Deanne Andrews Lawrence
Deanne Andrews Lawrence is an Associate Clinical Professor of Law at Michigan State University College of Law. Her courses include Research, Writing & Analysis; Advocacy; Contract Drafting; Research, Writing & Advocacy: International LL.M.; and Effective Legal Analysis and Process. In addition to regularly presenting at national legal writing conferences, Professor Lawrence has taught Legal English at the China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing, China, and Legal Writing at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia.
Professor Lawrence has served as co-director of the RWA program since 2006. Professor Lawrence was formerly an attorney specializing in health law and municipal finance with the law firms of Quarles & Brady in Wisconsin and Caplan & Ernest in Colorado.
She received her J.D. with honors from the University of Colorado Law School, where she graduated Order of the Coif, served as an editor on the Law Review, and earned five book awards (top exams in Torts, Contracts, Civil Procedure, Property, and Constitutional Law).
Prior to entering the field of law, Professor Lawrence practiced nursing in the neonatal intensive care unit at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.
J.D. 1987 Order of the Coif, University of Colorado; B.S. Psychology 1983 with Distinction, Purdue University; B.S. Nursing 1983 with Distinction, Indiana University
- Contract Drafting
The specific purpose of this class is to use contract principles that the student has learned in the first year as a vehicle to develop the student's abilities as a planner and counselor. It will involve the study of some of the common pitfalls encountered in contract drafting and called upon to perform specific exercises in which the student will use her/his basic knowledge of contracts to draft various documents. In the course of the drafting, the student will be required to predict what may happen, provide for that contingency and attempt to protect the client.
- Research, Writing and Advocacy I
(Formerly DCL 151) (This course is being replaced by Research, Writing & Analysis beginning fall2011) This is a graded course. Students begin by learning the basics of the U.S. court system, common law, case briefing and legal analysis. They are then taught the fundamentals of non-electronic legal research and writing through the assignment of problems geared to exercise their analytical and problem-solving abilities. Throughout the semester, students produce several legal research assignments, objective office memoranda and a client letter.
- Research, Writing and Advocacy II
(Formerly DCL 152) (This course is being replaced by Advocacy LAW530J beginning fall 2011) Students learn the art of persuasive argumentation by drafting a 30-page appellate brief on a topical legal issue, complying with appellate court rules and then presenting a simulated oral argument to members of the bench. During the semester, students also attend appellate arguments or trial court motion sessions and prepare brief synopses of cases heard. Successful completion of RWA I is a prerequisite to enrollment in RWA II.