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Medical Power of Attorney achieves a WriteMark Plus designation

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 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 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 a free download at 

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.

Dykema attorneys earn kudos

Dykema announced 32 of its attorneys from the firm’s five Michigan offices—and from multiple practice areas—were named to the 2020 Super Lawyers list by Michigan Super Lawyers Magazine. Additionally, 18 of the firm’s attorneys were named to the 2020 Michigan Rising Stars list.

Of those recognized, Rob Boonin and Mike Cooney were included on Super Lawyers “Top 100 Lists,” and Jill M. Wheaton was named to the Top 50.

Dykema attorneys in Ann Arbor named on the 2020 Michigan Super Lawyers list, are Marie R. Deveney – Estate Planning & Probate; Tax: Consumer; Robert P. Tiplady – Estate Planning & Probate; and Jill M. Wheaton – Appellate; Civil Litigation: Defense; Personal Injury - Products: Defense.

Lansing attorneys include Gary P. Gordon– Administrative Law; Appellate; Government Relations; Legislative & Governmental Affairs; Constitutional Law; Lori McAllister – Business Litigation; Insurance Coverage; Securities Litigation; Class Action/Mass Torts; Administrative Law.

Dykema attorneys in Ann Arbor named on the 2020 Michigan Rising Stars list, are: Gerald L. Aben – Health Care; Anthony Frasca – Estate Planning & Probate; Nonprofit Organizations; Tax: Consumer; Tax: Business; David M. George – Class Action/Mass Torts; E-Discovery; Consumer Law; General Litigation; and Cody D. Rockey – Antitrust Litigation; Business Litigation; and in Lansing, John A. Janiszewski – Government Relations; Energy & Natural Resources; Administrative Law.


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