Jane M. Siegel

Jane M. Siegel

Associate Professor

B.F.A. University of Michigan
J.D., magna cum laude, Thomas Cooley Law School


Before coming to Cooley, Professor Siegel operated a specialized solo practice, doing research, writing, and litigation support for other attorneys, including depositions, mediation, and court appearances. Her areas of experience include employment, sales, and insurance contract litigation, and professional malpractice.

Professor Siegel worked in civil litigation for law firms in Grand Rapids and Spring Lake, Mich. She has also served as an adjunct professor and a visiting professor at Cooley.

She is Editor of The Scrivener, the quarterly newsletter of Scribes, the American Association of Legal Writers. In addition, Professor Siegel serves as Chair of the West Michigan Substance Abuse Advisory Council.

At Cooley, she was on the Honor Roll and the Dean's List, and won American Jurisprudence Awards in Research & Writing, Advocacy, and Alternative Dispute Resolution. She also won the Corpus Juris Secundum Award in Criminal Law, and Book Awards in Constitutional Law II, Scholarly Writing I and II, Administrative Law, and Trial Workshop. She was an assistant editor on the Cooley Law Review, served at the Sixty Plus, Inc., Elderlaw Clinic, and was chosen valedictory speaker by her class.


Books and Chapters in Books

Siegel Jane, "Group Therapy: Using Writing Groups in the Classroom" in Teaching Law Practice: Training the Next Generation of Lawyers, eds. Nelson P.Miller, Charles Cercone, and Christopher Trudeau, 102-108. Lake Mary, FL: Vandeplas Pub. Co., (2013). 


Jane Siegel, Heather Garretson, Tonya Krause-Phelan and Kara Zech Thelen, The Value of Variety in Teaching: A Professor's Guide, 64 J. Legal Educ. 65 (2014).

Siegel, Jane, "The Politics and Power of Plain Language," 90 Mich. B.J. 48 (2011).

Jane M. Siegel, Note, Slamming the Courthouse Door on Third-Party Child Custody Actions: Bowie v. Arder, 11 Thomas M. Cooley L. Rev. 661 (1994).

Jane Siegel, "Thank You, Sarah Palin, for Reminding Us: It's Not About the Clothes" republished in Women and the Law, edited by Jane Campbell Moriarty. Eagan, MN.: Thomson/West (2010).

Jane M. Siegel, Thank You, Sarah Palin, for Reminding Us: It's Not About the Clothes, 17.1 VA. J. Soc. Policy & L. 144 (Fall 2009).


Jane M. Siegel, Presentation, The Idea SwapMeet, (Spokane, Wash.) ( Institute for Law Teaching and Learning Conference June 2012).

Jane M. Siegel, Presentation, Teaching Plain Language in Any Language, (Verona, Italy) (Global Skills Legal Conference May 21-23, 2014).

Jane M. Siegel, Panel-Discussion Facilitator, International Publishing (San Jose Costa Rica) (Global Skills Conference March 2012).


Real-World Experience

Specialties: Employment, Sales, Insurance Contract Litigation, Professional Malpractice

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