David R. Cleveland

Professor Emeritus of Law


J.D. Georgetown University Law Center (2002)
University of Michigan Law School, Visiting J.D. Student (2001-2002)
B.A. Western Michigan University, magna cum laude (1998)

Representative Courses Taught

Legal Writing I
Legal Writing II
Legal Writing: Appellate Advocacy
Advanced Appellate Advocacy: Criminal
Advanced Appellate Advocacy: International Moot Court
The Legal Profession
Professional Responsibility
Lawyering Skills and Values I & II
Foundations of Legal Analysis
Praxis II/Legal Communications
Current Constitutional Issues: Internet Gambling Law
Administrative Law Research Skills

Representative Scholarship

Appellate Court Rules Governing Publication, Citation, and Precedential Value of Opinions: An Update, 16 J. App. Prac. & Process 101 (2016). 

Discrimination Law’s Dirty Secret: The Equal Opportunity Sexual Harasser Loophole, 58 How. L.J. 5 (2015).

Legal Writing: A History; Part I – From the Colonial Era to the End of the Civil War19 Legal Writing 191 (2015) (co-authored with Jeffrey D. Jackson).

Post-Crisis Reconsideration of Federal Court Reform, 61 Clev. St. L. Rev. 47 (2013).

The Decline of Oral Argument in the Federal Appellate Courts: A Modest Proposal for Reform, 13 J. App. Prac. & Process 119 (2012) (co-authored with Steven Wisotsky).

Precedent & Justice, 49 Duq. L. Rev. 35 (2011). (co-authored with William D. Bader)

Clear as Mud: How the Uncertain Precedential Status of Unpublished Opinions Muddles Qualified Immunity Determinations, 65 U. Miami L. Rev. 45 (2010).

Immunity Determinations, 65 U. Miami L. Rev. 45 (2010).

Draining the Morass: Ending the Jurisprudentially Unsound Unpublication System, 92 Marq. L. Rev. 685 (2009).

Overturning the Last Stone: The Final Step in Returning Precedential Status to All Opinions, 10 J. App. Prac. & Process 61 (2009).

Professional Activities

Association of Legal Writing Directors, Board Member (2013-)
Association of Legal Writing Directors, Voting Delegate (2008-)
Association of Legal Writing Directors, Conference Committee Chair (2011-)
Association of Legal Writing Directors, Scholarship Committee Chair (2010-12)
Legal Writing Institute (2005-)
American Bar Association (2005-)
American Association of Law Schools, Legal Writing Section Awards Committee (2010-12)
American Bar Association Center for Professional Responsibility (2005-)
Federal Bar Association (2002-)