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Ann Sherman

Adjunct Professor
Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane Rm 368
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300

J.D. 2004, summa cum laude, Michigan State University College of Law M.M. 1982, Northwestern University; M.M. 1981, summa cum laude, University of South Florida; B.F.A. 1980, summa cum laude, University of South Florida

  • Trial Practice Institute-Pretrial II
    (Formerly DCL 513) Must be in the Trial Practice Institute program. Pretrial II focuses on the fundamental approaches of persuasion, elements of advocacy and methods of effective presentation. The class is divided into four teams of four people which are then assigned depositions of witnesses in a problem with fact, lay and expert witnesses. At the conclusion of the deposition phase of the problem, motions in limine are prepared and argued by each team. Additionally, a facilitative mediation brief is prepared by all teams and argued. At the conclusion of the class, opening statements are prepared and presented by each one of the teams. The students will be prepared at the end of the course for the elements of the Trial I course that will commence in the second year of the program. Must be in the Trial Practice Institute program. Because certain non-TPI courses duplicate the content of this course, students may not also receive academic credit for the following courses: Applied Evidence, Civil Trial Advocacy I, Civil Trial Advocacy II, Client Counseling and Interviewing, Criminal Trial Advocacy I - Pre-Trial, Criminal Trial Advocacy II - Trial II.
  • Trial Practice Institute: Pre-Trial I
    (Formerly DCL 506) Must be in the Trial Practice Institute program. Because certain non-TPI courses duplicate the content of this course, students may not also receive academic credit for the following courses: Applied Evidence, Civil Trial Advocacy I, Civil Trial Advocacy II, Client Counseling and Interviewing, Criminal Trial Advocacy I - Pre-Trial, Criminal Trial Advocacy II - Trial II.

U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan, Illinois, Michigan

Ann Sherman is an appellate specialist in the Public Employment, Elections & Tort Litigation Division of the Michigan Office of the Attorney General, where she has worked since 2005. Her responsibilities include preparing appellate briefs, amicus briefs, and responses to legislative requests; delivering appellate arguments before the Michigan Court of Appeals, Michigan Supreme Court, and Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals; and coordinating and reviewing all appeal briefs for a division of 13 attorneys. In 2007, she received the Attorney General Appellate Advocacy Award and a desk award for outstanding accomplishment in a major case before the state’s highest court.

A 2004 graduate of MSU College of Law, Sherman was a member of the King Scholars Program, the Geoffrey Fieger Trial Practice Institute, the Moot Court Editorial Board, and Michigan State Law Review. Upon graduating, she clerked for the Honorable Richard Suhrheinrich of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Professor Sherman teaches Pretrial I and II in the Trial Practice Institute.

Prior to entering the field of law, Professor Sherman had an impressive career as a flutist with the Symphonic Orchestra of Guadalajara (Mexico), the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Lansing Symphony Orchestra. She taught others to play the flute as an instructor at the Instituto Cultural Cabanas University of the Arts (Mexico), Lansing Community College, and Michigan State University. Professor Sherman also spent several years directing and assisting with public relations efforts at the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra; the Hochstein School in Rochester, New York; and the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music.


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