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Tammy Brown Asher

Tammy Brown Asher


B.A. University of Vermont, 1983
A.S. University of Vermont, 1981
J.D., magna cum laude, Cooley Law School, 1993
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"As a legal writer, your job is to make the reader's job as easy as possible."

After serving as a Visiting and Adjunct Professor for almost two years, I joined the full-time faculty in 2006. Currently, I teach Torts and Equity & Remedies at the Tampa Bay Campus. I have also taught Research & Writing, Advanced Writing, Advocacy, Drafting, Introduction to Law, and Bar Exam Skills. While teaching in Michigan, I also served as the faculty specialist for the Academic Resource Center. I have been honored to receive the Stanley E. Beattie Teaching Award for excellence in teaching.

Before coming to Cooley Law School, I spent seven years in private practice, specializing in environmental law. At Howard & Howard, P.C., I 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., I served as outside environmental counsel for Wayne County, Michigan.

As a law student, I graduated second in my class, was the Casenotes Editor for the Law Review, and received numerous awards and scholarships, including Cooley’s Alumni Association’s Distinguished Student Award, the National Association of Women Lawyers Outstanding Law Student Award, the Carolyn Stell Scholarship Award, the Julia Darlow Award, the Timothy Kovach Peace Corps Scholarship, and the Robert W. & Veronica M. Cermak Grant.

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

I’m admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court, the State Bar of Michigan, and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan.

Articles (Law Reviews and Law Journals)

  • 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).
  • Tammy Asher, Unprecedented Antitrust Investigations into the Lyme Disease Treatment Guidelines Development Process, 46 Gonz. L. Rev. 117 (2011).
  • Tammy L. Brown, Environmental Law: Annual Survey of Michigan Law, 42 Wayne L. Rev. 793 (1996).
  • Carolyn M. Claerhout & Tammy L. Brown, Environmental Law: Annual Survey of Michigan Law, 41 Wayne L. Rev. 827 (1995).

Book and Chapters in Books

  • Editorial Advisor for Bryan Garner, The Redbook: A Manual on Legal Style (3d ed. 2013) & (4th ed. 2019)
  • Tammy Asher, “Improving Students' Essay-Writing Skills,” in Teaching Law Practice: Preparing the Next Generation of Lawyers, edited by Charles Cercone, Nelson P. Miller & Christopher Trudeau (Vandeplas 2013).

Short Works

  • 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. Rep. 10475 (2012).


  • ​Tammy Asher, Co-Presenter with David Tarrien and Jeanette Buttrey, Flipping the Curriculum: Teaching through Assessment (2015 Association of Academic Support Educators Conference, Chicago, Illinois, May 27, 2015).  
  • ​Tammy Asher, Presenter, American Bar Association: During summers, the ABA Council of Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) offers intensive, high-quality academic programs to low-income, minority, and other disadvantaged college students who aspire to become members of the legal profession. In 2010, CLEO partnered with Cooley’s Auburn Hills Campus to provide the first-ever program in Michigan, and for six summers, I taught the CLEO legal writing course. (2010-2015).
  • Tammy Asher, Presenter, Plain Language (2008 Michigan Family Planning Update, Grand Rapids, Mich., Sept. 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).