Assistant Dean and Professor
B.A. University of Michigan, 1992
J.D. University of Michigan, 1995
Professor Brame came to Cooley Law School in February 2006 from Legal Aid of Western Michigan, where she was a staff attorney. She advised and represented low-income clients on family law, housing, and consumer law issues. She collaborated with other programs to address legal issues faced by ex-offenders re-entering the community. She also translated for Spanish-speaking clients.
Previously, Professor Brame served as a staff attorney for Public Defender Services for the District of Columbia, a research and writing specialist with the Federal Defender Office, and an assistant defender with the State Appellate Defender Office in Detroit.
She has served as a law clerk to the Hon. Julian Abele Cook, Jr., U.S. District Court, Detroit, with the Federal Defender Office, and with Scott Correctional Facility.
She has also been an adjunct professor at Grand Rapids Community College.
Professor Brame garnered death penalty litigation experience as an extern with the Alabama Capital Resource Center. She conducted research, interviewed inmates, their relatives and former jurors, compiled statistic on racial composition of juries, helped prepare an argument before the U.S. Supreme Court, and drafted racial justice legislation for the state of Alabama.
Professor Brame started the Access to Justice Clinic at the Grand Rapids campus in 2006, and currently runs the West Michigan Public Defender Clinic. Professor Brame also teaches Family Law, Race and the Supreme Court, and a Death Penalty Seminar.
Tracey Brame and Devin Schindler, Between Transparency and Safety: Prior Restraints, FOIA and the Power of the Executive, 38 Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly 1 (Fall 2010).
Tracey Brame, Nelson P. Miller, Dale Iverson, and Goldie Adele, Equality as Talisman: Getting Beyond Bias to Cultural Competence as a Professional Skill, 25 Thomas M. Cooley L. Rev. 100 (2008).
Tracey D. Weaver, Constitutional Law (Annual Survey of Michigan Law: June 1, 1996-May 31, 1997), 44 Wayne L. Rev. 613 (1998).
Julian Abele Cook, Jr. & Tracey Denise Weaver, Closing Their Eyes to the Constitution: the Declining Role of the Supreme Court in the Protection of Civil Rights. 1996 Det. C.L. Mich. St. U. L. Rev. 541.
Books and Chapters in Books
Brame, Tracey W., and Miller, Nelson P., Cross-Cultural Law Service: A Framework for a Lawyer’s Professional Skill, Grand Haven, MI: Crown Management, 2015.
Brame, Tracey, Nelson Miller, Kim O'Leary, and Dale Iverson. "Cultural Competence as a Professional Skill." In Reflections of a Lawyer’s Soul: The Institutional Experience of Professionalism at Thomas M. Cooley Law School, edited by Amy Timmer & Nelson Miller, 175-206. Buffalo, N.Y.: William S. Hein & Co. (2008).
Book Reviews and Other Short Works
Tracey Weaver Brame, Book Review, 86 Mich. B.J. 50 (2007) (reviewing The Curmudgeon's Guide to Practicing Law).