Tracey Brame

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Associate Dean of Grand Rapids Campus, Kalamazoo Location, and Professor

B.A. University of Michigan, 1992
J.D. University of Michigan, 1995
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Associate Dean Brame came to WMU-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, Dean 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.

Dean 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.

She 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.

Bibliography

Articles (Law Reviews and Law Journals)

  • Devin S. Schindler & Tracey Brame, This Medication May Kill You:  Overload and Forced Commercial Speech, 35 Whittier L. Rev 27 (2013). 
  • Nelson P. Miller, Tracey Brame, Dale Iverson, & Goldie Adele, Equality as Talisman: Getting Beyond Bias to Cultural Competence as a Professional Skill, 25 T.M. Cooley L. Rev. 99 (2008).
  • Tracey D. Weaver, Constitutional Law : June 1, 1996-May 31, 1997 Annual Survey of Michigan Law, 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

  • Tracey W. Brame, ed., Collateral Consequences of a Criminal Conviction, edited by Tracey W. Brame, (Inst. of Continuing Legal Educ. 2015).
  • Tracey W. Brame, "Avoiding or Minimizing the Consequences of a Criminal Conviction," in Collateral Consequences of a Criminal Conviction, edited by Tracey W. Brame, 1-8 (Inst. of Continuing Legal Educ. 2015).
  • Tracey W. Brame, "Comprehensive Checklists of Possible Consequences," in Collateral Consequences of a Criminal Conviction, edited by Tracey W. Brame, 9-35 (Inst. of Continuing Legal Educ. 2013).
  • Nelson Miller & Tracey W. Brame, Cross-Cultural Law Service: A Framework for a Lawyer’s Professional Skill (Crown Management 2015).
  • Kim O’Leary, Nelson Miller, Tracey Brame & 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 (William S. Hein 2008).
  • Tracey W. Brame, ed., Collateral Consequences of a Criminal Conviction, edited by Tracey W. Brame, Inst. of Continuing Legal Educ. 2013).
  • Tracey W. Brame, "Avoiding or Minimizing the Consequences of a Criminal Conviction," in Collateral Consequences of a Criminal Conviction, edited by Tracey W. Brame, 1-8 (Inst. of Continuing Legal Educ. 2013).
  • Tracey W. Brame, ed., Collateral Consequences of a Criminal Conviction, edited by Tracey W. Brame, (Inst. of Continuing Legal Educ. 2012). 
  • Tracey W. Brame, "Avoiding or Minimizing the Consequences of a Criminal Conviction", in Collateral Consequences of a Criminal Conviction, edited by Tracey W. Brame, 1-8 (Inst. of Continuing Legal Educ. 2012).

Short Works

  • Tracey Weaver Brame, The Curmudgeon's Guide to Practicing Law, 86 Mich. B.J.,  June 2007 at 50 (book review).

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