Law school to honor scholarly briefs filed before Michigan Supreme Court

On July 27, the Western Michigan University Cooley Law Review will host its 32nd annual Distinguished Brief Award ceremony at the Country Club of Lansing. The event celebrates the best of Michigan's practicing bar and formally recognizes authors of the most scholarly briefs filed with the Michigan Supreme Court in 2016 as determined by a panel of judges and professors from across the state.

These briefs are evaluated using seven set criteria: question presented, point headings, statement of case, argument and analysis, style, mechanics, and best overall brief. The purpose of the award is to promote excellence in legal writing. The winning briefs will be published in an upcoming edition of the WMU-Cooley Law Review.

The winning briefs that will be recognized during the ceremony are:

- Case Name: Kevin S. Reffitt v. Dawn M. Bachi-Reffitt

Law Firm: Bursch Law PLLC

Attorney: John J. Bursch

- Case Name: Kevin S. Reffitt v. Dawn M. Bachi-Reffitt

Law Firm: Warner Norcross & Judd LLP

Attorney: Conor B. Dugan

- Case Name: Freemont Insurance Company v. Gro-Green Farms Inc.

Law Firm: Bursch Law PLLC

Attorney: John J. Bursch

- Case Name: Freemont Insurance Company v. Gro-Green Farms Inc.

Law Firm: Warner Norcross & Judd LLP

Attorney: Matthew T. Nelson

- Case Name: Freemont Insurance Company v. Gro-Green Farms Inc.

Law Firm: Stertz & Weaver PC

Attorney: H. William Stertz

- Case Name: Freemont Insurance Company v. Gro-Green Farms Inc.

Law Firm: Stertz & Weaver PC

Attorney: Michael E. Korn

During the ceremony, Tim Baughman from the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office will present the keynote. Baughman began his employment with the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office in 1975, and became chief of research, training and appeals in 1986. He has appeared in the United States Supreme Court seven times, and has argued successfully on all but one occasion. He has also supervised the briefing and argument of four other cases in that court, as well as appearing more than 70 times in the Michigan Supreme Court. He is the author of two books, and various articles on criminal law and criminal procedure. Baughman served for eight years as an adjunct professor of law at Wayne State University Law School.

Published: Thu, Jul 20, 2017

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