Tracey Brame

 

Brame Tracey

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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Tracey Brame is the Associate Dean of WMU-Cooley’s Grand Rapids campus and the Immediate Past President of the Grand Rapids Bar Association. A true champion of justice and an advocate for education, Dean and Professor Brame is a leader in the classroom, in the community, and in the legal profession.

Dean Brame came to WMU-Cooley Law School in February 2006 from Legal Aid of Western Michigan, where she was a Staff Attorney. There, she advised and represented low-income clients on family-law, housing, and consumer-law issues. She also collaborated with other programs to address legal issues faced by ex-offenders re-entering the community. In addition, she translated for Spanish-speaking clients.

Previously, Dean Brame served as a Staff Attorney for the Public Defender Services for the District of Columbia, was a research and writing specialist with the Federal Defender Office, and was an Assistant Defender with the State Appellate Defender Office in Detroit. She began her legal career as a Law Clerk to the Hon. Julian Abele Cook, Jr. in the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Michigan.

Early in her career, Dean Brame’s passion for justice led her to an internship with the Alabama Capital Resource Center. In this role, she garnered death-penalty litigation experience. Specifically, she conducted extensive legal research; she interviewed inmates, relatives, and former jurors; she compiled statistics on racial composition of juries; she helped prepare an argument for the U.S. Supreme Court; and she drafted racial-justice legislation for the state of Alabama.

Dean Brame later brought her passion for justice to WMU-Cooley, where she started the Access to Justice Clinic at the Grand Rapids campus in 2006. She currently oversees both this clinic and the West Michigan Public Defender Clinic. In addition to these roles and her service as the Associate Dean, she finds time to teach elective constitutional-law courses. Prior to joining the law school, she also served as an adjunct professor at Grand Rapids Community College.

Passionate about education at all levels, Dean Brame devotes a large portion of her time discussing the law with the young minds of middle-school, high-school, and college-aged students. She works with the 3R’s Program, where lawyers volunteer each month at UPrep High School, teaching 9th graders about the Constitution. She also helps prepare the students for an end-of-year mock debate hosted at the Grand Rapids WMU-Cooley campus.  

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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