The Kimble Center for Legal Drafting at WMU-Cooley Law School has announced the appointments of its initial board of advisers, along with its second graduate fellow.
The board of advisers consists of an acclaimed group of international experts in plain language, forms and website design, and user testing: Peter Butt, emeritus professor of law, University of Sydney; Anne-Marie Chisnall, deputy chief executive, Write Limited, New Zealand; Martin Cutts, president, Plain Language Commission, UK; Caroline Jarrett, owner, Effortmark LTD, UK; Janice (Ginny) Redish, president, Redish & Associates, Maryland; Karen Schriver, president, KSA Communication Design & Research, Inc, Pennslyvania; and Helen Xanthaki, professor, University College London and dean, Postgraduate Laws Programmes, University of London. These experts have published extensively and bring with them decades of experience in their fields. They will be involved in reviewing documents produced by the Center.
The center’s second graduate fellow will be Bridget Saxton. Saxton, who graduates with honors in May, is the managing editor of the WMU-Cooley Law Review. She received the Beachnau Award for making the most significant contributions to the Law Review through leadership and dedication. Saxton graduated from Kalamazoo College and earned a Masters in Public Administration from Western Michigan University, where she won an MPA Scholar Award for Best Project Paper. She had several legal externships while studying at WMU-Cooley.
“I couldn't be more excited to be a part of the Kimble Center,” said Saxton. “I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to be mentored by Professor Kimble and be a part of something special. I have enjoyed learning from his works in the classroom, reviewing his recent submission to the Law Review, and working as a research assistant. He has opened my eyes to the importance of good legal writing and drafting.”
The Kimble Center was created by WMU-Cooley in 2018. Its primary mission is to produce and make available - to attorneys and consumers - legal documents that are clear and easily understandable, documents unlike anything that the public is used to seeing from attorneys. It will soon release a medical power of attorney. Last November, the center gave its first public seminar devoted to clear legal drafting.