Kimble Center for Legal Drafting

Kimble Center for Legal Drafting

Legal Drafting

Learn better legal drafting skills at the Center's inaugural Seminar — for FREE — on Nov. 1.

Kimble Center for Legal Drafting

The Kimble Center for Legal Drafting’s 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.  

Better Legal Drafting —  for Documents of All Kinds 


Sign up for the Kimble Center for Legal Drafting's first public seminar — for FREE! The legal-drafting seminar is on Friday, November 1, 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Attend in person at WMU-Cooley's Lansing campus or participate remotely at any of WMU-Cooley's other campuses in Michigan and Florida. Florida attorneys can earn CLE. 

Consistent with the Center’s public-service mission, we have decided to make the seminar free to everyone. So sign up now. You won’t be sorry.

Three legal-drafting experts will present the four-hour program, which will be highly useful to all attorneys who draft legal documents (rules, wills and trusts, business and real-estate documents, bylaws, and all the rest). Generously sponsored by the State Bar of Michigan Business Law Section.

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Prof. Kimble with his longtime friend and colleague, Prof. Mark Cooney

About the Center

The Center will work with the school’s clinics and with bar associations to identify and draft the kinds of high-use documents that will most benefit the profession and the public. The Center’s Board of Advisers, now being formed, will boast some of the world’s foremost experts in plain language, information design, and user testing.

The Center also plans to offer occasional drafting seminars for practicing lawyers. 

The Center is named for Joseph Kimble, a distinguished professor emeritus and internationally recognized expert on plain language and legal drafting. Professor Kimble taught legal research and writing at WMU–Cooley for more than 30 years and serves as a drafting consultant to the Standing Committee on Federal Court Rules. His work in restyling the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Federal Rules of Evidence earned him two prestigious Burton Awards for Reform in Law. He has also earned a ClearMark Award and the State Bar’s John W. Reed Lawyer Legacy Award. Professor Kimble was a founding director of the Center for Plain Language, has authored three books on the value of plain language in the law and government, and has edited the Michigan Bar Journal’s “Plain Language” column for nearly three decades.


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