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Kimble Center’s Medical Power of Attorney achieves quality mark

The Kimble Center for Legal Drafting at WMU-Cooley Law School earned the WriteMark Plus quality mark from Write Limited, a New Zealand consulting organization, for its Medical Power of Attorney. The quality mark is given to documents that achieve a high standard of plain language. Only documents that have been tested on actual users are eligible, and the Center’s Power of Attorney was tested with users this past summer by Michigan State University Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting.

Lynda Harris, the CEO of Write, said: “We’re excited that the Kimble Center has gone the extra mile with their Medical Power of Attorney. After gaining the WriteMark earlier this year, the Center decided to apply the results of user testing to the document. It became the first document in the U.S. eligible to hold the WriteMark Plus.”

Joseph Kimble, the Center’s senior director, noted that the final document was two years in the making and took more than 50 drafts. “One of the Center’s goals,” he said, “is to produce and make available to the public some important legal forms—and to write them in plain language. Everyone should have a medical power of attorney. Everyone needs to answer the question, ‘Who do I want to make medical decisions for me if I can’t make them myself?’”

The Medical Power of Attorney is available for free download on the Center’s website: https://www.cooley.edu/node/695.

WMU-Cooley Law School created the Kimble Center in 2018. Kimble is a distinguished professor emeritus. The Center’s executive director is Professor Mark Cooney.


‘Fall Conference 2020’ offered online by CDAM, Oct 16-17

“The Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (CDAM) will present its “Fall Conference 2020: Forensics...It’s Not Rocket Science” via Zoom on Friday, October 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday, October 17, from  8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Sessions include: “Forensic Science Update — The Revolution Continues,” “The ABCs of DNA and When to Know You are in Over Your Head,” “Digging Daubert,” “Medical Examinations, Causation, Toxicology, and Physics,” “Michigan Law Update,” “Experts v Lab-Based Forensics,” “Proving What Your Client Did(nt) Do With His Computer,” “The ABCs of DUI Drugs: Amphetamines to Zolpidem,” and “Sentencing Updates.”

CDAM’s Fall Conference registration fee includes both Friday and Saturday sessions. Single-day registrations are not available.  Cost for the conference is $360.

Registrants will receive an automatically generated email with the Zoom Link by Monday, October 12. This link will be used for both conference days. Registrants will also receive a copy of every speaker’s presentation, which will allow registrants to attend the live sessions that best suit their schedule and watch video replays of the sessions they were not able to watch live. As such, no refunds will be allowed after Friday, October 9, since every registrant will be able to access the training live and via videotape.

Register online at www.CDAMonline.org.  For questions, call 517-579-0533 or email CDAMonline@gmail.com.


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