Tammy Brown Asher

Tammy Brown Asher

Associate Professor

B.A. University of Vermont, 1983
A.S. University of Vermont, 1981
J.D., magna cum laude, Cooley Law School, 1993


Professor Asher joined Cooley’s full-time faculty in 2006 after having previously served as an adjunct and visiting professor.

Before joining the faculty at Cooley, Professor Asher spent seven years in private practice, specializing in environmental law. At Howard & Howard, P.C., she was a member of the Environmental Practice Group, which served as outside national environmental counsel to Chrysler Corporation and Chrysler Realty Corporation. At Seyburn, Kahn, Ginn, P.C., she served as outside environmental counsel for Wayne County, Michigan.

As a law student, Professor Asher graduated second in her class, was the Casenotes Editor for the Thomas M. Cooley Law Review, and received the following awards: numerous American Jurisprudence Awards, the National Association of Women Lawyers’ Outstanding Law Student Award, the Distinguished Student Award, the Carolyn Stell Scholarship Award, and the Julia Darlo Award.

Before attending law school, Professor Asher was a high-school biology teacher in Somersworth, New Hampshire. In addition, she was a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger, West Africa, where she managed a hospital laboratory and taught health education to villagers.

Professor Asher teaches Advanced Writing, Research and Writing, and Torts I.



Rhonda L. Ross and Tammy Brown Asher, A Fatal Flaw in the Clean Air Act: How the Clean Air Act Fails to Adequately Regulate Ambient Concentrations of Hazardous Air Pollutants, 32 Utah Envtl. L. Rev. 55 (2012).

Rhonda L. Ross and Tammy Asher, Dangerous Air Apparent: How EPA’s Hazardous Air Pollutant Program Has Failed to Address Toxic Hotspots, 42 Envtl. L. Rptr. 10475 (2012).

Tammy Asher, Unprecedented Antitrust Investigations into the Lyme Disease Treatment Guidelines Development Process, 46 Gonz. L. Rev. 117 (2010/11).

Tammy L. Brown, Environmental Law, 42 Wayne L. Rev. 793 (1996).

Carolyn M. Claerhout & Tammy L. Brown, Environmental Law, 41 Wayne L. Rev. 827 (1995).

Books and Chapters in Books

Asher, Tammy. “Improving Students' Essay-writing Skills.” In Teaching Law Practice:  Training the Next Generation of Lawyers, edited by Charles Cercone, Nelson P. Miller & Christopher Trudeau. Lake Mary, FL: Vandeplas Pub. Co., (2013).


Tammy Asher, Presenter, Plain Language (2008 Michigan Family Planning Update, Grand Rapids, Mich., Se/pt. 17, 2008).

Tammy Asher, Presenter, Plain Language Principles and Techniques (2007 Annual Michigan Cancer Consortium, Lansing, Mich., Oct. 31, 2007).

Tammy Asher, Speaker, How, Why, and When to Conduct Environmental Site Assessments (National Business Institute Seminar, Jan. 1999).

Tammy Asher, Speaker, Audit Privilege (Michigan Chamber of Commerce Seminar, Nov. 1995).


Real-World Experience

7Years of Practice Before Joining Cooley

Specialty: Environmental Law

Courses: Advanced Writing, Research and Writing, Torts I

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