law School Assistant Dean and Associate Professor Tracey Brame was chosen by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as one of its 30 Women in the Law in 2014 and honored at a September 11 luncheon in Troy, Mich. The Women in the Law program is dedicated to saluting high-achieving women lawyers in Michigan and their accomplishments.

Dean Brame came to WMU-Cooley Law School in February 2006 from Legal Aid of Western Michigan, where she was a staff attorney. When she joined the law school, she advised and represented low-income clients on family law, housing, and consumer law issues. That same year, she started the Access to Justice Clinic at the Grand Rapids campus. The clinic is a hands-on program staffed by students who serve as lawyers under the supervision of faculty. Brame helped develop the project primarily to serve family law cases that fall through the cracks of the legal aid system. In addition to the Access to Justice Clinic, Brame runs the West Michigan Public Defender Clinic and teaches Family Law, Race and the Supreme Court, and a Death Penalty Seminar. She serves as a faculty adviser to its Black Law Student Association and actively recruits people of color for adjunct faculty positions.

“Dean Brame was honored by Michigan Lawyers Weekly because of her commitment to the legal profession, her excellence in her practice of the law and her commitment to underserved populations,” said Nelson Miller, dean of the WMU-Cooley Law School Grand Rapids campus. “Tracey is a model for all of our students at WMU-Cooley Law School and we are proud to call her one of our own.”

In addition to Dean Brame, two of the law school's graduates were also honored at the event. Caroline A. Grech-Clapper, an executive partner at Secrest Wardle Lynch Hamtpon Treux & Morley PC and Michelyn E. Pasteur, an attorney with Bernick, Radner & Ouellette PC, were recognized for their work in the legal profession.


About Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School: Western Michigan University and Thomas M. Cooley Law School affiliated in 2014, combining the status of a nationally-ranked, public, comprehensive research university with the commitment to practical legal education of an independent, non-profit, national law school. WMU-Cooley is accredited by both the American Bar Association and the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. The law school has provided nearly 20,000 graduates with the practical skills necessary for a seamless transition from academia to the real world, and enrolls classes in January, May, and September at its Lansing, Auburn Hills, and Grand Rapids, Michigan campuses, and its Tampa Bay, Florida campus. The Florida campus operates under the name Cooley Law School pending permission to use the WMU-Cooley name from the Florida Commission for Independent Education. WMU and Cooley continue to operate as independent institutions with their own governance structure and separate fiduciary responsibilities.


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