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Tracey W. Brame

Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School
Grand Rapids, Michigan


As associate dean, Tracey W. Brame handles disciplinary matters and works closely with the dean on projects involving student support, community relations, and campus growth. She also teaches Family Law, Race and the Supreme Court, and a Death Penalty Seminar. Ms. Brame came to Cooley Law School in 2006 from Legal Aid of Western Michigan, where she was a staff attorney. In that capacity, she advised and represented low-income clients on family law, housing, and consumer law issues; collaborated with other programs to address legal issues faced by ex-offenders reentering the community; and translated for Spanish-speaking clients. Ms. Brame has also worked as a staff attorney for Public Defender Services for the District of Columbia, a research and writing specialist with the Federal Defender Office, and an assistant defender with the State Appellate Defender Office in Detroit. She has also been an adjunct professor at Grand Rapids Community College. Ms. Brame garnered death penalty litigation experience as an extern with the Alabama Capital Resource Center. She conducted research, interviewed inmates, their relatives, and former jurors, compiled statistics on racial composition of juries, helped prepare an argument before the U.S. Supreme Court, and drafted racial justice legislation for the state of Alabama. Ms. Brame started the Access to Justice Clinic at the Grand Rapids campus in 2006 and currently runs the West Michigan Public Defender Clinic.

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