I am a health-literacy lawyer, plain-language consultant, and law professor. I create clear, user-friendly legal documents that people can understand. It is very rewarding to take a hard-to-read document and turn it into something that is usable. Over the years, I've drafted all sorts of documents: from employment and labor agreements to healthcare consent forms, life-science agreements, user agreements, and all sorts of corporate contracts.
I am an expert on informed consent and often speak on how to create effective organizational processes that both engage the patient and better protect the healthcare organization. I have spoken for the Institute of Medicine and the FDA on informed consent, risk communication, and best practices for communicating clear messages to the public. Additionally, I have presented seminars and webinars for many health organizations, such as United Health Group, Maximus, and the Institute for Healthcare Advancement.
As a law professor, I have taught many subjects over my twelve years in academia. I teach Property, Torts, and each one of my school's legal writing courses.
Simply put, I am a strategic communicator. I know how to use words to help people accomplish their goals. I'm an expert healthcare drafter, plain-language writer, and editor. I also am an effective public speaker, who knows how to engage audiences and convey technical information in clear, practical ways. So if you're looking to infuse clear communication into all facets of your organization, please contact me. Together, we can help your organization succeed.
|MI||Active And In Good Standing||2003||08/23/2021|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|2016 Scholarship Grant Recipient||LexisNexis||2016|
|2010 Scholarship Grant Recipient||LexisNexis/ALWD/LWI||2010|
|Adult Volunteer of the Year Award||Capital Area United Way||2007|
|Tenured Professor||Western Michigan University - Thomas M Cooley Law School||2004 - Present|
|Associate Attorney||Plunkett & Cooney||2001 - 2004|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Bar Foundation||Fellow||2016 - Present|
|Michigan Bar Foundation||Fellow||2014 - Present|
|State Bar of Michigan, Publications and Website Advisory Committee||Committee Members||2009 - Present|
|National Academies Press||Establishing Harmony Between The Law & Health Literacy||2015|
|The Scribes Journal of Legal Writing||The Public Speaks: An Empirical Study of Legal Communication||2012|
|Michigan Bar Journal||Achieving Clarity: Eight Data-Driven Tips for Legal Communication||2012|
|Thomas M. Cooley Law School||J.D. -- Summa Cum Laude||2002|
|Health Literacy Conference 2016||Effectively Communicating Risk||2016|
|Health Law Institue||Health Literacy: What It Is & Why It Matters to Your Health Law Practice||2016|
|FDA Risk Communication Advisory Committee||Risky Business: Prioritizing Risk Information in FDA-Mandated Documents||2016|
|Business Law Institute||The Clear Drafter's Toolbox: Ten Tips for Creating Clear Legal Documents||2016|
|Business Law Institute||Making the Case for Plain Language: How Clear Legal Communication Will Help Your Practice||2016|
|Bioethics Conference||Ethical Communication in Human-Subjects Research||2016|
|Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Health Literacy||Establishing Harmony Between the Law & Health Literacy||2014|
|FDA Training Session||Persuasive Evidence for Using Plain Language in the FDA||2014|
|Plain Talk 2012||Swimming with the Sharks: Strategies for Convincing Lawyers (and Other Guilty Parties) to Adopt Plain Language||2012|