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The Power of Plain English

January 18

Background. Placing a shareholder proposal in a corporation’s annual-meeting proxy statement is the only practical way for shareholders to communicate with each other about corporate policy. Some years ago, I used the process successfully by drafting a shareholder proposal using plain-English principles. I believe that using plain English made a difference.

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UPDATE: The Uniform Bar Exam

January 14

ALMOST EXACTLY ONE YEAR AGO I blogged about Michigan’s possible adoption of the Uniform Bar Examination (“Will the Uniform Bar Exam Come to Michigan?”). The blog described the exam, its benefits, and Michigan’s slow pace when it comes to such reforms.

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Ret. Brig. General & Law School Dean Legal Expert on U.S. Iranian Tensions

January 10

WMU-Cooley Lansing campus Associate Dean and retired Brigadier General Michael C.H. McDaniel, who served in the Pentagon as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Homeland Defense Strategy, Prevention and Mission Assurance, has been asked by media outlets to discuss the United States' strike that killed Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani.

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WMU-Cooley Law Professor Weighs in on NFL Players Accused of Falsifying Claims

December 12

Following the announcement that 10 former NFL players have been indicted for defrauding the NFL’s health care program of more then $3.4 million for medical equipment that was never prescribed, or purchased, Western Michigan University Cooley Law School Professor and former prosecutor Mark Dotson, who teaches courses in Torts (including fraud), Remedies, and Criminal Procedure, shared his thoughts about the ongoing investigation.

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Update: The Liberty Bell Award

December 03

Earlier this year, Distinguished Professor Emeritus Otto Stockmeyer blogged about the liberty bell award. Here's an update.

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Update: Corporate Annual Reports – Plain-Language Progress?

November 21

Last year at about this time, I wrote this in a blog post, “Corporate Annual Reports – Plain-English’s Last Frontier?”

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WMU-Cooley Law Professors Explain High Crimes and Misdemeanors

October 24

As congress explores the potential impeachment of U.S. President Donald J. Trump, lawmakers and citizens are struggling with, or have misconceptions about, what the law really means by high crimes and misdemeanors.

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What does the 25th Amendment mean by "Acting Cabinet Officers"

October 23

There is much conversation surrounding the 25th Amendment and what might happen if members of Congress were to invoke the amendment. First, the Constitution requires that cabinet officers must be confirmed by the Senate. That is, the Senate has the right to “Advise and Consent” to the nominee assuming all of the rights, privileges and obligations of the office. In the 25th Amendment cabinet officers are referred to as the "principal officers of the executive departments.”

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The 2019 Law School Experience

October 18

Victoria Vuletich, the assistant dean at the Grand Rapids, Michigan campus of Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, was interviewed by the State Bar of Michigan's Legal Talk Network to discuss what the law school experience is like for the current generation of students. 

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Tips for How to Get Cheap Car Insurance

October 15

Ask the Experts: Cheap Car Insurance Pros & Cons Car insurance is a necessary expense if you’re a driver, but trying to find the cheapest rates can be a time-consuming process. To gain more insight about getting cheap car insurance while still having quality coverage, WalletHub posed the following questions to a panel of experts. Below is an excerpt from WMU-Cooley Professor and legal expert Mark Cooney. See the WalletHub article in its entirety here.  

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